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Alzheimer’s: A Discovery of Two New Gene Mutations

A research team from the Massachusetts General Hospital have discovered two gene mutations that could cause late onset Alzheimer’s disease in humans. The good news, according to the researchers, this can help in the prevention and treatment of the disease. …

Flu Vaccinations Are Up, But Not Enough
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While the days are getting a little shorter and cooler, there’s something lurking around the corner that takes away from the fall bliss–flu season. Flu shots are now available at many medical offices and pharmacies, and during a news conference …

Stroke Risk Cut by Vitamin B, Shows Study

A new study published recently in the journal Neurology has shown that vitamin B supplements could help cut the risk of stroke. The study found that vitamin B could lower the risk of stroke by up to 7%, though several …

FDA Sounds-Off On Mobile Medical Apps

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week issued guidance on mobile medical apps, a group of increasingly popular mobile applications that take the place of more traditional medical devices. The agency will “exercise enforcement discretion” in its regulation, …

Lil Wayne Chats with Katie Couric, Talks Retirement and Seizures

The famous 2009 interview between former network anchorwoman, Katie Couric, and rapper Lil Wayne wasn’t just your regular, routine interview. The two forged an unexpected bond that’s spanned over the past 4 years. Now, he’s stopped by Couric’s syndicated talk …

Alleged Fourth Porn Star Tests Positive for HIV Alleged Fourth Porn Star Tests Positive for HIV
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According to The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), another U.S. porn star was tested positive for contracting HIV, making it the fourth such case in the last 30 days. AHF told the Huffington Post on Tuesday that the unnamed male performer told …

New Anti-Smoking Campaign Successful, Says CDC

Anyone who watched TV, or even just YouTube last spring has seen the ads. Men and women giving “tips” from their personal experiences with smoking and second-hand smoke. The most infamous of the spots would undoubtedly be Terrie, the woman …

Internet Addiction Rehab Program Launched At PA Hospital
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Are you addicted to the internet? Do you find yourself constantly scrolling and refreshing social media websites on hours without end? Many of us lightly joke about being “addicted to the internet,” but now there is a rehabilitation program that …

Thousands of Heart Disease Deaths Preventable, Says CDC

With obesity and its accompanying medical issues now declared an epidemic in the U.S., researchers have been scrambling to stem the tide and help save lives. Today, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provided data showing that …

Bubonic Plague Kills Boy In Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan, for those who don’t know, is a small, landlocked country in central Asia. It is mountainous, Russian-speaking, and bordered by neighbors Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and China. The country is unassuming and, despite a plethora of political unrest and upheaval, …

U.S. School Health Policies Improving, Says CDC

The epidemic of obesity in the U.S. has reached even children. Though some signs are showing improvement in childhood obesity numbers across the country, parents and policy makers are still looking to schools to teach children healthy eating practices. This …

Chocolate Linked to Brain Health, Shows Study

Good news for chocoholics this week: a new study has found that chocolate could help the elderly keep their minds sharp. The study, published this week in the journal Neurology, found that two cups of hot cocoa per day improved …

‘Gluten-Free’ Defined by FDA For Food Labels ‘Gluten-Free’ Defined by FDA For Food Labels

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today announced a new definition for the use of the term “gluten-free” on food labels. The new definition is meant to provide a consistent meaning for those with gluten allergies and the three …

Study: Money Doesn’t Protect People From Toxicants, Just Changes Them

It’s a simple assumption that those with greater means will be able to live cleaner, healthier lives away from pollution with access to better foods. A new study, however, shows that even the rich are not immune to toxicants that …

NYC Soda Ban Struck Down By Court
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Remember how earlier this year, mayor Bloomberg of New York City tried to pass legislation that would prevent the sale or consumption of soda and other sugary drinks larger than sixteen ounces? Well, dearest lovers of empty calories and obnoxious …

Autism Not Linked to Mercury Exposure, Shows Study

Vaccines have already been eliminated as a cause of autism, but prenatal mercury exposure has still been suspected as a cause of the condition. Expecting mothers have been warned away from eating fish during pregnancy over fears of developmental problems. …

Facebook Posts Used to Find Strep Throat Outbreak Source Facebook Posts Used to Find Strep Throat Outbreak Source

Social media is largely thought of as a way for people across the world to keep in touch and share moments from their lives. The information being collected on sites like Twitter and Facebook, however, can also be used for …

Google, Facebook And Twitter Train Mental Health Nonprofits On Social Media Google, Facebook And Twitter Train Mental Health Nonprofits On Social Media

Representatives from Google, Facebook and Twitter got together for a big training session for mental health nonprofits in Washington D.C. this afternoon, and Google has put 2 1/2 hours worth of video from the event online for anyone interested to …

Vaccinations in Children Protect the Elderly, Shows Study

A new study published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that vaccines given to children to prevent blood and ear infections are reducing the spread of pneumonia to older, at-risk adults. In fact, Vanderbilt University researchers …

U.S. Falling Behind on Health Outcomes, Shows Study

Though it hosts the best medical research in the world and spends more money on healthcare than any other country, a new study shows that the U.S. is falling behind other countries when it comes to actual health outcomes. The …

Cat Parasites: Watch Out For That Litter Box

Cat poop is, as poop goes, pretty gross. Pregnant women have been warned for years now not to get near it because of the bacteria it holds, which can cause dangerous infections and pose serious threats to a fetus. But …