‘I’m A Mature 26-Year-Old Adult…And Still Very Scared Of The Dark’

Hey, Nickelodeon! Guess what? I am, in fact, afraid of the dark. (Great show, btw.) Oh, and I am 26 years old. Go ahead and laugh because that is kind of hilarious, I’m aware. Even funnier? Watching a full-grown adult woman flee her parents’ basement in a state of panic…or screech like I’m the star of a horror movie the […]

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Vaping-related illnesses still rising, though at slower pace

Vaping-related illnesses in the U.S. are still rising, though at a slightly slower pace. Health officials of Thursday said there have been 1,479 cases and at least 33 deaths in the mysterious outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been releasing new case counts each week. The latest jump—180 cases—was the lowest increase since mid-September. The outbreak appears […]

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Can you still be healthy if you’re overweight?

(HealthDay)—If you’re overweight but have dodged chronic health issues like high cholesterol and high blood pressure, you might not think that losing weight is a priority. But an analysis of five years of records on 3.5 million people—underweight, normal weight, overweight and obese—has found reason for concern. The researchers discovered that even if people didn’t have any metabolic diseases at […]

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US vaping illness count tops 500, but cause still unknown

U.S. health officials say 530 people have now been diagnosed with vaping-related breathing illnesses, but the cause remains unknown. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday said confirmed and probable cases have been reported in 38 states and one U.S. territory. The total number of illnesses is up from 380 a week ago. Seven deaths have been reported. […]

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Full-fat milk is OK if you’re healthy, but reduced-fat dairy is still best if you’re not

The Heart Foundation now recommends full-fat milk, cheese and yogurt or reduced-fat options as part of its updated dietary advice released yesterday. This moves away from earlier advice that recommended only reduced-fat dairy when it comes to heart health. So, what’s behind the latest change? And what does this mean for people with high blood pressure or existing heart disease? […]

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UN says Ebola outbreak in Congo still not a global emergency

The World Health Organization on Friday said the Ebola outbreak in Congo—which spilled into Uganda this week—is an “extraordinary event” of deep concern but does not yet merit being declared a global emergency. The U.N. health agency convened its expert committee for the third time to assess the outbreak, which some experts say met the criteria to be designated an […]

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One-fifth of US surgeons still overusing riskier procedure to create kidney dialysis access

Long-term hemodialysis is a lifesaver for approximately half a million patients in the United States with kidney failure (also known as end-stage renal disease, or ESRD) who are either waiting on or unsuitable for a kidney transplant. But before the external machinery can take over the function of the kidneys—filtering and cleansing wastes from the blood—a minor surgical procedure is […]

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Two Meningitis B Vaccines Have Been Approved in the US. So Why Are Young People Still Dying From It?

When it came to her sons’ medical care, Aracelly Bibl did everything right. She prioritized the health of her three boys, knew their pediatrician's phone number by heart, and made sure they were up to date on their recommended vaccinations. But all of her diligence still didn't protect her oldest child, Joseph Clouse, from meningitis B, which killed him this past […]

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Breastfeeding is still best

(HealthDay)—The benefits of breastfeeding are wide-ranging. For baby, they include protection against infections and illnesses, including asthma, as well as reducing the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Babies breastfed for six months are also less likely to become obese. For mom, breastfeeding decreases the risks of breast and ovarian cancers. There are financial benefits, too. Not needing to […]

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