‘Short sleepers’ can get just 4 hours a night and feel fine. But is their health at risk?

Credit: CC0 Public Domain “Sleep is overrated.” So proclaims Stephen Klasko, who throughout his life has taken pride in sleeping only four or five hours a night. Those extra few hours away from his pillow, he believes, have allowed him to write books, run marathons, and achieve his lofty professional goals. An obstetrician and gynecologist, he’s the president and CEO […]

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Thyroid hormone helped our ancestors survive but left us susceptible

Although most victims survive the 735,000 heart attacks that occur annually in the U.S., their heart tissue is often irreparably damaged—unlike many other cells in the body, once injured, heart cells cannot regenerate. According to a new UC San Francisco study, the issue may date back to our earliest mammalian ancestors, which may have lost the ability to regenerate heart […]

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We all sweat 'down there,' but there are things that help

Let’s face it, we all get a little sweaty while working out — and yes, that includes your vagina and vulva. Engaging in a legs-together workout such as running tends to cause the most amount of sweat in your groin and vaginal area, so it’s no wonder women experience this persistent problem. While vaginal wetness and odor can be slightly […]

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Slow start, but it’s not over yet: 5 things to know about this year’s flu season

As influenza season trudges on, public health officials report fewer cases than last year’s severe and deadly season. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released recently shows a more effective vaccine compared with the previous two seasons and called this season a low-severity year so far for influenza—classified as having a fever, cough and body aches. But local […]

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Many say ketamine eased their depression, but is it safe?

Jen Godfrey (HealthDay)—Jen Godfrey couldn’t shake the “deep cloud” that lingered even after she found an antidepressant she could tolerate. Then a string of stressors hit—five years of fertility treatment and an 80-pound weight gain during pregnancy that left her with persistent pain; a close relative’s suicide; another who went missing; and her own divorce. It was all too much […]

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Rachel McAdams Opens Up About Being a New Mom — but Don’t Expect a Lot of Juicy Details

We may not get a blow-by-blow of McAdams’ life as a mom on Instagram, but it’s totally understandable that she wants to keep this aspect of her life private. And are there more out-of-the-limelight children in McAdams’ future? “I think there is definitely room for more,” she said. Way to be just vague enough, Rachel. We’ll be anxiously awaiting more details […]

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Suicide more prevalent than homicide in US, but most Americans don’t know it

In the United States, suicide is twice as common as homicide—and more often involves firearms—but public perception is just the opposite. News reports, movies and TV shows may contribute to the perception of a high risk of firearm homicide, authors of a new study say, leaving a substantial gap between ideas and reality and potentially leading to further danger. Now, […]

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