Category Archives: Health

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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Facebook Study That Manipulated Users: Why You Should Be Concerned

When you signed up for Facebook, you probably didn’t think that one of the things you agreed to was to let the company do psychological tests on you, but that’s what Facebook claims you did. They contend one of the … Continue reading

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88,000 Working Age Adult Deaths Each Year in US Due to Alcohol

When people think about alcohol and death, the immediate thought is usually about drinking and driving, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the different ways people die when alcohol is involved. According to a … Continue reading

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Watch TV and Don’t Die Early: Simple Moves to Make Watching TV Healthier

There’s a new study out which indicates watching three hours or more of TV a day doubles the chances of a premature death. While the exact reason for this isn’t entirely understood at this point, and more research needs to … Continue reading

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Over-the-Counter Acne Products May Cause Rare, but Serious, Allergic Reactions

For those who have acne, it can not only be embarrassing, but it can also be expensive. For those who buy over-the-counter acne treatments which include cleanser, toner, and some types of non-prescription medicated lotion, they can look to pay … Continue reading

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Is Watching TV Killing You? Too Much Leads to Premature Death

Watching TV has the potential to cost you a lot of money, but new research shows that it may also contribute to an early death. While the actual act of watching TV isn’t going to make you lose your life, … Continue reading

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Those Fortified Cereals and Snack Bars Are Good for You, Right? Maybe Not

Those fortified cereals with added vitamins and minerals you have been purchasing for your kids may seem like the healthier choice compared to those which don’t have the added nutrients, but they may actually be more harmful than the average … Continue reading

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CDC Continues Shock Campaign to Get Smokers to Quit with New Set of Ads

Smoking costs a lot of money, and people should quit the habit for financial reasons alone. Not only is there the direct cost of the cigarettes, but there are also a large number of indirect costs. For example, the cars, … Continue reading

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Anthrax Scare: Director of Lab Reassigned by CDC

The first fallout from the anthrax (Bacillus anthracis) scare which took place earlier this month has come to light. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has decided to reassign Michael Farrell, the director of the Bioterror Rapid Response … Continue reading

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84 Person Anthrax Scare: CDC Scientists Possibly Exposed

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that 84 scientists and employees may have been exposed to live, airborne anthrax (bacillus anthracis) bacteria in an embarrassing mistake which took place at its Atlanta facility. The mishap … Continue reading

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Arthritis Drug Spurs Hair Growth in Bald Man, But It’s Not Going to Help You

For a split second, there were a lot of bald men with hope in their hearts as the news spread that a nearly hairless man was able to grow a thick head of hair after he began taking a drug … Continue reading

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