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Massachusetts Senate Approves To Raise Minimum Age For Buying Cigarettes, Other Tobacco Products

Massachusetts Senate approved a bill raising the minimum smoking age from 18 to 21. The bill garnered a 32-2 vote, putting it a step closer to implementation.

HEALTH April 29, 2016

US Teen Birth Rate Drops: 50 Percent Decline Seen Among Minority Groups

U.S. teen birth rates have dropped in the latest report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Significant declines of teen pregnancy were specifically noted among minorities.

HEALTH April 29, 2016

What Is Interval Training? Everything You Need To Know

Engaging in interval-based workouts can provide the same health benefits as tradition methods of exercise, a new study says. People who want to jazz up their regular exercise may want to incorporate short bursts of high-intensity activities to help them burn more calories and improve their cardiovascular fitness.

HEALTH April 29, 2016

Good Gut Flora May Protect Against Menopause-Like Bone Loss

Good gut flora has been associated with good digestive health. Now, rearchers are adding bone protection to the list of benefits that probiotics have to offer after discovering the results of a recent study.

HEALTH April 29, 2016

Meet ‘Walk-DMC': A Motor Assessment Tool To Improve Surgical Outcomes In Children With Cerebral Palsy

What if there was a way to tell whether or not desired outcomes can be expected from surgery? That’s what researchers want for children with cerebral palsy, and prompted the development of Walk-DMC.

HEALTH April 29, 2016

93 Percent Of Advanced Leukemia Patients In Remission After Receiving Immunotherapy

When standard chemotherapy failed to eliminate cancer in leukemia patients, researchers turned to immunotherapy, using genetically engineered T-cells to fight the disease and achieve remission for 93 percent of participants in their study.

HEALTH April 29, 2016

Love Red Meat? Eating Too Much Of It Can Accelerate Your Body's Biological Age

A huge fan of eating red meat? If you don’t combine it with servings of fruits and vegetables, it may increase your risk of getting older than you look.

HEALTH April 29, 2016

New Weight Loss Option For Women: What Are Silicon Balloon Implants?

A new weight reduction procedure involves the implants of silicon balloons. It is a non-invasive procedure and can apparently help you lose about 20 to 30 pounds of body weight within a couple of months.

HEALTH April 29, 2016

One Sign Of Aging? Your Ability To 'Smell' Aromas Through Your Mouth Declines

Along with the loss of sight and hearing during old age comes the loss of smell, according to a new study by the Oregon State University. One's ability to smell odors through the mouth declines considerably with age.

HEALTH April 29, 2016

People With Mental Illness Experience More Complications After Hip Replacement Surgery: Study

Patients with mental disorders are most likely to develop complications after hip replacement surgery, a new study has found. This is because of their lack of self-management, higher risk of other medical conditions and lack of ability to follow post-surgery instructions, among others.

HEALTH April 28, 2016

Black Lung Disease Detected In Coal Miners Again After 30 Years: What You Need To Know About Its Return

A potentially deadly respiratory disease in coal miners called black lung disease has made a comeback in Australia after 30 years. With a long-term development, the illness leaves its vitims with irreversible lung damage.

HEALTH April 29, 2016

Picking Up A New Language May Boost Your Brain's Agility

When it comes to delaying aging, it’s not only the body that needs exercise. Your brain does, too, and what better way to do that than learning a new language, right?

HEALTH April 29, 2016

Cognitive Therapy Based On Mindfulness May Lower Risk Of Depression Relapse

Research suggests that mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) may be effective in preventing depression relapse. The treatment provides an alternative option along with other methods.

HEALTH April 28, 2016

Childhood Obesity Rates Across US Still On The Rise

Childhood obesity rates across the United States are rising. A study showed obesity statistics among American children in a span of 15 years.

HEALTH April 29, 2016

Is Addiction To Video Games Tied To Depression, OCD, Anxiety, ADHD?

Individuals with ADHD, anxiety, and depression were more likely to show signs of technology addiction. Additionally, the addiction was found to be more prevalent in young, single men compared to others, reveals a new study.

HEALTH April 29, 2016

Kids With Food Allergies From Low-Income Families Suffer Highest Medical Costs

The effects of food allergies on children can go beyond skin rashes. They may be particularly expensive for kids born on families with low income.

HEALTH April 28, 2016

A Minute Of All-Out Exercise May Be Good Enough

Can’t find the time to work out? A new study revealed that a minute of all-out exercise may be good enough.

HEALTH April 28, 2016

Jessica Alba's Honest Company Faces Lawsuit Over 'Hazardous' Baby Food Ingredient

Is Jessica Alba’s The Honest Company playing dirty? Alba’s company is facing another lawsuit claiming that one of its baby products contains a ‘hazardous’ food ingredient and other synthetic substances.

HEALTH April 28, 2016

Are You Happy? Your Tweets Can Reveal Your Life Satisfaction

A research revealed that life satisfaction or happiness can be measured through the tweets that people make. The study showed the difference between satisfied and dissatisfied people.

HEALTH April 28, 2016

Scan Reveals How 'Brain Dictionary' Stores Thousands Of Words

Language processing in the brain is studied through semantic maps or a "brain dictionary" atlas from UC Berkeley researchers. The findings may give a voice to those unable to speak such as stroke or brain damage patients.

HEALTH April 28, 2016

British Doctors Back E-Cigarette Use For Smoking Cessation

An influential medical group in Britain released a report Thursday that supported e-cigarette use for smoking cessation, saying that the benefits far outweigh the harm. Experts both slammed and lauded the group's report.

HEALTH April 28, 2016

HIV Cases Higher Among Young Adults, Minorities In Minnesota

Minnesota saw an increase of HIV cases from 2014 to 2015 in certain populations. Among the most affected groups include young adults and minorities.

HEALTH April 28, 2016

Antibody Shot Shields Monkeys From HIV-Like Infection For Months

A single injection of antibody was able to provide protection for monkeys against an HIV-like virus. The study brings hope that someday, antibodies may be used to prevent the disease.

HEALTH April 28, 2016

Traumatic Brain Injuries May Cause Lasting Sleep Problems

People who suffered from traumatic brain injuries may have long-term sleep problems, a new study has found. Experts found that these people have excessive daytime sleepiness, which they are not aware of.

HEALTH April 28, 2016

Mozilla Firefox Co-Creator Says He Can't Visualize Images: What You Need To Know About Aphantasia

Mozilla Firefox co-creator Blake Ross said in a Facebook post gone viral that he cannot visualize images. Aphantasia, or the inability to conjure mental images, is a relatively common condition that affects one out of 50 individuals.

HEALTH April 27, 2016

Jersey Man With Lamellar Ichthyosis Featured In Documentary: What Is This Rare Skin Disease?

In a new TV documentary, a Jersey man born with a rare skin disease hopes to accomplish two things. He wants to shed more light on his condition while inspiring others with the same disease.

HEALTH April 28, 2016

New Technique That Measures Subtle Postural Sways May Help Detect Neuromuscular Disorders

Is it possible to detect neuromuscular disorders without showing significant symptoms? A study shows this is possible through the use of a new technique that measures subtle changes in postural sways.

HEALTH April 28, 2016

Watch Amazing Zinc Fireworks As Egg Cell Meets Sperm: Why This Sparks Bright Future For Human Fertility

Scientists have identified the occurrence of zinc sparks whenever human egg cells come into contact with sperm enzymes. They are now looking to use these flashes of light to determine whether a particular egg cell is a viable candidate for in vitro fertilization.

HEALTH April 27, 2016

Certain Circuit In Your Brain Controls Your Alcohol Intake

Researchers have found that binge drinking is regulated by circuits in the brain. When these circuits in the specific brain regions are altered, alcohol binge drinking could be effectively controlled.

HEALTH April 27, 2016

People Suffering From Anorexia Miss Out On Care: Signs, Symptoms, Treatment For This Eating Disorder

Sixty-eight percent of people with anorexia, a serious eating disorder, go untreated, reveals a new study. Anorexia can be potentially life-threatening.

HEALTH April 28, 2016

More Than 1 Million Kids Aged 5 Below Die In India Annually: Report

Because of the lack of proper health and medical care systems in India, more than 1 million children who are 5 years old and below die each year. The country registers the highest mortality rate in a 15-nation list.

HEALTH April 27, 2016

Vitamins, Fish Oil Supplements Might Increase Effectiveness Of Antidepressants

Those supplements that have long been criticized may be helpful after all. A new study shows that fish oil supplements and other certain nutraceuticals may improve the effectiveness of antidepressants.

HEALTH April 28, 2016

Hearing Aid May Potentially Boost Cognitive Function In Older Adults

Researchers revealed that hearing aids may potentially boost cognitive function among older adults. They suggest that hearing aids should be strongly recommended to help reduce cognitive impairments of elders.

HEALTH April 27, 2016

Artists Share Common Traits With Psychopaths: Study

Are you an artist? You might also be a psychopath. A study found that the fine, fine line between genius and madness is even more blurry that what we first thought.

HEALTH April 27, 2016

Norovirus Costs Over $60 Billion In Health Care And Lost Productivity Per Year

The combined costs for health care and productivity loss for norovirus exceeds $60 billion worldwide every year. A new study looks into norovirus' effects on the global economy.

HEALTH April 27, 2016

Occasionally Working At Night Could Increase Your Risk Of Heart Disease

A new study found that rotational night shifts could increase the risk of acquiring heart diseases. The link between the disease and working at night may be based on a number of factors.

HEALTH April 27, 2016

Cholesterol-Lowering Drug Statin May Not Reduce Colorectal Cancer Risk: Study

People who take the cholesterol-lowering drug statin have lower risk for colon cancer, according to a new study. The difference in risk between those who continued using the drug and those who stopped using it, however, was not significant.

HEALTH April 28, 2016

Study Of Wrestler Chyna's Brain May Shed Light On Physical Effects Of Pro Wrestling

Former pro wrestler Joanie 'Chyna' Laurer died on April 20 due to a possible drug overdose. Her representative said they are planning to donate her brain to Dr. Bennet Omalu to study if she suffered from Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy.

HEALTH April 28, 2016

Yeast Infection Drug Ups Miscarriage Risk During Pregnancy, FDA Warns

The FDA is currently investigating potential oral fluconazole risks, particularly among pregnant women taking the drug as yeast infection treatment. It is reviewing the results of a Danish study that found greater miscarriage risks from using the drug while pregnant.

HEALTH April 27, 2016

Research Shows Why Disciplinary Spanking Isn't Good For Your Child

Research shows that spanking is not good for children. There are a variety of reasons why and these include defiance, absence of compliance and anti-social behaviors among many others.

HEALTH April 27, 2016

FDA Panel Gives Thumbs Down To Sarepta Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Drug Eteplirsen

Sarepta, a pharmaceutical company that develops RNA-based treatments, fell short of providing substantial evidence that eteplirsen is effective in treating Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The gruelling 11-hour session was attended by patients, their families and drug advocacy groups.

HEALTH April 27, 2016

The Biomeme System Turns Any iPhone Into A Mobile DNA Lab

The company Biomeme developed a mobile genetic diagnostic platform that features hardware used with an iPhone, software, DNA test kits and an app to provide results on the field in under an hour.

HEALTH April 27, 2016

Feeding Infants With Rice Cereals Linked To Increased Levels Of Poisonous Arsenic

Parents often feed their infants with rice cereal. Rice-based food products, however, have been linked to increased levels of toxic inorganic arsenic among babies.

HEALTH April 26, 2016

Do Happiness Genes Exist? Researchers Locate Genetic Variations That May Affect Your Well-Being

Genetic variations that influence how individuals experience happiness have been identified. Researchers suggest further studies should be conducted to find out how genetics and environment affect well-being.

HEALTH April 27, 2016

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