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Fentanyl is the deadliest drug in America, CDC confirms

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 14:12:49 GMT

Fentanyl is now the most commonly used drug involved in drug overdoses, according to a new government report. The latest numbers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics say that the rate of drug overdoses involving the synthetic opioid skyrocketed by about 113% each year from 2013 through 2016.

How to maintain your weight during the holidays

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 13:00:41 GMT

The average person gains 1 to 2 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, and those who are overweight often gain more, including children. Research shows that holiday weight gain is a major contributor to total yearly weight gain, so why not resolve to maintain your weight this holiday season? Here are 10 tips that may help.

Why so many people are becoming allergic to meat

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 18:52:54 GMT

I am on my way to meet Tami McGraw, who lives with her husband and the youngest of their kids in a sprawling development of old trees and wide lawns just south of Chapel Hill. Before I reach her, McGraw emails. She wants to feed me when I get there:

Traffic accidents are eighth leading cause of death globally

Fri, 07 Dec 2018 09:31:54 GMT

The number of traffic-related deaths reached a high of 1.35 million in 2016, according to the 2018 Global Status Report on Road Safety, released by the World Health Organization on Friday. It has also moved up to the eighth leading cause of death for people of all ages, ahead of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.

Two-year-old needs some of the rarest blood in the world to survive

Wed, 05 Dec 2018 15:58:52 GMT

Two-year-old Zainab Mughal has some of the rarest blood in the world.

FDA warns consumers about e-cigerette liquids laced with erectile dysfunction drug

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 23:28:06 GMT

The FDA is warning consumers, especially men, about using Hello-cig e-juice laced with two erectile dysfunction drugs due to potential interactions with some prescription drugs.

Migrants are not a threat to health systems, report finds

Wed, 05 Dec 2018 23:32:40 GMT

Jimmy Dean sausage recalled due to metal contamination

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 14:58:55 GMT

A popular breakfast sausage is off the menu. CTI Foods LLC, is recalling about 29,028 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat poultry and pork sausage links after five people called the US Food Safety and Inspection Service to let them know that they had found metal pieces in the sausage, according to the US Department of Agriculture.

Beef is bad for the planet -- why can't we stop eating it?

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 06:22:10 GMT

Beef isn't good for the planet. But you probably knew that already.

Four emerging STDs that you can't afford to ignore

Fri, 07 Dec 2018 18:19:12 GMT

New diseases emerge all the time, and sexually transmitted infections, also known as sexually transmitted diseases, are no exception. Here are four bacteria that could become serious public health threats. (Warning: contains a description of animal auto-fellatio.)

Crosswords and puzzles do not prevent mental decline, study says

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 16:13:02 GMT

Tackling a tricky crossword or a challenging Sudoku puzzle will not fend off age-related mental decline, new research has shown.

Breast cancer testing guidelines out of date, missing genetic screening

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 20:07:11 GMT

The current guidelines for genetic testing of breast cancer patients limit the number of women who can get tested. Because of these restrictions, these tests miss as many patients with hereditary cancers as they find, according to a study published Monday in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Why is pizza so addictive?

Thu, 06 Dec 2018 09:36:42 GMT

A deliciously fresh pizza pie with warm baked dough, salty tomato sauce and gooey cheese is a delight for the senses. There are few foods that could satisfy me on a daily basis, but pizza is one of them.

How far will you go to reduce your beef intake?

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 20:10:10 GMT

Scientists say that beef consumption must fall drastically to avert a climate catastrophe, but changing diet can be hard. Here are your options.

'Zombie fungi' are saving lives -- and the planet

Fri, 07 Dec 2018 12:26:31 GMT

It's a sunny morning, and Sara Landvik is foraging in the wild parts of Hampstead Heath, one of London's iconic parks.

Ebola cases surge in Congo, with women and children disproportionately sick

Thu, 06 Dec 2018 22:25:41 GMT

There have been 18 more cases of illness and five more deaths reported in just two days in the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, according to the Ministry of Health. Since the outbreak began, the total number of probable cases is now 471, including 273 deaths, the ministry reported Thursday.

Breaking news: People are inherently good, nonviolent

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 11:09:03 GMT

It matters how you personally respond when you hear news of violence. The way you process and frame it has real mental and physical impacts.

Ancient plague may have wiped out European farmers

Sat, 08 Dec 2018 10:53:00 GMT

The fearsome disease known as the plague might help explain a mystery that has puzzled scientists for years.

Holiday hospitalization carries higher risks, study says

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 23:30:19 GMT

Research has shown that going to the hospital in July or over the weekend can be riskier for patients because of factors such as medical errors, understaffing or staff fatigue. The holiday period can also be added to the list, according to a new study.

'Sesame Street' Muppet becomes first to experience homelessness

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 14:38:15 GMT

For the first time, a resident of "Sesame Street" is experiencing homelessness -- and the hope is that her story can help sweep the clouds away for the growing number of young children in the United States without homes to call their own.

Fatal brain-eating amoeba may have come from woman's neti pot

Sat, 08 Dec 2018 15:40:23 GMT

A Seattle woman rinsed her sinuses with tap water. A year later, she died of a brain-eating amoeba.

Most US adults have not gotten a flu shot for this mild season

Fri, 07 Dec 2018 18:19:49 GMT

Most US adults have not gotten a flu shot this season, according to a new survey from NORC, a research organization at the University of Chicago.

Columbia University and its hospitals sued over doctor's sexual abuse

Fri, 07 Dec 2018 19:09:58 GMT

Seventeen women are accusing Columbia University and the NewYork-Presbyterian hospital system of enabling a sexually abusive doctor over roughly 20 years of practice, according to a lawsuit filed Tuesday in New York Supreme Court. The doctor, Robert Hadden, pleaded guilty in 2016 to criminal sex act in the third degree and forcible touching, surrendering his medical license, according to court documents. He received no jail time.

Animal attacks cost us more than $1 billion a year, and they're becoming more common

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 23:30:11 GMT

Animal-related injuries lead to health care costs of more than $1 billion a year in the United States, according to a new study -- and they're happening more often.

Increased breast cancer risk might last decades after childbirth, study says

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 22:00:11 GMT

Compared with women who have never had children, women who have given birth may have an increased breast cancer risk that continues for up to 23 years after their most recent birth, according to a new study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine on Monday.

More violence and STIs when sex work is criminalized

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 19:00:39 GMT

Sex workers across 33 countries who face repressive policing -- identified as arrest, imprisonment, confiscation of needles, syringes, condoms, displacement to new area or physical or sexual violence by officers -- have a three times higher chance of experiencing physical or sexual violence, according to a new study.

Sedative addiction and anxiety on the rise among children, reports show

Fri, 07 Dec 2018 15:39:35 GMT

An apparent rise in anxiety among British children has prompted concern from mental health experts, as two reports reveal an alarming surge in medication addiction and the number of young people seeking counseling for the disorder.

How to check your medical records for dangerous errors

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 11:27:38 GMT

In the worst-case scenario, an incorrect diagnosis, scan or lab result may have been inserted into a record, raising the possibility of inappropriate medical evaluation or treatment.

Record number of cases of polio-like illness AFM in US this year

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 19:37:45 GMT

With 24 newly confirmed cases of the polio-like illness acute flaccid myelitis announced Monday, 2018 has become a record year for the illness.

Tackling climate change could save millions of lives, report says

Wed, 05 Dec 2018 11:30:18 GMT

Climate studies often pinpoint the detrimental public health impacts related to rising atmospheric temperatures, extreme weather events and other consequences of a changing climate.

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