Category Archives: Health

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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Fruit Shipped to Costco, Sam’s, Trader Joe’s and BJ’s Recalled on Listeria Concerns

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that California-based Wawona Packing Company is voluntarily recalling a number of their branded peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots. The recall is being done due to the possible contamination of the fruit with … Continue reading

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Florida Jury Floors RJ Reynolds with $23.6 Billion Verdict. But Will It Stand?

Smoking can be an expensive proposition, but it looks like the effects of smoking are coming back to cost big tobacco as well. In a verdict that has shocked both big tobacco and legal academics, a Florida jury, in a … Continue reading

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Energy Drinks and Alcohol: a Cocktail Combination with Serious Consequences

A substance use research group at the Australian National University of Canberra has published research this week which shows the practice of mixing alcohol with caffeinated energy drinks can have serious side effects. This, after a study earlier this month … Continue reading

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Sobering Research Encourages Less Alcohol for a Healthier Heart

Contradictory new research has surfaced on the effects of light to moderate drinking on cardiovascular health. It turns out that your end of the workday treat could be causing more harm than good. Traditionally, light to moderate drinkers (those who … Continue reading

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How to Avoid Being Hit By Lightning

With news that two people died from lightning strikes in two days at Rocky Mountain national park, it’s important to remember to take basic precautions when out hiking. Both deaths (a women on Friday and a man on Saturday) came … Continue reading

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Consumer Reports Warns Parents Against Using Spray-On Sunscreen for Kids

If you plan to spend any amount of time outside, sunscreen is important. Very important. But as any parent with a small child knows, it can be difficult to get sunscreen on kids who often don’t like the creams and … Continue reading

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You’re Obese Because You’re Lazy, Not Because You Eat Too Much

A report by Stanford University researchers, set to appear in the American Journal of Medicine’s August issue, shows a remarkable correlation between a dwindling amount of time spent exercising and the worrisome rise of obesity among Americans. Somewhat surprisingly, the … Continue reading

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Bill Gates Wants to Give Remote Control Micro Chip Birth Control to Women

Women might be saying goodbye to taking a daily pill (or other birth control methods available today) in the the coming years. The future of birth control may come in the form of a microchip, at least if the Bill … Continue reading

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No More Excuses: Even Small Amounts of Meditation Can Relieve Stress

Most of us have heard meditation can be a great way to achieve stress relief. The problem is most people don’t want to spend months training, and hours a day meditating, to get that stress relief. For those who have … Continue reading

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50% of Americans Have a Chronic Disease: CDC Reveals the Cost of Unhealthy Living

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have concluded chronic diseases and conditions are among the most common, and preventable, of all health problems. As of 2012, these diseases, including heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, obesity, and arthritis affect … Continue reading

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Are Annual Pelvic Examinations Beneficial for Women? The Science Says No

An annual pelvic examination as part of a routine wellness visit has been the norm for women and their physicians for decades. But what if this checkup isn’t necessary on a yearly basis? That is exactly what the American College … Continue reading

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The Data Is Clear: Vaccines Are Safe, Effective and Do Not Cause Autism

There is no scientific debate when it comes to giving children vaccines: they are generally safe, effective and side effects to them are exceedingly rare. The only debate remaining is among anti-vaccine advocates themselves, who rely on feelings above scientific … Continue reading

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