Doctors call for low-calorie diet study on teenagers to be abandoned

Local and international health experts have called for an adolescent weight-loss study being run at Monash Children’s Hospital in Melbourne and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead in Sydney to be abandoned, claiming it poses unacceptable risks to children’s health. The "Fast Track to Health" study, funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council, will see children as young as 13 […]

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The 7 Sex Positions Everyone Will Be Trying This Year

Witch hazel skincare products, eco-friendly fashion, and CBD supplements are some of the trends you’ll be seeing now that 2019 has kicked in. And while these beauty and wellness innovations promise huge payoffs, there’s another kind of health fad you’ll want in on: the buzziest new sex positions everyone will be trying in 2019.  Sure you could stick with old-school favorites like missionary and doggy […]

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Rich people found to be more charitable if given a sense of control

A pair of researchers, one with Harvard Business School, the other with the University of British Columbia, found that when soliciting donations from wealthy people, it pays to offer them a sense of control. In their paper published on the open access site PLOS ONE, Ashley Whillans and Elizabeth Dunn describe their study, which involved sending donation request letters to […]

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After naloxone, when can opioid overdose patients be safely discharged?

Naloxone has saved thousands of lives. But can patients be safely discharged from the Emergency Department (ED) just an hour after they receive the medication that curtails drug overdoses? According to the St. Paul’s Early Discharge Rule developed in 2000, that’s how long providers should observe patients after naloxone treatment, so long as their vital signs meet specific criteria and […]

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AHA: Should Pacemakers, Defibrillators Be Recycled — and Reused in Others?

TUESDAY, Dec. 18, 2018 (American Heart Association) — Reuse and recycle. Americans employ the concept on nearly everything. Now, medical researchers are working hard to apply it to pacemakers and defibrillators. Millions of sick people in low-income nations suffer or die each year because they can’t afford these implantable medical devices that could help regulate their heartbeat. Researchers argue that […]

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Eczema Can Be Itchy, Painful, and Embarrassing—and It Was Just Linked to Suicidal Thoughts

Eczema, also called atopic dermatitis, is an inflammatory skin disease that affects 18 million adults (and lots of children, as well) in the United States. Ask anyone who suffers from the itchy, chronic condition and they’ll tell you it can be unpleasant at best, and debilitating at worst. Now, research published in JAMA Dermatology highlights just how much of a […]

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These bacteria may be the key to treating clinical depression

We like to think of ourselves as individuals. But scientists estimate that we share our bodies with 38 trillion organisms that play an integral part in keeping us healthy and making us who we are. They crawl across our skin, cling to our intestines, and generally call our bodies home. Now, a study led by researchers at Northeastern shows that […]

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For many women, tracking their fertility can be an emotional whirlwind

Have you ever used a health app to track your personal data, such as diet, exercise, or menstrual cycle? Did seeing the data make you feel excited and empowered? Or stressed and frustrated? With the popularity of self-tracking technologies like apps and wearables, many people are becoming more engaged with their health data. According to a 2012 Pew Research Center […]

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Common tactics for health promotion at work may be detrimental to employees with obesity

Workplace health promotion programs that encourage employees to take responsibility for their own weight may have detrimental effects for employees with obesity, reveals a new study. These range from feeling increasingly responsible for their weight but perceiving they have less control over it, to increased workplace weight stigma and discrimination. Ironically, these effects could even lead to increased obesity and […]

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