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Exposure to air pollution before birth may shorten lives

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:00:54 GMT

Pollution affects us even in the womb: Women who are exposed to air pollution during pregnancy have babies with shorter telomeres (a genetic biomarker), a study published Monday in JAMA Pediatrics found.(image)

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Polluted environments kill 1.7 million children each year, WHO says

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 14:11:36 GMT

Each year, environmental pollutants cost an estimated 1.7 million lives among children under 5, according to World Health Organization reports released Monday.(image)

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Week of wildfires polluting air as much as year of cars

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 17:51:04 GMT

The wildfires blazing across Northern California this week produced the same amount of air pollution as vehicles did in the state in one year, according to Sean Raffuse, an air-quality analyst at the Crocker Nuclear Laboratory at the University of California, Davis.(image)

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Mom: I remember the days when my children couldn't breathe

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 12:08:20 GMT

The days when all three of her children were simultaneously gasping for air are interminably etched in Laura Kellogg's mind.(image)

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Hospital ship waits for sick Puerto Ricans -- but no one knows how to get on it

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:48:09 GMT

Sammy Rolon is living in a makeshift clinic set up at a school. He has cerebral palsy and epilepsy, and is bed-ridden. He's waiting for surgery that was scheduled before Hurricane Maria smashed into Puerto Rico. Now he can't even get the oxygen he needs.(image)

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Two simple ways to lower odds of stillbirth

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 08:30:15 GMT

Counting kicks and sleeping on your left side aren't a guarantee that you'll have a safe and healthy pregnancy, but they are easy, low-cost ways to reduce the risk.(image)

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Sugary drink sales plummeted after price increase, study says

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:55:30 GMT

From Colombia to South Africa, France to India, governments around the globe are exploring whether taxes on sugar-sweetened beverages might curb obesity rates. Do these fines actually work to prevent people from choosing sweet drinks?(image)

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One in nine American men has oral HPV, study finds

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 21:35:42 GMT

About one in nine American men is infected with the oral form of human papillomavirus (HPV), according to a new study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. Nationwide, rates for oral HPV infections are 11.5% of men and 3.2% of women: 11 million men, compared with 3.2 million women, the researchers estimated.(image)

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Plague outbreak leaves 57 dead, more than 680 infected in Madagascar

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 15:46:00 GMT

The plague outbreak in Madagascar is continuing to spread at unprecedented rates, with 57 deaths and more than 680 cases.(image)

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Handgun waiting period laws save lives, study says

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:00:32 GMT

Over 33,000 people in the United States die each year from firearm injuries, according to the most recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, delaying the purchase of guns by a couple of days could save nearly 1,700 lives a year, according to a study released Monday.(image)

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Kids for sale: 'My mom was tricked'

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 02:44:24 GMT

The 7-year-old girl, dressed in bright pink and holding one of her favorite stuffed animals, sees her mother for the first time in nearly a year. A brilliant smile spreads across Namata's face, punctuating her excitement.(image)

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Gold: Why does it have that special allure?

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 11:11:40 GMT

When you think of the color gold, images of grandeur and extravagance are likely to come to mind.(image)

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This shoe is the most maddening optical illusion since 'the dress'

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 13:03:47 GMT

The internet has been victimized by another optical illusion that prods the simple, soft parts of our brains that don't understand color and pits us against friends and loved ones in a deeply bitter debate.(image)

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Obesity among all US adults reaches all-time high

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 20:13:29 GMT

The United States will not be escaping the obesity epidemic crisis anytime soon: Nearly 40% of adults and 19% of youth are obese, the highest rate the country has ever seen in all adults, according to research released Friday by the National Center for Health Statistics.(image)

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Autism research on Puerto Rican island threatened by hurricane aftermath

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 19:48:18 GMT

Autism research suffered a significant setback after an island used for scientific study was ravaged by Hurricane Maria.(image)

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Singing with another woman's lungs

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 15:06:54 GMT

This fall, renowned soprano Charity Sunshine Tillemann-Dick will inhale deeply, filling her new transplanted lungs with air, and sing. Performing alongside her will be Esperanza Tufani, a 24-year-old restaurant manager in Ohio. Tufani's mother was the donor for Tillemann-Dick's lungs.(image)

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The little red pill being pushed on the elderly

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 21:51:28 GMT

The maker of a little red pill intended to treat a rare condition is raking in hundreds of millions of dollars a year as it aggressively targets frail and elderly nursing home residents for whom the drug may be unnecessary or even unsafe, a CNN investigation has found.(image)

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Sick kids are VIPs at football games

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 21:31:22 GMT

Blake Rockwell grew up playing sports with other children in his neighborhood. But a congenital heart defect had prevented one of his older brothers, Chuckie, from doing the same.(image)

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FDA panel unanimously votes to approve gene therapy for blindness

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 20:24:30 GMT

A US Food and Drug Administration advisory committee unanimously voted Thursday to approve an experimental genetic therapy for patients with a rare inherited eye disease.(image)

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Las Vegas survivor facing life with bullet fragments in her brain

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 17:17:14 GMT

Tina Frost and her boyfriend were among thousands who packed the Route 91 Harvest Festival on the Las Vegas strip.(image)

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Americans don't live together like they used to

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 10:14:07 GMT

Americans are less likely to share a roof with a partner than they were a decade ago, according to a report released Wednesday by the Pew Research Center.(image)

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Cherry juice and other ways to reduce post-exercise soreness

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 11:12:05 GMT

I have a confession: I don't mind exercise-related pain. In fact, I welcome it. Now before you conclude that I'm a masochist, let me explain: The type of pain I'm talking about is soreness that comes after exercise and may last for a few days before going away. Known as delayed onset muscle soreness, or DOMS for short, it's a sign that your workout is making you stronger. I consider it "good" pain. That's in contrast to "bad" pain, which typically happens during exercise and gets worse afterward. It's a sign that you have an injury.(image)

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What could we learn from federally funded gun research?

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 17:50:31 GMT

The naming of the victims has become a familiar national ritual. In the wake of violence, we learn the names and lives of each unfortunate soul who happened to be in the cross hairs of a killer.(image)

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Experimental gene therapy for blindness considered by FDA

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 12:52:16 GMT

When her son was just 3-months-old, Elizabeth Guardino began to notice that he never responded when she smiled. Dangling a toy in front of his face, Christian did not follow it with his eyes.(image)

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Ten times more children and teens obese today than 40 years ago

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 00:59:22 GMT

The number of obese children and adolescents rose to 124 million in 2016 -- more than 10 times higher than the 11 million classified as obese 40 years ago, in 1975.(image)

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Utah officer fired for forcibly handcuffing nurse who defied him

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 19:39:09 GMT

A Utah police officer has been fired after he forcibly arrested a nurse who refused to let him draw blood from an unconscious patient in July.(image)

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Just how important is your egg count for fertility?

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 15:03:59 GMT

A new study of women 30 to 44 finds no association between reduced fertility and the biomarkers that indicate they have fewer eggs than normal -- but more research is needed.(image)

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