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Ikigai: The Japanese secret to living longer

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 02:33:10 GMT

What if you could live longer just by doing more of what you love to do most?

More than 200 cases of polio-like illness under investigation

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 03:58:42 GMT

There have been 80 confirmed cases of the polio-like illness known as AFM in 25 states this year as of Friday, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday.

Juul to eliminate social media accounts, stop retail sales of flavors

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 23:45:57 GMT

The CEO of e-cigarette maker Juul announced plans Tuesday to eliminate some of its social media accounts and halt most retail sales of flavor products as part of a plan to restrict access to minors. The plan came in response to the US Food and Drug Administration's September announcement that it would investigate major e-cigarette makers and review their sales and marketing practices.

For some cancer patients, precision medicine offers hope

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 09:04:34 GMT

Medical treatments targeting the DNA in tumor cells are celebrated, but insurers often won't cover the skyrocketing cost.

Which alcoholic beverages are more diet-friendly?

Fri, 09 Nov 2018 09:22:30 GMT

I often tell people to steer clear of alcoholic beverages when trying to lose weight. After all, they don't exactly provide nutritious calories, and consuming them can make it increasingly more challenging to lose weight. But that doesn't stop people from asking me, "what is the best drink to have on a diet?"

States may now broaden mental health treatment under Medicaid

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 22:34:48 GMT

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services may now allow for states to pursue Medicaid reimbursements for short-term inpatient treatment in mental health facilities despite a decades-old exclusion, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced Tuesday.

How to talk to your kids about online hate speech

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 12:06:01 GMT

Hate speech is all over the internet. Fueled by trolls, extremists, false information, and a group mentality, this kind of cruelty against a religion, ethnicity, sexual identity, gender, race has reached a fever pitch. And while some kids will be attacked, and some may be swept up in the powerful rhetoric, the vast majority of kids will be victims of everyday, casual exposure.

For 10 years, a chemical not EPA approved was in their drinking water

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 05:51:02 GMT

For 10 years, some residents in Denmark, South Carolina, have been suspicious of the rust-colored water coming from their taps. They've been collecting samples in jars and using bottled or spring water, even though the local and state government assured them it was safe.

Ebola outbreak worst in history of Democratic Republic of Congo

Mon, 12 Nov 2018 08:30:00 GMT

The Democratic Republic of Congo is facing the worst Ebola outbreak in the country's history, according to officials.

Jury delivers $25.5 million 'statement' to Aetna to change its ways

Sat, 10 Nov 2018 21:03:27 GMT

An Oklahoma jury has awarded $25.5 million to the family of a cancer patient denied coverage by Aetna, with jurors saying that the insurer acted "recklessly" and that the verdict was meant as a message for Aetna to change its ways.

Doctors share gun stories, demand action after NRA tells them to 'stay in their lane'

Sat, 10 Nov 2018 01:37:21 GMT

Two signs of the times: another mass shooting and more Twitter outrage. This time, though, the barbs over social media came from the medical community in response to a tweet from the National Rifle Association.

Coca-Cola scales back Christmas truck tour after backlash

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 18:20:45 GMT

Coca-Cola has slimmed down its Christmas truck tour through Britain amid opposition from health campaigners.

'Move more, sit less,' government says in new exercise guidelines

Mon, 12 Nov 2018 17:54:46 GMT

If you're sitting down while reading this, stand up. Guidelines released Monday by the federal government show that most Americans are not getting the exercise they need, costing the health care system over $100 billion each year.

As more cases confirmed, CDC says evidence suggests 'viral association' for AFM

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 19:36:57 GMT

There are 10 more confirmed cases of acute flaccid myelitis, a polio-like illness that mostly affects children, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Tuesday, bringing the total number of confirmed cases to 90 in 27 states this year.

Death of 13-year-old fuels debate over Muay Thai kickboxing competitions

Thu, 15 Nov 2018 05:18:23 GMT

A teenage boy has died after being knocked unconscious during a Thai kickboxing match on Saturday, according to a local police source.

The real science behind fascia ailments

Thu, 08 Nov 2018 08:45:30 GMT

Most of you have probably never heard of fascia, or if you have, it may be in the context of "blasting" it to treat cellulite. But talking about fascia has become trendy recently, and not only in the context of looking better in your swimsuit.

Her kidney donation now could save her granddaughter's life later

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 20:30:42 GMT

When Meghann Adams learned that she was pregnant in early 2015, she was ecstatic. Starting a family with her husband, Chris, had not been easy, but she was carrying twins. They were to be named Delly and Aubrey.

US has highest rate of drug overdoses, study says

Mon, 12 Nov 2018 22:00:28 GMT

The United States has more than double the rate of premature overdose deaths of at least 12 other countries, according to a new study.

Parents accuse CDC of not reporting children's deaths from polio-like AFM

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 19:58:22 GMT

Parents of children who had a horrifying polio-like illness are accusing the Centers for Disease Control of hiding the deaths of two children who suffered from the condition.

Cancer surpasses heart disease as leading cause of death in many US counties

Mon, 12 Nov 2018 22:03:57 GMT

An important transition is happening across the United States: Cancer was the leading cause of death in more counties in 2015 than 13 years earlier, a new study finds. However, the opposite was true for heart disease during that period; fewer counties reported it as the top killer.

All adults should be screened for unhealthy alcohol use

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 01:46:47 GMT

You can expect a "drinking checkup" when you visit the doctor. All adults, including pregnant women, should be screened for unhealthy alcohol use by their primary care physicians, the United States Preventive Services Task Force advises. For those patients who drink above the recommended limits, doctors should provide brief counseling to help them reduce their drinking, according to the new task force statement published Tuesday in the medical journal JAMA.

New cholesterol guidelines offer a more personalized approach

Sun, 11 Nov 2018 12:57:36 GMT

New cholesterol guidelines recommend a more personalized approach in risk assessments, a returned focus on LDL target levels and new drug options for those at highest risk for cardiovascular disease. The guidelines were announced Saturday during the American Heart Association's annual scientific conference.

Neanderthals' lives weren't more violent than humans', study suggests

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 18:00:43 GMT

For years, researchers analyzing traumatic injuries found on Neanderthal fossils believed they had lived dangerous, violent lives.

Freakshakes contain "grotesque" levels of sugar, say campaigners

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 17:13:41 GMT

It will come as no surprise that milkshakes loaded with sweets, chocolate bars, cream and cake, known as freakshakes, contain "grotesque levels" of sugar.

Vitamin D, omega-3 supplements do not prevent cancer or heart disease, study says

Sat, 10 Nov 2018 20:00:25 GMT

Vitamin D and omega-3 supplements do not prevent cancer or heart disease, a new study finds, the latest in the years-long debate over their benefits.

Five-minute neck scan can spot dementia 10 years earlier, say scientists

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 02:21:49 GMT

A five-minute neck scan could predict a person's risk of developing dementia a full decade before symptoms emerge, researchers have said.

Low-carb diets might be best for maintaining weight loss, study says

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 22:59:39 GMT

The best way to maintain weight loss may be to change your diet to one low in carbohydrates, according to new research.

Coronary calcium screening better predicts heart disease risk, research finds

Mon, 12 Nov 2018 20:25:53 GMT

Last year, President Donald Trump's doctors screened him for heart disease using a test unfamiliar to many Americans. Now, research shows that that test, either alone or combined with other evaluation methods, is better at predicting whether a symptomatic patient required heart surgery than the standard evaluation.

London's low-emission zone ineffective in improving child lung health, study says

Wed, 14 Nov 2018 23:30:17 GMT

Traffic control measures have improved air quality in London, but the number of children with poor lung capacity because of traffic pollution remains high, a new analysis says.

Are the health benefits of celery juice real?

Tue, 13 Nov 2018 11:35:56 GMT

It sounds simple enough: juice a bunch of celery, drink it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, and wait for the health benefits to roll in.

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