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One-quarter of Americans have injured themselves shaving their pubes

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 13:20:04 +0000

More than three-quarters of all American adults believe that keeping their intimate areas well-groomed is important, but a surprisingly high number of those individuals have become injured in the process, according to new research published this week in JAMA Dermatology. In fact, an online survey of US adults between the ages of 18-64 conducted by […]

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Bubonic plague-carrying fleas found in parts of northern Arizona

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 19:53:47 +0000

Fleas in some parts of northern Arizona have tested positive for the bubonic plague, a now-rare disease believed to have been responsible for millions of deaths during the Middle Ages, health officials confirmed to ABC News, Newsweek and other media outlets over the past week. The infected parasites were first detected in Coconino County and […]

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Defunding planned parenthood causes teen pregnancies to spike

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 16:00:21 +0000

Teenage birth rates in the state of Texas have increased by more than 3% since 2011, when the state voted to strip funding from family planning centers such as Planned Parenthood, according to a new study published online earlier this month by the Journal of Health Economics. In the study, Analisa Packham, a professor of […]

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Younger people are dying of colorectal cancer, but nobody knows why 

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 15:54:01 +0000

For several years, rates of colorectal cancer have been rising among Americans aged below 55. This could be put down to better detection, but the revelation that deaths from that disease are also increasing is particularly worrying. For decades, screening has started at age 50, meaning colorectal cancer should be better detected and prevented. This […]

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‘Helicopter parenting’ doesn’t work for dogs either, study finds

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 15:38:09 +0000

Similar to how previous research has found that being a so-called helicopter parent could harm a human child’s chances of success, a new study has found that being dog mothers who are overly involved raising their puppies could reduce their chances of training to become a guide dog. In their study, the authors found that […]

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Loneliness is becoming the biggest public health concern  

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 21:13:01 +0000

Long-standing threats to public health from substances like alcohol and tobacco are being overtaken by those created by modern living. Sedentary lifestyles are one problem, but loneliness is becoming the biggest. Loneliness and social isolation may also surpass obesity as a public health hazard, according to research presented at the 125th annual convention of the […]

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Scientists use CRISPR to fix disease-causing mutation

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 16:04:11 +0000

Since the advent of the CRISPR gene-editing tool, there has been discussion that it could be used to alter human embryos to remove undesired pieces of DNA, and now, a group of researchers has done just that by correcting a mutation than can cause an inherited form of heart disease. In what the New York […]

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CT scans could help smokers kick the habit, study finds

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 21:08:37 +0000

Smokers who undergo a CT scan of their lungs are more likely to kick the habit than those who opt against the screening, which could detect lung cancer at an early stage, new research led by experts from Cardiff University and published in the journal Thorax has discovered. The study involved 4,055 individuals between the […]

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Recreational drug Ketamine could be a key anti-depressant

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 20:39:37 +0000

Ketamine, an anesthetic and animal tranquilizer that is also often used illegally as a recreational drug, could be a safe and effective way to help elderly patients with treatment-resistant forms of depression, claim the authors of a new American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry study. In what The Independent calls “the world’s first randomized control trial” […]

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Anorexia patients found to have enhanced senses of smell

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 20:25:16 +0000

Young women suffering from anorexia nervosa, an eating disorder that causes them to lose more weight than is deemed healthy for someone of their height and age, could develop an enhanced sense of smell, according to research published earlier this year in the journal PLOS One. People with anorexia have a distorted image of their […]

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