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Superbugs and antivaxxers make WHO's list of 10 global health threats

Mon, 21 Jan 2019 05:58:12 GMT

Your gender and body size affect your lifespan

Tue, 22 Jan 2019 09:51:20 GMT

Living to the ripe old age of 90 may depend on your body size -- both height and weight -- as well as your level of physical activity, and seems to influence a woman's lifespan more than it does a man's, according to a new study published Monday in the medical journal BMJ.

The FDA is considering drugs to help kids quit vaping

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 19:49:49 GMT

The US Food and Drug Administration is considering the role of drug therapies to get kids to quit vapes and other nicotine products, with medical organizations and vaping groups weighing in during a public hearing Friday on how to address rising levels of e-cigarette use among youth.

250,000 deaths a year from climate change is a 'conservative estimate,' research says

Wed, 16 Jan 2019 22:19:13 GMT

Climate change could "halt and reverse" progress made in human health over the last century.

This "brain training app" can help you stay focused, says new study

Mon, 21 Jan 2019 21:21:29 GMT

Our digital lives make concentration difficult. Everybody has experienced working on a task, then being interrupted by the swooshing sound of the email icon popping up, only to be side-tracked by the pinging notification of a text on our smartphones, or digital watches. By the time we return to our original project it feels as if we have to start all over, because we have lost our train of thought.

His parents asked him to find a cure for his sexuality. The law was on their side

Mon, 21 Jan 2019 09:33:04 GMT

For months, someone was trying to change Andy Taylor's sexuality. He just didn't know it.

Marie Kondo: The psychological benefits of tidying up

Mon, 21 Jan 2019 06:55:21 GMT

Marie Kondo's tidying trend has benefits beyond clearing up space in your home. Decluttering also raises self-esteem, lifts moods, brings peace and improves lives, according to experts.

Comedian with cerebral palsy is standing up to stereotypes

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 14:21:52 GMT

He left them in stitches on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" and "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." He's headlined stand-up specials on Showtime and Comedy Central. He even won a season of NBC's "Last Comic Standing."

Florida mother suing her developmentally disabled daughter's caregiver

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 20:27:32 GMT

A Florida woman is suing her daughter's former health care provider and three of its employees, alleging the developmentally disabled 23-year-old was raped, impregnated and suffered physical injuries while in their care.

When to take (or not take) aspirin to prevent heart trouble

Tue, 22 Jan 2019 16:00:33 GMT

Aspirin, a mild pain reliever, is one of the most familiar medicines in the world. One increasingly common use of this popular medicine, though, may not be safe for some older adults, a new analysis of existing research suggests.

Couples need her, but laws restrict how they find her

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 12:05:14 GMT

"Nobody could tell us why we couldn't have children, but we've been trying at this point for about 12 years," said Elizabeth Prior, 49, of Buckinghamshire.

'The only thing we can do is adapt': Greenland ice melt reaches 'tipping point'

Tue, 22 Jan 2019 04:27:40 GMT

Climate change is causing Greenland's massive ice sheets to melt much faster than previously thought, a new study has found, and it may be "too late" to do anything about it.

Make like a zebra to avoid insect bites, scientists say

Thu, 17 Jan 2019 14:46:09 GMT

The zebra's stripes are known to protect it from blood-sucking insects, as well as acting as camouflage, and new research suggests that being stripy may also work for people in remote tribal communities who paint their bodies in monochrome shades.

Most parents still rely on myths to avoid colds

Mon, 21 Jan 2019 09:25:46 GMT

As with many other aspects of parenting, when it comes to preventing colds, most parents trust the advice passed down by their own parents and grandparents.

New 'planetary health diet' will save millions of people -- and the planet

Mon, 21 Jan 2019 06:17:12 GMT

An international team of scientists has developed a diet it says can improve health while ensuring sustainable food production to reduce further damage to the planet. It's based on cutting red meat and sugar consumption in half and upping intake of fruits, vegetables and nuts.

'Gut-wrenching' plight: Giving up custody of children so they can get mental health help

Mon, 21 Jan 2019 16:51:16 GMT

When Toni and Jim Hoy adopted their son Daniel through the foster care system, he was an affectionate toddler. They did not plan to give him back to the state of Illinois, ever.

3-week-old baby in urgent need of new heart dies

Mon, 21 Jan 2019 17:39:46 GMT

Carter Cookson, the three-week-old baby who urgently needed a new heart, passed away on January 19 after a donor was not found in time.

Bangladesh's 'tree man' is back in hospital and needs more surgery

Mon, 21 Jan 2019 21:36:28 GMT

A Bangladeshi man who suffers from an extremely rare genetic disease known as "tree man" syndrome is back in hospital and faces more surgery after the condition returned after multiple operations in 2016.

This diabetic federal worker rationed her insulin during the shutdown because debt was scarier than dying

Thu, 17 Jan 2019 21:46:03 GMT

A furloughed federal worker who is diabetic said she resorted to rationing her insulin medication because "the thought of having more debt was scarier than the thought of dying" in her sleep.

With more money spent marketing opioids, more overdose deaths followed, study says

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 18:30:07 GMT

The more money pharmaceutical companies spent marketing opioids to doctors, the more prescriptions doctors wrote for those drugs and more fatal opioid overdoses followed, according to a study published Friday in the journal JAMA Network Open.

Amid shutdown, federal workers face health struggles: 'We are the ones that are suffering'

Tue, 22 Jan 2019 13:34:03 GMT

The government shutdown has hit much more than some workers' wallets -- it has affected their health.

Chinese authorities say world's first gene-edited babies were illegal

Tue, 22 Jan 2019 08:07:17 GMT

Authorities in China say experiments which led to the birth of the world's first gene-edited babies broke the country's laws, state-run Xinhua news reported Monday.

'Missing link' in human history confirmed after long debate

Sun, 20 Jan 2019 01:02:06 GMT

Early humans were still swinging from trees two million years ago, scientists have said, after confirming a set of contentious fossils represent a "missing link" in humanity's family tree.

Congress should follow California's lead in protecting consumers

Mon, 21 Jan 2019 11:40:48 GMT

Many aspects of privacy protection in our country are broken and Congress is not doing its part to fix them. For example, when hackers obtained the private information of 148 million Americans in the 2017 Equifax breach, Congress did virtually nothing -- not even coming close to voting on bills, like the proposed Data Breach Prevention and Compensation Act, which would have done more to protect consumer information in the hands of credit bureaus.

A two-child policy in overpopulated India? It won't work, say experts

Tue, 22 Jan 2019 00:20:43 GMT

Some politicians in India are clamoring for what they believe to be a quick fix to the country's population problem: a two-child policy for Indian citizens.

Economic control recognized as domestic abuse in new UK draft law; offenders may face lie-detector tests

Mon, 21 Jan 2019 16:34:18 GMT

Methods of economic control, such as restricting a partner's access to bank accounts or employment, will be recognized as a form of domestic abuse in England and Wales, according to a draft bill released by the British government on Monday.

Bored with exercise? Virtual reality, immersive fitness might help

Thu, 17 Jan 2019 11:03:46 GMT

The spin instructor let out a loud "Woooo!!" as she led her students up hills, through rings of fire and outer space. They even rode through jungles, deserts and fantasy worlds.

Why vaping is so dangerous for teens

Fri, 18 Jan 2019 01:00:23 GMT

Most of what we know about nicotine addiction in teens, we know from cigarettes. But experts say the technology and chemistry of vaping might pose an entirely different threat.

Climate Change -- Do you know the basics?

Sat, 19 Jan 2019 10:16:21 GMT

The virtues of girl-boy friendships

Tue, 22 Jan 2019 11:43:15 GMT

We often cast children as radicals and their parents as stiffs. It's a tidy narrative, one that speaks to our hope for the next generation and their ability to see beyond our blind spots and biases. Unfortunately, it's not always true.

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