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MSNBC.com: Health

Birth control shots tied to breast cancer risk, study says

Recent use of the injectable contraceptive Depo-Provera for at least a year was associated with a doubling of young women’s breast cancer risk, a new study has found.

Octuplet mom: ‘I feel ashamed’ about food stamps

After vowing never to go on public assistance, octuplet mom Nadya Suleman is accepting food stamps out of desperation as she struggles financially with 14 children. "I still am working as hard as I possibly can to support them,’’ she told TODAY.After vowing never to go on public assistance, octuplet mom Nadya Suleman is accepting food stamps out of desperation as she struggles financially with 14 children. "I still am working as hard as I possibly can to support them,’’ she told TODAY.

Adult-onset motion sickness rare — but can happen

Barf bags: They’re not just for kids anymore. In fact, they never were. When we think of motion sickness, the picture that most often comes to mind may be that three-hour car trip to Grandma’s with a heaving child and no change of clothing.Barf bags: They’re not just for kids anymore. In fact, they never were. When we think of motion sickness, the picture that most often comes to mind may be that three-hour car trip to Grandma’s with a heaving child and no change of clothing.

Dirty dentures? Dangerous MRSA may be lurking

Here's bad news for the estimated 20 million denture-wearers in the U.S.: There's a good chance your choppers are covered with bacteria-laced biofilms. Fortunately, a team of scientists in Brazil offers options: Zap your dentures or soak them in germicide. Here's bad news for the estimated 20 million denture-wearers in the U.S.: There's a good chance your choppers are covered with bacteria-laced biofilms. Fortunately, a team of scientists in Brazil offers options: Zap your dentures or soak them in germicide.

Ammonia used in many foods, not just ‘pink slime’

Packs of ground beef are seen in a crate at the Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market meat processing facility in Riverside, California, March 29, 2012. U.S. meat packers' losses on beef sales have doubled since a controversy over ammonia-treated scraps dubbed "pink slime" exploded some weeks ago, with margins nearing their lowest in at least 22 years, an industry estimate showed. Fresh & Easy says they do not use the ammonia-treated filler in their beef products. REUTERS/Alex GallardoNew York (Reuters) – Surprise rippled across America last month as a new wave of consumers discovered that hamburgers often contained ammonia-treated beef, or what critics dub "pink slime".

Young Parkinson’s patients fight back with boxing

A trio of young Texans are beating back the symptoms of their early-onset Parkinson's disease, reports NBC affiliate station WBAL.

Suicide risk spikes after cancer diagnosis

The risk of suicide rose in the weeks immediately following a cancer diagnosis, a new study shows. Patients were almost 13 times more likely to commit suicide in the first week after learning they had cancer than they were prior to the diagnosis.

FDA inspectors probe pet jerky treats in China

Federal health officials have sent inspectors into Chinese plants that make chicken jerky pet treats to investigate potential links to illnesses and deaths in hundreds of dogs in the United States, two lawmakers say.

Studies show genes play major role in autism

A sweeping study of hundreds of families with autism has found that spontaneous mutations can occur in a parent's sperm or egg cells that increase a child's risk for autism, and fathers are four times more likely than mothers to pass these mutations on to their children, researchers said on Wednesday.

Olympian struggled to be ‘beautiful, thin, perfect’

From the outside Amanda Beard’s life looked picture perfect: multiple Olympic medals, including two golds, and a successful career as a model. But on the inside, Beard was miserable.From the outside Amanda Beard’s life looked picture perfect: multiple Olympic medals, including two golds, and a successful career as a model. But on the inside, Beard was miserable.