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US Health Spending Grew Especially Fast Last Year

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:18:00 GMT

U.S. health spending always grows but it grew particularly quickly last year as more people got health insurance for the first time.A patient has her pulse checked by a diabetes specialist doctor during a medical check-up at a hospital. Health Spending


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Another Miami Neighborhood Cleared of Zika

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 17:22:00 GMT

Florida state officials declared a second outbreak of Zika over in the Miami area, this one in a neighborhood north of Miami known as Little River.A Miami-Dade County mosquito control worker sprays around a home in the Wynwood area of MiamiA Miami-Dade County mosquito control worker sprays around a home in the Wynwood area of Miami


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Should I Worry About Zika? Your Questions Answered

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:59:44 GMT

Zika has now caused two separate outbreaks in the Miami area, infecting tourists from Texas, New York and Taiwan. Americans are starting to worry.Barbara Betancourt holds her baby Daniel Valdes after being given a can of insect repellent by a police officer.


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Suicide at 14: 'I Have Racked My Brain Trying to Understand'

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:37:00 GMT

Connor Ball had seen more of the world than many people could hope to see in a lifetime. When he took his own life in 2011, it was a shock.Connor Ball died by suicide in October of 2011.Connor Ball was 14 years old when he took his own life in 2011. Connor Ball poses in Boston's Fenway Park.


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Most Americans Don't Want Obamacare Repealed

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:22:34 GMT

Only one in four people in the United States wants president-elect Trump to repeal his predecessor's health care law, according to a poll.Cathey Park of Cambridge, Massachusetts wears a cast for her broken wrist with "I Love Obamacare" written upon it Cathey Park of Cambridge, Massachusetts wears a cast for her broken wrist in this October 30, 2013 file photo.


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Gut Germs May Affect Parkinson's, Study Finds

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 13:08:10 GMT

The bacteria and other germs living inside a person's digestive system may affect symptoms of Parkinson's disease, researchers reported Thursday.Gut microbes can initiate activation of microglia (brain-resident immune cells), which leads to the neuroinflammation that is characteristic of Parkinson's disease.Artist's concept depicting microbes in the gut instigating changes in the brain that can lead to Parkinson's disease. People with Parkinson's harbor distinct gut bacteria that influence the disease's severity.


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Magic Mushroom Drug Helps Cancer Patients

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 01:14:14 GMT

The "magic mushroom" drug psilocybin can help cancer patients relax and feel less distressed about their disease, two teams of doctors found.Hallucinogenic mushrooms are cultivated at a farm in the Netherlands in 2007.Hallucinogenic mushrooms are cultivated at a farm in the Netherlands in 2007.The drug psilocybin in pill form.


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Can Internalizing Stereotypes Make You Sick?

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:54:00 GMT

Could stereotypes perpetuated by healthcare providers be internalized by members of marginalized groups and literally us sicker?Family practice provider Rodell Cruise uses a stethoscope to examine a patient in an exam room at a Community Clinic Inc. health center in Silver Spring, Maryland, U.S., on Wednesday, April 8, 2015.Family practice provider Rodell Cruise uses a stethoscope to examine a patient in an exam room at a Community Clinic Inc. health center in Silver Spring, Maryland, U.S., on Wednesday, April 8, 2015.Dr. Cleopatra Abdou was the first to lead an experimental study about how "healthcare stereotype threat" is directly linked to health outcomes among marginalized groups, including black people.


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U.N. Apologizes for Haiti Cholera Spread, Not for Causing It

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 22:55:00 GMT

Researchers say cholera was introduced to Haiti by Nepalese troops who were part of a U.N. peacekeeping mission.Jimmy Jeudy bathes with water from a well that was contaminated by sea water and trash during Hurricane Matthew, in Aux Coteaux, a district of Les Cayes, Hait, Oct. 25,. The well water and rivers throughout the region also carry cholera bacteria, which epidemiologists suspect has sickened thousands of people since the storm.


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Outgoing UN Head Pledges to Continue Working for AIDS-Free World

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 22:09:32 GMT

Ban Ki-moon marked his last World AIDS Day as Secretary-General of the UN by pledging to continue working to achieve an AIDS-free world.U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addresses the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters, Sept. 20, 2016 in New York City.U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon addresses the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters, Sept. 20, 2016 in New York City.


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Prince Harry and Rihanna Take HIV Test Together

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 20:20:00 GMT

Prince Harry and singer Rihanna took an HIV test together while in Barbados to raise awareness about the illness on World Aids Day



New Initiative Aims to Improve HIV Care for Black Gay Men

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 19:42:14 GMT

Half of black gay and bi men will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetimes, according to the CDC, and a new initiative, His Health, aims to improve their care.


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Latinas Likely to Develop Heart Disease Earlier: How to Prevent It

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:38:00 GMT

According to the American Heart Association, only one-in-three Latinas are aware that heart disease is their number one killer.Nilda Rivera and her cardiologist Dr. Quinones-Garcia.Nilda Rivera and her cardiologist Dr. Quinones-Garcia.


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Magic Mushrooms May be Good for Cancer Patients

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:04:00 GMT

Though hallucinogenic mushrooms have been illegal in the U.S. for more than 40 years, two new studies suggest they may be beneficial to some. About 80



Respect Science, Researchers Say in Warning Shot to Trump

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:33:34 GMT

More than 2,300 Americans scientists, including 22 Nobel Prize winners, issued an open letter to the president-elect and to Congress Wednesday.\Droplets of water drip from melting ice on the periphery of the Hornkees glacier on August 26, 2016 near Ginzling, Austria.The Orbital ATK Antares rocket, with the Cygnus spacecraft onboard stands on launch Pad-0A during sunrise at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility


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New Federal Rule Bans Smoking in Public Housing Nationwide

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 03:14:54 GMT

The new rule will expand the impact of smoking bans to more than 940,000 units. Obama administration officials cited protecting children's health.In this June 22, 2012, file photo, a smoker snuffs out a cigarette at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif.


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House Passes 'Cures' Bill

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 01:03:40 GMT

The House passed a sweeping biomedical bill Wednesday.Photo of the dome of the US Capitol in Washington, DC.


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Americans May Exaggerate Food Allergies

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 23:57:00 GMT

More Americans than ever before say they have food allergies, but there's in fact not much evidence to back this up, experts said Wednesday.An open jar of peanut butter with spoon


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Lucy Swung From Trees, Scans Show

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 23:34:00 GMT

The famous pre-human "Lucy" had strong arms that show she swung in trees, a new study finds.Reconstruction of the famous 3.2 million year old remains of a relatively complete skeleton known as Lucy.Reconstruction of the famous 3.2 million year old remains of a relatively complete skeleton known as Lucy.Comparison of elements of Lucy's skeleton against the same elements of a chimpanzee and modern human.


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Child of Ex-NFL Player Dies After Window Cord Accident

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 22:34:00 GMT

A week after being found wrapped in a mini-blind cord, Elsie Mahe, daughter of former NFL running back Reno Mahe has died.



Meet the Trendy Super Grain You Need to Try

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 18:01:00 GMT

The tiny gluten-free grain sorghum is popping up on restaurant menus and in products. Here's why (and how) you should try it at home.Sorghum


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Teens Reveal All About Sex, Drugs and Social Media

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:28:00 GMT

Eight teenagers sat down with NBC News for a raw, unfiltered conversation about what goes on in their lives.



More Addicts Need Clean Needles, CDC Says

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 04:30:00 GMT

It sounds counterintuitive, but giving clean supplies to drug users saves their lives and helps them get clean, the CDC says.A man sits on in Munich (Bavaria), a heroin syringe in the arm.


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These Sports Help You Live Longer

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 03:34:00 GMT

People who want to live to a ripe old age might want to choose swimming, tennis or group aerobic exercise classes, researchers report.Swimmer


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New York HIV Cases Drop to Lowest Number Since 1981

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 23:06:00 GMT

New York City health officials say the number of new HIV cases in the city fell below 2,500 last year for the first time since 1981.A nurse carries out tests for HIVPhilippine commemoration of the International AIDS Candle lighting in front of National Council of Churches Headquarters.


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