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02/17/2018 04:00 PM
To sleep, perchance to forget
The debate in sleep science has gone on for a generation. People and other animals sicken and die if they are deprived of sleep, but why is sleep so essential?

02/16/2018 05:10 PM
How to put mass shooting tragedies in perspective for kids
(HealthDay)—In the wake of yet another deadly school shooting in the United States, one health specialist offers advice on how to ease children's fears about acts of terror and violence.

02/16/2018 08:40 AM
Opinion: Persistent lack of evidence connecting video games and violence
In the wake of the Valentine's Day shooting at a Broward County, Florida high school, a familiar trope has reemerged: Often, when a young man is the shooter, people try to blame the tragedy on violent video games and other forms of media. Florida lawmaker Jared Moskowitz made the connection the day after the shooting, saying the gunman "was prepared to pick off students like it's a video game."

02/16/2018 08:20 AM
Here's how witnessing violence harms children's mental health
When children learn about news like the deadly school shooting that claimed more than a dozen lives on Feb. 14, 2018 in Broward County, Florida, a logical question for them to ask is: Will the same thing happen to me?

02/16/2018 07:35 AM
Data wave hits health care
Technology used by Facebook, Google and Amazon to turn spoken language into text, recognize faces and target advertising could help doctors fight one of the deadliest infections in American hospitals.

02/15/2018 12:49 PM
Romantic relationships buffer gay and lesbian youth from emotional distress
Lesbian and gay youth showed significantly less psychological distress and were buffered against the negative effects of bullying and victimization when they were in a relationship than when they were not, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study conducted in collaboration with the University of Cincinnati.

02/15/2018 09:34 AM
Comprehensive evaluation of patients with concussion-like symptoms following reports of audible phenomena in Cuba
A comprehensive evaluation by clinical researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania identified a neurological syndrome that left U.S. government personnel serving in Havana, Cuba with persistent memory and thinking dysfunction, as well as vision and balance problems after hearing unusual noises in their homes or hotel rooms. The team published their findings in JAMA.

02/15/2018 08:37 AM
Is wedded bliss the secret to good health?
For years, it's seemed like the jury was officially out on marriage being good for your health. But could the changing social landscape mean that's no longer the case?

02/13/2018 07:09 AM
Consensual sex is key to happiness and good health, science says
As we approach Valentine's Day, it's nice to celebrate love and, one the best parts about it, sex. As a doctor and epidemiologist who studies sex, I bring good news for Valentine's Day. It's not just that sex is fun – it's also good for your physical and mental health.

02/12/2018 11:40 AM
Who gets unneeded antibiotics most often?
(HealthDay)—Some patients are more likely than others to get antibiotics they don't need, new research shows.

02/09/2018 11:15 AM
You, too, can eat like an Olympian
(HealthDay)—While you watch the Winter Olympics from the comfort of your couch in the coming weeks, pay heed to what helped the athletes reach peak physical condition.

02/09/2018 10:20 AM
Hey kids, just say no to energy drinks
(HealthDay)—Highly caffeinated energy drinks aren't safe for children and teens, and should not be marketed to them, a leading sports medicine organization warns.

02/09/2018 10:10 AM
Head injuries hit one in 14 kids, CDC reports
(HealthDay)—Given the news of the devastating effects of head injuries among professional football players, parents may wonder if their mini athletes are at risk, too.

02/09/2018 10:03 AM
Flu season still getting worse; now as bad as 2009 swine flu
The flu has further tightened its grip on the U.S. This season is now as bad as the swine flu epidemic nine years ago.

02/09/2018 09:40 AM
Researchers report first lung stem cell transplantation clinical trial
A research team from Tongji University in China have made a breakthrough in human lung regeneration technology. For the first time, researchers have regenerated patients' damaged lungs using autologous lung stem cell transplantation in a pilot clinical trial. The study can be found in the open access journal Protein & Cell.

02/09/2018 08:19 AM
Virologist discusses the vagaries of the flu
The flu has been our viral companion for millennia, but its capricious behavior continues to confound scientists and public health experts.

02/08/2018 02:20 PM
Youth violence in U.S. declines—but the war's not over
(HealthDay)—Far fewer young people are turning up in U.S. emergency rooms with assault injuries, but youth violence remains a serious issue, a new government study shows.

02/08/2018 01:40 PM
FDA says U.S. will now produce critical MRI component
(HealthDay)—A long-feared shortage of a substance used in millions of medical imaging procedures each year in the United States appears to have been avoided, federal officials report.

02/08/2018 08:50 AM
Does a sugar tax cause alcohol sales to spike? The research doesn't give a decisive answer
Consuming sugar-sweetened drinks is associated with a range of health issues including weight gain and obesity. These are risk factors for diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, strokes and certain cancers.

02/08/2018 08:48 AM
How labels like 'addict' and 'junkie' mask class contempt for drug users
Terms such as "drug user," "addict" or the blatantly pejorative "junkie," "dope head" or "stoner," are loaded with moral bias. They suggest that people who consume psychoactive substances are mentally weak and dangerous – when in fact chemically altering the mind (the natural drive for "intoxication") has long been a part of human biology and culture, most of which does not lead to any harm or crime.

02/07/2018 01:00 PM
Suicides spiked after death of Robin Williams, study finds
In the months after Robin Williams committed suicide in 2014, researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health documented a marked 10 percent increase in of suicides. While excess suicides were observed across gender and age groups, males aged 30 to 44 were particularly affected. The data also showed there was a 32 percent increase in suffocation suicides in the five months that followed Williams' death by the same method, compared to a 3 percent rise for all suicides from other methods. The findings are reported online in the journal PLOS ONE.

02/07/2018 08:38 AM
Are redheads with blue eyes really going extinct?
For every 100 people in the world, only one or two will have red hair.

02/07/2018 06:40 AM
Researcher uses stem cells to attack bacteria and regenerate dental pulp
Emi Shimizu's research could someday transform a procedure dental patients dread: the root canal.

02/06/2018 04:01 PM
Asthma attacks on the decline among U.S. kids
(HealthDay)—Fewer U.S. children are having to deal with asthma attacks in recent years, federal health officials reported Tuesday.

02/06/2018 02:47 PM
Solid food to car seats: Book covers common baby questions
Bringing a newborn home can be daunting for new parents. Throw in the race to keep up with the latest news and research on what to do after that and stress levels may rise even higher.

02/06/2018 01:10 PM
Kids can roll up their sleeves—again—for mumps protection
(HealthDay)—When it comes to mumps prevention, an extra jab may do the trick.

02/06/2018 07:05 AM
New technique for identifying alcoholism puts treatment options at patients' and providers' fingertips
Ninety percent of adults in the U.S. with an Alcohol Use Disorder don't get treatment, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, part of the National Institutes of Health. To help make treatment more accessible, the NIH recently launched an online Alcohol Treatment Navigator, which gives providers and AUD patients information on evidence-based treatment options. The site also offers a brief survey to help a potential patient determine the range or severity of a problem.

02/05/2018 03:22 PM
Health indicators for newborns of breast cancer survivors may vary by cancer type
For breast cancer survivors, the risk of giving birth prematurely, and for other health concerns for their newborns, may depend on the type of breast cancer they had, according to a study from University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers.

02/05/2018 11:36 AM
Melanoma rates rising for boomers, falling among young
(HealthDay)—It looks like public health efforts to warn younger Americans about the dangers of tanning beds and sun exposure are paying off.

02/05/2018 11:20 AM
Kitchen hygiene in the spotlight: Do TV cooking shows influence our hygiene behavior?
TV shows dealing with all aspects of cooking are popular. They not only convey knowledge and tasty recipes, they also have a high entertainment value. A research project at the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) shows, however, that kitchen hygiene often only plays a minor role on TV. On the occasion of International Green Week, the BfR is presenting the aims, procedure and results of the project today at the BfR Kitchen Hygiene forum in the CityCube Berlin.