For the first time since 2014, death rates in the U.S. declined and life expectancy showed a modest uptick, according to new data released in two reports Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Life expectancy at birth in 2018 was 78.7 years, 0.1 year longer than the previous year.

Cancer death rates in the United States took their sharpest drop on record between 2016 and 2017, according to an analysis by the American Cancer Society.

Cancer death rates in the U.S. have been falling gradually for about three decades, typically about 1.5% a year. But during the latest study period, the cancer mortality rate dropped 2.2%, "the biggest single-year drop ever," says Rebecca Siegel, scientific director for surveillance research at the cancer society.

Former Cincinnati Bengals head coach Sam Wyche died Thursday of melanoma at his home in Pickens, South Carolina at the age of 74. 

A leukemia drug may have cleared another hurdle as a potential treatment for Parkinson's disease.

But critics say it's still not clear whether the drug, nilotinib (brand name Tasigna), is truly safe or effective for this use.


An exhibit at the James Art Gallery inside Ohio State University's Comprehensive Cancer Center reveals the power art can have in someone's darkest days. Mike Foley explains. 

The powerful gene-editing technique known as CRISPR has raised a lot of hope in recent years for its potential to offer new ways to treat many diseases, including cancer. But until now, scientists have released very little information about results of tests in patients.

On Wednesday, researchers revealed data from the first study involving U.S. cancer patients who received cells genetically modified with CRISPR.

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The Columbus Division of Fire says Firefighter John Ritchey died Thursday, just a day after his retirement.

The Columbus and Dayton children’s hospitals are continuing their long-standing partnership. 

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A former Ohio State University nurse has been sentenced to two years in prison and three years' probation for faking a cancer diagnosis. 

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Sentencing is scheduled November 26 for a former Ohio State University nurse who pleaded guilty Tuesday to masterminding a phony cancer scam. 

Arizona senator and former Republican presidential nominee John McCain died Saturday at the age of 81.

McCain leaves behind his wife of more than three decades, Cindy; seven children, including three from his first marriage, to Carol Shepp; and his 106-year-old mother, Roberta McCain.

Perhaps America's most famous prisoner of war, the former Navy pilot with a famous admiral father was shot down over Vietnam and spent 5 1/2 years as a POW in the north, most of that time in a prison sarcastically termed the Hanoi Hilton for the way inmates were treated.

A central Ohio nurse who authorities say faked a diagnosis of lung cancer to obtain money and sick time has pleaded not guilty. 

Thirty U.S. states have enacted medical cannabis laws, and all but one of them include cancer in the list of conditions allowed. Such laws give cancer patients across the country access to a substance that remains illegal under federal law.

Funeral services are scheduled Monday for Sue Doody, the founder of Lindey's restaurant in German Village, who died Thursday of cancer at the age of 83. 

Ohio is getting a failing grade from anti-smoking advocates for reducing tobacco use.

Former First Daughter Chelsea Clinton will be making campaign appearances for her mother in Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati on Wednesday.

For the first time in nearly three decades, there's a new treatment option for people who have an advanced form of the most common type of bladder cancer called Urothelial. 

DuPont has settled the second of two test cases that had potential to influence thousands of similar lawsuits about the discharging of the chemical C8 into the Ohio River and drinking water.


A local cancer expert says he's hopeful about the new "Moonshot" initiative to find a cure.

Studies show firefighters are at greater risk of contracting cancer than the general population.