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Last Build Date: Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:14:00 -0400

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CBO Predicts Rise In Deficit If Trump Cuts Payments To Insurance Companies

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 16:14:00 -0400

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that ending what's known as cost-sharing reduction payments to insurers will raise the deficit $194 billion over 10 years.

In The Event Of A Nuclear Blast, Don't Condition Your Hair

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:37:00 -0400

That advice came in guidelines issued to residents of Guam on how to prepare for a missile threat on the island. The reason is conditioner can trap radioactive particles in strands of hair.

6,000-Year-Old Knee Joints Suggest Osteoarthritis Isn't Just Wear And Tear

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 05:00:00 -0400

Even after a Harvard team took into account differences in age and weight among ancient specimens and knees today, they found that modern humans tend to have more osteoarthritis.

Navigating The 'Aisle Of Confusion' To Whiten Your Teeth

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 04:58:00 -0400

The whiter the smile the more attractive the person, research finds. Both men and women say white teeth matter when choosing a mate. This may be why whitening teeth is a $3.2 billion industry.

Men, Listen Up: Women Like The Smell Of Guys Who Eat A Certain Diet

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 04:58:00 -0400

Your diet can influence your appearance. You knew that. But did you know that what you eat can also affect your body odor and your attractiveness to the opposite sex?

You Can Order a Dozen STD Tests Online — But Should You?

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 05:00:00 -0400

It sounds so simple: Order a kit online, test for sexually transmitted diseases in the privacy of home and mail it back. But deciding what to test for and who gets tested is far from easy.

VIDEO: Where Mastectomy Scars Raged, A Tattoo Garden Blooms

Sat, 12 Aug 2017 05:00:00 -0400

Nicole O'Hara was 29 when she had a double mastectomy after a cancer diagnosis. She chose to cover the scars with a tattoo that blooms like her garden, with apple blossoms, bluebells and heather.

What Could Happen If Trump Formally Declares Opioids A National Emergency

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 07:31:00 -0400

The president has already called the opioid crisis an emergency. If he makes it official through a formal declaration, more money and personnel could be available to deal with the epidemic.

Drinking On The Rise In U.S., Especially For Women, Minorities, Older Adults

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 20:39:00 -0400

A new study in JAMA Psychiatry looks at rates of alcohol use from 2002 to 2013. Alcohol use in general went up, and problem drinking — binging, abuse and dependence — increased even more.

Some Tuna Can Carry Up To 36 Times The Toxic Chemicals Of Others. Here's Why

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 17:39:00 -0400

When it comes to pollutant levels, researchers now say where your tuna was caught can make a huge difference. But tracking your yellowfin to the spot it was caught may be tricky.

Some States Say Declaring An Emergency Has Helped In The Opioid Fight

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 15:36:00 -0400

Arizona is among the states that have declared the opioid epidemic a public health emergency, to help with funding and access to data. President Trump now says he'll declare it a national emergency.

Salmonella Outbreak Linked To Papayas Sickens More Than 100 People

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 10:42:00 -0400

Consumers should avoid Maradol papayas from Mexico, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The outbreak has spread to 16 states, and one death has been reported.

Gnawing Questions: Is Sugar From Fruit The Same As Sugar From Candy?

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 12:29:00 -0400

Stories about the harms of sugar have consumers wondering whether they should put the apple back on the shelf.

How Smartphones Are Making Kids Unhappy

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 17:35:00 -0400

Psychologist Jean Twenge has observed dramatic shifts in behavior among children who go through adolescence with smartphones. They're spending less time with friends and reporting greater anxiety.

Flattening The 'Mummy Tummy' With 1 Exercise, 10 Minutes A Day

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 04:50:00 -0400

The technical term is diastasis recti, and it affects many new moms. The growing fetus pushes apart the abdominal muscles, and the separation often stays open. But science suggests this fix can work.