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Using weed regularly raises the risk of heart problems for young people, studies find

Thu, 14 Nov 2019 19:00:36 GMT

Younger people with cannabis use disorder are at an increased risk of heart rhythm problems, according to a new presentation at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions. A second presentation says that young people who use weed frequently are at a higher risk for stroke.


For heart disease, meds may work as well as invasive surgery, major trial shows

High-risk patients with stable heart disease may fare just as well on medications alone, versus having invasive heart operations such as stents and bypass surgeries, according to a major trial. The results were presented Saturday at the American Heart Association's yearly conference.


Breakthrough in CDC vaping illness investigation: Vitamin E acetate linked to THC may be to blame

Fri, 08 Nov 2019 21:14:05 GMT

Vitamin E acetate, an additive sometimes used in THC and other vaping products, may be to blame for a national outbreak of e-cigarette-related lung injuries that's linked to dozens of deaths, according to US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials.


European experts raise alarm on rise of Chinese medicine

Herbs to increase breast milk supply and heal the spleen. Traditional remedies which promise to cure insomnia and acne. Secret cancer treatments that have been ignored or suppressed by Western medicine.


Double lung transplant needed after vaping related injury

Tue, 12 Nov 2019 01:09:38 GMT

Doctors at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit performed what they believe is the first double lung transplant in the US for a male patient whose lungs were irreparably damaged after vaping, according to the hospital.


Meet Belfast's 'dementia-friendly barber'

Fri, 08 Nov 2019 10:54:19 GMT

In his home in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Lenny White gathers up his supplies for the day: a red, white and blue striped barber pole, hair clippers and a table-top jukebox -- all the makings of a pop-up barbershop, catered to a very special group of clients.


Every 15 minutes, someone in the US dies of a drug-resistant superbug

Every 15 minutes, someone in the United States dies of a superbug that has learned to outsmart even our most sophisticated antibiotics, according to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Asthma can turn deadly in rare cases. Here's how

Mon, 11 Nov 2019 20:00:52 GMT

The death of 13-year-old Broadway star Laurel Griggs is a tragic reminder of how serious asthma can be.


So-called virginity tests are unreliable, invasive and sexist. And yet they persist

Sat, 09 Nov 2019 20:26:06 GMT

The comments, as soon as they made the rounds, were met with swift condemnation: Rapper T.I. says he takes his daughter to the gynecologist after each birthday to determine if she's a virgin.


Bill proposed by NY state senator would ban medically unnecessary surgeries on intersex children

Fri, 08 Nov 2019 18:48:42 GMT

Legislation that would effectively ban "medically unnecessary" surgeries on intersex children prior to their ability to give informed consent in New York will be announced Friday by state Sen. Brad Hoylman.


Astronauts experienced reverse blood flow and blood clots on the space station, study says

A study of 11 healthy astronauts onboard the International Space Station for six-month missions has revealed a new risk of long-term spaceflight.


This Army veteran is helping to take the fight to lung cancer

Sun, 10 Nov 2019 22:23:43 GMT

An Army combat veteran who is facing the fight of her life has joined forces with a former NFL player to raise awareness in the battle against lung cancer.


Brain scans don't lie: The minds of girls and boys are equal in math

Fri, 08 Nov 2019 11:11:33 GMT

Several studies have already debunked the myth that boys are innately better at math than girls, but those are largely based on analysis of test scores.


More than 130,000 pounds of ground beef recalled for possible plastic contamination

Fri, 08 Nov 2019 14:41:47 GMT

About 130,464 pounds of raw ground beef products have been recalled because they may contain plastic, the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Thursday.


Flu is getting an early start in the US this season

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told doctors on a conference call this week that the United States is seeing more flu than is typical for this time of year.


How to stop throwing away your veggies and fruit

Tue, 12 Nov 2019 11:48:38 GMT

We all do it: buy fresh fruits and veggies with the best of intentions to gobble them down, only to open the fridge a few days (or weeks) later to discover a rotten mess.


More vapers are making their own juice, but not without risks

Sat, 09 Nov 2019 14:55:48 GMT

Danielle Jones sits at her dining room table, studying the recipe for Nerd Lyfe (v2) vape juice. The supplies she's ordered online are arrayed before her: a plastic jug of unflavored liquid nicotine, a baking scale and bottles of artificial flavors that, combined, promise to re-create the fruity taste of Nerds Rope candy in vapor form.



A doctor is accused of performing hysterectomies and other unnecessary medical procedures on patients without their consent

Mon, 11 Nov 2019 19:13:31 GMT

A Virginia doctor has been arrested after he was accused of performing hysterectomies and other unnecessary medical procedures on patients without their consent, according to a federal affidavit.


When Ted Koppel's wife was given a few years left to live, the couple dedicated themselves to fighting COPD

In 2001, a doctor diagnosed Grace Anne Dorney Koppel with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, telling her she had just three to five years left to live.


Google's health initiative collects personal data

Tue, 12 Nov 2019 15:11:15 GMT

Google's "Project Nightingale" is collecting health data on millions of Americans through a new partnership with Ascension, one of the country's largest nonprofit health systems.


Your hatred of heart-healthy veggies could be genetic

Thu, 14 Nov 2019 16:54:21 GMT

If certain vegetables have always made you gag, you may be more than a picky eater. Instead, you might be what scientists call a "super-taster:" a person with a genetic predisposition to taste food differently.


Illiterate people are twice as likely to develop dementia, study says

Whether or not you can read and write could be a factor in your ability to stave off dementia as you grow older, according to a new study from scientists at Columbia University.


Cat food sold nationwide is recalled over risks to pets and humans

A Utah company is recalling two-pound frozen bags of Quest beef cat food sold nationwide over fears it may be contaminated with salmonella.


Wanted: 10,000 dogs for the largest-ever study on aging in canines

Dogs' lifespans are far too short. These researchers are hoping to change that.


Midwives, doulas could benefit births -- but not all women have access

A growing body of research suggests that using midwife or doula support throughout pregnancy and during childbirth can bring health benefits, but not many women have access due to differing state laws in how midwives are recognized and what insurance can cover.


An injection could someday keep peanut allergies at bay for up to six weeks, study says

More than 3 million people in the United States are allergic to peanuts and tree nuts. But experimental new research suggests adults might someday be able to take an antibody to keep symptoms at bay for up to six weeks -- at least in small doses.


Switching from cigarettes to vapes may be better for heart health, study says

While e-cigarettes have been in the spotlight for their popularity among kids and an ongoing outbreak of lung injury, many have also looked to them as a potentially less harmful alternative to smoking cigarettes.


Don't tell 'Lucy,' but modern-day apes may be smarter than our evolutionary ancestors, scientists say

A new study used a new method to evaluate the cognitive abilities of species -- and by doing so, it stumbled across a surprising finding.


Sure, houseplants are great. But they're not actually cleaning the air

Tue, 12 Nov 2019 13:26:10 GMT

You've probably heard people say that keeping plants in your home or office helps to make the air cleaner, but science says otherwise.