You can now do pilates with miniature pigs

The class will be led by pilates teacher Harry Parkes, who explains: ‘While there is plenty of fun to be had, Pilates has many benefits including improving posture, movement quality, mobility, flexibility, mental cognition and core strength.’ Little pigs will be free to roam around during the session, so guests should be ready for curious piglets to stroll over for […]

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Exemptions surge as parents and doctors do ‘Hail Mary’ around vaccine laws

At two public charter schools in the Sonoma wine country town of Sebastopol, more than half the kindergartners received medical exemptions from state-required vaccines last school year. The cities of Berkeley, Santa Cruz, Nevada City, Arcata and Sausalito all had schools in which more than 30 percent of the kindergartners had been granted such medical exemptions. Nearly three years ago, […]

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Do minerals play a role in development of multiple sclerosis?

Some studies have suggested that minerals such as zinc and iron may play a role in how multiple sclerosis (MS) progresses, once people have been diagnosed with it. But little was known about whether zinc, iron and other minerals play a role in the development of the disease. A new study shows no link between dietary intake of several minerals […]

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Do essential oils have any healing benefits, or are they just a fad?

Using the essential oils of plants and flowers to improve one's health or mood has been practised since ancient Egyptian times. But aromatherapy, as we now call it, is currently having a boom. Hundreds of thousands of Australians are buying and using these botanic compounds in a bid to improve health and wellbeing. Vara Maranda, who has practised and taught […]

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Trigger warnings do little to reduce people’s distress, research shows

Trigger warnings that alert people to potentially sensitive content are increasingly popular, especially on college campuses, but research suggests that they have minimal impact on how people actually respond to content. The findings are published in Clinical Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. “We, like many others, were hearing new stories week upon week about trigger […]

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Do Wireless Bluetooth Headphones Really Increase Cancer Risk?

The internet is abuzz today with worries about the latest tech-fad-turned-health-hazard, with headlines warning that wireless headphones—like Apple’s trendy AirPods—are a potential source of cancer. And yes, articles claiming that the little white devices could “pump radiation into your brain” certainly caught our attention. But before we freak out too much, let’s look at all the facts. Those headlines you […]

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Ability to do pushups may predict cardiovascular risk

World Health Organization (WHO) data indicate that every year there are 17.9 million deaths due to cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), accounting for approximately 31 percent of global deaths. Many of the factors that increase the risk of CVD are modifiable, chiefly an unhealthful diet, a lack of physical activity, smoking, or frequent consumption of alcohol. The link between exercise — particularly […]

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Do we have an epidemic? Enhancing disease surveillance using a health information exchange

How do public health officials know if there is a disease outbreak and where that outbreak has occurred? Surveillance is the cornerstone of public health practice, yet while disease surveillance has shifted toward greater use of electronically transmitted information to decrease the reporting burden on physicians, the challenge of getting the right information to public health officials at the right […]

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Many EDs Do Not Have Pediatric Area, Emergency Care Coordinator

FRIDAY, Dec. 28, 2018 — Many emergency departments do not have a pediatric area or pediatric emergency care coordinator (PECC), but an intervention can increase use of PECCs, according to three studies published in the December issue of Academic Emergency Medicine. Alexandra Camargo, from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and colleagues surveyed all 5,273 U.S. emergency departments to characterize emergency […]

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Busy Philipps on Emailing Santa & the One TV Reboot She Might Do

We’re pretty sure it’s been proven statistically impossible not to love Busy Philipps — mom, actor and badass, from our ‘90s teen dreams to today. I mean, just in 2018, she’s launched a new talk show, published a memoir, gotten her first-ever tattoo — what else could she possibly fit in before the year ends? Well, some serious giving back, for […]

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