Category Archives: Health

Married Couples Who Smoke Marijuana Less Likely to Have Domestic Violence Issues

Domestic violence is a costly problem in the US. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that the cost of domestic violence against women exceeds $5.8 billion a year which include $4.1 billion in direct costs such as … Continue reading

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Mayo Clinic Will Be First to Use Cologuard Home Cancer Test

It makes sense. The Mayo Clinic will be the first medical institution to offer the new in-home Cologuard colon cancer screening test. Mayo helped to develope Colonguard in conjunction with Exact Sciences. The head gastroenterology and hematology doctor at the … Continue reading

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Study Shows Light Cigarettes Are a Proven Way to Reduce Nicotine Intake

Good news this week if you’re a smoker who wants to look at quitting orĀ at least reducing the harm caused by cigarettes. This is especially true because the cost of smoking is so much more than simply the cost of … Continue reading

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Beat Peak West Nile Virus Season with These 6 Natural Mosquito Repellants

With the West Nile virus now in peak season, and even hitting states in the northern parts of the US, you want to make sure to take precautions to try and avoid being bitten by mosquitoes while you’re out and … Continue reading

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Intel and Michael J Fox Improve Parkinson’s Research with Wearable Gadgets

In another step into the market beyond computers, Intel has teamed up with the Michael J Fox Foundation to provide Parkinson’s researchers with a whole new level of access to their patients. Their idea involves using wearables, devices like the … Continue reading

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An Increased Chance of Getting 10 Common Cancers Linked to Being Overweight

If you still need another reason to shed extra pounds, new research published in the Lancet Medical Journal indicates those with a high Body Mass Index (BMI) have an increased chance of developing 10 of the most common types of … Continue reading

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Lone Star Tick Bite Can Make You Allergic to Red Meat

If you love your red meat, you want to be sure to avoid a tick found in the US south and east (see map above). It seems like a truly strange reaction to a tick bite, but more and more … Continue reading

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The Ethics of Organ Donation: Should People Get Paid for Their Organs?

There are currently 120,000 people in the U.S who need an organ donation, and every day 18 of them will die waiting. Those on the list for kidneys or a liver could be waiting for five years or longer. It’s … Continue reading

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Should You Start Taking a Daily Aspirin to Reduce the Chance of Cancer?

When people think about the benefits of a daily low-dose aspirin regimen, they usually associate it with helping prevent the risk of heart disease. While there is ample evidence that it can help in this area, that may not be … Continue reading

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Study Shows Video Games Are Good for Kids in Small Doses

Research published this week in The Journal of Pediatrics shows that video games might not be as bad for kids as most people think. Console and handheld fantasy games have previously been portrayed as having monstrous effects on children, supposedly … Continue reading

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Facebook Panic: Why Are People Calling 911 When Facebook Goes Down?

“Facebook is down. I repeat Facebook is down.” This tweet was one of many on August 1st when the popular social networking site went down for more than half an hour. Within minutes, users were flooding the internet, the search … Continue reading

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FDA Gluten Free Labeling to Remove Confusion for Consumers

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has set a date for the new gluten-free labeling rules to come into play. Beginning August 5th 2014, foods with more than 20 parts per million (ppm) of gluten can no longer be … Continue reading

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Temperature a Huge Factor in over 2000 Weather Related Deaths Each Year

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released a report this week on weather connected deaths, many of them due to temperature related conditions like heat stroke or hypothermia. This may come as a surprise to those who … Continue reading

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Florida Officials Send Out Vibrio Vulnificus Flesh-Eating Bacteria Warning

It sounds like something out of a horror movie, but it’s all too real. Real enough for Florida officials to send out a warning to all that the flesh-eating bacterium Vibrio vulnificus is alive and well in the warm Florida … Continue reading

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Slowly Running Short Distances Greatly Reduces the Chances of a Heart Attack

Get out those running shoes, but don’t despair about having to run long distances or for a long time each week. In fact, you don’t even have to come close to wearing out your running shoes to gain huge benefits … Continue reading

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Surgeon General Says to Stop Using Tanning Beds to Prevent Cancer

Sun-soaked August is almost upon us and as many young women are getting ‘bikini ready’ with a few tanning-bed sessions, the acting Surgeon General has made his stance very clear on the dangers of over-exposure to ultraviolet light. It’s not … Continue reading

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Fist Bumps and High Fives Healthier than Handshakes

Researchers at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences in Wales have this week advised the general public on the bacterial dangers of the humble handshake. The gesture has been used since ancient Greece, as a greeting, an expression … Continue reading

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Congress Finally Compromises to Ease Veteran Healthcare Wait Times

There’s some good news out of Congress for Veterans and their health care needs. Tension was resolved over the weekend with a compromise reached between VA leaders, Bernie Sanders and Jeff Miller,on a bill to aid veterans faced with long … Continue reading

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Study Shows Sleep Deprivation Causes Major Memory Flaws

Whether you’re a waiter, a librarian or a taxi driver, having a bad memory can make life rather unmanageable. But this week, researchers from the University of Michigan and the University of California, Irvine have published research which could be … Continue reading

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Teen HPV Cancer Vaccines: Why Are Parents Waiting Around?

The Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC) has reported some disturbing news this week about uptake rates of the vaccine for Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). It appears that even though the vaccine has been proven to prevent cancer and … Continue reading

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