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Beat bad breath or halitosis before it ruins your life

Halitosis or bad breath is caused by a large number of factors and not just certain foods. If you have bad breath, here's what you should do.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 23, 2014

Thyroid cancer epidemic? No. Overdiagnosis epidemic? Yes.

A new study has revealed that there is an epidemic of overdiagnosis in cases of thyroid cancer, as the incidence of the cancer has tripled between 1975 and 2009. The overdiagnosis usually results in over treatment.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 23, 2014

Well-being Index 2013 is out: The best states to live in the U.S. are...

The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index for 2013 is out. North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Minnesota, and Montana are the top five best states to live in the US, while Mississippi, Kentucky, and West Virginia are the three worst. What about your state?

Healthy Living/Wellness February 21, 2014

Failing health becomes Greek tragedy

On the heels of the Greek Health Ministry shuttering the country’s outpatient clinic network for a month, researchers from the University of Cambridge have revealed evidence that the country’s flailing economy is negatively impacting the health of its citizens.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 22, 2014

Barking up the right tree: Dogs and humans use same brain area to process sounds

Brain scans of both humans and dogs reveal that we process vocal sounds in the same way - whether it's talking, giggling, or barking. Based on the results of the study, the voice processing areas in dog brains appear to be located in the same region as the voice processing area in human brains, and results suggest that the vocal processing center evolved just once, over 100 million years ago, when humans and canines are last believed to have shared an ancestor.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 20, 2014

Stroke of genius: Iron deficiency linked to higher chance of stroke

Researchers from Imperial College London have connected the dots between iron deficiencies and the risk of stroke. By analyzing platelets and iron absorption, research supports the notion that low iron levels foster a more hospitable environment for 'sticky' blood clots, thus leading to strokes.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 20, 2014

E-cigarettes to vanish from Beverly Hills in a puff of smoke

In a preliminary ruling, the Beverly Hills City Council has determined that e-cigarettes will have the same legal stature as their battery-free counterparts; resulting in the e-cigarettes being banned from outdoor dining areas, parks, playgrounds, and recreational facilities. Additionally, as part of the new legislation, e-cigarettes will no longer be sold from vending machines, and will be prohibited from sale to minors.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 20, 2014

Sleepless nights could lead to chronic pain

They say sleep is for the weak, but as the results of a recent study get the look-over, it appears that the reality is the polar opposite. Erratic sleeping habits have now been tied to chronic pain and fibromyalgia in adults over the age of 50 - meaning that tossing and turning can leave its mark for longer than previously thought.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 20, 2014

How bad are food packaging chemicals? Scientists debate

A group of scientists have warned that toxic chemicals found in many food packaging may leach into our food and lead to long term damages to our health but other health experts claim their concern is overrated.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 20, 2014

T-cell therapy helps body's immune system fight leukemia, breakthrough research reveals

Although T-cell therapy isn't approved by the FDA yet and is only available in research settings, a trial on leukemia patients had positive results as 14 of the 16 subjects went into remission.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 20, 2014

New Ob/Gyn guidelines discourage C-sections, encourage waiting

New guidelines released by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine say that mothers will have to labor for at least two hours before they can opt to delivery via Caesarean section, while first-time mothers need to push for at least three hours. The guidelines also detailed methods that encourage and assist vaginal birth, in light of medical professionals' fears that increased incidence of Caesarean births could mean that doctors and patients are taking the "easy" way out.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 20, 2014

Stress and headache are best friends, new study warns

Researchers found there is correlation between stress and headache. The greater stress an individual experiences, the more intense and frequent headaches he has.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 20, 2014

Get up, stand up: Study shows that sitting is linked to disability

For adults over 60, sitting down may not be the innocent rest one might think. Sitting down frequently and for extended periods of time, sometimes called sitting disease, may cause disability as a direct result of sedentary habits.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 19, 2014

Lilly offers a glimmer of hope for lung cancer patients

A lung cancer drug (ramucirumab) currently being tested by Eli Lilly and Co., has been raking in positive results from a late-phase patient trial. The announcement has led to an initial 3 percent bump in Lilly's pre-market share prices, as well as renewed hope for cancer patients.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 19, 2014

FDA gives green light to low blood pressure drug Northera

The Food and Drug Administration has given low blood pressure drug Northera the stamp of approval. Northera, which treats low blood pressure resulting from neurological conditions, has been approved on an 'accelerated' basis, allowing the drug to be prescribed as testing of its long-term efficacy persists.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 19, 2014

Online review ratings of doctors matter to 1 in 4 Americans

A new study has shown that a large number of Americans check doctor ratings online before deciding on getting consultations. The statistics shown by the new study are much higher compared to the numbers indicated in previous studies.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 22, 2014

With some training, we too can develop superhuman vision: Here's how

A new study has found that simply using a special app on your iPad at least 25 minutes a day can help you develop 'superhuman' vision. The app does not target the eye muscles but rather works by improving brain plasticity. What does that mean?

Healthy Living/Wellness February 20, 2014

Anti-choking hero Dr. Henry Heimlich pens his memoir

Dr. Henry Heimlich, who came up with the popular and very easy to do Heimlich maneuver that expels foreign objects from a choking victim's windpipe, has written a memoir. In the book he tells the story of how he devised the maneuver, and the journey that it took to become standard first-aid procedure today.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 22, 2014

Watch instructional videos to give your brain the boost it needs

Watching the instructional videos may help you with your learning skills and give your brain the boost that it needs, results of a new study have suggested.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 21, 2014

Calico cats, and not weight loss pills, may one day help us beat obesity

Obesity may have met its match - calico cats are able to shut off genetic coding for colors, so why not for a predisposition to weight gain?

Healthy Living/Wellness February 19, 2014

Xenodiagnosis could mean tick tick boom for post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome

Non-infected ticks may be able to detect Lyme disease bacteria in human patients. A recent study shows that ticks can be used for xenodiagnosis to detect traces of Lyme disease bacteria after patients have completed a course of antibiotics.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 18, 2014

Saliva test: Breakthrough research finds depression biomarkers in teenage boys

British researchers have isolated biomarkers that provide a clear indication of susceptibility to depression in teenage boys. Researchers tested a total of 1858 teenagers for the stress hormone, cortisol, and evaluated reported symptoms of depression in order to identify at-risk teenagers.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 18, 2014

Special pacifier that plays mother's soothing voice help premmies feed the right way

Researchers have found that babies who were assigned an FDA-approved pacifier that plays the mother's soothing voice when they suck correctly, learned to eat better than the babies who were not given the pacifier.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 19, 2014

Beware! Hearty appetite of babies linked to obesity risk

Findings of a new study could hopefully do something about the growing obesity problem, as researchers have tried to find markers that could identify individuals at risk of the condition early on and target them for intervention.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 19, 2014

Football helmet not very effective in reducing brain injury risk

A new study has shown that football helmets do little to reduce the risks of brain injuries during hits to the sides of the head. Experts estimate that football helmets only reduce the risks of injuries from hits to the side of the head by 20 percent.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 18, 2014

Biggest loser: College sweetheart love makes 454 lbs man shed 276 lbs

A Virginia man lost the love of his life and gained hundreds of pounds. After seeing her again, he became determined to lose it all.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 20, 2014

Moderate exercise may help women lower stroke risk

Results of a new study have suggested that moderate exercise, such as brisk walking and playing tennis, may lower a woman's stroke risks.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 20, 2014

Loneliness is deadlier than obesity among elderly people, warns study

Obesity comes with a number of life threatening risks but a new study suggests loneliness is deadlier than obesity, at least among elderly people.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 17, 2014

Pesticide-tainted Mexican cactus can make you very ill, warns California Dept of Public Health

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has warned the public, Sunday, against eating a particular brand of cactus from Mexico, because it contains an unapproved and dangerous pesticide.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 18, 2014

Toxic chemicals damaging children's brain growth more than previously thought

The rampancy of development disorders such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism and dyslexia in recent years has caused concerns and researchers believe the the changing environment, especially toxic chemicals, have something to do with this.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 20, 2014

New stem cell research may give the elderly rejuvenated muscles

New discoveries and developments in stem cell science may prove a boon for those with aging muscles. Three different studies have shown a host of possibilities that stem cells can be managed and manipulated to rejuvenate muscles after an injury.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 20, 2014

Scars of childood bullying may persist: Experts recommend immediate and early intervention

A new study shows that children who have been bullied suffer through the psychological and emotional effects of the bullying long after the bullying has stopped. Immediate and early intervention has been advised by medical experts, and parents have been given pointers on how to detect if their child is being bullied, and how to deal with it.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 18, 2014

Influenza virus galloped its way to humans through horses and not just birds: Study

A new study that analyzed about 80,000 gene sequences from flu viruses has revealed that birds may have had some help from horses in spreading the virus that eventually killed 50 million to 100 million people in the influenza pandemic in 1918. Two viral genes may have circulated for years before the pandemic, and may have combined to create the lethal virus.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 20, 2014

American couples resorting to test-tube babies set record in 2012

The latest report from the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) has revealed that in 2012, the number of in-vitro fertilized (IVF) babies soared to an all-time high in 2012, which accounted for 1.5 percent of all babies born in the country for the year. IVF physicians were also reported to be using only one embryo for IVF in 2012 rather than multiple ones in previous years, which helped limit multiple births that are saddled with health risks.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 18, 2014

Heroin-Fentanyl cocktail can do more than just give a 'super high' - it can kill you

Heroin laced with synthetic opiate fentanyl can make you "super high," but the drug cocktail can also be lethal.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 17, 2014

Obese Americans struggle to find health insurance plans that cover bariatric or weight loss surgery

Obese Americans are increasingly finding it difficult to find insurance plans that would cover their bariatric surgery aka. weight loss surgery. Special requirements and evaluations have also been imposed to ensure that surgery is the patient's last resort.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 19, 2014

Beware of fake supplements to treat genetic disorders in children, FDA warns

The FDA warned that certain lots of Medisca's L-citrulline supplement do not contain the crucial drug.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 19, 2014

Salmonella fear prompts US food inspectors to recall over 226k lbs. of processed eggs

The US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service has issued a Class I Recall of over 226,000 lbs of dried egg products that were manufactured by a Washington-based company and shipped out to the US and Canada, due to the possibility that these packaged products may be contaminated with Salmonella.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 18, 2014

Made in India drugs come under FDA scanner over safety concerns

Prescription drugs made in India are coming under increased scrutiny from the FDA. A new agreement between the United States and Indian drug may fix that problem. Or not...

Healthy Living/Wellness February 15, 2014

7 heart attack symptoms in women that should not be ignored

A heart attack could strike at any time, and these are the symptoms women should look out for to tell if it is impending.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 22, 2014

Vitamin C a day may keep hemorrhagic stroke away

Vitamin C deficiency may increase risk of hemorrhagic stroke, researchers have warned.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 16, 2014

Video games may help dyslexia patients improve learning skills

Researchers from the University of Oxford suggest that video games might help children with dyslexia in improving their learning skills.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 18, 2014

FDA shows no love for Johnson & Johnson Xarelto blood thinner, rejects expanded use for 3rd time

The FDA didn't show any love for Johnson & Johnson on Friday, Feb. 14, denying the pharmaceutical major's application for the expanded use of the anticoagulant drug Xarelto for the third time.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 17, 2014

Scientists grow human lungs in fish tank in record time

Scientists have successfully cultured human lungs in a lab. The breakthrough may lead to further advances in growing human organs for transplants.

Healthy Living/Wellness February 17, 2014

These six industrial chemicals may damage brain development in children, toxicology experts warn

Scientists have announced new additions to the list of industrial chemicals that can damage normal brain development. The experts fear that more children will be affected by the "chemical brain drain."

Healthy Living/Wellness February 17, 2014

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