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Sleepless Nights, Unhealthy Hearts?
FRIDAY, March 31, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- More worrisome news for people who toss and turn all night: Insomnia appears to be linked to a heightened risk for heart attack or stroke, a research review from China suggests. "We found that difficulty ...

Loneliness can make cold symptoms feel worse, study finds
(NEW YORK) — Few Americans will escape a year without the tell-tale sneezing, coughing and general misery that are symptoms of the common cold. However, a study published on Thursday in the journal Health Psychology finds that people who are ...

A man fell asleep with his iPhone charging in bed. It nearly electrocuted him.
When Wiley Day fell asleep on March 22, his iPhone was not far away. Like so many others, he had grown used to keeping his phone with him in bed, via an extension cord, as it charged overnight. The 32-year-old Huntsville, Ala., man would soon regret ...

Insomnia Tied to Greater Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke
New research has found a link between insomnia and an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. “Sleep is important for biological recovery and takes around a third of our lifetime, but in modern society more and more people complain of insomnia ...

Anxiety driving a rise in double mastectomies
One in three breast cancer patients under 45 removed the healthy breast along with the breast affected by cancer in 2012, a sharp increase from the one in 10 younger women with breast cancer who had double mastectomies eight years earlier, a new study ...

Clinical trial begins in Miami for Zika vaccine
Margaret Fischl, an infectious disease physician and scientist with the University of Miami Health System and Miller School of Medicine, and UM clinical research nurses demonstrate the needle-free injector that will be used to administer an ...

Are Flame Retardants Driving Some of Thyroid Cancer Increase?
Initial research suggests that some flame retardants, used in many furnishings in the home, could be associated with an increased risk of papillary thyroid cancer, the most common form of this type of cancer. Reporting the findings at the ENDO 2017 ...

No Foolin': Forget About Autism Awareness And Lighting Up Blue
April 2 will no doubt bring you many a headline and call to do various things in the name of autism awareness because the United Nations designated it a decade ago as "World Autism Awareness Day." Ten years ago, heightening autism awareness may still ...

Pensacola-area heroin deaths have hit record highs
For the second year in a row, local heroin deaths have hit record highs. And there has also been a dramatic rise in the abuse of other narcotics from the same family, opioids, a powerful class of painkillers that includes OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin, ...

Cigarette tax hike takes effect in California, costs surge by $2 per pack
California's cigarette tax increased by $2 a pack Saturday under new tobacco policies passed by voters during last November's general election. Smokers in California will now pay $2.87 in state taxes for a pack of cigarettes, more than tripling the 87 ...

A killer opioid's dark pathway to Minnesota
It's 10,000 times more potent than morphine, and 2 milligrams of it can stop a one-ton elephant in its tracks. Now, carfentanil is being blamed for five overdose deaths in Minnesota. This synthetic opiate was never meant for humans — because of its ...

'Staggering' new development in breast cancer reported
Authorities are discovering an alarming new trend in breast cancer and the patients who suffer from it, and it is a cause for concern in the medical community. A huge new development has affected women with breast cancer, and it could lead to a ...

Disease killing white Americans goes deeper than opioids
In rich countries, death rates are supposed to decline. But in the past decade and a half, middle-aged white Americans have actually been dying faster. Princeton economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton first pointed out this disturbing trend in a 2015 ...

April the giraffe survived the April Fools' jokes. Now she just has to give birth.
April the giraffe let Saturday pass without giving birth to the world's most anticipated giraffe baby — a disappointment to some fans, though it should quell rumors that her pregnancy was an elaborate April Fools' Day joke. Maybe. “Our big girl is ...

World's Most Caffeinated Coffee Over 1.7 Times The Recommended Daily Caffeine Limit
What? The coffee with the most caffeine? What's that you say? Black Insomnia coffee? World's strongest coffee? From South Africa? What? Four times the caffeine than a regular cup? Huh? What? What? Coffee? What? What? What? Have to pee? Yes, Black ...

How my daughter died from a simple case of flu
Gwen and Terry Zwanziger's 17-year-old daughter Shannon died unexpectedly in 2014 after losing a battle with influenza. Their story is included in CNN Films' "Unseen Enemy," premiering Friday, April 7 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CNN. Owatonna, Minnesota (CNN) ...

New Jersey bills call for $1K tax credit to organ donors
A New Jersey lawmaker wants to offer tax credits to organ donors, but his no-strings approach is meeting opposition from groups who believe the practice runs afoul of federal law. While the National Organ Transplant Act makes it illegal for hospitals ...

World Autism Awareness Day with Ben Royko
I was trying to think of what I wanted to say about autism on this Autism Awareness weekend. But then Facebook helped me out and just showed me what I wrote three years ago. So instead of finding another way to say it, here is what I said in 2014 and ...

Medical marijuana bill scheduled for second reading in House Monday
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Members of the state House of Delegates are scheduled to take up the bill that would legalize medical marijuana in West Virginia during Monday's floor session. On Friday, the House approved a request from House Judiciary ...

Conagra recalls Hunt's chili kits; may contain salmonella
CHICAGO — The maker of Hunt's Chili Kits says it is recalling some because they might be contaminated with salmonella. Conagra Brands Inc. said Sunday that it is cooperating with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to recall “a limited amount” of ...

Study: A 'sci-fi' cancer therapy fights brain tumors
Washington — It sounds like science fiction, but a cap-like device that makes electric fields to fight cancer improved survival for the first time in more than a decade for people with deadly brain tumors, final results of a large study suggest. Many ...

Los Banos smokers leaning to quit after cigarette tax hike
Cigarette prices skyrocketed Saturday after Proposition 56 went into effect, raising the state tax to $2 per pack along with an increase to other tobacco products. The main intent of the California Healthcare Research and Prevention Tobacco Tax Act of ...

April The Giraffe 'Will Have This Calf When She Is Good And Ready'
HARPURSVILLE, N.Y. (CBS4) – The world waits for April the giraffe to half her calf, but, quite simply, she'll have it when she's darn good and ready. So Dr. Tim, April's vet, says in his Sunday night update posted to Facebook. Dr. Tim answered several ...

E-cigarette battery explosions on the rise
Popularity isn't the only thing that's exploding in the electronic cigarette market. The lithium-ion batteries that power e-cigarettes, also known as vaping pens, can explode with enough force to knock out teeth and crack vertebrae. The flames that ...

One million Welsh adults 'physically inactive'
More than one million adults in Wales are physically inactive, according to a British Heart Foundation report. It also showed women in Wales were 40% more likely to be classified physically inactive than men. The charity said lack of exercise ...

Drugs For Cancer, Autism See Up To 86% Price Cut In A Year
Drug pricing regulator National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has slashed prices of drugs for the treatment of variety of cancers, autism, depression and hormonal disorder along with antibiotics by up to 86 per cent since the introduction of ...

Seven reasons we're at more risk than ever of a global pandemic
(CNN) It could take just one cough, one kiss, one touch or even one bite to change not only your life, but the lives of everyone around you -- and for months or even years. In most cases, the closer those people are to you, the greater the risk. But it ...

Progressive Yarmouth physician talks about cannabis
Dr. Roland Muise has about 4,000 patients in the region. He's embarked on an educational program and attended conferences on the use of cannabis for medical treatment. He continues to monitor results of scientific blind studies being conducted in other ...

Novocure's device-chemo combo boosts survival in pancreatic cancer
Novocure's Optune device is approved for the treatment of glioblastoma, but the company is seeking to apply its Tumor Treating Fields technology to other cancers. (Novocure). Share Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Print. Novocure, which markets a ...

Most Kids Who Died of Flu Weren't Vaccinated, Study Finds
Most children who have died of flu in recent years were not vaccinated against the virus, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researchers reported Monday. They found that at least three-quarters of kids who died from influenza between 2010 and ...

'Electric Cap' May Help Fight a Deadly Brain Tumor
MONDAY, April 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- A cap that zaps tumors with electrical currents may boost survival in patients with a deadly brain cancer, new research suggests. The device is worn on the head and exposes glioblastoma cells to a rapidly ...

Babies in Canada, UK and Italy cry more than elsewhere: study
Canadian infants appear to have some of the highest levels of colic in the world, according to a new study that attempted to create the first international “crying chart” to determine why some babies cry more than others. Colic has long been defined as ...

Child Deaths Drop From 14.2 Million In 1990 To 7.3 Million In 2015
The world is doing a much better job of keeping babies alive long enough to become children, children alive long enough to become teens and teens alive long enough to fully grow up, according to a report in today's JAMA Pediatrics. "I think that the ...

April update: What happened? Where's the baby?
That's the question everyone is asking about April, the now-famous-and-very-pregnant giraffe at Animal Adventure Park. (Click here to watch the live stream). On Friday, it seemed like it was a sure thing, with her keepers posting, "All observations ...

Four governors team up, urge feds to keep marijuana enforcement status quo
Governors in four states have joined forces with a marijuana message for two top officials in the Trump administration. In an open letter, the governors on Monday asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin to “engage with ...

With Fresh Pneumonia Data, Paratek To Seek 2018 Antibiotic Approval
The need for new antibiotics to battle drug-resistant bacteria is rising, and Paratek Pharmaceuticals has news that could give doctors a new weapon. Boston-based Paratek (NASDAQ: PRTK) reports that its antibiotic, omadacycline, has hit all its main and ...

Monroe County police utilize autism awareness ribbons
April is autism awareness month, and the Monroe County Association of Chiefs of Police are announcing a visual reminder to first responders that they may encounter a person with autism in the field. The association is working with the Autism Council of ...

Opioids vs. Marijuana: Which is More Dangerous?
The Trump administration has made it clear there will be renewed scrutiny of marijuana laws. In particular, recreational marijuana laws are being targeted for “greater enforcement,” according to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. Attorney General ...

Cyborgs at work: employees getting implanted with microchips
Self-described “body hacker” Jowan Osterlund from Biohax Sweden, holds a small microchip implant, similar to those implanted into workers at the Epicenter digital innovation business centre during a party at the co-working space in central Stockholm, ...

Biden attacks Trump's proposed cuts to medical research
Former vice president Joe Biden on Monday blasted as “draconian” President Trump's proposed cuts in funding for biomedical research, predicting that they would severely set back the budget of the National Institutes of Health, shutter labs across the ...

Stressed Out? You Probably Don't Have it as Bad as People in Alabama, the Most Stressed State
While just about everyone living in America is stressed out about something, whether the political climate, the economy, personal finances or family issues, people in Alabama have it the worst. The Yellowhammer state was found to have the highest level ...

The Internets Most Famous Pregnant Giraffe Still Hasnt Given Birth
April, a pregnant giraffe at the Animal Adventure Park in Harpursville, New York whose impending labor became an internet sensation, was expected to give birth over the weekend—but the mom-to-be seems to be in no rush to deliver, even as a quarter ...

North Dakota House committee approves medical marijuana bill
BISMARCK—Restrictions on smoking marijuana for medical purposes would be loosened under legislation approved by a North Dakota House committee. The rewrite of North Dakota's new medical marijuana law took another step toward passage Monday, ...

About-Face on 'Obesity Paradox': Extra Fat Does Raise Risk of Death
Being overweight or obese at some point in adulthood may increase the risk of early death, a new study finds. The findings contradict the so-called "obesity paradox," a phenomenon seen in previous studies in which overweight people seemed to have a ...

Living with Autism: April marks Austism Awareness Month
April is Autism Awareness Month, a time to shine the light on the developmental disability that affects one in every 68 children in the United States. Autism is a spectrum disorder. Typically, children show signs and behaviors before age three, some ...

A 'sci-fi' cancer therapy fights brain tumors, study finds
In this March 29, 2017 photo, Joyce Endresen wears an Optune therapy device for brain cancer, as she speaks on a phone at work in Aurora, Ill. She was diagnosed in December 2014 with Glioblastoma. She had two surgeries to remove the tumor as well as ...

20 percent of patients with serious conditions are first misdiagnosed, study says
More than 20 percent of patients who sought a second opinion at one of the nation's premier medical institutions had been misdiagnosed by their primary care providers, according to new research published Tuesday. Twelve percent of the people who asked ...

LIVE STREAM: April the Giraffe's 'normal routine' returns
A recent statement from Dr. Tim at the Animal Adventure Park in New York said the pregnant giraffe "just isn't quite ready to give the world what it wants." The doctor also addressed a few questions about this pregnancy. Here's an update from the park ...

Recreational marijuana industry set for takeoff
A marijuana plant is seen before harvesting at a rural area near Corvallis, Ore., in September. AP FILE PHOTO. Second of three parts examining issues related to the implementation of recreational marijuana in Massachusetts. By Shannon Golden. BOSTON ...

Hope for troops as antibiotics show they could be 'exciting new treatment' for PTSD
A simple course of antibiotics could dramatically reduce the distress experienced by people suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a new trial has found. The discovery by University College London gives hope of better treatment for ...

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