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Experts Describe Selfie Obsession Behind Plastic Surgery Increase
The selfie is the new crack. No, really. It is an addiction like no other, for many people. People love the selfie so much that they are trying to get plastic surgery just so they can look better in pictures. Plastic surgeon Dr. Sam Rizk comments, “There has been a ...

Blood Banks Want Gays to Donate Too--But
More people need blood, but here's the problem: the supply sometimes get short. Thus, there's a need to increase it, and one of the possible way is to lift the ban that prevents certain gays from participating in a blood donation drive. In the meantime, they are ...

Novartis's Gilenya Fails to Help Hard-to-Treat Form of MS
Novartis AG (NOVN)'s multiple sclerosis drug Gilenya failed to help patients with one of the most difficult-to-treat forms of the disease. In an advanced study involving 970 people with primary-progressive MS, there was no significant difference between those ...

Selfies cause demand for plastic surgery to soar by 25%
... Dr Sam Rizk said: 'There has been a 25 per cent increase over the past year-and-a-half to two years. That is very significant'; But he warned selfies produce a distorted image that does not represent how a person really looks - and he refuses many people, ...

Pact between AbbVie and UN's MPP could lead to manufacturing of Cost ...
Pact between AbbVie and UN's MPP could lead to manufacturing of Cost ...

This Toy Is to Blame for a Huge Surge in Child Injuries
Toy-related injuries have risen dramatically over the past two decades — and one type of toy is largely to blame. Injuries involving toys increased by 40% percent between 1990 and 2011, a new report from Clinical Pediatrics found, with about 3,278,073 kids ...

Workouts Will Get Spiderbands Bungee System
From spinning to step aerobics, workouts will get Spiderbands, a new system of aerial bungee cords. Spiderbands are similar to TRX, a system made up of suspension cables that influence the weight of the body. Experts of fitness say Spiderbands spin a web ...

After numerous setbacks, Eli Lilly mounts another pivotal assault on Alzheimer's
Eli Lilly's never-say-die strategy for Alzheimer's has inspired another high-risk campaign in the clinic. The shrinking pharma giant--about to be bumped from the top 10 by a growing Actavis ($ACT)--has launched its pivotal Phase II/III study of its BACE drug for ...

World AIDS Day 2014: Prayers, Poetry, Meditations For Hope And Healing
As of 2014, an estimated 35 million people around the world are living with HIV/AIDS. New HIV infections have fallen by 38 percent since 2001, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The theme of this year's World AIDS Days is "Focus, ...

What is Prince Harry's Big Secret?
Sentebale Polo Cup Presented By Royal Salute World Polo In Abu Dhabi With Prince Harry - Prince Harry attends the Sentebale Polo Cup presented by Royal Salute World Polo at Ghantoot Polo Club in Abu Dhabi on Nov. 20, 2014. Chris Jackson—Royal ...

Study says more than half of all infants at risk for suffocation or SIDS when ...
Study says more than half of all infants at risk for suffocation or SIDS when ...

Minnesota picks its 2 medical marijuana producers; big questions remain
ST. PAUL, Minn. — Two Twin Cities-area companies will grow and distribute marijuana for Minnesota's medical cannabis program, state officials announced Monday, filling in just one of many blanks as the state gears up to provide the newly legalized ...

Prince Harry Reveals a Personal Secret in World AIDS Day Video
Britain's Prince Harry revealed a secret today and it might not be what you expected. Harry's charity, Sentebale, released a video clip in which Prince Harry tells the world, "On today, World AIDS Day, my secret is, believe it or not, I get incredibly nervous before ...

Scooters Leading Cause of Toy-Linked Injuries in Kids – WebMD
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Africa|Goals for Ebola Treatment May Not Be Met, WHO Official Says
GENEVA — The World Health Organization expressed doubt on Monday about achieving important United Nations benchmarks in battling Ebola, saying the year-end goals of isolating and treating all patients and safely burying all the dead would be major ...

Kids Who Climb in Home More Likely to Land in ER
Playing on the furniture like it's a jungle gym could end with a trip to the emergency room, according to a new study that finds that 3-year-olds with a propensity to climb are nearly 10 times more likely to end up seeing a doctor after a fall than kids of the same ...

HIV evolving 'into milder form'
HIV is evolving to become less deadly and less infectious, according to a major scientific study. The team at the University of Oxford shows the virus is being "watered down" as it adapts to our immune systems. It said it was taking longer for HIV infection to ...

Faster cognitive decline may be among the effects of diabetes
THE QUESTION Diabetes can lead to nerve damage, kidney failure, vision problems and heart disease. Should cognitive decline be added to that list? THIS STUDY analyzed data on 13,351 middle-aged and older adults (average age 57 at the start of the ...

Even without concussion, high school football players exhibit brain changes ...
Even without concussion, high school football players exhibit brain changes ...

Prince Harry Reveals Public Speaking Fear For World AIDS Day
The charming royal made the personal confession in support of his #FeelNoShame Twitter campaign, which hopes to encourage the public to reveal their secrets in an effort to help rid the shame that HIV/AIDS carriers may feel. Prince Harry's royal duties may ...

TV: 'Last One' marks AIDS Day with look at Names Project quilt
“The Last One” is the title of a documentary about the Names Project's AIDS Memorial Quilt, airing Monday on Showtime to mark World AIDS Day. After all these years, it's tragic that the title is still only aspirational. The film, directed by Nadine C. Lacostie and ...

55% of infants still sleep with unsafe bedding in US: study
Unsafe bedding is still common in U.S. cribs, despite widespread recommendations against putting infants to sleep with pillows and blankets. According to a study by the American Academy of Pediatrics, about 55 per cent of young children sleep with toys, ...

Ebola vaccine showing promising results: scientist
NAIROBI, Dec 2 (Bernama) -- Two Ebola vaccines undergoing clinical trials have shown promising results and will be deployed next January to West African countries affected by the epidemic, a scientist from Oxford University said. Director of Oxford ...

Study Shows Link Between Diabetes During Middle Age And Mental Health ...
Study Shows Link Between Diabetes During Middle Age And Mental Health ...

Food in the news
Last week, the Food and Drug Administration announced calorie labeling rules for all prepared foods sold in establishments that have 20 or more locations, such as restaurant and grocery chains. The labels must be “clear and conspicuous” on menus, menu ...

Ebola to push Guinea, Sierra Leone into recession: World Bank
The World Bank said Tuesday that the fallout from the deadly Ebola pandemic will push Guinea and Sierra Leone into recession next year. Multimedia. Skeem Saam is out, Generations is back. Washington (AFP). With the disease still not under control in West ...

Scooters cause behind spike in child injuries involving toys
(Photo : Wikipedia) Number of toy-related injuries increased nearly 60 percent in the past two decades - thanks in large part to scooters. The number of toy-related injuries has increased nearly 60 percent in the past two decades - in large part due to the ...

Diabetes in midlife linked to faster mental decline
Having diabetes in midlife appears to age the mind about five years faster than usual, scientists at Johns Hopkins University have found. In the study, published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers drew data from the Atherosclerosis Risk in ...

Study Advises against Soft Bedding for Infants
As per a research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half-a-billion American parents make their babies sleep on soft bedding. For the study, the researchers evaluated the data from 1933 to 2010 in National Infant Sleep Position ...

RPT-Obama to urge Congress to loosen purse strings for Ebola fight
WASHINGTON Dec 2 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Tuesday will press Congress to approve $6.18 billion in emergency funding to help fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and prepare U.S. hospitals to handle future cases. Most of the request is ...

HIV's ability to cause AIDS is weakening over time, study finds
Rapid evolution of HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus, is slowing its ability to cause AIDS, according to a study of more than 2,000 women in Africa. Scientists said the research suggests a less virulent HIV could be one of several factors contributing to a ...

CDC: Circumcision benefits outweigh risks
NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. health officials say the benefits of circumcision outweigh the risks, so parents of baby boys should consider it and health insurers should pay for it. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released draft guidelines on ...

Midlife T2D Tied to Later Cognitive Decline
Endocrinology. Midlife T2D Tied to Later Cognitive Decline. Published: Dec 2, 2014. By Kristina Fiore, Staff Writer, MedPage Today. save. |. A. A. Post Test Complete · Take Posttest. Having type 2 diabetes in middle age was tied to cognitive decline later in life, ...

Controversial DNA test halted in the US comes to UK
A personal DNA test that has sparked controversy in the US has been launched in the UK. The UK's Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency says the 23andMe spit test, which is designed to give details about a person's health risks based on ...

New transplant rules bring changes to kidney waiting list
Dr. Niraj Desai flushes a kidney after it was removed from a donor during a kidney transplant at Johns Hopkins Hospital June 26, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.Brendan Smialowski / AFP/Getty Images. Graphic shows kidney transplant waiting list and donations ...

In Broad Fight against Ebola, Football Stars Can Help
Before becoming president of the World Bank, I was an infectious disease physician. I've seen firsthand that stopping an epidemic requires the coordinated efforts of many people and organizations. Ebola is no different. I'll be traveling today and tomorrow to ...

How One Woman Lost Nearly 300 Pounds and Saved Her Life
And if you're look forring for ins trags to lose weight, a woman who lost nearly 300 pounds, transforming her body and getting her life back. Abbie Boudreau has our story. Reporter: At 457 pounds, Rhonda martin could barely walk. Even breathing became a ...

Toys Send Kids To The ER Every Three Minutes
While you're shopping for holiday gifts this season, you might want to skip the foot-powered scooters for kids – or at least buy a helmet with one if you insist. And it may be worth double-checking that the toy is age-appropriate and doesn't require close ...

US hospitals make fewer serious errors; 50000 lives saved
NEW YORK Dec 2 (Reuters) - About 50,000 people are alive today because U.S. hospitals committed 17 percent fewer medical errors in 2013 than in 2010, government health officials said on Tuesday. The lower rate of fatalities from poor care and mistakes ...

Study: HIV Mutations Weaken Virus
HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, frequently mutates. That has allowed the virus to bypass the immune system and infect about 80 million people over the last 35 years. However, researchers say the rapid evolution of HIV actually may be reducing its ability to ...

Speedy use of epinephrine urged in allergic attacks
If you or your loved one has any type of severe allergy, quick access to epinephrine is crucial. Anaphylaxis symptoms may begin mildly, with a runny nose or rash, but can quickly become more serious and even life-threatening. That's why newly published ...

Dr. Zorba Paster: HPV vaccine is cancer-killer; some experts say cervical cancer ...
Dr. Zorba Paster: HPV vaccine is cancer-killer; some experts say cervical cancer ...

New York hospital's staff finish 21 days of monitoring after treating the city's ...
New York hospital's staff finish 21 days of monitoring after treating the city's ...

Biogen Reports Early Success With Alzheimer's Drug
Biogen Idec Inc. reported positive interim results from an early-stage study of an Alzheimer's disease drug, sending the company's shares soaring and renewing debate about drugs that attack amyloid plaques in the brain. The study, which is still under way, ...

Obama renews calls for Congress to approve Ebola aid
US President Barack Obama has renewed calls for Congress to approve $6bn (£3.8bn) in emergency aid to fight the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The president made the plea on a visit to the National Institutes of Health, where he congratulated ...

Antacids May Improve Head and Neck Cancer Survival
Using antacids to control acid reflux may improve head and neck cancer patients' chances of survival, a new study suggests. The study is published in the December issue of Cancer Prevention Research. TUESDAY, Dec. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Using ...

New Concerns Over Response to Ebola Crisis
Doctors Without Borders, the medical charity that was among the first to react early and aggressively to the Ebola crisis in West Africa, expressed new concern on Tuesday about what it called a slow and uneven international response that portends further ...

Chikungunya Now Spreading Rapidly Through South Pacific
Sydney: Chikungunya, a debilitating mosquito-borne viral disease, has taken hold in French Polynesia, spreading rapidly and threatening neighbouring Pacific nations, regional health authorities said today. The disease, typically found in low levels in Africa ...

Mediterranean diet keeps people 'genetically young'
Following a Mediterranean diet might be a recipe for a long life because it appears to keep people genetically younger, say US researchers. Its mix of vegetables, olive oil, fresh fish and fruits may stop our DNA code from scrambling as we age, according to a ...

Tests of Alzheimer's therapy lift drug maker
Continue reading below. Biogen Idec Inc. led gains in health care stocks, surging 6.4 percent. In a small, early stage trial, Biogen's drug BIIB037 reduced beta amyloid in the brain and significantly improved cognition, the company's research chief said at a ...

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