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Fast Food Commercials Get Children To Eat More Junk Food

Kids associate eating junk food to having a 'better time.' A new report finds that fast food TV commercials are too tempting for kids and can lead to high consumption of unhealthy food items.

Healthy Living/Wellness July 5, 2016

New Cancer Therapy Method: Ultraviolet Light May Soon Replace Chemotherapy

A new method of killing cancer cells makes use of ultraviolet light. This novel cancer therapy targets tumors alone and can be beneficial to patients with problematic tumors in the brain stem, spine and aorta.

Medicine July 4, 2016

This App Can Track Great White Sharks, Allow Users To Submit Sightings

A new mobile app can track great white sharks in the ocean and even allow users to submit their own sightings from anywhere in the world. The app can become a vital tool for beachgoers, fishermen, boaters, researchers and pilots.

Apps/Software July 4, 2016

Brexit Leads To Drug Price Surge, Denies Patients NHS Life-Saving Drugs

Thousands of UK patients could suffer delays in the purchase of medicine and services that could save their lives due to the post-Brexit drug price surge. This raised concerns that the NHS might not be able to buy some medicines.

Medicine July 4, 2016

'Drunkorexia' Trend More Common Than First Thought, More College Students Are Skipping Meals And Binging On Alcohol

Study finds that "drunkorexia," the meal-skipping and alcohol-binging trend, is more common than previously thought. It is more popular among young women in college who use extreme weight-loss or weight-control methods to make up for the anticipated calories from alcohol.

Healthy Living/Wellness July 4, 2016

Sperm-Donor Kids Ask About Their Biological Fathers At Age Three

Where's my daddy? Sperm-donor kids are asking questions about their biological fathers starting at 3 years old. The new research is the first to study the emotions of donor-conceived children.

Healthy Living/Wellness July 4, 2016

Toxic Chemicals In Plastic, Air, Food Affect Children's Brain Development

A group of scientists, experts and children's health advocates signed an agreement highlighting the dangers brought on by toxic chemicals in plastic, food and air. They said that these common and widely used chemicals could affect brain development of children.

Healthy Living/Wellness July 3, 2016

Finnish Cardboard Boxes Help Prevent Cot Death

New parents are given Finnish cardboard boxes to help prevent cot deaths among newborn infants in the UK. The trial is aimed at lowering the high infant mortality rates.

Healthy Living/Wellness July 3, 2016

Existing Leukemia Drug May Help Fight Specific Ovarian Cancer

Preliminary tests of an existing leukemia drug showed promise in helping fight a specific type of ovarian cancer. Since the drug is already approved and proven safe, this could lead to fast development and rollout of new, personalized treatments.

Medicine July 3, 2016

Paracetamol May Increase Child’s Future Autism Risk Among Pregnant Women

Women who take paracetamol during their pregnancies could be increasing their child's future autism risk. A new study finds that children exposed to the drug have higher risks of developing autism spectrum symptoms by as much as 30 percent.

Medicine July 2, 2016

South Korea Confirms Sixth Case Of Zika Infection

South Korea confirmed its sixth Zika case in a 28-year-old woman, who traveled to the Caribbean island of Dominica in June 2014 and returned home on June 23. All six of South Korea's Zika cases are travel-related.

Public Health July 2, 2016

Scientists Create Foul-Smelling Perfume That Will Make You Smell Like A Comet

Eau de comet, ladies? British scientists partnered with a perfume company to create a scent that mimic's the smell of a comet's surface. Despite sounding glamorous, it might deliver a knockout punch to your date in more ways than one.

Space July 1, 2016

Smartphone Menstrual Cycle Apps Rarely Work, May Cause Unplanned Pregnancy

Many women are using fertility or menstrual mobile apps as a form of contraception instead of a tool to help them conceive. A new study finds that many of these apps are ineffective and can even lead to unplanned pregnancies.

Healthy Living/Wellness July 1, 2016

Skin Cancer Rate Among Over 55s Spikes As 'Sun, Sea And Sangria Generation' Seeks The Sun

The older generation is paying the price for their sun-filled holidays years ago. Skin cancer rates among people aged 55 and above spiked dramatically in the past 20 years.

Healthy Living/Wellness July 1, 2016

Here Are The Most Expensive Cities To Give Birth In The US

Sacramento is the most expensive city to have a baby through routine vaginal delivery and C-section. A report finds that the cost varies greatly not just from city to city but also from one hospital to another.

Healthy Living/Wellness July 1, 2016

Top 10 Leading Causes Of Death In The US: What Is The No. 1 Killer In America?

What are the top 10 leading causes of death in America? A report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds heart disease and cancer continue to top the list.

Public Health July 1, 2016

Hundreds Of Clinics In The US Are Selling Unapproved Stem Cell Treatments

A federal oversight led to hundreds of companies and clinics offering unapproved stem cell treatments across the United States. These therapies, which offer solutions — from skin aging to spinal cord injuries, could cause serious harm to patients.

Medicine July 1, 2016

Crops Grown On Martian Soil Are Safe To Eat: Scientists

A dinner on Mars is possible after all. Scientists have successfully grown crops on Mars-like soil and found they are safe to eat, and 'possibly' healthier than the same crops grown using regular potting soil.

Space June 30, 2016

Stem Cell Research May Help ALS Patients, Study Shows Promise But Has Yet to Confirm Benefits

Scientists test the safety of large quantity stem cell injections in 15 ALS patients. The initial findings show promise but have yet to confirm if the therapy benefits patients in the long run.

Medicine June 30, 2016

Spring Awakening: Nighttime Light Pollution Causes Spring To Come Earlier

Excessive light pollution is messing up Mother Nature's schedule. A study finds that nighttime light pollution is causing trees, even the later-budding ones, to bud earlier - at least a week in advance.

Earth/Environment June 30, 2016

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