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Opioid makers gave $10M to drug advocacy groups

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 19:58:00 GMT

Companies selling some of the most lucrative prescription painkillers funneled millions to advocacy groups that in turn promoted the medications' use.Bottles of Purdue Pharma L.P. OxyContin medication sit on a pharmacy shelf in Provo, Utah, on Aug. 31, 2016.Bottles of OxyContin medication sit on a pharmacy shelf.


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Six miles can be the difference between life and death for Syria's wounded

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 09:55:00 GMT

Doctors with the Syrian American Medical Society report a sharp rise in the number of hospital attacks since the start of the year.Rescuers assist a victim following airstrikes on the besieged rebel-held enclave of Kafr Batna, Syria, on Feb. 6.Patients await treatment at a hospital in Eastern Ghouta, Syria.


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I hired a stylist and it's the best thing I could have done this year

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 23:18:00 GMT

'I've realized it's okay to invest in clothing that helps me feel like and express myself — my true self.'


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I stopped saying 'yes' to everyone, and it changed my life

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 19:34:06 GMT

I took a 30-day challenge to say "yes" to myself.After a month of worrying only about herself, Delarato was surprised to find all of her relationships stronger.


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How does flu spread? Hitting the dorms to find out

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 21:18:25 GMT

If you want to know how flu spreads, there's no better place to study than a college dormDr. Sanmi Adenaiye, a graduate student at the Univerrsity of Maryland, takes blood from Namitha Thomas, a fellow student who has been in close contact with a flu patient. They are studying how influenza spreads.Hannah Weisman, a neurobiology major at the University of Maryland, helps fellow student Namitha Thomas clip her fingernails as part of a study of how flu spreads.Stefanos Koutsoukos, a University of Maryland student, demonstrates the Gesundheit 2 machine that gathers viruses from exhaled breath for experiments on how flu spreads.


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Why it's so hard to make a better flu vaccine

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:26:23 GMT

Making a universal flu vaccine is turning out to be harder than anyone thought. Why? Because influenza virus is a master of cloaking technology.A syringe contnaining H1N1 vaccine.A prototype for a universal flu vaccine. The nanoparticle is a hybrid of a protein scaffold (blue) and eight influenza hemagglutinin proteins on the surface (yellow). The hemagglutinin was specifically engineered to display antibody binding sites common to all human influenza subtypes.Biologist Jason Plyler prepares to test how immune cells react to possible flu vaccines at the Vaccine Research Center at the National Institutes of Health on Dec. 19, 2017, in Bethesda, Maryland.


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Flu vaccine works better than expected

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:24:09 GMT

Children ages 8 and under are well protected against the most common strain, CDC findsReed Olson, 8, gets a flu shot at a Dekalb County health center in Decatur, Georgia, on Feb. 5, 2018.


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What happens to our brains when we pray?

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:02:00 GMT

How does the ritual, regardless of personal faith or intention, affect our behavior? Deeply, experts say.There is research backing the idea that meditation and prayer can trigger the release of feel-good chemicals in the brain.


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Processed foods like bread may raise cancer risk

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:17:00 GMT

Cheese, pasta, canned foods did not raise riskA woman eats French fries with mayonnaise in Belgium


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Cuba embassy staff had concussion-like injury

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:15:14 GMT

Medical exams raise more questions than answersPeople talk to security officials at the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba, December 12, 2017.


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5 science-backed ways to reduce muscle soreness

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 20:56:14 GMT

What you can do today to be back in the gym tomorrow.Delayed onset muscle soreness, also known as DOMS, describes the muscular pain and stiffness that set in after a particularly intense workout.


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Why doesn't the flu vaccine always work?

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 17:05:57 GMT

Flu shots don't work as well as other vaccines, and doctors and patients alike struggle to understand why.Doctors are still flummoxed by how difficult it is to make a good vaccine against influenza.In any given year, a flu shot is only about 60 percent effective.Public health officials say flu shots are still the best protection we have.


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Blood test finds concussions without CT scan

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:24:25 GMT

FDA says approval can save money and effortDr. Linda Papa, an emergency medicine physician at Orlando Health in Orlando, Fla. holds a blood sample used for a newly approved blood test for concussion.


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What mental health experts say to their kids about school shootings

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 22:18:00 GMT

How to help your kids feel safe when their world feels out of control.Perhaps the most troubling issue for parents is that part of their job is to help their children feel safe in a world that can turn deadly in an instant.


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Why falling in love gives you butterflies

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 16:28:00 GMT

These swoony sensations we recognize as signs of true love are really more about lust.When you get nervous or excited, a nerve is stimulated that activates the gut and causes that fluttering feeling in your stomach.


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How often do happy couples have sex? Less than you think.

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 15:00:00 GMT

Once a week is "just right" for sexual happiness, according to a study. But there's no magic formula.A 2017 study that appeared in the Archives of Sexual Behavior found that the average adult currently enjoys sex 54 times a year, which equates to about once a week.


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Last-minute Valentine's Day gifts that will strengthen your relationship

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 14:45:00 GMT

Skip the box of chocolate. This year, give a gift you can enjoy together.Replace the heart-shaped candy box with a present that will bring the two of you together.


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Why a 'good enough' relationship is one that lasts a lifetime

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 14:44:00 GMT

Couples in a "good enough" relationship settle for nothing less than being treated with honesty, respect and affection, says relationship therapist John Gottman.With trust and commitment come friendship and intimacy, essential ingredients for a relationship that lasts a lifetime.


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Women twice as likely as men to be depressed

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 13:00:57 GMT

Blacks have highest rates of depressionAbout 8 percent of Americans report symptoms of depression in any given two week period, the CDC says.


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5 science-backed ways to have a healthier weekend

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 18:43:00 GMT

Don't let the time off derail your wellness goals.Yes, pizza is still on the menu.Couple kayaking on sunny oceanGroup of friends enjoying dinner party


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Sony apologizes as 'Peter Rabbit' movie makes parents hopping mad

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 22:29:00 GMT

Sony Pictures and "Peter Rabbit" filmmakers apologized for a controversial "food allergy bullying" scene that prompted backlash from allergy awareness organizations.Flopsy, from left, Mopsy, Benjamin and Cottontail in the movie "Peter Rabbit."


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Can ultrasounds cause autism?

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 19:59:24 GMT

Ultrasounds during pregnancy do not appear to be a major cause of autism, researchers found. But they said pregnant women need to limit how many they have.Victoria Eljach, 22 weeks pregnant, watches as Dr. Juan Franco performs an ultrasound on her Friday, July 8, 2016, in Houston. A new study appears to help clear medical ultrasounds of causing autism.


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'Burning a hole in the brain' can fix it

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:00:02 GMT

Follow the remarkable improvement of one man with palsy after undergoing noninvasive procedureMRI technicians Leonard Valentine and Andy Hebel at the at the University of Maryland Medical Center check on patient Tim Dobbyn as he undergoes focused ultrasound treatment for essential tremor on Jan. 18, 2018Dr. Howard Eisenberg, professor of neurosurgery at the University of Maryland Medical Center, checks MRI scans of patient Tim Dobbyn's brain as he undergoes focused ultrasound treatment for essential tremor on Jan. 18, 2018MRI technicians Leonard Valentine and Andy Hebel at the at the University of Maryland Medical Center check on patient Tim Dobbyn as he undergoes focused ultrasound treatment for essential tremor on Jan. 18, 2018MRI technicians Leonard Valentine and Andy Hebel at the at the University of Maryland Medical Center check on patient Tim Dobbyn as he undergoes focused ultrasound treatment for essential tremor on Jan. 18, 2018Tim Dobbyn drinks a bottle of water using his left hand only after undergoing focused ultrasound treatment for his essential tremor at the University of Maryland Medical Center


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Flu season is breaking records, CDC says

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 12:58:52 GMT

Flu season is getting worse and is on course to break records in terms of people made sick by influenza and sent to the hospital with flu, the CDC says.Dr. Doug Olson asks patient William Ness, 70, how he is feeling after his wife drove him to the emergency room and he was diagnosed with flu at Northside Hospital Emergency Room in Cumming, Georgia, on Jan. 29, 2018. Olson says the hospital has been flooded with flu patients, prompting hospital crowding and shift changes to accommodate the traffic.


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How dogs are helping treat cancer in people

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 00:58:00 GMT

Genetic similarities between canines and humans may provide clues to treat disease more effectivelyEmily Brown, 31, and her golden retriever who was recently diagnosed with soft tissue sarcoma and is going through her own treatment.


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