Health News
4/21/2015

The Ayurveda Experience in India


The Ayurveda Experience in IndiaI'm a California girl, born and raised. I never travelled much when I was young, I really couldn't afford to. Other than a spring break in Mexico I hadn't even left the country much. But then, in 2000, Deepak Chopra organized a group to go to India, and I felt compelled to go. I had to go, I just somehow felt the trip was a must for me.And so I...



Forget the martini lunch, sweatworking mixes business with exercise


To match Reuters Life! FITNESS-SOULCYCLE/By Dorene Internicola NEW YORK (Reuters) - Sweatworking, the growing practice of meeting clients for a walk, a run or a fitness class, is elbowing networking out of bars and restaurants and into boutique fitness studios. “Sweatworking was born out of a desire to connect with clients on a deeper level that wasn’t so sales-y,” said Sarah Siciliano, 32, an advertising executive who has been entertaining clients with workouts. “A lot of sales jobs revolve around drinking.” Siciliano, who is based in New York City, considers taking her mostly female clients, who range in age from 22 to 52, to yoga, spinning, bootcamp and dance studios a great tool to develop relationships. “If you can knock out a client event and your workout at the same time, why not?” Sweatworking began in the advertising world, but has spread to more traditionally conservative professions such as law and banking, according to Alexia Brue, co-founder of the wellness media company Well+Good.



Teva to pay $512 million to settle claims of delayed generic Provigil


A sign bearing the logo of Teva is seen in JerusalemTeva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd has agreed to pay $512 million to settle a class action claiming that Cephalon Inc, which Teva bought in 2011, used anticompetitive settlements to delay generic versions of its wakefulness drug Provigil. The settlement is the largest ever to be paid to drug wholesalers and retailers over allegations of delaying generic drugs, according to a motion to approve the settlement filed on Friday in Philadelphia. The settlement still has to be approved by Judge Mitchell Goldberg, who is presiding over the case. The next largest such settlement, reached in 2008, was for $250 million in a case against Abbott Laboratories and its French partner Fournier Industrie et Santé over the cholesterol drug TriCor.



Wearables get serious with artificial lung in the works


The race is on to improve the quality of life for those who suffer from lung disease.In the future, even respiratory failure and cardiopulmonary collapse might not necessarily keep sufferers hospitalized in the long term as the University of Maryland (UM) Ventures joins forces with Breethe, Inc. to create the first portable artificial lung that users can don at home. The wearable artificial lung would enable patients to leave the hospital and participate in at least some of their favorite activities, says Dr. Bartley Griffith, executive director of the University of Maryland Medical Center/School of Medicine Program in Lung Healing and the Thomas E. and Alice Marie Hales Distinguished Professor in Transplant Surgery at the School of Medicine. Dr. Griffith developed the technology that's being used in the wearable and is also the founder of Breethe, Inc. UM and the early-stage Baltimore-based medical device company announced last week that they have obtained exclusive rights to develop the device using technology created by faculty at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.



Care needed to reduce pet-to-human infection risk


Arthur Ward stands with his Pyrenean Mountain Dog Cody during the first day of the Crufts Dog Show in BirminghamBy Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - Pets can be a source of infection, and newborns, the elderly, children with leukemia and adults with cancer are especially vulnerable, according to a new review of data from previous research. Selecting the right pets and using safe strategies to care for them can reduce the risk, the authors write. “Pets have a number of really important health benefits,” including emotional and social support, said lead author Dr. Jason Stull of the Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine at Ohio State University in Columbus. Pet-sourced infections have also been reported in organ donors and recipients, according to Bruno Chomel, who researches veterinary public health and zoonoses at University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.



Colombian acid survivor seeks tougher justice for 'an identity erased'


Natalia Ponce de Leon listens to a question during a news conference at El Tiempo newspaper in BogotaBy Anastasia Moloney BOGOTA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Natalia Ponce de Leon's life was shattered within seconds when a stalker hurled acid at her outside the family home in an upscale part of the Colombian capital last year. The sulphuric acid devoured Ponce's face, neck, abdomen and legs, melting her skin and leaving a quarter of her body burnt in an attack that shocked the Latin American country. Although acid attacks are most common in South Asia, Colombia reported one of the highest rates per capita in the world in 2012. Under Colombian law, acid attacks are defined as personal injury, a crime carrying a maximum 15-year prison sentence.



Making the Shift from Raising Awareness to Raising Healthy Kids


Making the Shift from Raising Awareness to Raising Healthy KidsOur healthcare system is criticized for a greater focus on treating versus preventing disease and for not always supporting behavioral changes that lead to positive health outcomes. But many diseases, such as type II diabetes, heart disease, overweight and obesity, are complex societal issues, which many facets of society, and not just the...



Substandard drugs, not fakes, undermine fight against malaria


By Magdalena Mis LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Poor quality drugs, not fake medicines, are the real threat in fight against malaria, causing deaths and increasing the risk of drug resistance, researchers said on Monday. While previous reports have suggested that up to a third of malaria drugs could be fake, researchers at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine who analyzed anti-malaria drugs in Cambodia and Tanzania, found no evidence of fake medicines.

Utah mother sentenced to 15 years to life for murdering six newborns


Megan Huntsman appears in court in ProvoA Utah mother who pleaded guilty to murdering six of her newborn infants over the course of a decade was sentenced on Monday to 15 years to life in prison. Megan Huntsman, 40, confessed to suffocating or strangling the babies while she was suffering from methamphetamine and alcohol addiction, according to police. The six infants' remains were found in April 2014 wrapped in old towels, shirts and plastic bags inside boxes in the garage in Pleasant Grove, about 40 miles north of Provo. The case of serial infanticide came to light when Huntsman's estranged husband, Darren West, later confirmed by DNA tests to have fathered all of the victims, stumbled on one of the tiny bodies while cleaning out the garage and notified authorities.



Iowa reports biggest U.S. outbreak of bird flu in poultry


By Tom Polansek CHICAGO (Reuters) - Iowa, the top U.S. egg-producing state, found a lethal strain of bird flu in millions of hens at an egg-laying facility on Monday, the worst case so far in a national outbreak that prompted Wisconsin to declare a state of emergency. The infected Iowa birds were being raised near the city of Harris by Sunrise Farms, an affiliate of Sonstegard Foods Company, the company said. The flock has been quarantined, and birds on the property will be culled to prevent the spread of the disease, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said. The Agriculture Department said the Iowa flock numbered 5.3 million birds.

Prognosis unclear for daughter of late singer Whitney Houston: lawyer


Brown daughter of the late singer Houston poses at premiere of Sparkle in Hollywood(Reuters) - Bobbi Kristina Brown is expected to live a long life, but her prognosis remains unclear, an attorney for her father Bobby Brown said on Monday, clarifying the singer’s remarks at a weekend concert that she was awake months after being found unresponsive in her bathtub. She's watching me," Brown told concert-goers at the Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie, Texas, according to a video posted on the website TMZ. "However, Bobbi Kristina is presently embarking on a rehabilitation process and the quality of her life will not be known for years to come." Bobby Brown's wife, Alicia Etheredge-Brown, noted in the statement that her husband was "in an emotional state" when he spoke at the concert on Saturday. "He is encouraged by the steps that Bobbi Kristina has made since her hospitalization," she said.



Lawmakers seek FDA review of ingredients used in cosmetics


WASHINGTON (AP) — Two U.S. senators introduced legislation Monday that would require the Food and Drug Administration to evaluate and report on some of the ingredients used in cosmetics and personal-care products such as shampoo and skin cream.

New U.S. mammogram guidelines stick with screening from age 50


By Julie Steenhuysen CHICAGO (Reuters) - New mammogram screening guidelines from an influential panel of U.S. experts reaffirm earlier guidance that breast cancer screening should begin at age 50 for most women, but they acknowledge that women in their 40s also benefit, something experts say is a step in the right direction. "They made it really clear this time around, unlike 2009, that the discussion between a woman and a clinician about breast cancer screening should begin at 40," said Dr. Richard Wender, chief cancer control officer at the American Cancer Society. The Department of Health and Human Services provided for mammogram coverage for women age 40 to 49 after the health panel made its recommendation in 2009. The department said on Monday that the guidelines are only in draft form and that nothing has changed regarding access to mammograms or other preventive services.    Critics stressed that keeping 50 as the starting age for screening – a change first introduced by the panel six years ago - could threaten insurance coverage for millions of women age 40 to 49.     "If this becomes the final guideline, coverage of mammograms would no longer be mandated under the ACA," said Wender.

Mindfulness therapy as good as medication for chronic depression - study


By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) may be just as effective as anti-depressants in helping prevent people with chronic depression from relapsing, scientists said on Tuesday. Depression is one of the most common forms of mental illness, affecting more than 350 million people worldwide. It is ranked by the World Health Organization as the leading cause of disability globally. Treatment usually involves either medication, some form of psychotherapy or a combination of both.

Type, frequency of e-cigarette use linked to quitting smoking


A woman exhales vapour from an e-cigarette outside the offices of British e-cigarette manufacturer Totally Wicked in BlackburnBy Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Two new studies looking at whether electronic cigarettes help smokers to quit their deadly habit have found that while some of them can, it depends on the type and how often it is used. Many experts think e-cigarettes, which heat nicotine-laced liquid into an inhalable vapor, are a lower-risk alternative to smoking, but questions remain about their use and safety. The charity Action on Smoking and Health says more than 2 million adults in Britain use e-cigarettes. So-called "cigalike" e-cigarettes are disposable or use replaceable cartridges, while "tank" models look quite different and have refillable containers of nicotine "e-liquid".



Utah mother sentenced to 15 years to life for murdering six newborn infants


Megan Huntsman appears in court in ProvoA Utah mother who pleaded guilty to murdering six of her newborn infants over the course of a decade was sentenced on Monday to 15 years to life in prison. Megan Huntsman confessed to suffocating or strangling the babies while she was suffering from methamphetamine and alcohol addiction, according to police.



Florida governor, state employees end drug testing dispute


By David Adams MIAMI, (Reuters) - Florida Governor Rick Scott and the state's largest union of public employees agreed to end a long-running dispute over the broad use of random drug testing of state workers, according to a court filing on Monday. If approved by a federal judge, the agreement would end the court battle over Scott's 2011 executive order requiring state employees to submit to mandatory urinalysis drug testing without suspicion of wrongdoing. The order was aimed at state workers in agencies under the governor's authority, accounting for about 77 percent of the state workforce. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Florida, on behalf of AFSCME Council 79, the state's largest union of public employees, said the order violated the U.S. Constitution's Fourth Amendment, which prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures.

Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor Crosses Finish Line


Rebekah Gregory DiMartino just ran the Boston Marathon.

Indiana governor extends needle program to fight HIV


Pence talks with reporters as he departs a meeting about debt ceiling legislation with fellow Republicans at the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonBy Steve Bittenbender LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Reuters) - The governor of Indiana on Monday said he would extend an emergency health order, including a needle exchange, in response to an HIV outbreak caused by intravenous drug abuse which has reached 134 confirmed and preliminary cases. The outbreak, centered in rural Scott County near the border with Kentucky, is up from 106 cases 10 days ago, health officials said. The outbreak is the biggest in the state's history - typically, Scott County has fewer than five new HIV cases in a year.



Heartbreaking Testimony From Son of Caramel Apple Listeria Victim


81-year-old Shirley Frey died after eating her favorite treat: a caramel apple.

Novartis solid tumor 'CAR T cell' still holds promise: researcher


Swiss drugmaker Novartis' logo is seen at the company's plant in the northern Swiss town of SteinA new type of immuno-oncology treatment from Novartis AG proved safe in a tiny study of three types of solid tumors, but the trial included too few patients and used too small a dose of the experimental product to prove effectiveness, according to data presented at a cancer meeting on Sunday. The so-called CAR T cell is among a wave of new cancer treatments created by removing T cells, powerful immune system cells, from a patient's body and attaching an antibody fragment that enables them to recognize and target specific proteins on cancer cells. In clinical trials by Novartis and other drugmakers, CAR T cells have proven highly effective and relatively safe against blood cancers, such as leukemias and lymphomas. The new Novartis-sponsored study, conducted by scientists at the University of Pennsylvania and presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research, enrolled six patients who had failed to benefit from standard treatments for ovarian cancer, pancreatic cancer or mesothelioma (a cancer in the protective lining covering many of the body's internal organs).



Fog blamed for fiery Wyoming traffic pileup that killed one


(Reuters) - Dense fog and slush are blamed for a massive Wyoming traffic pileup on Monday that killed one person and injured dozens, ignited a 22,000-gallon tanker containing a hazardous chemical, and closed part of a federal highway, authorities said. The pileup on U.S. Interstate 80 west of Laramie began about 8 a.m. when two semi-trailers collided, causing one to jackknife in both lanes of a roadway that serves as the main east-west artery across the southern part of the state, the Wyoming Highway Patrol reported. Between 21 and 40 cars and trucks were involved in the pileup, and heavy fog and light slush contributed to the crash, Wyoming Highway Patrol Sergeant David Wagener said in a statement. It was the fourth such pileup in less than a week on the 50-mile stretch of I-80 between Laramie and the capital city of Cheyenne in the southeast corner of the state.

Iowa flock with 5.3 million chickens infected with deadly bird flu: USDA


A flock of 5.3 million chickens in Iowa has been infected with a deadly strain of bird flu, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Monday, the biggest flock yet to be hit by the virus.

Mayor in standoff with chemical firms in Israel's Haifa


Mayor of Haifa Yona Yahav has ordered municipal rubbish trucks to block access to four chemical plants and an oil refinery after warnings linking high cancer rates in the area to air pollutionThe mayor of Haifa, Israel's third largest city, Monday ordered municipal rubbish trucks to block access to a refinery and four petrochemical plants following a scare over high cancer rates. The standoff began Sunday when Mayor Yona Yahav ordered the revocation of the five firms' business licences after warnings linking high cancer rates in the area to air pollution. The issue, focusing on a fierce debate over air pollution in the northern port, will come before a Haifa court on Tuesday. "These trucks were sent once again on Monday morning to block access to four petrochemical plants and a refinery," Tzahi Terrano, a spokesman for Haifa city council, told AFP.



'Everything comes from above,' says world's oldest living person


Talley sits at the head table during a celebration of her 115th birthday at the New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church in InksterJeralean Talley, the world's oldest-known living person, will celebrate her 116th birthday in Detroit next month thanking God for her longevity. Born on May 23, 1899, Talley climbed to the top of a list kept by the Gerontology Research Group, which validates the ages of the world's longest-living people, after Gertrude Weaver died at 116 in Arkansas this month. Talley was born in Georgia and moved to Michigan in 1935 with her husband, Alfred Talley, for his job at a Ford plant. Sharing apple pies from McDonald's with the youngest member of her five-generation family, two-year-old Armmell Holloway, Talley said: "I feel just like I feel.



Is the FDA unKIND?


Chances are, if you have ever ventured just about anywhere outside of your own house, that you are familiar with the increasingly ubiquitous KIND bars. And chances are as well, if that place you call home is anywhere other than under a large rock, you are now aware of KIND's kerfuffle with the FDA.The FDA is wrong.Let's be clear: I am a...

Kraft removing synthetic colors from iconic macaroni & cheese


A box of Kraft Velveeta shells and cheese is displayed in a grocery store in New YorkKraft Foods Group Inc on Monday said it is revamping its family-friendly macaroni and cheese meal, removing synthetic colors and preservatives from the popular boxed dinner. The move comes at a time when Kraft is battling sluggish demand as consumers shift to brands that are perceived as healthier, including foods that are organic or less processed. The company has also been targeted by consumer advocacy groups. The groups have pressured Kraft to remove artificial food dyes from its products, complaining that the additives are not used, and in some cases, banned in other countries.Kraft spokeswoman Lynne Galia said the changes were being made to address concerns expressed by consumers, including demands for improved nutrition and "simpler ingredients." "We know parents want to feel good about the foods they eat and serve their families," Galia said in an emailed statement about the changes to its macaroni and cheese product.



Chamomile tea tied to lower thyroid cancer risk


By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Consumption of chamomile tea was linked with a lower risk of thyroid cancer in a small Greek study. Researchers interviewed some Athens residents about their lifestyle, eating and drinking habits and found that people who reported drinking more chamomile tea over longer periods of time were less likely to develop thyroid malignancies or benign growths than those who didn't. While the study doesn't prove tea prevents cancer, it adds to a growing body of evidence pointing to the potential health benefits of a Mediterranean diet including lots of lean fish, fresh vegetables and healthy fats in addition to tea, study co-author Dr. Athena Linos, an environmental health researcher at Prolepsis in Greece, said by email. "The finding was not surprising to me because many aspects of the Mediterranean diet have been shown to be protective towards cancer in general," Linos said.

U.S. Supreme Court rejects appeal over Arizona 'fish pedicures'


The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal by the owner a Phoenix-area spa that ran afoul of Arizona state regulations that barred her from providing pedicures in which clients have their feet nibbled by small fish to remove dead skin. The procedure involves customers placing their feet in a water tank filled with toothless Garra rufa fish, also known as doctor fish, which suck the dead tissue off their feet to leave them feeling softer. Cindy Vong, who has operated a nail salon in the Phoenix suburb of Gilbert since 2006, introduced the treatment in 2008. In 2009, Vong was told by the Arizona Board of Cosmetology that the treatment violated the agency's safety standards, and that she could face criminal charges.

How Your Brain Learns New Things


How Your Brain Learns New ThingsHave you ever met someone who learns new things easily? Spanish, algebra, the piano -- all mastered with ease while you struggle to memorize verb conjugations, formulas and which key is middle C.Maybe you're the person who has no trouble picking up a new skill, but when friends ask how you do it you have no idea.A new study published in Nature...



3 Ways Broadband Internet Is Improving Health Care And Education


3 Ways Broadband Internet Is Improving Health Care And EducationIn many parts of the world, being able to download information on a smartphone, tablet or laptop in a few seconds is the norm. In Silicon Valley, wireless high-speed Internet connections are more ubiquitous than Starbucks.Broadband, or a wide bandwidth data transmission that has the capacity to transmit a lot of information quickly, has changed...



Heartbeat problem less likely when sleep apnea is treated


By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - For people who have both a common type of irregular heartbeat and a common sleep disorder, treating the sleep problem helps keep the heart rhythm under control, too, researchers say. The sleep disorder, obstructive sleep apnea, affects 12 million Americans and raises the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and diabetes. Using a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine reduces episodes of sleep apnea. Dr. Larry Chinitz of NYU Langone Medical Center in New York City and colleagues pooled the results of seven past studies involving more than 1,000 patients with AF and sleep apnea who were followed for seven to 42 months.

Blind Teen May Play For USC Football Team He Inspired in 2009


At 12, Jake Olson watched USC football games before losing his eyes to cancer. Now, he may play for them.

This Is What Happens to Your Body When You Run a Marathon


The 35,000 runners who line up for today???s Boston Marathon can expect their body to take quite a beating from the 26.2 mile distance.

GE in talks to sell lending, leasing portfolio to Wells Fargo: source


The General Electric logo is seen in a Sears store in SchaumburgThe talks with Wells Fargo underscore GE's urgency in looking to dismantle its GE Capital business and free itself from the financial regulatory pressures that come with it. GE earlier this month unveiled plans to exit the bulk of GE Capital over the next few years to focus more on industrial manufacturing. Chief Financial Officer Jeff Bornstein told analysts on the company's quarterly conference call last week that GE was seeing "incredible" interest in the GE Capital assets.



Task force: Mammograms in 40s a choice, but don't skip at 50


WASHINGTON (AP) — Women should get a mammogram every two years starting at age 50 — and while routine screening brings little benefit in the 40s, beginning it that early should be a personal choice, a government task force said Monday.

Texas ice cream maker recalls all products over Listeria


By Marice Richter DALLAS (Reuters) - Texas-based Blue Bell Creameries announced on Monday a voluntary recall of all its ice cream and frozen treat products from store shelves due to continuing problems with the Listeria bacteria. The move is the most recent in a string of recall announcements by the 108-year-old company, based in Brenham, after health officials said last month three people made ill by Listeria between January 2014 and January 2015 had died in a Kansas hospital where Blue Bell frozen treats were served. Monday's decision came after the bacteria was detected in Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream samples that were tested last month. "We are heartbroken about this situation and apologize to all of our loyal Blue Bell fans and customers," Blue Bell CEO Paul Kruse said.

Quest Diagnostics, French agency seek to expand breast cancer gene database


Quest Diagnostics Inc, the world's largest provider of diagnostic testing services, is working with France's national health agency to build an expanded database for BRCA1 and BRCA2 gene mutations to better determine patient hereditary risks of breast and ovarian cancer. Other medical testing companies and public laboratories can participate in the project, called BRCA Share, for which Quest will charge an annual fee in return for access to the curated database, Madison, New Jersey-based Quest said on Tuesday. Laboratory Corporation of America, Quest's biggest U.S. competitor in medical diagnostics testing, has also agreed to participate. Genetic information gathered from DNA testing is not always shared by diagnostics laboratories, which can make it difficult for those with smaller databases to analyze gene mutations.

First infant MRI study finds babies feel pain 'like adults'


By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - The brains of babies "light up" in a similar way to adults when exposed to the same painful stimulus, suggesting they feel pain much like adults do, researchers said on Tuesday. In the first of its kind study using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), scientists from Britain's Oxford University found that 18 of the 20 brain regions active in adults experiencing pain were also active in babies. Brain scans of the sleeping infants while they were subjected to mild pokes on the bottom of their feet with a special rod -- creating a sensation "like being poked with a pencil" -- also showed their brains had the same response to a slighter "poke" as adults did to a stimulus four times as strong, suggesting babies have a much lower pain threshold. "Obviously babies can't tell us about their experience of pain and it is difficult to infer pain from visual observations," said Rebeccah Slater, a doctor at Oxford's pediatrics department who led the study.

Mind training as effective as anti-depressants


Depression is often a recurring disorder, and people with a history of the ailment are frequently placed on a long-term course of anti-depressantsA form of mental training which helps people recognise the onset of depression, and control it, works as well as anti-depressants in preventing relapse, researchers said. Dubbed Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), the method may offer a welcome alternative for people wishing to avoid long-term use of anti-depressants, which can have unpleasant side effects like insomnia, constipation and sexual problems, said a study in The Lancet medical journal. In a two-year trial with 424 depression sufferers in England, researchers found that MBCT users faced a "similar" risk of relapse to those on anti-depressants. The method was not more effective than drugs, as many had hoped, but the findings nevertheless suggested "a new choice for the millions of people with recurrent depression on repeat prescriptions," said study leader Willem Kuyken, a professor of clinical psychology at the University of Oxford.



Will this remove stink from body odor?



A workout for your face?



Can't fully expect when expecting? Accurate gender


What happens when instead of the little girl everyone has been expecting and buying clothes for a little boy ends up being born? Making the wrong call happens more frequently than we realize, perhaps as high as one out of ten times.

Instilling empathy among doctors pays off


This skill is increasingly considered essential to establishing trust, the foundation of a good doctor-patient relationship.

Most Alzheimer's patients aren't diagnosed



The huge Influence of 'Lunch Lady Land'



If you must smoke, do it away from the kids



Men's memories worse than women's



Loneliness increases risk of death?



Doctors claim first successful penis transplant



Child receives his own 'Iron Man' arm



How to help your hangover



Are you an e-hypochrondriac?



A billion at risk for music-related hearing loss



New frontier in apples: Red or golden but never brown



Measles was no big deal -- until my daughter got it



How to really lose weight



'Twin fetuses' found inside newborn baby in Hong Kong


A team of Hong Kong doctors has described an extremely rare medical occurrence -- what appeared to be a pair of fetuses inside the body of a newborn baby girl.

How the Peace Corps continues to fight Ebola



Florida woman gives birth to 14.1-pound baby boy



'Frozen': Why kids can't 'Let It Go'



Aspirin a day may not be necessary for everyone's heart health



Man shows off his double arm transplant


A 40-year-old quad amputee was all thank yous at a news conference as he showed off his two new arm transplants.

President Obama links climate change, public health



Why mustard is better for you than ketchup



Why isn't Ebola airborne?


Why Ebola isn't airborne: CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta explains, using a metal pipe, marbles, baby powder and a baseball

What Miles O'Brien teaches us about loss



Vaccines are a matter of fact, not opinion



Explain it to me: Concussions



Real 'Fault in Our Stars' couple reunited by hope



Angelina Jolie's genetic tests can help you too



What is Palcohol?



Chimps still stuck in research labs despite promise of retirement



Baby buried by 2010 Haiti quake: See her now


For 10 days following the 2010 Haiti earthquake, two CNN colleagues and I lived in a tent hospital run by Project Medishare. Our hearts ached as we heard the cries of the injured, as we watched surgeons performed amputations without general anesthesia, as people died in front of our eyes.

Ebola fighter coming to U.S. for nursing school


A young Liberian woman who saved three of her relatives by nursing them back to health after they contracted the Ebola virus is coming to the United States to finish her nursing degree.

Partner yoga: Double the pleasure



The great American sleep recession


I won't take it personally if you yawn while reading this story.

6 ways to improve odds and beat heart disease



Sit smarter with yoga



Meet the mental wellness warriors



Natural family planning gets trendy


More women are saying no to hormonal birth control and yes to pregnancy prevention that sounds old-fashioned, natural family planning, also called FAM.

People who feel younger at heart live longer


Go ahead lie about your age. It may be the very thing that helps you live a longer life.

Learn to live with it: Becoming stress-free


People the world over believe that stress comes from external sources.

Hospital gowns get fashion makeovers



Fit Nation: Sweet dreams lead to better health



3 breakfast rules to follow to lose weight



9 things no one tells you about losing weight



Change up your living space to get in shape



Climbing uphill on the weight loss journey



Work-life balance and getting in shape



Want to lose weight and find romance? Start cooking



Meet the new Fit Nation team



They lost weight; so can you



Families, lawsuits, raise questions about NuvaRing



The quick hit history of medical marijuana



E-cigarette use triples among teens in one year



Your brain on weed



Your Brain on Multitasking



This surprise will help your baby learn



Does laughing make you healthier?



Diet and exercise in space



The medical secrets of the Dead Sea



New study links diet soda to belly fat



And the secret to happiness is...



Fuel right! 9 triathlon nutrition rules



One-minute solutions to improve your health



Cereal could be the key to long life



Stop drinking soda, for (your own) good



Sleep better with six minutes of bedtime yoga



10 nutritionists share McDonald's meals they'd order



What happens to your body by skipping the gym?



Eat this to reduce your risk of colon cancer



Yoga for triathletes


Training for a Triathlon? Yoga can help!

Coffee is a health food: Myth or fact?



A subway workout goes viral



4 reasons you should learn to cook



Cholesterol in food not a concern, new guidelines say



Your annual physical is a costly ritual



Infertility: Why don't more people talk about it?



You can stress-eat these superfoods



Is marijuana as safe as -- or safer than -- alcohol?



'Fearless' Ebola nurse trains at Emory University


Just eight months ago, a young woman named Fatu Kekula was single-handedly trying to save her Ebola-stricken family, donning trash bags to protect herself against the deadly virus. Today, Kekula is learning skills at Emory University that she can take back home to care for her fellow Liberians.

This could prevent dementia



Maps reveal where germs lurk on your skin



Two doctors fight for their own choice of how to die



100 year-old shares secrets to long life



Could veterans have concussion-related CTE?



Stave off soreness like a pro athlete



Public health emergency extended due to HIV epidemic



California measles outbreak over



Why happiness is healthy



Rash of hospitalizations linked to synthetic marijuana


New York state authorities have issued a health alert following a dramatic spike in hospital visits for synthetic marijuana-related emergencies.

Unbroken: Husband, wife battle rare cancers



Being there for single parents with cancer



Sofia Vergara sued over frozen embryos



'Snoring sickness' leaves you gasping for breath


It can stop you breathing for up to a minute while you sleep -- and it can happen hundreds of times a night.

The girl behind the face: Battling a rare skin disorder


Mui Thomas has a rare skin condition that leaves the skin red raw and open to infection. As a child, her parents were told she was not expected to live. She's now 22, a rugby referee and an inspirational speaker.

Grandma pregnant with quadruplets



Robert Kennedy Jr.'s strange remarks on autism


Even though he apologized for comparing it to the Holocaust, Robert Kennedy Jr. retains a bizarre view of autism.

Tobacco lawsuit: FDA guidelines violate free speech


Tobacco companies including Philip Morris and R.J. Reynolds filed suit this week against the Food and Drug Administration alleging that the FDA is violating the companies' free speech rights.

Ebola survivors, 1 year later


A population about the size of Key West, Florida, over 25,000 people became infected with Ebola in a little over a year's time. We look back a year later.

Are human head transplants coming soon?



60 years after vaccine, this could eradicate polio



Physicians to Columbia: 'Dismayed' that Dr. Oz is on faculty


Talk show host Dr. Mehmet Oz is defending himself against a group of doctors who accuse him of "manifesting an egregious lack of integrity" in his TV and promotional work, and who call his faculty position at Columbia University unacceptable.

What's behind the latest Dr. Oz controversy


Amid renewed controversy about Dr. Oz's credibility, former NBC News chief medical correspondent Dr. Bob Arnot speaks out.

How to track your medical expenses



Trick your kids into eating healthy



Quick weight loss habits for your busy day



DNA on ice: The next step in women's equality



Partner up: The fellowship of fitness



Ten diseases where medical marijuana could have impact



Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Time for medical marijuana revolution


I see signs of a revolution everywhere. I see a revolution that is burning white hot among young people, but also shows up among the parents and grandparents in my kids' school.

The lamest workout excuses trainers ever heard



Gruesome treatments from medicine's murky past



Acetaminophen reduces pain, pleasure



With breast milk online, it's buyer beware



The post-recall food safety check



Will more medical tests make us healthier?


I usually think of April as tax month, but it seems to be morphing into National Get Tested Month. Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban advised Twitterers to have their blood tested for everything available -- and to do so every three months.

First set of all-girl quintuplets born in U.S.


It's been a busy few weeks for multiples.

Can 'supergeeks' save Kenya's babies?


Can innovation save lives in Kenya's maternity wards?

Pregnant at 65: Miracle of medicine


How is that medically possible?

A silence that kills men


Why do so many fortysomething men kill themselves?

From Stratford to Rio: using Shakespeare to treat mental illness


The Brazilian medic using Shakespeare to help his patients

Why strenuous runs may not be so bad after all


Why strenuous runs may not be so bad for you after all

Uganda circumcision truck fights HIV


Uganda circumcision truck fights HIV

Schools reopen in Sierra Leone


Children in Sierra Leone go back to school for the first time in nine months, after they were closed to halt the spread of Ebola.

Ebola survivors 'face health issues'


Many Ebola survivors are likely to face further health issues - including eye and joint problems, the WHO warns.

NHS should welcome 'citizen whistleblowers'


Why the NHS should listen to people who see something amiss

'Cancer made me want mashed potato'


The strange effects of cancer on appetite

VIDEO: Parkinson's mistaken for drunkenness


According to a new study, a quarter of people with Parkinson's say they have had their symptoms mistaken for drunkenness. Jayne McCubbin reports.

VIDEO: Fighting dengue fever in Sao Paulo


The Brazilian authorities in Sao Paulo are fighting a large outbreak of dengue fever that has killed 130 people.

VIDEO: Ebola 'devastating' Sierra Leone


Sierra Leone's President Ernest Bai Koroma told the BBC's Katty Kay that Ebola had a "devastating effect on the economy".

VIDEO: Drama therapy in Rio


Doctor and director Vitor Pordeus believes his unique drama therapy can cure his patients mental health problems.

VIDEO: Being overweight 'cuts dementia risk'


Being overweight cuts the risk of dementia, according to the largest and most precise investigation into the relationship.

VIDEO: Creating food from plant proteins


The biotech start-ups looking at ways to change the way we make food.

VIDEO: 'Greater heart risk' for shorter people


A study has found that the shorter you are, the greater your risk of heart problems.

VIDEO: Helping sick children go home in SA


A scheme in South Africa is helping parents learn how to care for their children at home so they can leave hospital and live as a family.

Breath test for stomach cancer risk


A simple breath test could help predict whether people with gut problems are at high risk of developing stomach cancer, a small study suggests.

Natural childbirth expert dies


Author and anthropologist Sheila Kitzinger - who wrote more than 25 books on childbirth - has died at her Oxfordshire home at the age of 86.

Remove 'Ebola man', Nicaragua tells US


Nicaragua quarantines a US embassy man who has travelled to Liberia and asks Washington to remove him over Ebola concerns.

Australia crackdown on non-immunisers


The Australian government announces its intention to stop welfare payments to parents who refuse to vaccinate their children.

Being overweight 'cuts dementia risk'


Being overweight cuts the risk of dementia, while underweight people face the highest risk, according to a study involving nearly two million Britons.

Athlete's foot drug may be MS therapy


Two common drugs - one for treating athlete's foot and another for alleviating eczema - might be useful therapies for multiple sclerosis, scientists believe.

'Preventable rabies kills 160 per day'


More than 160 people die every day from rabies, despite it being a preventable disease, says a report by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control.

Dementia 'halted in mice brains'


Tweaking the brain's immune system with a drug has prevented mice developing dementia, a study shows.

Ebola survivors 'safe sex warning'


The WHO is urging recovered Ebola survivors to be even more cautious during sexual contact to make sure the virus is not passed on to partners.

Mindfulness 'option for depression'


A mindfulness-based therapy could provide a "new choice for millions of people" with recurrent depression, a study in the Lancet says.

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