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DARE Accidentally Publishes Pro-Marijuana Legalization Post
Ron Brogan, D.A.R.E. regional director, confirmed to HuffPost on Friday that “a service we use put this post up in error” and “we have not changed our stance that we are opposed to marijuana legalization”. According to New York Magazine, the piece ...

Modern nuclear disasters: biggest risk is mental, not physical illness
There are very few radiation effects suffered physically by people struck by modern nuclear accident. Instead, mental illness is the biggest risk, write the authors of a series of papers in The Lancet. [radiological danger sign] Physical dangers are ...

Celebrating 50 Years of Medicare and Medicaid in President's Weekly Address
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — This week's presidential address celebrates the fiftieth birthday of Medicare and Medicaid. A press release from the White House said, “These programs are a promise that if we work hard, and play by thd ...

West Nile virus found in dead crows, mosquitoes collected in Lake County
LAKEPORT, Calif. – Two dead birds and one mosquito sample from Lake County have tested positive for West Nile virus this week, according to a Friday report. So far this year in Lake County, a total of eight mosquito samples and two dead birds in the ...

Ebola Experts Caution: Vaccine Still Months Away
Ebola experts hailed the development of a "highly effective" Ebola vaccine, but they are cautioning that widespread availability of the vaccine is still months away. World Health Organization expert Marie-Paule Kieny told reporters that the vaccine may ...

Coca-Cola infographic: the horrible effect of the drink described
A british pharmacist has created a graphic showing the effects in the first 60 minutes of drinking a can of Coke, and it's being shared like crazy. The graphic from therenegadepharmacist.com founder Niraj Naik is based on an article by Wade Meredith ...

Third person dies of Legionnaries' disease amid outbreak
The number of people sickened by the bacteria spiked this week, with a total of 57 since July 10 — three-quarters of whom had to be hospitalized, the Health Department said. The respiratory disease is caused by the water-borne Legionella bacterium ...

Obamacare a Notable Success, at least in California
According to a report issued by the Kaiser Family Foundation on Thursday, 70 percent of the Californians that didn't have a health insurance plan before Obamacare was enacted now benefit from health insurance coverage. But the report also shows that ...

Electrical Stimulation Helps Spinal Cord Injury Patients Move Their Legs
A noninvasive procedure known as transcutaneous stimulation has helped five paralyzed men to make step-like movements. The technique could pave way to helping patients with spinal cord injury regain some function. (Photo : Yahoo! Accessibility Lab ...

Exercise In Your Teen Years Pays Off, According To New Study
Women who exercised when they were teens may have a lower risk of dying from cancer and other causes in middle and older age, according to a new study. In the study, researchers asked 75,000 Chinese women ages 40 to 70 whether they exercised ...

D.C. Week: Health Spending to Rise Nearly 6%
savesaved. by Shannon Firth Contributing Writer. WASHINGTON -- The word in the District this week is that annual health spending will rise 6% over roughly a decade, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Also, CMS observed ...

Charity Hospital replacement opens Saturday in New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ten years after the levees and floodwalls broke during Hurricane Katrina and flooded New Orleans, the Big Easy finally has a full-scale hospital again — a new Charity hospital. At 6 a.m. Saturday, the new 2.3 million-square-foot ...

Loveland resident hospitalized with West Nile Virus
A Loveland resident is the first person in Larimer County to be hospitalized with a confirmed case of West Nile virus this summer, authorities say. The person, whose name has not been released, had meningitis, a neuroinvasive form of West Nile Virus ...

Ebola vaccine is 'potential game-changer' as it proves 100pc successful during ...
Ebola vaccine is 'potential game-changer' as it proves 100pc successful during ...

Huge numbers in California for Obamacare, but it's doing awful elsewhere ...
Huge numbers in California for Obamacare, but it's doing awful elsewhere ...

Cry for space in public places for breastfeeding
GUWAHATI: On the occasion of World Breastfeeding Week observed here on Saturday, health experts and activists have asked the state government to set up breastfeeding corners in public places across the state so that mothers can attend to infants at ...

Dr. Howard Jones, the father of in vitro fertilization in US, dies at 104
Dr. Howard Jones explains the in vitro fertilization process during a news conference in Norfolk, Va. Jones, who pioneered in vitro fertilization in the United States, died Friday. He was 104. STEVE HELBER, AP FILE PHOTO. NORFOLK, Va. – Dr. Howard ...

Four dead, 65 sick in New York City Legionnaires' disease outbreak
NEW YORK A deadly outbreak of Legionnaires' disease, a severe type of pneumonia, has now killed four people and sickened 65 in the Bronx section of New York City since July 10, New York City health officials said on Saturday. This wave of Legionnaires ...

What does a can of Coke due to your body right after you drink it? It's not pretty
A disturbing new health graphic put together by a health reporter shows that a soft drink can wreak havoc on your body immediately. Share on Facebook. Share on Twitter · Share on Reddit · Follow on Feedly. A frightening new infographic shows just how ...

New Spinal Cord Stimulation Technique May Help Treat Paralysed Patients
Researchers have recently announced a new technique for treating paralysis. The new treatment is a non-invasive spinal cord stimulation procedure which has already restored some movement to five paralyzed men. It was the first time that these ...

Ebola breakthrough after trial success
A successful trial of a vaccine against Ebola is being seen as pivotal in the fight against infectious diseases. Analysis of the drug found that it was 100 per cent effective when used in certain conditions in Guinea. An outbreak of the disease caused ...

Breakthrough Treatment Restores Partial Leg Function In Paralyzed Patients
Common treatments for paralysis, including but not limited to surgeries such as lumbar decompression surgery, tend to be extremely risky. According to the UK's National Health Service, the purpose of lumbar decompression surgery is to relieve pain and ...

Full-scale hospital opens in New Orleans 10 years after Katrina
NEW ORLEANS -- Ten years after the levees and floodwalls broke during Hurricane Katrina and flooded New Orleans, the city finally has a full-scale hospital again. The new 2.3 million-square-foot (0.7 million meter) University Medical Center New Orleans ...

Obama: Medicare crisis is only "political excuse"
As Medicare and Medicaid celebrate their 50th anniversary this week, President Obama is knocking critics who say the programs need drastic cuts to survive, accusing them of making a "political excuse." "Today, we're often told that Medicare and ...

Here Are Many More Reasons To Drink Coffee
Didn't you know that your usual morning drink habit of drinking coffee could also help improve your cognitive abilities and save you from diabetes as what the recent study shows. The latest study, published in Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, suggests ...

Letter: State Health Care Options Act is the first step out of the ACA
After No Child Left Behind, states were left with federal standards to improve and assess their unique school systems. Forty-five states, including Illinois, said they could do it better, and the U.S. Department of Education let them try. The ...

Look Away Coca-Cola Fans – This Really Isn't Pretty
Naik, through his infographic entitled “What happens one hour after drinking a can of Coke”, has broken down the entire process of how this drink affects our body when ingested. Below you'll find an incremental breakdown of how the site claims it all ...

Howard Jones | In vitro pioneer, 104
Howard Jones, 104, the doctor who pioneered in vitro fertilization in the United States, died Friday at a Virginia hospital. The cause was respiratory failure, Eastern Virginia Medical School said. The work at EVMS of Dr. Jones and his late wife ...

Exercising teens have lower chances to die of Cancer
A study revealed that women who used to do physical activities or exercises are believed to have 16% less chances from developing dreadful disease like cancer in their teenage days. Exercising teens have lower chances to die of Cancer. Exercising teens ...

President Obama Claims ObamaCare has done its jobs - It helped Americans get ...
President Obama Claims ObamaCare has done its jobs - It helped Americans get ...

Drug needle exchanges gain ground after Indiana HIV outbreak
AUSTIN, Ind. Since Indiana opened its first state-run needle exchange last spring, Tara Burton, 25, has made weekly visits to turn over needles she used to shoot Opana, a prescription painkiller, up her track-marked arm. The one-story clinic in rural ...

Can Too Much Coffee Consumption Can Be A Bad Thing?
According to research, the third most popular drink in the world could put you at risk for some unsavory effects. Researchers found that moderate levels of caffeine could protect the protect the brain from rogue proteins that can destroy neurons ...

New York residents anxious after deaths from Legionnaires' disease
NEW YORK — The largest outbreak of Legionnaires' disease in New York City in at least three years has claimed its fourth victim, health officials said Saturday, reinforcing concerns among some residents and elected leaders that the city had not ...

Ebola vaccine is a game-changer
Scientists have finally developed a vaccine that can protect patients against the deadly Ebola virus. The World Health Organisation (WHO) announced on Friday that one of the candidate vaccines developed in a research project by pharmaceutical company ...

Obamacare covers the Californians most in need
A new study has shown that the Affordable Care Act has led to the coverage of more than two thirds of Californians. Over two-thirds of Californians who were uninsured prior to the rollout of the Affordable Care Act are now covered, according to the ...

This Latest Study Adds 1 More Piece to the Alzheimer's Puzzle
Alzheimer's disease is believed to be caused by a buildup of beta-amyloid plaques in the brain, which interferes with neurons and disrupts cognitive function. More than 5 million people currently suffer from Alzheimer's disease in the United States ...

C'bean employers urged to support breastfeeding
WASHINGTON, United States (CMC) – The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) has called for more employers to support breast feeding mothers in the Americas, including the Caribbean. In a message to mark World Breastfeeding Week from August ...

Bees naturally vaccinate their babies: Study
When it comes to vaccinating their babies, bees don't have a choice - they naturally immunise their offspring against specific diseases found in their environments, scientists say. By: PTI | August 2, 2015 11:30 PM ...

Reasonably priced Obamacare in California turns out Resounding Success
Health is wealth, not just for people but for the entire nation as well. To date, there are almost 70% of California residents that had already signed up for the Obamacare which is now, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey, covers more than ...

US health spending to rise nearly 6 percent in next 10 years, says CMS
While observing the 50th anniversary celebrations of its most popular health programs, Medicare and Medicaid, United States' Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced that in the annual US health spending will rise nearly 6 percent, ...

Jessica Alba's company comes under fire after consumers say sunscreen doesn't work
Jessica Alba's Honest Company is under fire. The actress' company, which markets "safe and eco-friendly household and baby care products," got burned after consumers came out in droves, saying the company's sunscreen doesn't provide much sun ...

Anti-Coke Infographic: viral all around, Bad reactions to body described
Coca-Cola is really bad for you. No, it is REALLY bad, and a renegade pharmacist is out to set the world straight about its dangers. Niraj Naika has, in fact, developed an infographic which outlines precisely what the beverage does to your body within ...

Puerto Ricans Brace for Crisis in Health Care
MAYAGÜEZ, P.R. — The first visible sign that the health care system in Puerto Rico was seriously in trouble was when a steady stream of doctors — more than 3,000 in five years — began to leave the island for more lucrative, less stressful jobs on ...

Californians think Obamacare worked out quite well
The numbers are in, and based on the amount of newly-insured California residents, Obamacare seems to be a resounding success in the state. More than 66 percent of Californians who lacked health insurance before the implementation of the Affordable ...

Medical insurance expansion planned before year's end
China's State Council announced the country's medical insurance would be expanded to cover half of the medical costs from critical illnesses by the end of 2015, Reuters reported. The aim of expanding the country's health insurance was to "effectively ...

New cocktails to test limits of cancer drug pricing
LONDON New cancer drug cocktails set to reach the market in the next few years will test the limits of premium pricing for life-saving medicines, forcing company executives to consider fresh market strategies. The growing reluctance of governments and ...

Most Picky Eating Harmless but It Can Signal Emotional Woes
Parents of picky eaters take heart: New research suggests the problem is rarely worth fretting over, although in a small portion of kids it may signal emotional troubles that should be checked out. Preschool-aged children who are extremely selective ...

The Ebola vaccine we dared to dream of is here
A success rate of 100% in trials is spectacular. There is no excuse for inertia on other diseases now. The Ebola virus. 'More than 7,600 people in Guinea have received a vaccine against the Ebola virus.' Photograph: David Cole/Alamy. Monday 3 August ...

Don't Blame Medicaid for Rise in Health Care Spending
Health care spending growth has moderated in recent years, but it's still putting tremendous strain on state and local governments. A recent analysis by The Pew Charitable Trusts revealed that it consumed 31 percent of state and local government ...

World Breastfeeding Week: How Breastfeeding Benefits Babies And Moms
Breastfeeding does not only provide benefits to babies, but to moms as well. In line with this, the World Breastfeeding Week is being held every year to promote the utmost importance and advantages of continuous breastfeeding. (Photo : Stefan Malmesjö ...

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