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Sleep Hacks: How to Sleep Better Every Night
No doubt about it, sleep is extremely important for mental and physical health. It helps the human body recover, ensures the healthy functioning of the brain, reduces the risks of heart disease, obesity, and high blood pressure while protecting the ...

Opioid crisis: 'You know someone who is affected by this'
A father who lost his daughter to an overdose after seven months of sobriety. A paramedic who has witnessed the ravaging effects of withdrawal. A lawmaker whose life changed the day a grieving mother opened his eyes to how close drugs lurk to his own ...

Dream loss may silently harm health: study
If you are dream deprived you may be sleep deprived. Many health concerns attributed to sleep loss may be due to dream deprivation, says study. 2. Shares. Share. By: PTI | Washington | Published:October 1, 2017 6:25 pm. insomnia, sleep deprivation ...

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Key terms you should know
For patients with breast cancer, there are a series of terms to be familiar with. (iStock). “Mammogram.” “Triple-negative.” “Tumor stage.” Patients may hear some -- or all -- of these words while speaking to their doctors about breast cancer ...

UN steps up aid to plague-hit Madagascar after 21 deaths
BERLIN — The U.N. health agency says it is stepping up its response to an outbreak of plague in Madagascar that has claimed 21 lives so far. The World Health Organization said Sunday that Malagasy authorities have confirmed a basketball coach visiting ...

Smoking age would be raised to 21 under Andrew Forrest's new anti-cancer plan
Australians would be prohibited from buying cigarettes until age 21 under a new cancer-fighting plan developed by billionaire mining magnate Andrew Forrest. Mr Forrest and his wife Nicola are spearheading a major lobbying campaign to convince federal ...

Colorado: No Edible Pot Shaped as People, Animals or Fruit
Colorado is banning gummy bears and other edible marijuana products in the shape of people, animals and fruit this month, hoping to decrease the likelihood of small children mistaking them for a favorite treat. Oct. 1, 2017, at 1:03 p.m.. Colorado: No ...

Woman turns discarded vagina skin into jewelry
A British blogger has used excess skin from a recent vaginal surgery to create some bling for her neck. According to the U.K. Sun, London, England had a procedure to lob off excess skin from her vagina after it caused her painful problems for close to ...

Health experts zero in on camels to fight deadly MERS virus
A wrestling camel is paraded through the main street in the western Turkish town of Selcuk January 15, 2005. REUTERS/Fatih Saribas FS/. GENEVA (Reuters) - The fight against the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), which has killed at least ...

Losing your sense of smell is linked to dementia, new research suggests
Older people with a poor sense of smell have a greater chance of developing Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, US research has shown. The discovery raises the prospect of using "sniffing sticks" to flag individuals needing closer monitoring in ...

British Professor Shows "Sex Change Regret" is Rising, University Takes Away His Funding
The Telegraph U.K. reports that Bath Spa University initially approved a professor's research grant to study “de-transitioning” transgendered individuals, but revoked the money after surprising early results in the study were deemed “politically ...

Colorado: No edible pot shaped as people, animals or fruit
DENVER — A ban on gummy bears and other edible marijuana products shaped like animals, people and fruit takes effect this month in Colorado — a change aimed at decreasing the likelihood small children will mistake them for a favorite treat. The ...

If addiction is a disease, should relapse mean jail time?
In this Sept. 22, 2017 photo, Julie Eldred poses for a photo in her Massachusetts home. Eldred, 29, tested positive for the opioid fentanyl less than two weeks after a court ordered her to refrain from drugs while on probation for larceny. She spent ...

This early human ancestor is to blame for genital herpes
Standing about 4 feet tall, early human ancestor Paranthropus boisei had a small brain and a wide, dish-like face. It is most well-known for having big teeth and hefty chewing muscles. Hide Caption. 1 of 19. A grand grave of a great Viking warrior ...

How the 'heroin heroine' saves lives from her living room
(CNN) In a small blue house in Northern California, a mom surrounded by three children, three cats and a dog has quietly saved the lives of hundreds of people addicted to opioids, including heroin. On social media, Tracey Helton is known as the ...

'Hypoallergenic' And 'Fragrance-Free' Moisturizer Claims Are Often False
For most people, buying a "fragrance-free" or "hypoallergenic" moisturizer that turns out to be neither, might be frustrating, but not harmful. But for people with sensitive skin or conditions like eczema or psoriasis it can be a big problem. "I will ...

Nobel in physiology, medicine awarded to three Americans for discovery of 'clock genes'
Three Americans — Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young — have won the 2017 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for their work on molecular mechanisms that control circadian systems. Hall was born in New York, Rosbash in Kansas ...

Dream Deprivation May Be As Serious As Sleep Loss
A new comprehensive literature review by an integrative medicine specialist suggests dream loss is at the root of many of the health concerns attributed to sleep loss. The review by Rubin Naiman, PhD, appears in the “Unlocking the Unconscious ...

Study Finds Donepezil Best Alzheimer's Drug for Improving Cognition
Currently, several medications are on the market purporting to enhance concentration, memory, alertness and moods among those with moderate to severe Alzheimer's disease. A new study ranking the safety and effectiveness of the four most common drugs ...

Model could go blind after botched eye tattoo
Catt Gallinger nearly lost her eye after undergoing a procedure to get the whites of her eyes permanently coloured. app-facebook. Catt Gallinger. about 2 weeks ago. 75. 72 · 13. The 24-year-old model from Canada is a body modification enthusiast and ...

Nobel Prize in Medicine Goes to 3 Americans for Body Clock Studies
Photographs of Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young, recipients of the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, were shown at the award announcement in Stockholm on Monday. Credit Jonathan Nackstrand/Agence France-Presse ...

“NICU Grandpa” makes impact on parents-and hospital's smallest patients
ATLANTA, GA (WXIA) – A weekly visitor to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta is making an impact on parents–and the hospital's smallest patients. David, also known as “ICU Grandpa”, makes the rounds on Tuesdays and Thursdays, visiting and holding babies ...

The new taboo: More people regret sex change and want to 'detransition', surgeon says
Dr. Miroslav Djordjevic says more people, particularly transgender women over 30, are asking for reversal surgery, yet their regrets remain taboo. Dr. Miroslav Djordjevic says he has been approached by transgender people from countries all over the ...

How Messing With Our Body Clocks Can Raise Alarms With Health
Research that helped discover the clocks running in every cell in our bodies earned three scientists a Nobel Prize in medicine on Monday. "With exquisite precision, our inner clock adapts our physiology to the dramatically different phases of the day ...

The Breast Cancer Enthusiastic Optimist: Heidi Floyd
Breast cancer awareness month is upon us. It's a time when a lot of people come together to do a lot of good - raising funds for breast cancer research, tackling topics that are not addressed enough and making their voices heard. All through BCAM, I'll ...

This ancient primate may be responsible for genital herpes
Our ancestors have been catching herpes since before we were human. The infection is quite common today; the World Health Organization estimates that two-thirds of adults under 50 are infected with the herpes virus that causes oral cold sores. One in ...

Man dies from West Nile virus in Stanislaus County
A 74-year-old man has died from the West Nile virus, Stanislaus County health officials announced Monday morning. “This serves as a warning that (the West Nile virus) is a serious disease that may lead to hospitalization and can even result in death ...

FDA acts to encourage generic competition for complex drugs
FILE - In this Wednesday, April 5, 2017, file photo, Dr. Scott Gottlieb speaks during his confirmation hearing before a Senate committee, in Washington, as President Donald Trump's nominee to head the Food and Drug Administration. On Monday, Oct. 2 ...

3 Americans Win Nobel In Medicine For Circadian Rhythm Research
The work of Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young solved the mystery of how our bodies' inner clocks anticipate fluctuations between night and day to optimize behavior and physiology. KELLY MCEVERS, HOST: The 2017 Nobel Prize in ...

Old tattoo to blame for woman's 'cancer'
(CNN) Doctors in Australia suspected that a woman had a type of cancer called lymphoma, but they were stunned when they put her enlarged lymph node under a microscope -- and instead found black tattoo pigment from 15 years ago to which her immune ...

One dead, two sickened from West Nile virus in Chatham
Local health officials have confirmed a West Nile Virus-associated death of an elderly man and two additional cases of the mosquito-borne virus in adult men in Chatham County. These are the first confirmed human cases in the county or in the eight ...

Equifax: 2.5 million more Americans may be affected by hack
NEW YORK (AP) - Credit report company Equifax said Monday that an additional 2.5 million Americans may have been affected by the massive security breach of its systems, bringing the total to 145.5 million people who had their personal information ...

Heart study finds another reason not to skip breakfast
Middle-aged adults who routinely skip breakfast are more likely to have clogged heart arteries than those who enjoy a big morning meal, a new study finds. The findings are the latest to link breakfast to better heart health. They suggest that people ...

Skipping breakfast tied to higher risk of hardening in arteries
FILE PHOTO: A full English breakfast is seen at the Glider Cafe along the A419 near Frampton Mansell, south west England September 5, 2013. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth. (Reuters Health) - People who skip breakfast may be more likely to develop ...

Designing Smart Tattoos To Help Monitor Your Health
Will the day come when tattoos can tell you about your health? (Photo by Janette Pellegrini/Getty Images for Hamptons Magazine). If you have a tattoo, what does it say about you? Does it say that you are a rebel? Or maybe that you belong to a ...

South Georgia blood donations to help Las Vegas victims
Long lines of people in Las Vegas were giving blood Monday, but Las Vegas isn't the only place people can donate blood for the hundreds of victims. South Georgians wanting to help those victims from thousands of miles away can too. Giving blood is a ...

This Breast Cancer Advocate Wants to be a Voice for Others - Andrea Pitney
Breast cancer awareness month is upon us. It's a time when a lot of people come together to do a lot of good - raising funds for breast cancer research, tackling topics that are not addressed enough, and making their voices heard. All through BCAM, I ...

Trying to Get Sober? NIH Offers Tool to Help Find Good Care
Trying to get sober? NIH creates online tool to help people searching for alcohol treatment get a better shot at quality care. Oct. 3, 2017, at 5:29 a.m.. Trying to Get Sober? NIH Offers Tool to Help Find Good Care ...

Cigarette makers to publish new statements on health risks
Starting next month, major U.S. cigarette companies will publish a series of statements about the health risks of smoking. The court-ordered "corrective statements" will run on television and in newspapers as part of an agreement in a 1999 lawsuit ...

Gender reversal surgery is more in-demand than ever before
It's a treatment for those experiencing gender dysphoria, whereby a person recognises a discrepancy between their biological sex and their gender identity. Gender identity clinics are in place throughout the UK to provide support to those feeling ...

Angelina Jolie's doctor shares top 10 breast cancer prevention tips
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, a renowned surgical breast care specialist -- and the doctor of Angelina Jolie -- discussed what to know about the recent advancements made in the battle to fight the disease that affects approximately one in ...

Should People Who Can't Quit Smoking Switch to E-Cigarettes?
Switching to e-cigarettes won't solve all the health problems smokers face. For example, e-cigarettes are still addictive, and studies suggest that they may be bad for heart health. But compared with traditional tobacco cigarettes — which, in addition ...

Lance Bass Blasts FDA Law Banning Gay Men from Donating Blood in Wake of Las Vegas Shooting
Like millions of Americans, Lance Bass was compelled to donate blood to help some of the 527 concertgoers injured during Sunday's deadly Las Vegas shooting. But the Federal Drug Administration prevents men who've had sex with other men within the ...

When diagnosed with breast cancer, old wounds need attention too
Dr. Jennie Bennett achieved her dream of earning her doctorate when she earned a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Houston in 1993. It was a hard-won battle toward her goal that included fractured family relationships, financial struggles, ...

Cancers linked to excess weight make up 40% of all US diagnoses, study finds
In 2014, roughly 630,000 people in the US were diagnosed with overweight- or obesity-linked cancer. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images. Cancer. Cancers linked to excess weight make up 40% of all US diagnoses, study finds. Diagnoses of excess ...

Cigarette makers to publish new statements acknowledging health risks
American cigarette makers will publish a series of blunt statements about the health risks of smoking as part of a court order stemming from a 1999 lawsuit brought by the federal government. (Yasser al-Zayyat / AFP/Getty Images). Associated Press ...

Human tears and saliva can generate electricity: study
Lysozyme, a special protein that generates electricity when pressure is applied, can be found in human tears. (iStock). BY Ariel Scotti. NEW YORK DAILY NEWS. Tuesday, October 3, 2017, 4:05 PM. A special protein secreted by specific human fluids can ...

This Is How Far American Women Have to Travel to Get an Abortion
Abortion is a legal medical procedure in the United States, but whether a woman has access to the procedure depends largely on where she lives. A new report published Tuesday in The Lancet Public Health journal found that American women travel an ...

Wisconsin provides blood to Las Vegas massacre
WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) -- In the United States, someone needs blood every two seconds. In the wake of a tragedy Sunday night's shooting in Las Vegas, that need skyrockets. According to the American Red Cross, the average trauma patient could need up ...

Obesity-related cancers on the rise in the US
There's a link between obesity and 40 percent of all the cancers diagnosed in the United States, health officials reported Tuesday. That doesn't mean too much weight is causing all these cancer cases, just that there's some kind of still-to-be ...

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