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Playing Video Games Not Harmful To Boys' Social Skills, According To Study

New research suggests that the amount of time spent by boys playing video games does not hamper their competence or social skills. Meanwhile, the more time girls spent gaming, the more difficult it is for them to socialize with others.

Health April 25, 2019

'Kissing Bug' Biting Confirmed In Delaware For First Time, CDC Says

A Delaware girl was bitten on the face by a suspected kissing bug in 2018. The CDC said the culprit has been identified as a Triatoma sanguisuga, an insect known to carry parasites that can cause Chagas disease.

Health April 25, 2019

Scientists Create Pacemaker That Can Be Powered By Your Heartbeat

A pacemaker that can operate using energy generated from heartbeat was tested on pigs. This new study can chart new horizons for the future of implantable medical electronic devices.

Health April 26, 2019

Lego Launches Braille Bricks For Blind And Visually Impaired Children

Danish toy maker Lego announced the launch of its Lego Braille Bricks. The new toy blocks will feature letter and number markings that can help blind and visually impaired children learn Braille.

Health April 25, 2019

Obesity May Shrink Structure Of The Brain: Other Things That Can Happen If You Have Too Much Body Fat

New research shows that higher levels of body fat are linked to shrinkage of brain tissue, specifically the gray matter. What are the other health problems obesity can lead to?

Health April 24, 2019

WHO Says Children Below 2 Should Not Have Sedentary Screen Time

WHO released a new guideline, saying that children under 2 should not have any screen time. The panel said childhood health is best achieved through physical activity and good sleep.

Health April 25, 2019

Researchers Map Effect Of Popular Weed Killer Across Several Generations

Second to third generations of those exposed to glyphosate seems to be the most affected by its adverse health effects. Researchers from Washington State University called the phenomenon 'generational toxicology.'

Health April 25, 2019

Researchers Create Model That Simulates Each And Every Atom In A Single Human Gene

Scientists at Los Alamos National laboratory utilized the Trinity Supercomputer to create the first billion-atom biomolecular simulation. It's the sixth fastest computer in the entire world.

Health April 25, 2019

Study Finds Link Between Body Fat Levels And Brain Shrinkage

Researchers investigated the potential link between obesity and brain shrinkage. They found that a higher percentage of body fat, especially among men, is associated with low amounts of gray matter in the brain.

Health April 24, 2019

New Washington Bill Seeks To Limit Exemptions To Measles Vaccination

Lawmakers voted to limit non-medical vaccine exemptions in Washington state as the country continues to see a rise in new cases of measles. Parents are no longer allowed to opt out of vaccinating their children for personal or philosophical reasons.

Health April 25, 2019

Humans Can 'Smell' Odors With Their Tongue, Study Finds

A new study revealed that humans can detect the "smell" of odors using their tongue. Researchers from the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia explained that this happens because of certain receptors.

Health April 24, 2019

Walgreens To Stop Selling Tobacco To Anyone Under Age 21

Walgreens will enforce a new policy that will prevent anyone below 21 years old from purchasing tobacco products from their pharmacies. This will take effect starting Sept. 1.

Health April 24, 2019

Dozens Of Popular E-Cigarettes Contaminated With Microbial And Fungal Toxins

A Harvard study found traces of bacteria and fungi contaminants in popular e-cigarette brands. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised that if you’ve never smoked or used other tobacco products or e-cigarettes, don’t start.

Health April 24, 2019

Less Invasive Platform With Nanomaterial May Help Heal Damage After Heart Attack

A new, less invasive platform that uses nanomaterial may help heal damage in patients post-heart attack, a landmark study revealed. Researchers hope that a clinical trial could be underway.

Health April 24, 2019

Target Issues Recall Of Wooden Toys Over Choking Hazards

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the recall of almost half a million wooden toys manufactured in China and sold by Target. The miniature toy vehicles have small, detachable parts that pose choking hazard to children.

Health April 24, 2019

People Are Eating Food With Packaging In 'Shell On' Viral Challenge

The Shell On Challenge involves having teenagers eat different food items along with their 'shells' or packagings. Some youngsters have even chowed down non-organic materials such as plastics and cardboard boxes.

Health April 24, 2019

Disgraced Theranos Founder Elizabeth Holmes Appears In Court Without Signature Turtleneck

Observers were surprised to see ex-Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes show up in court without her favorite turtleneck. She appeared before a federal court this week for a status hearing regarding her fraud charges.

Health April 24, 2019

Tobacco Company Philip Morris To Launch Reviti Insurance With Discount To Smokers Who Quit

People who will decide to quit smoking and switch to vaping products will get life insurance discounts by as much as 50 percent. Philip Morris International said their Reviti insurance premium will encourage tobacco smokers to choose a healthier lifestyle.

Health April 26, 2019

Americans Are Sitting More And Computers, Not TV, Are To Blame

Almost half of Americans spend two or more hours each day sitting in front of their computers, according to a new study. This can lead to an increased risk for serious illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, and heart diseases.

Health April 24, 2019

Testing Novel Anti-Malaria Vaccine To Begin In Malawi

An anti-Malaria vaccine has finally been developed after three decades of study. It has the most extensive clinical study to date with a $1 million budget.

Health April 24, 2019

Scientists Are Revisiting PFAS And The Dangers They Pose To Human Health

PFAS, which have been linked to cancer, contaminated drinking water and have been found in the bloodstream. Several government agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, have taken actions to protect the public from exposure to the potentially harmful chemicals.

Health April 24, 2019

Home-Delivered Meal Kits Greener Than Those Bought From Grocery

The extra cardboard packaging from delivered meals is sometimes frowned upon. However, a new cradle-to-the-grave comparative study showed that meal delivery services actually have lower carbon footprints than meals brought from a grocery.

Health April 24, 2019

Antibiotic Resistant Superbugs Will Kill More People Than Cancer By 2050

A study commissioned by the British government predicts that drug-resistant diseases could kill an additional 10 million people around the world by 2050. Such infections are also likely to cost the world as much as $100 trillion.

Health April 23, 2019

Ugly Snoring Sounds Can Be Signs Of Serious Sleep Apnea

Loud and ugly snoring sounds most likely indicate obstructive sleep apnea, a sleeping disorder that can cause a heart attack. Experts advise treatment of sleep apnea and practice of sleep hygiene to achieve some quality shut-eye.

Health April 23, 2019

Walking And Gardening Can Reduce Deadly Effects Of Too Much Sitting

Replacing an hour of sitting with physical activities can slash cardiovascular disease-related mortality risk. Activities such as walking fast, climbing stairs and strenuous gardening help.

Health April 23, 2019

Genetic Test Could Be Used To Predict Risk Of Obesity In Newborns

A genetic scorecard may help scientists predict the risk of obesity in newborns, a new study revealed. Scientists believe doing so could urge people to prevent the early onset of obesity.

Health April 24, 2019

Drinking Less Water Is Linked To Obesity In Kids: Study

A new study revealed that among kids, drinking less water likely leads to drinking more sugary drinks, which is tied to obesity. Researchers urge parents to push their kids drink more water.

Health April 23, 2019

Girl With Severe Dairy Allergy Dies After Using Prescription Toothpaste

It's a parent's worst nightmare. After living with a dairy allergy all her life, an 11-year-old experienced a fatal reaction following her use of a toothpaste with a milk ingredient.

Health April 23, 2019

Studies Prove Blind People Really Have Better Hearing

Multiple new studies prove that people who were born blind or became blind really have better hearing than people with sight. Scientists examined the brains of individuals using MRIs.

Health April 23, 2019

PTSD May Be Diagnosed Using AI That Analyzes Voice

What people say and how they say it reveal a lot about their minds. With this, scientists discover a way to detect PTSD using vocal cues and an AI tool.

Health April 23, 2019

Many Teens Do Not Know Vaping E-cigarettes Exposes Them To Nicotine

Most teens who smoke e-cigarettes instead of traditional cigarettes do not know that vaping exposes them to nicotine, a new study revealed. Experts call for stricter regulations regarding e-cigarettes to raise awareness.

Health April 23, 2019

Surgeons Find Fully Formed Teeth In Baby's Brain Tumor

When a baby's head began growing at a rapid rate, doctors scanned his brain and found a tumor with fully formed teeth inside. It's the first time teeth has been found in this type of tumor.

Health April 23, 2019

First Medical Device To Treat ADHD In Children Gets FDA Approval

FDA gave the green light to the first medical device designed to treat ADHD. Results of clinical trials showed promise, lowering symptoms of children diagnosed with moderate to severe disorder.

Health April 23, 2019

Skipping Breakfast Raises Your Risk Of Dying Early From Heart Disease

People who do not eat breakfast have 87 percent higher risk of dying from cardiovascular disease compared with those who eat their first meal of the day every day. How does skipping breakfast raises risk of heart disease?

Health April 23, 2019

Amino Acid Leucine Found In Meat May Fuel Resistance To Breast Cancer Treatment Tamoxifen

Researchers found that lower levels of amino acid leucine in the body can suppress drug resistance to tamoxifen among ER-positive breast cancer patients. Fortunately, leucine is not naturally produced in the body and are only sourced from animal meats.

Health April 23, 2019

'Half Wrist-Watch' Worn Around Leg Can Slash Risk Of Deadly Blood Clots In Stroke Patients

Stroke patients are especially vulnerable to blood clots and pulmonary embolisms, but they're not always suited to the standard measures of preventing these conditions. Enter, the geko device.

Health April 22, 2019

Unsafe Levels Of Arsenic Found In Some Bottled Water Brands

Market watchdog Consumer Reports has named six popular bottled water brands that have arsenic levels that are at or above the 3 ppb federal limit. Long-term exposure to such levels could lead to serious health effects.

Health April 23, 2019

Marijuana Users Weigh About 2 Pounds Less Than Non-Users Despite Munchies

People who smoke marijuana are less likely to become overweight, according to a new study. These new findings refuted the theory on munchies or eating excessively after smoking joint.

Health April 22, 2019

Household Chores Can Keep Your Brain Young: Study

Vigorous exercises still offer the best health benefits. Researchers of a new study, however, found that even light physical activity such as walking and doing housework can keep the brain young.

Health April 22, 2019

American Airlines Passengers Who Fell Sick During Flight Taken to Hospital After Landing In Boston

More than a dozen passengers from an American Airlines flight were hospitalized after falling ill of stomach virus symptoms on the plane. The patients were all part of a student group who visited Galapagos Island in Ecuador.

Health April 21, 2019

Goodbye Epipens? Students Create Syringe Watch With Foldable Allergy Shot

Allergies can be life-threatening. Students of Rice University came up with the EpiWear, a prototype device that could be a possible alternative to EpiPen, the costly epinephrine auto-injector that is now in short supply in many countries.

Health April 21, 2019

Generic Anti-Overdose Nasal Spray Gets FDA Approval

The first generic naloxone nasal spray has been approved by the FDA. The move is a response to the increasing number of people who have died due to opioid overdose in the United States.

Health April 20, 2019

FDA Expands Lists Of Blood Pressure Drugs Recalled For Potentially Carcinogenic Ingredient

Torrent Pharmaceuticals has issued its fourth losartan recall since December after potentially carcinogenic impurities have been found in the high blood pressure medication. The FDA is advising patients to consult with pharmacists and physicians for alternatives.

Health April 20, 2019

FDA Warns Of Pre-owned, Unauthorized Medical Test Strips Sold Through Amazon, eBay, And Craigslist

Consumers should avoid buying and using pre-owned or unauthorized home use test strips through online marketplaces, according to the FDA. Many of these products might prove to be unsafe to use by patients.

Health April 20, 2019

Four More New York Schools Close Amid Measles Outbreak, Emergency Order On Vaccination Still In Place

New York schools are being ordered to close down as a result of the on-going measles outbreak. Since October, over 300 measles cases have been recorded.

Health April 20, 2019

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