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E-Cigarettes Top-Among Youths

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Questioning the Idea of Good Carbs, Bad Carbs

Questioning Good-Carbs  Bad CarbsSource: New York Times Blogs

Questioning Good-Carbs Bad Carbs

The idea that all carbohydrates are not created equal has become the foundation of many popular diets. Some argue that foods like white bread and potatoes, which have a high so-called glycemic index because they spike blood sugar and insulin, should be ...

F.D.A. Approves System That May Make Blood Transfusions Safer

F D A Make Blood-Transfusions Safer

The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday approved the first system that could be used by blood banks to destroy viruses and bacteria in donated blood plasma, potentially making transfusions safer. The system represents an extra safety step beyond ...

Vivek Murthy Qualifications: Is The New Surgeon General Good Enough For The Job?

Vivek Murthy  New-Surgeon GeneralSource: The Inquisitr

Vivek Murthy New-Surgeon General

Vivek Murthy’s qualifications has been a major point of discussion ever since he has taken helm of the U.S. Public Health Service. President Obama had been eyeing the young physician as early as last year, and this Monday, Murthy has officially been ...

Federal Health Exchange Sees Enrollment Flurry

Health Exchange-Sees Enrollment …

WASHINGTON " The Obama administration said Tuesday that nearly 2.5 million people had selected health insurance plans through the federal marketplace in the first four weeks of open enrollment this fall. More than one million of those selections came in ...

Experts say mumps outbreak plaguing NHL likely reached its peak

NHL Mumps OutbreakSource: FOX News

NHL Mumps Outbreak

The mumps outbreak responsible for benching at least 13 players in the National Hockey League has likely reached its peak, health experts say. “The main thing now is that everybody is aware of it and from what I understand most teams have given their ...

Massachusetts: Sex-Change Surgery Denied to Inmate

Sex Surgery Denied-To Inmate

A divided federal appeals court on Tuesday overturned a ruling ordering state prison officials to provide taxpayer-funded sex-reassignment surgery for an inmate convicted of murder. Michelle Kosilek, born Robert Kosilek, is serving a life sentence for ...

A Shortage of Juggling Doctors

Shortage Of Juggling-DoctorsSource: New York Times Blogs

Shortage Of Juggling-Doctors

Dr. Abigail Zuger on the everyday ethical issues doctors face. A controversial statistic suggests that in the near future our country will be in desperate need of more doctors. The Association of American Medical Colleges has estimated that by 2025 we will ...

How Exercise Changes Our DNA

Exercise Changes-Our DNASource: New York Times Blogs

Exercise Changes-Our DNA

Gretchen Reynolds on the science of fitness. We all know that exercise can make us fitter and reduce our risk for illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease. But just how, from start to finish, a run or a bike ride might translate into a healthier life ...

FDA Warning: Stay Away From 'Keepsake' Ultrasounds

Stay Away From-Keepsake …

Despite repeated warnings by the Food and Drug Administration over the years, commercial ultrasound businesses"often set up in shopping malls and run by untrained technicians"continue to offer their services to expectant parents. And consumers, despite ...

‘Super bacteria’ found in Rio waters where sailors and windsurfers are supposed to compete in the Olympics

Super-Bacteria' In Rio-WatersSource: Washington Post

Super-Bacteria' In Rio-Waters

Super hot, super windy, super wavy. Those are the kinds of “supers” Olympic sailors and windsurfers generally have to prepare for. But there’s apparently a new challenge in Rio’s Guanabara Bay and Carioca River, where some athletes will compete ...

The Myth of Comfort Food

Myth Of Comfort FoodSource: New York Times Blogs

Myth Of Comfort Food

Feeling sad or stressed? Put down that Oreo or bowl of mac ’n’ cheese and brace yourself for another bummer: The emotional healing powers of comfort food may be overrated. True, your mood will probably improve shortly after you eat your favorite high ...

Supreme Court declines to hear Arizona abortion case

Arizona Abortion CaseSource: USA Today

Arizona Abortion Case

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to weigh in on a controversial Arizona law that would have restricted medication abortions. Planned Parenthood Arizona and Tucson Women's Center filed the federal lawsuit alleging the law wasn't intended to protect women ...

Why more adults are getting "kids' diseases"

Why More Adults Are Getting Kids' DiseasesSource: CBS News

Why More Adults Are Getting Kids' Diseases

Chickenpox befell Angelina Jolie this week, preventing the actress-turned-director from attending the premiere of her new film. Meanwhile, an outbreak of mumps has hit the National Hockey League, sidelining more than a dozen players and two referees.

Dengue Fever: New Class Of Antibodies Could Lead To Improved Vaccines, Lab Tests

Dengue Fever: New Class Of Antibodies Could Lead To Improved Vaccines  Lab TestsSource: HNGN

Dengue Fever: New Class Of Antibodies Could Lead To Improved Vaccines Lab Tests

A new class of antibodies that has the ability to make four strains of dengue fever was discovered by scientists. The discovery could lead to the development of better vaccines and laboratory tests that would hopefully reduce the incidence rates of dengue ...

Modern family: New Jersey woman shares her story of embryo adoption

Modern Family: New Jersey Woman Shares Her Story Of Embryo AdoptionSource: New York Daily News

Modern Family: New Jersey Woman Shares Her Story Of Embryo Adoption

When Inga Wismer miscarried in 2010, she was heartbroken " but ready to welcome children another way. "I wanted to do something good and I decided to adopt," Wismer, who already had three biological children at the time, told the Daily News. But the two ...

Music videos: new tool for detecting brain injuries

Music Videos: New Tool For Detecting Brain InjuriesSource: Washington Post

Music Videos: New Tool For Detecting Brain Injuries

A new eye-tracking technology using music videos points to a fast new way to assess brain injuries, according to a new study in the Journal of Neurosurgery published online Tuesday. The results could be especially useful in screening combat veterans, the ...

Pharmacists Charged With Murder in 2012 Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

Pharmacists Charged With Murder In 2012 Fungal Meningitis OutbreakSource: ABC News

Pharmacists Charged With Murder In 2012 Fungal Meningitis Outbreak

A Massachusetts pharmacy owner has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder in connection with the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak tied to tainted steroid injections. The outbreak killed 64 people and sickened 687 others who received the ...

Pup Tries Out New 3-D-Printed Paws

Pup Tries Out New 3-D-Printed PawsSource: ABC News

Pup Tries Out New 3-D-Printed Paws

One lucky dog is getting his stride back after being fitted with custom 3-D printed paws and legs. Derby, a mutt believed to be mostly husky, was born without fully formed front legs. Instead, the dog had small “elbows” that left him pitched forwards ...

New trends seen in annual survey of teen drug and alcohol abuse

New Trends Seen In Annual Survey Of Teen Drug And Alcohol AbuseSource: CBS News

New Trends Seen In Annual Survey Of Teen Drug And Alcohol Abuse

Cigarettes, alcohol and prescription painkiller abuse among teens has declined since 2013. However, electronic cigarettes have surpassed traditional smoking in popularity among teens, according to an annual report released Tuesday from the U.S. Centers for ...

Anti-diabetic drug offers promise for preventing drug-resistant TB

Anti-diabetic Drug Offers Promise For Preventing Drug-resistant TBSource: FOX News

Anti-diabetic Drug Offers Promise For Preventing Drug-resistant TB

A drug used to treat diabetes can help boost the efficacy of tuberculosis (TB) medication without inducing drug resistance, scientists in Singapore have discovered. Scientists observed that the old anti-diabetic drug, Metformin (MET), defended the invasion ...

People who feel younger at heart live longer

People Who Feel Younger At Heart Live LongerSource: CNN

People Who Feel Younger At Heart Live Longer

(CNN)-- Go ahead lie about your age. It may be the very thing that helps you live a longer life. If those fibbers truly believe that they are younger than what it says on their birth certificate, a new study shows they are among a group of people who have ...

UK proposes rule for embryos made from 3 people

UK Proposes Rule For Embryos Made From 3 PeopleSource: FOX News

UK Proposes Rule For Embryos Made From 3 People

New rules proposed in Britain would make it the first country to allow embryos to be made from the DNA of three people in order to prevent mothers from passing on potentially fatal genetic diseases to their babies. In a statement issued on Wednesday, the ...

CDC: Chlamydia and gonorrhea rates down for first time in 30 years

CDC: Chlamydia And Gonorrhea Rates Down For First Time In 30 YearsSource: United Press International

CDC: Chlamydia And Gonorrhea Rates Down For First Time In 30 Years

WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 (UPI) --In 2013, the rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea declined -- the first time that's happened in more than three decades. On Wednesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released its annual "Sexually Transmitted Disease ...

Rio organizers create 'super bacteria' task force

Rio Organizers Create 'super Bacteria' Task ForceSource: Yahoo News

Rio Organizers Create 'super Bacteria' Task Force

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) " Brazilian organizers of the 2016 Olympics are creating a task force to deal with a so-called "super bacteria" discovered in Olympic sailing waters. In a statement Wednesday, organizers said they were in contact with specialists from ...

DUI checkpoint planned this weekend

DUI Checkpoint Planned This WeekendSource:

DUI Checkpoint Planned This Weekend

Atascadero Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a driver’s license and DUI checkpoint on Friday, Dec. 19th, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 6 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is ...

Clinical Trial Shows Healthy Eaters Can Ignore the Glycemic Index

Clinical Trial Shows Healthy Eaters Can Ignore The Glycemic IndexSource: Jewish Business News

Clinical Trial Shows Healthy Eaters Can Ignore The Glycemic Index

Good news for people who are already following a diet rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains, and low in sweets: New research suggests these heart-healthy eaters don’t need to worry about choosing low glycemic index foods to lower the risk of ...

Canadian Kids Have a Serious Smoking Problem

Canadian Kids Have A Serious Smoking ProblemSource: Pacific Standard

Canadian Kids Have A Serious Smoking Problem

Bootleg cigarette sales could be leading Canadian teens to more serious drugs, a new study finds. Tough to believe, given a middling smoking rate, but Canada has a real cigarette problem on its hands. And it runs deeper than stained teeth or bad lungs.

Israeli Bio Med Fitm Mapi Pharma Makes Headway in MS Medication

Israeli Bio Med Fitm Mapi Pharma Makes Headway In MS MedicationSource: Jewish Business News

Israeli Bio Med Fitm Mapi Pharma Makes Headway In MS Medication

Israeli biomed firm Mapi Pharma Ltd., which is a development stage pharmaceutical company, announced that the first patient was treated in the company’s Phase IIa study of a new drug for the treatment of relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS), GA ...

A Faster Way to Diagnose Antibiotic Resistance

A Faster Way To Diagnose Antibiotic ResistanceSource: Scientific American

A Faster Way To Diagnose Antibiotic Resistance

Antibiotic resistance, which transforms ordinary microbes into menaces that cannot be easily controlled, is exacting a growing toll on the human population. More than two million people in the U.S. develop drug-resistant infections each year and at least ...

One of Canada's Top 100 Powerful Women new CEO for patient safety

One Of Canada's Top 100 Powerful Women New CEO For Patient Safety

Chris Power has passion, experience and leadership in safe healthcare EDMONTON, Dec. 17, 2014 /CNW/ - The Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI) is pleased to announce that Chris Power has been recruited as the new CEO by the Board of Directors.

Tech whiz Sean Parker’s $24 million bet on an allergy cure

Tech Whiz Sean Parker’s $24 Million Bet On An Allergy CureSource: Washington Post

Tech Whiz Sean Parker’s $24 Million Bet On An Allergy Cure

Sean Parker of Napster fame is donating $24 million to create a new research institute at Stanford University with the mission of finding a cure -- not just another treatment -- for allergies. In announcing the gift, the 35-year-old technology whiz ...

$2M awarded to improve state health care

$2M Awarded To Improve State Health CareSource: Middlesboro Daily News

$2M Awarded To Improve State Health Care

Kentucky will receive up to $2,000,000 to design health care payment and service delivery models that will improve health care quality and lower costs, Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia M. Burwell has announced. Nationwide, 28 states, three ...