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David Heitz

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A professional journalist nearly 30 years, David Heitz started his career at the Quad-City Times in Davenport, Iowa before moving to Los Angeles. He led the Glendale News-Press to best small daily newspaper in the state (CNPA) as managing editor and also worked as executive news editor of the Press-Telegram. He worked briefly as deputy news editor of the Detroit News before returning to the Quad-Cities, where he has worked as a freelance medical writer since 2012 for several national websites. He recently purchased his childhood home and says he truly is "living the dream." 

Killer ‘Smart Bacteria’ Found to Wreak Havoc on the Gut

The researchers figured out that the bacteria can somehow sense they have become attached to intestinal cells inside a human and begin to express their genes.

Websites Used to Grade Physicians Get an ‘F’ in Helpfulness

Dozens of sites did not even meet the researchers’ inclusion criteria, which required having written reviews of doctors, no fee for use, a search-by-name option, and not being restricted to a certain specialty or insurance plan.

Probiotics May Be Helpful for Premature Babies

Although they still pose risks for extremely low birthweight babies, probiotics have been shown to significantly reduce the risk of deadly gut-related conditions in premies.

Scientific Formula Reveals ‘Ideal’ Female Lips

In an effort to hopefully reduce the amount of botched lip surgeries, researchers took to Facebook to create a poll about ideal female lip size and appearance.

New Fathers Get Depressed After Childbirth, Too

A new study shows that men who are depressed during their partner's pregnancy experience an upswing in their symptoms nine months post childbirth, which can be due to several factors.

Eating Less May Contribute to Living Longer

It turns out that the cells our bodies use to digest food need a break every now and then.

Bigger Bellies Linked to Bigger Heart Disease, Diabetes Risk

This sort of research allows doctors and scientists to examine whether variations in genes directly impact disease function.

Meds For Low Back Pain Should Only Be Used When Other Treatments Fail

New guidelines from the ACP advise that other therapies for treating lower back pain, like acupuncture and rehab, should be considered before taking potentially addictive pain medications.

Campaign Launched to Get More Women Into HIV Heart Health Study

Since antiretroviral medications used to treat HIV increase one's risk of heart disease, a clinical trial seeks both male and female participants to test whether a heart disease pill will help.

Too Many Children Are Getting Their Hands on Pet Medications

While most parents are vigilant in keeping medication out of the reach of children, it seems they can be a little lax when it comes to medications for pets.

Dental Care: Where You Live Determines Quality and Cost

See how your state ranks in terms of quality and cost of dental care in the United States.

Children Are Burning Their Eyes by Playing with Laundry Pods

Some children who ingested the pods also experienced profuse vomiting, trouble breathing, and a few even died.

E-Cigarettes Are ‘Safer’ Than Traditional Cigarettes: Study

Although the carcinogens present in e-cigarette "juice" are not fully known, a group of researchers have concluded that they are still less harmful than traditional tobacco cigarettes.

Campaign to End HIV/AIDS Expands to More States

Scientists and activist groups are joining forces once again to battle and ultimately end the prevalence of HIV in the Deep South.

E-Cigarettes May Be Harmful to Your Heart

While there is still considerable debate over the health effects of e-cigarettes, a new study measuring heart activity of e-cigarette users may be tipping the scale.

The World Is ‘Grossly Unprepared’ for Infectious Disease Outbreaks

Our unstable world adds even more urgency for being prepared for future disease outbreaks, which experts warn we are not presently ready for.

Doctors Are Spending More Time Doing Paperwork Than Actually Seeing Patients

It's a problem that's getting worse: Doctors are increasingly relying on computers to document their patients' visits, and issues with medical records persist.

Cervical Cancer Death Rates Are Higher Than Everyone Thought

When calculating cervical cancer risk, previous studies did not consider women who had undergone hysterectomies.

Where You Live May Determine Your Risk of Dying From Certain Cancers

Cancer deaths in the U.S. plummeted 20 percent between 1980 and 2014, but a county-by-county breakdown reveals some areas actually saw cancer cases rise.

New Guidelines Make It Easier for Pregnant Women to Eat Fish

The new guidelines will make it easier for pregnant women to make informed choices about consuming fish.

Most Doctors Overcharge Patients: Report

The study authors found that doctors on average are charging more than two and a half times what Medicare pays.

Going ‘Umbrella Chic’ at the Beach Won’t Prevent You from Getting a Sunburn

Beach umbrellas are stylish and functional, but you still need to apply some sunscreen if you want to avoid a sunburn, even in the shade.

New Blood Pressure Guidelines for Americans Over 60

The new guidelines call for beginning treatment in those with a systolic blood pressure of 150 or higher.

Somebody Get Me a Doctor: A Lesson on Elder Care From Van Halen

There are very specific things that doctors should pay attention to when checking up on elderly patients.

Best & Worst Cities for Active Lifestyles Revealed

Where does your city rank? Learn about the factors that determine what makes America's cities more or less active than others.

‘Weekend Warrior’ Workouts Linked to Longer Lives

One to two vigorous workout sessions per week may be all you need to maintain your health.

Give Peanuts to Infants? New Allergy Recommendations May Surprise You

Give babies peanuts to ward off deadly allergy. Being around dogs and dirt promote healthier growth, too.

Bad Gut Bacteria Could Sabotage Your Weight Loss Resolution

Researchers find that both good and bad bacteria are essential to a healthy gut.

Cardiac Arrests May Have ‘Domino Effect’ in Hospitals

New research shows that cardiac arrests and intensive care unit transfers might happen in bunches, and for a reason.

Melanoma Rates Climb Nationwide

Melanoma deaths have climbed nationwide during a recent 10-year span, with only one region of the country seeing a decline.

Pregnant Women Who Eat American Diet Are More Likely to Have Obese Children

A study in rodents found that the typical diet consumed by American mothers increased the chances of offspring becoming obese.

HIV Patients Have Nearly Double the Heart Attack Risk: Study

A paper published in JAMA Cardiology shows that people with HIV have almost double the risk of heart attack than people who do not have the disease.

Study Finds ‘Alarmingly High Rate’ of Unnecessary Double Mastectomies

Double mastectomies when cancer is present in only one breast, also known as contralateral prophylactic mastectomy, or CPM, have skyrocketed in recent years.

Fossils Show Cavemen Ate Butterflies and Used ‘Toothpicks’

New clues about the lives of cavemen are giving scientists a better idea of their eating habits and hygiene routine.

Aspirin May Cut Your Risk of Pancreatic Cancer in Half

You’ve probably heard that taking aspirin may lower your risk of heart attack. But taking aspirin to prevent pancreatic cancer?

Food Industry Study Questions Sugar Guidelines

A systematic review of research informing daily sugar intake concludes “guidelines on dietary sugar do not meet criteria for trustworthy recommendations."

Women Make Better Doctors Than Men, Study Suggests

Elderly people treated by female physicians in the hospital are less likely to die than those treated by male doctors, a study found.

Hormones Could Explain Why Certain Tumors Cause Vision Loss in Girls

It’s a question that has long perplexed scientists: Why do girls who develop a rare type of benign brain tumors lose their vision more often than boys?

Fewer Americans Under 70 Are Losing Their Hearing: Report

A new study shows that hearing loss among adults ages 20 to 69 years continues to decline.

Your ZIP Code May Influence Your Death as Much as Your Genes

Where you live may determine how you die, and how long you live, according to a new study.

Study Uncovers Possible Link Between Asthma and Insomnia

New research shows that 37 percent of people with asthma also have “clinically significant” insomnia.

Lawmakers Ask Hospitals to Stop Simultaneous Surgeries

It’s a widespread practice that apparently has been going on for quite some time: One surgeon overseeing multiple surgeries at the same time.

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