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5 ways the government shutdown could be bad for your health

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 08:32:45 GMT

A government shutdown could potentially hurt the health of more than the government workers who will be plagued with the uncertainty and stress of not knowing when they'll get back to work and collect a paycheck. The shutdown could impact you, too.(image)

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New Trump initiatives: A win for anti-abortion activists, protections for 'conscience' objections

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 23:01:38 GMT

Coinciding with Friday's March for Life in Washington, President Donald Trump's administration announced new measures to support the anti-abortion cause.(image)

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Women who marched, one year later: 'We are exhausted but we're here and we're still marching'

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 18:05:29 GMT

One year ago, Allison Busch-Vogel of South Orange, New Jersey rented four buses even before she knew if she could fill them.(image)

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Flu widespread throughout the nation, 30 children dead

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 04:40:15 GMT

This year's flu season ranks among the most severe in recent years.(image)

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Mental health menace or scapegoat?

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 14:22:40 GMT

Teens' happiness and self-esteem can be linked to the amount of time they're spending in front of their screens, a new study says.(image)

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How Nassar's abuse impacts gymnastics families everywhere

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 12:09:45 GMT

Gymnastics parents must grapple with new dilemmas: how to talk to young athletes about sex abuse, and whether they even want their children in the sport.(image)

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Groundbreaking medical marijuana case lets little girl go back to school

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 07:03:48 GMT

A little girl is back in a school she loves in Schaumburg, Illinois this week, but only after a federal judge gave her the ok. She uses medical marijuana which Illinois law prohibits on school grounds. The case could have extensive ramifications down the road.(image)

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Flu diagnosis ends up being flesh-eating disease

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 15:58:59 GMT

An Arizona woman who originally thought she had the flu had instead a rare flesh-eating disease.(image)

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Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose, medical examiner says

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 02:02:21 GMT

Musician Tom Petty died of an accidental drug overdose of several medications, a statement from his family, posted on, and a news release from the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner said Friday.(image)

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Fight a cold by ... eating yogurt?

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:08:16 GMT

This winter, there's a good chance you might be looking for anything and everything to rid yourself of an annoying, lingering and sometimes debilitating cold.(image)

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Michael Phelps: 'I am extremely thankful that I did not take my life'

Sat, 20 Jan 2018 07:42:19 GMT

Far from the familiar waters of an Olympic pool, swimmer Michael Phelps shared the story of his personal encounter with depression at a mental health conference in Chicago this week.(image)

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A blood test for cancers gets one step closer

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:18:37 GMT

Scientists develop an experimental blood test that could make it easier to detect eight major types of cancer in their early stages, but more research is needed before such a test could be widely used.(image)

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Family of patient found at a cold bus stop demands justice

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 09:19:18 GMT

A young patient, dressed only in a thin, hospital gown and tube socks, was left standing outside by a bus stop earlier this month after being discharged from a Baltimore hospital, as seen in a viral video.(image)

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A better way to build a flu vaccine?

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 22:27:14 GMT

In the quest for improved and universal vaccines, scientists turned to a mutant virus to build an experimental flu vaccine. So far, the vaccine only has been studied in mice and ferrets.(image)

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Former NFLers call for end to tackle football for kids

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 22:42:01 GMT

Several former NFL players called Thursday for an end to tackle football for kids ages 13 and under.(image)

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Repeated hits, not concussions, cause CTE, study finds

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 22:32:19 GMT

The neurodegenerative disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy can start early and without any signs of concussion, according a study released Thursday.(image)

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Will #MeToo be a turning point for younger girls, too?

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:16:47 GMT

There is hope that the #MeToo conversation on sexual harassment will halt the decline in confidence that young girls experience in middle and high school.(image)

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Doctor delivers baby on international flight

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 11:49:32 GMT

This definitely wasn't what Dr. Sij Hemal was expecting when he booked a flight with Air France from India to the United States.(image)

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Poison control calls 'spike' due to online laundry pod challenge

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 20:12:32 GMT

It used to be that washing your kid's mouth out with soap was seen as a punishment. Now, authorities are trying to keep teens from doing just that.(image)

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President Trump has common form of heart disease

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 06:02:42 GMT

Like most men of his age, President Donald Trump has a common form of heart disease, relatively easy to address if he increases the dose of his cholesterol-lowering medication and makes necessary lifestyle changes. Without those changes, the President has a moderate risk of having a heart attack in the next three to five years, according to the Mayo Clinic.(image)

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Why it's so hard to treat dementia

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 09:15:30 GMT

Finding a cure for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's is challenging. They're difficult to diagnose, and drugs struggle to get into the brain as the brain's blood supply is largely separate to the rest of the body.(image)

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Cigarettes and pot linked to teen psychosis

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:15:44 GMT

For teens, using either marijuana or cigarettes is associated with higher odds of psychotic-like experiences, a new study published Wednesday in the journal JAMA Psychiatry found. Psychosis describes the mental condition of losing touch with reality, such as experiencing hallucinations or delusions.(image)

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Aetna customers get $17 million in HIV privacy settlement

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:34:12 GMT

After thousands of customers' HIV statuses were revealed in mailings last year, a federal class-action lawsuit against health care company Aetna has reached a $17 million settlement.(image)

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Boy dies after contact with rabid bat

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 16:25:13 GMT

A 6-year-old Florida boy died after he came in contact with a bat and contracted the rabies virus.(image)

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UK tackles social isolation with minister for loneliness

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 17:37:40 GMT

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has appointed a minister for loneliness in a drive to tackle social isolation, a problem endured by 9 million Britons.(image)

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Six teen suicides in six months in one Ohio district

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:44:27 GMT

Late last week, Hayden Porter, a 15-year-old freshman at a high school in Ohio, took his life. He was the sixth current or former teenage student from the school district to kill themselves within the past six months.(image)

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