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British Soldiers Prescribed Diet Pills And Liposuction To Combat Weight Problems

A new report has revealed that a number of British armed forces personnel may be facing issues with their weight and fitness. To help combat these problems, the soldiers were said to be given diet pills and liposuction procedures.

HEALTH May 11, 2016

Tooth Decay Drive Reveals Amount Of Sugar In Drinks

The city council of Liverpool has launched a public health campaign aimed at raising awareness on the amount of sugar included in many popular drinks. Officials hope this would help curb the rise in tooth decay rates among children.

HEALTH May 10, 2016

Cancer Costs May Force Vulnerable Families To Sell Their Home

UK charity Macmillan Cancer Support warned that the costs of cancer are leaving millions of families financially broken, even forcing them to sell their homes. Here are ways to tackle the financial burden of cancer.

HEALTH May 10, 2016

Here Are The Best And Worst US States To Grow Old

Caring.com has released its report on the 10 best and worst states to grow old, taking into consideration quality of life, health care, and finance. Which ones offer the best senior health care costs and assisted living choices?

HEALTH May 10, 2016

Swaddling Babies Linked To Increased Risk For Sudden Infant Death Syndrome

The risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome appeared to rise when babies were swaddled while sleeping on their sides or stomachs. Could SIDS be one of the major dangers of swaddling, a practice meant to keep infants warm and cozy?

HEALTH May 10, 2016

Canada's Justin Trudeau Allocates $785 Million To Support Fight Against Malaria, AIDS, Tuberculosis

Canada has pledged an additional $785 million CA to support the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the country has a duty to lead by example.

HEALTH May 10, 2016

Low-Cost Paper Diagnostic Test May Reduce Spread Of Zika Virus

Experts were able to develop a low-cost paper test that can detect Zika virus. The test can also detect specific strains of viruses, making it more attractive than existing tests.

HEALTH May 10, 2016

Obama Administration Announces Contest To Redesign Medical Bill

The Obama administration launched a contest to innovators to redesign the U.S. medical billing process. The challenge aims to create simpler and more patient-friendly systems when dealing with their medical bills.

HEALTH May 9, 2016

Everything You Need To Know About The Blood Disorder Thalassemia: Signs, Symptoms, Treatment

Thalassemia is a life-threatening blood disorder that has no known cure. However, there are treatments that may alleviate the condition, such as chelation therapy and stem cell therapy.

HEALTH May 9, 2016

E-Cigarette Poisoning Surges In Young Children: Study

A new analysis found an alarming surge in e-cigarette poisoning among young children. Immediate government action is called for towards the regulation of these tobacco and nicotine products to lower the numbers and prevent further poisoning.

HEALTH May 9, 2016

Australian Medical Board Issues New Guidelines For Cosmetic Surgery Industry

With the growing trend of cosmetic surgeries in Australia is the increased risk of becoming victims of botched procedures. To establish better regulation in the industry, the medical board has issued new guidelines.

HEALTH May 10, 2016

Suicide Less Common Among Former NFL Players Than Men In General Population: CDC Study

NFL players are prone to head injury and CTE, which places them at increased risk for depression and self harm. A CDC study, however, finds that suicide is less common among ex-NFL players compared with the general population.

HEALTH May 12, 2016

Newborns Who Catch Cold, Flu Within 6 Months At Increased Risk For Type 1 Diabetes

Children are more susceptible to developing type 1 diabetes later in life when they contract a cold or flu during their first 6 months, a new study suggests. Infections that occur beyond this period don't produce the same effect.

HEALTH May 9, 2016

Studying Zebrafish May Provide Insight On Rare Genetic Blood Disorders

The diminutive zebrafish is producing a massive impact on medical research. A new report suggests that studying the tropical freshwater fish may provide insight on rare genetic blood disorders in humans.

HEALTH May 9, 2016

Climate Change May Up Rates Of Chronic Kidney Disease

Climate change brings about a new health epidemic: heat stress nephropathy, where the kidneys suffer from dehydration from rising temperatures and heat stress. Learn more about this chronic kidney disease on the rise.

HEALTH May 9, 2016

Full Moon Linked To Less Sleep In Children

The full moon can somehow affect children's sleep – but is it enough to back up ancient belief on the lunar phases' effects on human moods and actions?

HEALTH May 9, 2016

Half Of Teens Are Addicted To Their Mobile Device: How To Tell If Your Child Suffers From Smartphone Addiction

Here are the signs of smartphone addiction among teens, which has risen to half of the U.S. teen population. While the line between phone addiction and overuse is gray, there are symptoms that one is already moving into addiction territory.

HEALTH May 9, 2016

Publix Voluntarily Recalls Salad Over Listeria Fear

A listeria contamination scare prompted supermarket chain Publix to recall its Wheatberry Salad and Sweet and Salty Almond Bar. The listeria recall was linked to the sunflower seeds used in the products.

HEALTH May 8, 2016

Daily Marijuana Use Linked To Disease That Can Lead To Limb Amputation

A man in Australia has developed a very rare peripheral vascular disease that has prevented a nasty wound on his big toe from properly healing. Doctors say his condition was brought on by his long-term daily use of cannabis.

HEALTH May 9, 2016

OxyContin's 12-Hour Dosing May Up Drug Abuse Risk: How To Recognize And Prevent Opioid Addiction

Purdue Pharma's painkiller drug OxyContin has been tagged as one of the reasons for the increase in opioid abuse among Americans in recent years. Find out how you can avoid falling victim to the debilitating effects of opioid addiction.

HEALTH May 9, 2016

Sen. Charles Schumer Wants FDA To Investigate, Recall Exploding E-Cigs

Amid rising incidents of exploding e-cigarettes, Sen. Charles Schumer wanted the FDA to conduct probe on what causes these vaping devices to explode. He also called for a recall to hold the manufacturers accountable.

HEALTH May 8, 2016

Norovirus Outbreak Hits Balmoral Cruise Ship, Sickens More Than 250 Passengers

The luxury cruise ship Balmoral has been hit by norovirus, sickening more than 250 passengers and eight crew members, health officials confirmed. Majority of the passengers were from the United Kingdom.

HEALTH May 9, 2016

Monitoring Heart Rhythm With Smartphone App May Help Atrial Fibrillation Patients Take Blood-Thinning Drugs As Needed

Monitoring heart rhythm using a smartphone app may help atrial fibrillation patients limit daily blood-thinner intake. Positive clinical results were seen after 18 months.

HEALTH May 8, 2016

New Antibody Therapy May Provide Long-Term HIV Treatment

Scientists are developing a new antibody-based drug therapy that may provide long-term control over HIV. A single dose of the therapy can help patients make better antibodies against the virus.

HEALTH May 9, 2016

France To Offer Pregnant Women €300 To Quit Smoking

Smoking during pregnancy reaps negative effects for both the mother and the baby. With that, as part of a new study, hospitals in France will offer pregnant women up to €300 in vouchers if they agree to quit smoking.

HEALTH May 9, 2016

New Research Suggests Eating Red Meat Ups Chances Of Dying

Researchers from Mayo Clinic found that daily consumption of red meat shortens life expectancy. They recommend including diet education in preventive care and treatment plans.

HEALTH May 8, 2016

OxyContin 12-Hour Prescription May Have Helped Fuel America's Opioid Epidemic

A new report suggests Purdue Pharma contributed to America's opioid epidemic. How does the drugmaker's 12-hour dosing prescription for painkiller OxyContin drive addiction?

HEALTH May 7, 2016

Want To Forget Unwanted Memories? This Is How Your Brain Does It On Purpose

Want to rid of yourself of some unpleasant memories? A new study suggests you can do so purposely by changing the context of these memories.

HEALTH May 7, 2016

Arizona Restores 'KidsCare' National Insurance Plan For Working Poor

After six long years, Arizona has once again approved KidsCare that shall benefit at least 30,000 children. However, can it beat the hurdles including a possible violation of the state’s constitution?

HEALTH May 8, 2016

Pregnant Teen Infected With Zika Wants To Keep Baby

A pregnant teen with Zika virus chose to keep her baby despite the risks of birth defects. The teen from Connecticut said the baby is a miracle and that she would not go into abortion.

HEALTH May 9, 2016

Risk For Heart Failure, Atrial Fibrillation Rises As Temperature Drops: Study

A new study suggests that being exposed to cooler temperatures increases the risk of people experiencing heart failure or atrial fibrillation. Sufferers are more likely to be hospitalized for these ailments during winter months than in summer months.

HEALTH May 7, 2016

Skin-To-Eye Stem Cell Transplant Partially Restores Eyesight Of Woman With Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Japanese scientists successfully completed, for the first time, a skin-to-eye stem cell transplant to partially restore the vision of a 70-year-old woman with age-related macular degeneration. Researchers are now conducting further studies to include pluripotent stem cells in treatment of other degenerative diseases.

HEALTH May 7, 2016

Munchkin Issues Recall Of Pacifiers And Clips Over Choking Hazards

Product recalls in the US this week include a recall of Munchkin pacifiers and clips (sold as a set) due to choking hazards. Learn more information from a recall announcement posted by the CPSC.

HEALTH May 7, 2016

Is Obesity Infectious? Study Suggests Our Gut Microbes Can 'Spread' To Others

Is obesity a contagious disease? A new study suggests that our gut microbes could survive the open air and potentially spread to others. This could lead to an imbalance in the person's microbiome and potentially cause obesity.

HEALTH May 7, 2016

Cholesterol-Lowering Drug Statin May Protect People With Peripheral Artery Disease From Amputation

High doses of statin reduced risk of amputation in patients with peripheral artery disease by 33 percent. The cholesterol drug also lowered death risk by 29 percent.

HEALTH May 6, 2016

US Bans Sales Of E-Cigarettes, Cigars To Minors

The U.S. FDA has banned the sales of e-cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products to minors. The new regulations aims to curb teenage smoking problems all across the nation.

HEALTH May 7, 2016

Age, Gender Affect Amount Of Sleep You Get, Smartphone Data Reveals

Age and gender are some of the top factors that may affect the amount of sleep, a new study has found. Nationality and other societal and cultural factors were also found to play roles.

HEALTH May 7, 2016

A Glass Of Cherry Juice Could Help Lower Your Blood Pressure

Studies have shown that drinking cherry juice gives off several benefits. Now, a new report adds to this growing body of research: a glass of cherry juice could help lower your blood pressure.

HEALTH May 6, 2016

Mobile Phones Are Not Linked To Brain Cancer: Australian Study

Can using mobile phones increase the risk of having brain cancer? Based on a study done in Australia, the answer is apparently no, and here's why.

HEALTH May 6, 2016

Yes, Your Brain Uses Statistics To Increase Your Confidence

An individual's decision making process is greatly influenced by confidence, which is based on statistical assessments in the brain. The current finding contradicts early studies that suggested some decisions are based on rule of thumb.

HEALTH May 6, 2016

Medical Scopes Likely Cause Of Three Hospital Deaths In Pasadena

Officials from a California hospital said that at least three patients died because of a bacterial outbreak last year. A newly discovered report regarding the incident revealed that the infections were likely caused by contaminated medical scopes.

HEALTH May 7, 2016

Can Virtual Reality-Based Therapy Treat Patients With Paranoia, Phobias?

Paranoid delusion is a crippling affliction that can now be treated in an unconventional way. A new study showed that virtual reality can dramatically reduce distress associated with the condition.

HEALTH May 6, 2016

Human-Derived Antibody Can Kill Cancer Cells Without Harming Healthy Cells

Human-derived antibodies can attack cancer cells without damaging healthy ones. Researchers found that certain antibodies prevent cancer cells from developing on cell surfaces.

HEALTH May 6, 2016

'Kidney On A Chip' Can Determine Right Drug Dosage, Prevent Kidney Damage

Researchers developed a 'kidney on a chip' device that allows delivery of precise drug dosages. The technique also helps scientists examine the effects of drugs on human kidney cells.

HEALTH May 6, 2016

Painkiller Percocet Found In Prince's Body When He Died: Report

The results of the autopsy and toxicology tests are not yet complete to determine the real reason why Prince died. A source, however, said that the painkiller Percocet was present in the musician's body when he was found dead.

HEALTH May 6, 2016

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