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By studying interactions between testosterone and the immune system in male mice, scientists from Northwestern University in Chicago, IL, have discovered a molecule that seems to protect against multiple sclerosis.
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A mom in California walked into her OB-GYN's office to be treated for postpartum depression. They called the cops.
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The flu epidemic sweeping the United States has caused a notably high number of deaths. Now officially “widespread” in 49 U.S. states — all of them except Hawaii — the flu virus has directly or indirectly caused a proportion of deaths that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention consider “above the epidemic threshold,” according to a report released by the agency on Friday. In a teleconference on Friday, federal officials said that this flu season is the worst one to hit the U.S. since the 2009 swine flu pandemic swept the country, citing the current epidemic’s rising hospitalizati
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on rate.
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The practice of intentionally reducing the amount of food you eat is a discipline which can yield a host of benefits.
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A dental clinic in Sydney has been found to have been using instruments that were not properly cleaned and sterilised.
Hundreds of patients who underwent invasive dental procedures at Dr Nicholas Southall’s Cronulla clinic in Sydney are now advised to take blood tests for hepatitis B and C and HIV.

The New South Wales Health and the Dental Council has contacted around 930 patients of Southall since 2003, advising them to see a doctor for testing for hepatitis B, hepatitis C and HIV. The missive came after NSW Health’s two-month probe concluded that the dental clinic did not properly cleane
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d, sterilised or stored instruments properly. These could lead to spreading of viruses among patients.
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In a new study, scientists found that the brains of highly creative people have more connections among three specific regions compared to the brains of less creative thinkers. Plus, the more-creative brains were better able to fire up these regions in coordinated way compared with other brains.
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The immune system responds to a fast food diet in much the same way as it does to a bacterial infection, according to a study on mice, raising new questions about just how damaging regular trips to burger and pizza chains could be to our health.
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The 200-mile drive from Chicago to his home in Springfield, Ill., seemed longer than usual as James Weitzel tried, with little success, to relieve the dull pain near his right shoulder blade that had dogged him for months.

His family doctor had told the 20-year-old he had probably pulled a muscle or injured a disk in his back while hoisting cases of beer at the pizza shop where he worked. Over-the-counter painkillers hadn’t helped, and Weitzel discovered that sitting on his hand while piloting his blue Cadillac down Interstate 55 made the pain less bothersome.
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A saline-solution shortage worsened by Hurricane Maria has hospitals worried, even as staff turn to creative solutions such as breaking out the Gatorade.

The shortage of the ubiquitous intravenous bags of saline has been going on since 2014, but the supply got hit even further when the hurricane damaged the country’s biggest supplier in Puerto Rico last fall.
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A man walking past the University of Maryland Medical Center came across a startling scene and caught part of it on camera: The hospital's security guard wheeled a patient to a nearby bus stop and left her there. The part caught on video shows four s…
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Everyone should temporarily stay away from eating romaine lettuce until health officials can figure out the source of a number of E.coli infections that are thought to be caused by eating the lettuce, Consumer Reports warns.

Health officials in the United States and Canada are looking into the source of the infections which have made at least 58 people sick and caused one death.
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For decades we have known that alcohol consumption increases a person’s risk of developing cancer, but how this actually occurs has never been completely understood. Now a team has demonstrated how alcohol permanently damages DNA in stem cells which subsequently increases cancer risks
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Millions of Americans suffer from a medical condition known as tinnitus, a disorder so tormenting that it makes Edgar Allen Poe’s talking, taunting raven sound charming. People with tinnitus are plagued by phantom noises, usually ringing or buzzing, sometimes to the point where they can no longer work or function. Worse still, cases are often chronic and incurable: Current treatments include cognitive behavioral therapy to help people manage the distress it causes, using actual sounds to mask the ringing, or invasive brain surgery that often doesn’t work. But the findings of a new study, publi
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shed today in Science Translational Medicine, seem to offer something much more promising—a noninvasive treatment that attacks the root source of tinnitus while making life noticeably easier for its sufferers.
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After decades of hope and high promise, this was the year scientists really showed they could doctor DNA to successfully treat diseases. Gene therapies to treat cancer and even pull off the biblical-sounding feat of helping the blind to see were approved by U.S. regulators, establishing gene manipulation as a new mode of medicine.

Almost 20 years ago, a teen’s death in a gene experiment put a chill on what had been a field full of outsized expectations. Now, a series of jaw-dropping successes have renewed hopes that some one-time fixes of DNA, the chemical code that governs li
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fe, might turn out to be cures.
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The longest-cryopreserved human embryo to result in a successful birth was conceived and frozen in 1992 and born last month. The embryo is just a year younger than the mother who birthed her
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According to the latest info from the National Sleep Foundation, newborns need 14 to 17 hours of sleep in a 24-hour cycle, while infants up to 11 months old need 12 to 15 hours of shuteye. From there, the sleep requirements begin to wane.
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For 50 years, Donald Unger, M.D., was a walking, talking and breathing scientific experiment. Although this scenario may sound like something out of a sci-fi movie, Unger's undertaking was quite practical in nature. He simply wanted to prove that cracking his knuckles didn't cause arthritis.
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Rates of the disease rose 63% in five years, led by infections in young heterosexual city dwellers.
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Jessica Allen became pregnant with her own child while she was carrying another baby as a surrogate.
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​Dumbbell and kettlebell carries are two of the best exercises to improve your strength.
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Use this workout to test (and expand) your physical limits, build mental grit, and forge total-body strength, stamina, and power.
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Scientists have demonstrated an "incredibly powerful" ability to manipulate the building blocks of life in two separate studies.
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A new vaccine that could prevent up to nine-in-10 cases of typhoid fever has been recommended by the World Health Organization. Experts say it could have a "huge impact" on the 22 million cases, and 220,000 deaths, from typhoid each year.
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Health officials say many illnesses get better on their own and patients don't need prescriptions.
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NEW DELHI (AP) — Environmental pollution — from filthy air to contaminated water — is killing more people every year than all war and violence in the world. More than smoking, hunger or natural disasters. More than AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined.