Sleep myths debunked, from swallowing spiders to drinking before bed

Have you ever heard the old wives’ tale that you swallow eight spiders in your sleep over the course of your life? Turns out you’re not alone, as a poll from US firm Mattress Advisor and OnePoll suggests. They tested the knowledge of 2,000 Americans to see just how much they know about the science of sleep and whether certain […]

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Amy Schumer Posts Throwback Pic From Moment She Found Out She Was Pregnant

Amy Schumer is taking a walk down memory lane. The actress shared an emotional moment from the very beginning of her pregnancy with her Instagram followers. “#tbt the day I found out I was pregnant in [Jessica Seinfeld’s] bathroom,” the comedian, 38, wrote on Thursday, October 3. https://www.instagram.com/p/B3MgPnCpWy-/ #tbt the day I found out I was pregnant in @jessseinfeld bathroom A post […]

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Stem cells with ‘dual identity’ linked to loss of smell from sinus inflammation

In experiments with mice and human tissue samples, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers report evidence that neuronal stem cells in the part of the nose responsible for the sense of smell transform themselves to perpetuate the long-term inflammation in chronic sinusitis. Results of the study, they say, suggest that the stem cells’ ability to switch their identity to join in the […]

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At least five dead in US from vaping-related lung disease

At least five people have died in the United States after vaping, officials said Friday, in an outbreak that has sickened hundreds with severe pulmonary disease and left several teens in induced comas. Federal officials said that no single substance has been found to be present in all the laboratory samples being examined, however investigators in New York said they […]

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Transplanting kidneys from patients with hepatitis C could be SAFE

Transplanting kidneys from patients with hepatitis C could be SAFE: Trial finds 53 people stayed free of infection after receiving the donated organs Currently, people with hep-C cannot donate kidneys unless recipient is infected  But American scientists say process is safe after trial of 53 patients in Memphis The participants all stayed free of hepatitis C infection after the procedure  […]

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Microbiota in home indoor air may protect children from asthma

Large amounts of a certain type of bacteria, most likely from outdoors, may reduce the child’s risk of developing asthma. This was shown by a new study by the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) that analyzed the microbiota of over 400 Finnish homes. However, the study was unable to identify individual bacterial taxa that provide protection against asthma. […]

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Changes to rectus muscles from pregnancy may impact abdominoplasty

(HealthDay)—Pregnancy alters the shape of the rectus abdominis muscle, which may in turn affect abdominoplasty outcomes, according to a study published in the August issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Lindsay E. Janes, M.D., from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, and colleagues used the Northwestern Enterprise Data Warehouse to identify women (aged 18 to 45 years) […]

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Mini-kidneys grown from stem cells provide new insights into kidney disease and potential therapies

An international team of researchers led by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has grown ‘miniature kidneys’ in the laboratory that could be used to better understand how kidney diseases develop in individual patients. The mini kidneys, known as kidney organoids, were grown outside the body from skin cells derived from a single patient who has polycystic kidney disease, one […]

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Schoolchildren from affluent families TWICE as likely to drink alcohol

Schoolchildren from the most affluent families are TWICE as likely to drink alcohol as those from poorer backgrounds – and they use drugs more often, reveals major NHS report A total of 12 per cent of children from affluent families had drunk in the last week The figure was seven per cent for youngsters from less affluent families One in […]

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Vaccines, routines and screens: Tips for a healthy school year from a physician mom

It’s back-to-school time, the time of year that often has parents rushing to buy school supplies, new clothes and healthy snacks to stock the pantry. It also tends to bring stress around homework, earlier bedtimes and an influx of colds and coughs. Dr. Tina Ardon, a family medicine physician and mom of three, provides some back-to-school tips to keep parents […]

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