Health News
5/28/2015

Dietary Guidance: Sustainability or Stupidity?


Dietary Guidance: Sustainability or Stupidity?As a writer, I recognize the need to be blunt at times to deliver a message effectively. I don't shy away from that requirement, but I do try to avoid insult. For one thing, you cannot communicate effectively with someone you alienate. For another, I have far too many doubts about what I think I know to disparage views with which I disagree for...



Pentagon says no suspected anthrax infections after lab mishap


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon said on Wednesday there were no suspected cases of anthrax infection among laboratory workers or risk to the general public after live samples were mistakenly sent from a military facility in Utah to nine U.S. states. Colonel Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said the military facility in Utah had been trying to develop a test to identify biological threats. (Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Eric Beech)

Rhode Island Pegs Increase of STDs to Rise of Social Media Dating


Rhode Island Department of Health officials warn that social media can facilitate high-risk behavior, including casual and anonymous sexual encounters.

Cigarette warnings on packages work better with pictures


By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - Gruesome photographs on cigarette packages may deliver more effective anti-smoking messages than words, a new analysis finds. Researchers reviewed previous studies comparing images to text warnings on cigarette boxes and found pictures commanded more attention, elicited stronger emotional reactions, summoned more negative attitudes and made it more likely that smokers would vow to quit. “They say a picture is worth a thousand words – that really seems to be the case here,” said lead study author Seth Noar, co-director of the interdisciplinary health communication program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Study reveals flaws in gene testing; results often conflict


FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011 file photo, a scientist works with DNA samples in a New Orleans laboratory. On Wedensday, May 27, 2015, the first report from a big public-private project to improve genetic testing reveals it is not as rock solid as many people believe, with flaws that result in some people wrongly advised to worry about a disease risk and others wrongly told they can relax. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)The first report from a big public-private project to improve genetic testing reveals it is not as rock solid as many people believe, with flaws that result in some people wrongly advised to worry about a disease risk and others wrongly told they can relax.



US to review pilot mental health issues after Germanwings crash


US aviation regulators announced on Wednesday a study of the mental health of US airline pilots in the wake of the Germanwings and Malaysia Airlines disastersThe Federal Aviation Administration said the study's findings could result in changes to the way pilots are evaluated for fitness to fly. The crash of a Germanwings flight in France in late March, killing all 150 people aboard, apparently was deliberately caused by a co-pilot who had a history of severe depression. A Malaysia Airlines flight inexplicably went missing in a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing in 2014.



California scientists test Ecstasy as anxiety-reducer for gravely ill


Undated handout of ecstasy pills, which contain MDMA as their main chemicalBy Emmett Berg SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - California scientists are testing whether the illegal psychoactive drug commonly known as Ecstasy could help alleviate anxiety for terminally ill patients, the trial's principal funder said on Tuesday. At least a dozen subjects with life-threatening diseases like cancer, and who are expected to live at least 9 months, will participate in the double-blind trial over the next year in Marin County, said Brad Burge, spokesman for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. Each subject will be randomly given either a full dose - 125 milligrams of MDMA followed up later by a supplemental dose - or a placebo with none of the drug, Burge said.



U.S. to review pilot mental health after Germanwings crash


By Jeffrey Dastin and David Morgan NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A panel of experts from government and industry will review how the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration monitors the mental health of commercial pilots and will make recommendations within six months, the agency said Wednesday. Formation of the Pilot Fitness Aviation Rulemaking Committee was announced two months after a Germanwings flight crashed in the French Alps. The committee of U.S. and international experts will examine methods used to evaluate pilots' emotional health as well as the barriers to reporting any issues, the FAA said.

India's Modi to perform yoga at mass public event


Modi reacts as he speaks to members of the Australian-Indian community during a reception at the Allphones Arena located at Sydney Olympic Park in western SydneyIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will perform yoga at a public event next month, part of his international drive to increase participation in the ancient Indian discipline.Modi will practice physical poses and breathing control at the event on the country's main ceremonial avenue, in the capital New Delhi, on June 21, government and ruling party officials said. The United Nations declared June 21 the first International Day of Yoga after adopting a measure proposed by the Modi government. Modi used his first speech at the U.N. General Assembly in September to call for such a day to be recognized.



Two glasses of wine per day could be bad for seniors' hearts


Large quantities of alcohol also have similar toxic effects on cardiac muscle cells in young test subjects.While alcohol in small doses could indeed have protective effects on the cardiovascular system, a new study suggests that in greater quantities it can also be toxic for the heart, especially among seniors. According to a new scientific study published on May 26 in the journal "Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging," exceeding two glasses of wine per day for men, and one per day for women, could alter cardiac function and structure. Dr. Scott Solomon, a professor at Harvard Medical School, and his team of researchers analyzed data on the alcohol consumption of 4,466 men and women with an average age of 75.



First hearing in House lawsuit over Obama health law


WASHINGTON (AP) — Obama administration attorneys are urging a federal judge to throw out an election-year lawsuit by House Republicans over the president's health care law.

NIH: Major study finds earlier HIV treatment improves health


FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2015 file photo, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. A major international study says don’t delay in seeking HIV treatment: Starting medication soon after diagnosis helps keep people healthy longer. People who started anti-AIDS drugs while their immune system was still strong were far less likely to develop AIDS or other serious illnesses than if they waited until blood tests showed their immune system was starting to weaken, the U.S. National Institutes of Health announced Wednesday. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A major international study sought to settle how soon is best to start HIV treatment — and the advice is don't delay.



H5N1 bird flu confirmed on two farms in Ghana


Health officials cull chickens in AgbataTests on poultry at two farms in Ghana, including one in the capital, Accra, have confirmed the presence of H5N1 avian flu, the country's state research institute said on Wednesday. The Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research said five of six samples tested positive for the disease earlier this month. Avian flu has already struck several other countries in West Africa, including Ghana's neighbours Niger and Burkina Faso.



Leave cancelled for India's doctors as heat wave kills 1,300


Sheep cross a parched area of a dried-up pond on a hot summer day on the outskirts of New DelhiA heat wave in India has killed at least 1,371 people this week as temperatures soar above 47 Celsius (116.6 Fahrenheit), and doctors' leave has been cancelled to help cope with the sick. May and June are India's hottest months, with temperatures regularly pushing above 40 Celsius. The death toll in the worst affected states of Andhra Pradesh in the southeast and nearby Telangana is more than double the toll from a shorter hot spell there last year, officials said, with most of those killed elderly or labourers suffering sunstroke or dehydration.



Self-healing robots take step towards disaster relief


Self-healing robots take step towards disaster reliefScientists on Wednesday said they had created a small robot that can recover from damage, in a step towards machines that mimic the remarkable adaptive powers of humans and animals. The feat could one day lead to first-responder robots which can cope with dangers that today would put them out of operation, they said. "The idea is to have robots that can survive in hostile environments such as a Fukushima-type nuclear disaster," said Jean-Baptiste Mouret of the Pierre and Marie Curie University in Paris.



S. Korea reports seven MERS cases, one suspect flies to China


South Korea confirms two more MERS virus infections, bringing the total number of cases to seven, as one suspected victim ignored warnings and flew to China on a business tripSouth Korea said Thursday it had confirmed two more MERS virus infections, bringing the total number of cases to seven, as one suspected victim ignored warnings and flew to China on a business trip. The infections, all traced to the original case of a 68-year-old man diagnosed on May 20 after returning from a trip to Saudi Arabia, have triggered public concerns of a wider outbreak. Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) is considered a deadlier but less infectious cousin of the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) virus that appeared in Asia in 2003 and killed hundreds of people, mostly in China.



U.S. military mistakenly ships live anthrax to labs in nine states


The Centers for Disease Control sign is seen at its main facility in AtlantaBy Phil Stewart and Sharon Begley WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. military mistakenly sent live anthrax bacteria to laboratories in nine U.S. states and a U.S. air base in South Korea, after apparently failing to properly inactivate the bacteria last year, U.S. officials said on Wednesday. The Pentagon said there was no known suspected infection or risk to the public. Twenty-two personnel at the base in South Korea were also given precautionary medical measures although none have shown sign of exposure, the U.S. military said.



South Korea's tally of MERS cases at seven; one suspected patient heads to China


South Korea's tally of patients of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) rose to seven on Thursday, with authorities saying one suspected victim skipped out of voluntary home quarantine to take a trip to China. A rise in MERS cases has stirred alarm in South Korea, with health authorities being criticized for not moving quickly and effectively enough to quarantine suspected patients. Two new victims are believed to have caught the virus from the first case confirmed last week, a 68-year-old man who had traveled to Bahrain in April and May, and returned to South Korea via Qatar.

Possible anthrax sample destroyed at U.S. Air Force base in South Korea


Twenty-two personnel at a U.S. Air Force Base in South Korea have been given emergency medical treatment after being exposed to a possible live sample of anthrax, the U.S. military said in a statement on Thursday. The anthrax was destroyed on Wednesday when a sample initially expected to be inactive and destined for a training exercise was suspected of being live, according to a statement by the U.S. Air Force 51st Fighter Wing in the South Korean city of Osan, 35 kms (21 miles) south of Seoul.

Don't delay: Study confirms early treatment is best for HIV


FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2015 file photo, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. A major international study says don’t delay in seeking HIV treatment: Starting medication soon after diagnosis helps keep people healthy longer. People who started anti-AIDS drugs while their immune system was still strong were far less likely to develop AIDS or other serious illnesses than if they waited until blood tests showed their immune system was starting to weaken, the U.S. National Institutes of Health announced Wednesday. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)WASHINGTON (AP) — A major international study says HIV patients shouldn't delay in seeking treatment: Starting medication soon after diagnosis helps keep people healthy longer.



Wisconsin judge to rule in August on Slenderman trial venue


By Brendan O'Brien WAUKESHA, Wis. (Reuters) - A Wisconsin judge said on Wednesday he will decide in August whether one of two girls accused of stabbing a classmate 19 times to please the fictional character Slenderman will face trial in juvenile or adult court. The girls, Anissa Weier and Morgan Geyser, were charged as adults with attempted first-degree homicide in the May 2014 attack on a classmate in Waukesha, a suburb of Milwaukee. Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Michael Bohren heard testimony over two days on a request from Weier's attorneys to move her case to juvenile court.

Pentagon: Military mistakenly shipped live anthrax samples


Pentagon: Military mistakenly shipped live anthrax samplesWASHINGTON (AP) — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday it is investigating what the Pentagon called an inadvertent shipment of live anthrax spores to government and commercial laboratories in as many as nine states, as well as one overseas, that expected to receive dead spores.



U.S. Army shipped anthrax samples over more than year-long period


Two U.S. Army facilities, the Dugway Proving Ground in Utah, and the Edgewood Chemical Biological Center in Maryland, mistakenly shipped suspected live anthrax samples from March 2014 through April 2015, a U.S. official said on Wednesday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Dugway Proving Ground had reported, apparently erroneously, the inactivation of the anthrax stock in question following its treatment with gamma irradiation. The samples originated at Dugway but were also later shipped from Edgewood to U.S. federal, private and academic facilities, the official said, adding, however, that there were no suspected anthrax infections so far or risk to the general public.

Colorado cinema gunman's writings show murder plans, musings


File photo of James Holmes sitting in court for an advisement hearing at the Arapahoe County Justice Center in CentennialBy Keith Coffman CENTENNIAL, Colo., (Reuters) - A journal that Colorado cinema gunman James Holmes wrote before he opened fire inside a packed theater contains his plans to commit a mass killing, interspersed with personal musings and philosophical questions, a document showed on Wednesday. The writings were introduced by prosecutors in the murder trial of the 27-year-old California native and former neuroscience graduate student who is charged with multiple counts of first-degree murder and attempted murder. Holmes has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to fatally shooting 12 moviegoers and wounding 70 more in a suburban Denver theater during a screening of the Batman film “The Dark Knight Rises.” Holmes, who could face the death penalty over the July 2012 rampage, mailed a spiral notebook containing the writings to his psychiatrist a day before he launched his attack on the theater.



Hundreds rally in Myanmar over 'boat people' crisis


By Aubrey Belford and Hnin Yadana Zaw YANGON (Reuters) - Hundreds of protesters marched through the streets of Myanmar's largest city of Yangon on Wednesday to denounce foreign criticism of the country's treatment of stateless Rohingya Muslims. About 300 people, led by about 30 Buddhist monks, shouted slogans against the United Nations and Western media, who they accuse of unfairly blaming Myanmar for a "boat people" crisis that has seen thousands of trafficked Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants wash up in Southeast Asia in recent weeks. Protest leaders argued that the vast majority of those who have landed or been rescued at sea were citizens of neighboring Bangladesh, who were pretending to be Rohingya in order to receive refugee protection.

Wearable fitness tracker maker Fitbit sued by rival Jawbone


By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Wearable fitness tracking device maker Fitbit Inc is being accused by rival Jawbone of attempting to steal core confidential data about Jawbone's business, according to a lawsuit filed on Wednesday. The lawsuit, filed in San Francisco Superior Court, alleges Fitbit engaged in a clandestine effort to steal talent, trade secrets and intellectual property. A number of recently departed employees used USB thumb drives and other tactics to take information about Jawbone's supply chain, gross margins, product lineup and market predictions, the lawsuit said. ...

US high court: California county drug disposal law stands


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court is letting a Northern California county's drug disposal law stand, paving the way for similar ordinances elsewhere.

Four people in U.S. may be taking medication after anthrax mishap


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. authorities have so far recommended that four civilians take precautionary medication after a U.S. military facility in Utah mistakenly shipped live samples of anthrax, instead of inactive ones, a U.S. official said on Wednesday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, did not describe the medication, saying only that it was a form of "preventative prophylaxis." (Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Sandra Maler)

How to Stop Being So Self-Critical: ANGTFT


How to Stop Being So Self-Critical: ANGTFT"But about a month before my friend Pammy died, she said something that may have permanently changed me. We had gone shopping for a dress for me to wear that night to a nightclub with the man I was seeing at the time. Pammy was in a wheelchair, wearing her Queen Mum wig, the Easy Rider look in her eyes. I tried on a lavender minidress, which is...



Rolls Royces, movies: private India hospitals go luxe for growth


A general view of the lobby area is pictured at the Fortis Memorial Hospital at GurgaonBy Zeba Siddiqui and Aditya Kalra MUMBAI/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Cinemas, Rolls-Royces and rooms so plush they could belong in a five-star hotel: private hospital operators in India are all but rolling out a red carpet to lure affluent locals and tourists to seek medical treatment at their luxe facilities. Local hospital firms including Fortis Healthcare Ltd, Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Ltd and privately owned Medanta have built or upgraded facilities to tap the top-end of a private healthcare sector industry body ASSOCHAM estimates would grow 20 percent a year from 2013 to become a $125 billion market in two years time. Overseas rivals including Dubai-based Aster DM Healthcare and ABV Group are also investing in luxury healthcare in India, attracted by strong demand for quality medical care which, due to lower costs and a weaker rupee, they can offer to patients at below-international prices.



Pentagon says one anthrax sample sent to South Korea


The Pentagon said on Wednesday that a suspected live sample of anthrax was sent to a U.S. base in South Korea, in addition to the samples mistakenly sent to nine U.S. states, but stressed no personnel have shown signs of possible exposure. "The sample was destroyed in accordance with appropriate protocols," said Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steve Warren, adding the sample was sent to Osan Air Base.

Mexico working hard to prevent new outbreaks of bird flu: official


Mexico is working hard to prevent outbreaks of a bird flu epidemic that has stricken the U.S. poultry and egg industry in recent months, a senior Mexican agriculture ministry official said on Wednesday. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, was responding to comments on Tuesday by a world health official who said that Mexico was particularly vulnerable. Bernard Vallat, director-general of the Paris-based World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), said there is a high risk that bird flu strains could spread within the American continent, mainly to Mexico.

FDA approves Actavis, Valeant drugs for irritable bowel syndrome


By Toni Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. health regulators approved new irritable bowel syndrome drugs from Actavis Plc and Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc on Wednesday, validating big investments both companies made to acquire the products. The Food and Drug Administration approved eluxadoline, to be sold under the brand name Viberzi, which Actavis obtained with its $1.1 billion acquisition last year of Furiex Pharmaceuticals. The agency also approved Valeant's Xifaxan, also known as rifaximin, which the company acquired with its $11 billion purchase earlier this year of Salix Pharmaceuticals Ltd. Both drugs are designed to treat diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-D), a condition that affects about 28 million people in the United States and Europe and can cause abdominal pain, bloating and diarrhea.

FDA ban nearly wiped out deaths, poisonings from ephedra


By Gene Emery NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A 13-year tally of deaths and poisonings from ephedra show a spectacular decline after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned the sale of weight loss products containing the herb in 2004. "The number of poisonings resulting in major effects or deaths has decreased by more than 98% since 2002. The 2004 FDA ban has proved to be a very effective means of limiting the availability of ephedra and therefore its potential toxicity in the United States," Illinois researchers report in the May 28 New England Journal of Medicine.

Poverty-linked heart risks greatest for poor black women, younger adults


By Kathryn Doyle (Reuters Health) - Among African American adults with low education and income levels, the increase in risk of heart disease or stroke associated with living in poverty is largest for women and people under age 50, according to a large new study. In the Mississippi African American population studied, women with the lowest “socioeconomic position“ were more than twice as likely to have heart disease or stroke as those with the highest socioeconomic position. The effect was also greatest among younger adults, with low-income men and women under age 50 more than three times as likely to experience cardiovascular problems compared to peers with the highest socioeconomic status, according to lead author Samson Y. Gebreab of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

One Stretch to Wake Up Your Body


One Stretch to Wake Up Your BodyIt feels amazing first thing in the morning--trust.By Amy Schlinger, SELF Photo of Jenn by Jay SullivanBring your body to life first thing in the A.M. and give your muscles a natural caffeine-like boost with this feel-good stretch from Jenn Seracuse, Director of Pilates at Flex Studios in New York City.Consider this your chance to ease into...



New drugs from Bristol, Merck at forefront of cancer meeting


New data to be released this weekend should help deepen the understanding of how broadly new drugs that unleash the body's immune system to fight cancer can be used. Results from key clinical trials will be presented starting Friday in Chicago at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. "It's going to be an important meeting to get some more (details) on the PD-1 and PD-L1 drugs," said Morningstar analyst Damien Conover.     Bristol's Opdivo, or nivolumab, was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in December to treat advanced melanoma.

South Sudan hunger at its worst since independence in 2011-experts


Residents displaced due to the recent fighting between government and rebel forces in the Upper Nile capital Malakal wait at a World Food Program (WFP) outpost where thousands have taken shelter in Kuernyang PayamBy Katy Migiro NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More than 40 percent of South Sudan's 11 million people need food aid, the latest analysis shows, the highest hunger levels recorded in the world's youngest country, where fighting erupted 18 months ago. Conflict, high food prices and the worsening economy have pushed 4.6 million South Sudanese into hunger, according to the analysis carried out by hunger experts from aid agencies and the government. The number has almost doubled since the start of the year, and those facing hunger in the northeast African nation include 874,000 children under five, the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis showed.



Women in Business Q&A: Dr. Caroline Cederquist, M.D.; author of The MD Factor


Caroline read her first statistics about obesity at a very young age. Growing up, the majority of Caroline's family was overweight. Through her knowledge of weight management, she is proof that you can manage your genetic predispositions through healthy lifestyle changes and has encouraged her to help America incorporate health into their...

Global study finds early treatment is effective against HIV


Global study finds early treatment is effective against HIVEarly antiretroviral treatment after diagnosis of HIV infection significantly reduces the likelihood of getting AIDS or other serious illnesses, according to results from a large international clinical trial published Wednesday. Researchers said this data combined with previous studies showing that antiretroviral drugs help prevent HIV transmission to healthy sexual partners indicate that such treatment is beneficial for everyone diagnosed with the virus. "We now have clear-cut proof that it is of significantly greater health benefit to an HIV-infected person to start antiretroviral therapy sooner rather than later," said Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.



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.

Learn to live with it: Becoming stress-free


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

Want to be an optimist? Pick up these positive habits



9 ways to fall asleep faster



Unbroken: Husband, wife battle rare cancers



The lamest workout excuses trainers ever heard



Coping with infertility: Don't give up hope, and more advice


When we asked readers to share their infertility stories with us on iReport, they opened up about their personal journeys, but also provided advice for people experiencing infertility, and the families of these couples, as well.

Infertility: When adoption is not an option


Many infertile women are asked, "Why don't you just adopt?" But adoption is too costly for some women. For others, it's not right for their family.

Infertility: Causes and solutions



At a crossroads: 4 infertility journeys



Hospital gowns get fashion makeovers



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



9 things no one tells you about losing weight



Fit Nation challenge update: 'It's launch time!'



Partner up: The fellowship of fitness



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



Time for medical marijuana revolution



Emergency on helicopter as Nepal quake victim stops breathing



President Obama links climate change, public health



'Fearless' Ebola nurse trains at Emory University



Real 'Fault in Our Stars' couple reunited by hope



Angelina Jolie's genetic tests can help you too



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.

Your brain on weed



Your Brain on Multitasking



This surprise will help your baby learn



Does laughing make you healthier?



New study links diet soda to belly fat



Trick your brain to avoid 'portion distortion'



Quick weight loss habits for your busy day



You can stress-eat these superfoods



Stave off soreness like a pro athlete



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



Fit Nation: Sweet dreams lead to better health



3 breakfast rules to follow to lose weight



Bullying at school on the decline, says new report



Fat or fit? These 'obese' sports stars tip the scales


In a sports world full of rippling torsos and shredded six-packs, these elite athletes are proud of their extra pounds -- they're the "fat guys who shouldn't have made it."

Opinion: Policy still discriminates against gay blood donors



U.S. mom gives birth in transit, finds herself in hospital predicament



Football getting safer, but there's a lot to be learned



What's in a disease name? WHO has recommendations



Ebola declared dead in Liberia



Mom's photo leads to horrifying discovery



San Francisco outlaws smokeless tobacco



2 babies die, dozens hospitalized after vaccination



Doctor declared free of Ebola finds virus in his eye



Can you decode food labels?



Migraine relief through cycling and more



America's wheeziest, sneeziest Cities



What every 50-year-old needs to know



Explain it to me: Concussions



Can you tell if your child is overweight?



Want to sleep better? Skip the meds



When bills become a health hazard



Put down that energy drink!



50% increase in breast cancer cases by 2030?



Put this in their lunchbox



The quick hit history of medical marijuana



How to track your medical expenses



E-cigarette use triples among teens in one year



Bullying study's results surprise



Weight loss weapon: A shopping list



Meet the doctor who treats America's homeless



A better way to give birth


Midwife-attended births have better outcomes than standard hospital births, treat childbirth like natural process it is. Why aren't they common in U.S.?

Epilepsy patients need more than pot


In CNN's "Weed" series, Dr. Sanjay Gupta called for a "marijuana revolution" to help patients who are suffering from pain, seizures, and other serious medical conditions. As a mother of a daughter with Aicardi syndrome, a very rare disorder that causes hard-to-control seizures and significant physical and cognitive disabilities, I couldn't agree more.

Why you really are extra tasty to mosquitoes


Scientist say there is a real reason for it: blame your parents. For the first time, scientists discovered a possible genetic reason why some of us are mosquito magnets, at least according to a pilot study from the London School of Hygiene &Tropical Medicine.

The good memory diet



Risk of the lonely distance runner



How this bra could save your life



Stressed? The unexpected reasons why



Grandmother, 65, gives birth to quadruplets



New Jersey man dies of Lassa fever



Emotions run high amid cancer charity scam



Woman battling anorexia helped after social media plea



Salmonella outbreak may be caused by raw tuna



Canine flu outbreak: How can I keep my dog safe?



Woman battling anorexia pleads for help on social media



Nepal quakes: Medics race to avert health crisis



Rapper helps save driver in diabetic shock


Rap group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony scored a Grammy with their song "Tha Crossroads," which paid tribute to loved ones they had lost. But rapper Layzie Bone may have helped save a life recently.

Runner collapses sobbing after every race



Mad Men got the smoking issue right after all


The show didn't stint on showing the negative consequences of smoking.

Sexual assault victim in India dies after 42 years in coma



Florida's Valencia College sued over forced vaginal exams



WHO announces changes after widespread Ebola criticism



Gupta: Amtrak engineer may have form of amnesia



Fittest cities in U.S. and why



Suicide rates among young black boys on the rise



Why spring (yawn) makes us (yawn) sleepy



What 'natural,' other words on food labels really mean



'Elder orphans' of the Baby Boom generation


Nearly one quarter of Americans 65 and older have no family to help care for them. The outlook for the future is not any brighter. Based on 2012 U.S. Census data, about one third of Americans age 45 to 63 are single, and in a position to become orphans as they age.

Foods to help you get regular



How he lost 100 pounds by eating at work


At his heaviest, Lucas Weaver weighed 289 pounds. But in addition to losing weight, Weaver also shed his shyness and personal frustrations for new found confidence.

37 ways to get better sleep



11 best running camps in the U.S.



Chronic depression may increase stroke risk



Travel often? Try this to relax



Quitting smoking relies on stronger brain networks



Mother, son both fighting cancer



Frequent tanner shares grisly skin-cancer selfie


Tawny Willoughby used a tanning bed 4 to 5 times a week in high school. Now, at 27, she's dealing with painful skin-cancer treatments.

Meet CrossFit's Fittest Man on Earth



What happens in the classroom after a concussion?



When couples are out of sync about sex


Get a group of married women together and the topic of sex -- or more specifically how their partners want it more than they do -- invariably comes up.

Why you are constantly hungry



What is flakka and why is it more dangerous than cocaine?


It gives users the strength and fury of the Incredible Hulk and is easy to fatally overdose.

How bad is booze anyway? 6 crazy facts



The bacteria battle waged in your gut



What 'Type A' people want you to know



Food #fail: 10 things you're eating incorrectly



6 proven methods to help you quit smoking



When you have the 'right to die,' but don't want to


Stephanie Packer was 29 when she found out she has a terminal lung disease. It's the same age as Brittany Maynard, who last year was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and opted to end her life via physician-assisted suicide. But unlike Maynard, Packer says physician-assisted suicide will never be an option for her.

Why good people do bad things



Fighting off fear with jiujitsu



The men who wear white hats to save lives


The White Helmets, a humanitarian organization, has saved 18,000 lives in three years and recently been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Why more women are going 'Wild'



Fit Nation: 'You can do anything you put your mind to'



Free mental safe house opens in New York City



'I'm bad with names' is a real thing



Deaf doctor makes patients feel heard



Mammograms: Are they needed or not?



Is your pet going to make you ill?


Pets give us companionship and affection, but they can also give us diseases. Although it is rare to get sick from our furry and feathered friends, some outbreaks seem to crop up perennially.

Best sunscreens of 2015 you're not using


Skin cancer is one of the most preventable cancers, but few Americans are using sunscreen despite access to sunscreen databases designed to help them choose the best options.

Brain injury: Stories of changed lives


Stories of lives changed through brain injury

Nepal quakes: Treating the spinally injured


Treating the spinally injured

Canadians face midwife shortages


A Canadian province's dire shortage of midwives

Fighting HIV where no-one admits it's a problem


The country where the number of people with HIV is soaring

The perils of contact lenses


Some of the infection risks, and the dos and don'ts

Brain-reading implant controls arm


A man has been able to control a robotic limb with a mind-reading implant in his brain.

'Rosetta Stone' for prostate cancer


Scientists have unveiled a comprehensive genetic map of advanced prostate cancer, hailing it as the disease's "Rosetta Stone".

'Home-brewed morphine' made possible


Scientists have figured out how to brew morphine using the same kit used to make beer at home.

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: Vicar who contracted HIV after attack


Reverend Hayley Young who contracted HIV through a non-sexual attack speaks to the Victoria Derbyshire programme.

VIDEO: Can this app help teach surgeons?


The app which allows trainee surgeons to practice medical techniques

VIDEO: Why campaigners are giving toys disabilities


Toy Like Me campaigner Rebecca Atkinson explains why parents of children with disabilities want to see a new generation of toys bringing greater diversity to the playroom.

VIDEO: Smart knife identifies brain tumours


Researchers at Imperial College London are developing a device that could allow neurosurgeons to instantly identify cancerous brain tumours.

VIDEO: Why measure feet with iPads?


The Clarks shoe company started using iPads to measure children's feet last year, and it's all about capturing invaluable foot data.

VIDEO: The Filipinos who make fake diplomas


Detectives investigating the killings at Stepping Hill Hospital flew to Victorino Chua's native Philippines, where their investigation has cast serious doubt over his medical qualifications.

VIDEO: Did killer nurse fake qualifications?


Greater Manchester Police say the investigation which led to Victorino Chua's arrest and conviction was one of the the biggest and most complex it has ever carried out.

VIDEO: Battle against drug-resistant malaria


The rise of drug-resistant malaria in south-east Asia is leading to new strategies to eliminate the disease from the region.

The myth of bad British teeth


The myth that British teeth are bad

Breast cancer 'alters bone to spread'


Breast cancers can change the structure of bone to make it easier to spread there, a study finds.

Excess caffeine health warning - EU


Drinking more than five espressos worth of caffeine a day may be damaging to health, according to the European Food Safety Authority.

Tattoo troubles 'relatively common'


A small survey in the United States finds 10% of people have skin reactions after getting a tattoo.

Kenya payout over birth control


A Kenyan court orders a private hospital to pay $48,000 (£31,000) to a woman who became pregnant despite having a contraceptive implant.

Teen obesity 'link to bowel cancer'


Being overweight or obese in adolescence is linked to a greater risk of bowel cancer later in life, a study suggests.

Depression makes heart failure worse


People with heart failure must be screened for signs of depression and offered counselling, scientists say.

Guineans jailed over Ebola taxi body


Six Guineans are put into prison isolation and will face trial for violating the health emergency after moving the body of an Ebola victim in a taxi.

Quarter of skin cells 'on road to cancer'


More than a quarter of a middle-aged person's skin may have already made the first steps towards cancer, a study suggests.

'Give HIV drugs at diagnosis'


HIV drugs should be given at the moment of diagnosis, according to a major trial that could change the way the disease is treated.

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