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Americans Are A Lonely Lot, And Young People Bear The Heaviest Burden
Loneliness isn't just a fleeting feeling, leaving us sad for a few hours to a few days. Research in recent years suggests that for many people, loneliness is more like a chronic ache, affecting their daily lives and sense of well-being. Now a ...

Can Your Diet Delay Menopause?
Eating certain foods may be linked to a delayed or hastened onset of menopause, a new study from England finds. Chowing down on fresh legumes, such as peas and green beans; and oily fish, such as salmon, sardines and mackerel; may be linked to a delay ...

She modeled in New York and worked for the Navy. At 93, parasites ate her alive at a nursing home.
Pictures of Rebecca Zeni during her younger years showed her with flawless skin, well-defined eyebrows and long, thick lashes. Her hair, parted in the middle, was neatly tied with a bow behind her ear. Her beauty could capture a room, her daughter said ...

Genome writing project aims to rally scientists around virus-proofing cells
Launched in 2016 with the sprawling ambition to build large genomes, the synthetic biology initiative known as Genome Project–write (GP-write) is now, slowly, getting down to specifics. Ahead of a meeting today in Boston, GP-write's leadership ...

In These Dark Days For Romaine, Which Lettuce Is Objectively the Best Lettuce?
The Great Romaine Crisis of 2018 rages on. Last Friday brought news of 14 more people and three more states affected by an E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce grown in the Yuma, Arizona region, bringing the tally up to 98 people and 22 states ...

The 5 Midlife Habits That Can Add 10 Years or More to Your Life
A new comprehensive study on the impact of low-risk lifestyle factors on life expectancy finds that five healthy habits during adulthood can add more than a decade to a person's life. Researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health ...

New report details best, worst places to live for spring allergy sufferers
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has released their 2018 Spring Allergy Capitals report. The report details the most difficult places for people suffering from spring allergies to live. It ranks the 100 largest cities in the nation. The ...

Young Americans are the loneliest, surprising study from Cigna shows
And, believe it or not, social media usage is not correlated with loneliness but face to face conversation is an antidote if you're socially isolated. Loading… Post to Facebook. Young Americans are the loneliest, surprising study from Cigna shows And ...

What Is Ocular Melanoma? Doctors Find Extremely Rare Eye Cancer in Groups Across Two States
Ocular melanoma—an incredibly rare eye cancer that affects just six people in every million—has mystified doctors in Auburn, Alabama, and Huntersville, North Carolina, showing up in an unusually large number of people with connections to the towns ...

Juul, the vape device teens are getting hooked on, explained
Elijah Stewart first heard about the Juul three years ago, during his sophomore year of high school. Many of his friends had started sucking on the e-cigarette that resembles a USB flash drive. It was suddenly a lot more socially acceptable, even cool ...

Tick and Mosquito Infections Spreading Rapidly, CDC Finds
The number of people who get diseases transmitted by mosquito, tick and flea bites has more than tripled in the United States in recent years, federal health officials reported on Tuesday. Since 2004, at least nine such diseases have been newly ...

NIH seeks health data of 1 million people, with genetic privacy suddenly an issue
The National Institutes of Health on Tuesday announced the launch of its attempt to enroll 1 million people in a landmark research effort aimed at developing “personalized” methods of prevention, treatment and care for a wide variety of diseases. The ...

Fentanyl: What You Should Know
May 1, 2018 -- Fentanyl, the synthetic narcotic painkiller implicated in the 2016 overdose death of singer Prince, has been named a chief culprit in the nation's opioid crisis, a new study finds. “The findings …. confirm what front-line health care ...

At 42, this woman has had 86 skin cancer surgeries
When Lisa Pace was a teenager, she hated looking at her pale, freckled skin. Today, when she looks at her 42-year-old body, it's covered with scars from 86 skin cancer surgeries — and she doesn't love looking at them either. "If I could go back and ...

The CEO Who Injected Himself With An Experimental Herpes Therapy Was Found Dead In A Sensory Deprivation Tank
Aaron Traywick, a biohacker who once injected himself with an untested herpes therapy on a crusade to expand access to medications, was found dead on Sunday morning in Washington, DC, police confirmed to BuzzFeed News. Traywick, 28, was found in a spa ...

Three Immunotherapies for Long-Term Relief from Allergies
May means many things: The blooming of flowers and trees after weeks of rain, longer, sunnier days, and the promise of summer. Perhaps one of the most enjoyable months of the year, May also brings with it heightened allergies. According to the Asthma ...

1 Ill In Wisconsin From Lettuce-Born E. Coli Outbreak
Wisconsin is among 22 states affected by an E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last week. The state has one reported case, but the full extent of the outbreak is yet to be determined, says ...

'Having sex five times a day wasn't enough'
Relationship charity Relate is calling for people with a "crippling" addiction to sex to receive help on the NHS. Two sufferers speak about the impact it has had on their lives. "At its worst, even having sex five times a day wasn't enough." Mother-of ...

Ecstasy as PTSD Relief for Soldiers: 'I Was Able to Forgive Myself.'
The drug known by the street names Ecstasy or Molly could be a promising treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, according to a new study. Research published Tuesday in the British journal The Lancet Psychiatry found that after two sessions of ...

Group of rare eye cancer cases baffles experts
(CNN) A group of patients with a rare type of eye cancer called ocular melanoma has researchers and epidemiologists stumped. The cancer, which normally occurs in about six in every 1 million individuals, has been identified in more than 50 individuals ...

Fentanyl leading cause of drug overdose deaths in US, study says
WEDNESDAY, May 2, 2018 -- Overdose deaths involving dangerous synthetic opioids like fentanyl have skyrocketed in recent years, surpassing deaths from prescription painkillers, a new U.S. study reveals. Synthetic opioids -- primarily fentanyl -- were ...

Questions Raised About Study Of Device To Ease Opioid Withdrawal
To the untrained, the evidence looks promising for a new medical device to ease opioid withdrawal. A small study shows that people feel better when the device, an electronic nerve stimulator called the Bridge, is placed behind their ear. The company ...

Active ingredient in ecstasy may help veterans with PTSD, study finds
MDMA — the active ingredient in the banned street drug ecstasy — is safe and enhances the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder when administered during psychotherapy, according to a new clinical trial. More research is needed to fully assess ...

Scientist Regrets Reaching Age 104 And Now Heads To Switzerland For Assisted Suicide
David Goodall, Australia's oldest working scientist, is traveling to Switzerland for an assisted suicide almost a month after he celebrated his 104th birthday in April. The renowned botanist is not suffering from any terminal disease other than poor ...

US seeking 1 million people for massive study of DNA, health habits
WASHINGTON — Wanted: A million people willing to share their DNA and 10 years of health habits, big and small, for science. On Sunday, the U.S. government will open nationwide enrollment for an ambitious experiment: If they can build a large enough ...

Free will, AI, and vibrating vests: investigating the science of Westworld
HBO's Westworld has returned for its second season at last, complete with bloodletting, espionage, and self-aware artificial intelligence (AI). After humanlike robots at a Wild West theme park started to gain consciousness and rebelled against their ...

Breast scan error 'shortened up to 270 lives' - Hunt
Up to 270 women in England may have died because they did not receive invitations to a final routine breast cancer screening, the Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says. Speaking in the Commons, he said 450,000 women aged 68-71 had failed to get invitations ...

Hepatitis A case occurs in Lexington elementary 'classroom,' but little revealed about patient
A case of Hepatitis A has been confirmed at Lexington's Millcreek Elementary School, the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department announced Wednesday. But because of medical privacy rules, health officials are not revealing whether a student or staff ...

Dead at Age 28, Ascendance Biomedical CEO Remembered for Pushing Boundaries
Aaron Traywick, the CEO of Ascendance Biomedical, was remembered for his motivation to succeed, and his desire to develop new treatments by pushing the boundaries of biotech R&D, following his death Sunday at a Washington D.C. spa. Traywick, 28, was ...

Allergy season is getting worse every year, it's not your imagination
If you feel like allergy season gets worse every year, you are not alone and you are not wrong. Climate change is a factor in the worsening seasons, experts say. "We have higher temperatures and increasing levels of carbon dioxide," Dr. Jeffrey Demain ...

Gov. John Kasich proposes new opioid rules for chronic pain patients
Gov. John Kasich and Dr. Mark Hurst, medical director of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, announced new rules for physicians working with chronic pain patients.( Jackie Borchardt, cleveland.com ). Comment. By Jackie ...

Mobile phone cancer warning as malignant brain tumours double
Fresh fears have been raised over the role of mobile phones in brain cancer after new evidence revealed rates of a malignant type of tumour have doubled in the last two decades. Charities and scientists have called on the Government to heed ...

Synthetic Opioids Are Causing Cocaine, Xanax Deaths To Skyrocket
Synthetic opioids like fentanyl are increasingly invading non-opioid drug supplies, creating a massive spike in overdose deaths from cocaine and anti-anxiety medication like Xanax. Cocaine deaths spiked by 52 percent nationally between 2015 and 2016 ...

First death reported from E. coli-contaminated romaine lettuce as outbreak spreads
The nationwide food poisoning outbreak from E. coli-contaminated romaine lettuce has claimed its first fatality, an unidentified person in California, and the infections have sickened a total of 121 people in 25 states, the U.S. Centers for Disease ...

The UK failed to tell thousands to get breast cancer screenings. Hundreds may have died as a result.
In the United Kingdom, women between the ages of 50 and 70 are entitled to a breast cancer screening every three years, as part of the government-run universal health-care system. Women registered with a primary-care physician get automatic reminders ...

How to protect yourself from bug bites this summer
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported this week that illnesses from tick, mosquito and flea bites have tripled over the past several years. More than 640,000 patients came down with diseases transmitted by bites from these three ...

100 Californians have contracted norovirus from raw Canadian oysters
California health officials say about 100 people statewide have contracted norovirus in the last week after eating raw oysters from British Columbia, Canada. The state Department of Health issued a warning Wednesday about the possible risk of illness ...

FDA warns about potentially contaminated oysters from Canada
Health officials are warning consumers about a norovirus outbreak linked to raw oysters from British Columbia, Canada. According to the California Department of Health, as of April 27, approximately 100 people have reported illnesses after they ...

Second case of hepatitis A reported at eastern Kentucky restaurant in less than a month
ASHLAND, Ky. (WSAZ) - Another case of hepatitis A has been reported in a food preparation worker at the Texas Roadhouse restaurant, the Ashland-Boyd County Health Department reports. The worker was diagnosed Monday. Another case involving a food ...

Australian scientist, 104, heads to Switzerland to end life
David Goodall is not terminally ill, but says his quality of life has deteriorated and is seeking "voluntary euthanasia." by Associated Press / May.02.2018 / 11:07 PM ET. Image: Australian 104-old academic David Goodall departs for Switzerland for ...

Breast screening error angers survivor and family of deceased
A breast cancer survivor and a man whose wife died from the disease have reacted angrily to revelations that an NHS computer error led to 450,000 people missing screening tests. Patricia Minchin said her "traumatic journey" could have been "avoided ...

Scientists build 'synthetic embryos'
Dutch scientists have built "synthetic" embryos in their laboratory using mouse cells other than sperm and eggs. The stem cell breakthrough, described in Nature journal, is not for cloning people or animals, but about understanding why many pregnancies ...

Canadian oysters sicken dozens in California, officials say
(CNN) California health officials are warning residents not to eat oysters from British Columbia, Canada, following a norovirus outbreak. About 100 people got sick in California after they consumed the raw oysters, health officials said. "As of April ...

Governor reveals new guidelines for chronic pain treatment
COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) - For years Ohio Governor John Kasich and his administration have been attacking the opiate prescription problem. They have set new rules for reporting and prescribing opiates for acute pain, and now they are proposing new rules ...

Seniors and sex: Many adults ages 65-80 are having sex (and most are pretty satisfied)
Four out of 10 adults ages 65 to 80 say they are having sex. The numbers are highest among men, but women report more sexual satisfaction. Loading… Post to Facebook. Seniors and sex: Many adults ages 65-80 are having sex (and most are pretty satisfied ...

After CBS News report on rare eye cancer mystery, hundreds share similar stories
Doctors are intensifying efforts to find out what caused groups of people in two different cities to mysteriously develop a rare eye cancer. Ocular melanoma typically occurs in just six out of every one million people, but we met four friends who went ...

New Peanut Allergy Test Created That Cuts Out 'Risky' Food Challenge
Scientists have developed a new blood test to diagnose peanut allergies they believe is safer and more accurate than methods doctors currently use on patients. If rolled out, the new test could catch a peanut allergy before patients have to undergo the ...

Is vasopressin what's lacking in the brains of those with autism?
Researchers have found that male rhesus monkeys who tend to shun group play, mutual grooming and other social activities have a subtle thing in common with boys who have an autism spectrum disorder. In both cases, they have unusually low levels of a ...

Woman, 93, eaten alive by parasites at a US nursing home
Warning: Contains graphic images. Pictures of Rebecca Zeni during her younger years showed her with flawless skin, well-defined eyebrows and long, thick lashes. Her hair, parted in the middle, was neatly tied with a bow behind her ear. Her beauty could ...

Tick And Mosquito Infections Surge In NJ, Elsewhere, CDC Says
The number of infections has risen sharply in NJ and the United States, according to state and federal officials. Find out where in NJ. By Tom Davis, Patch National Staff | May 3, 2018 9:02 am ET | Updated May 3, 2018 9:07 am ET. 0. Tick And Mosquito ...

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