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Fugu blowfish fail sparks emergency warning in Japan city

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 23:43:08 GMT

A Japanese city issued an emergency alert to residents Monday after two people ate potentially dangerous portions of fugu fish that should not have been sold.


Past presidents' physicals: What we learned

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 21:46:46 GMT

President Donald Trump is scheduled to undergo a physical examination Friday at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. The exam will be conducted by US Navy Rear Adm. Dr. Ronny Jackson, the same physician who performed President Barack Obama's last two physicals while in office.


The complicated gender history of pink

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 12:30:05 GMT


Why women hesitate to report sexual misconduct

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 13:46:52 GMT

The news has been filled with stories of prominent men accused of sexual misconduct -- many of the alleged misdeeds going back decades.


Scientists identify what may have killed millions in mystery epidemic

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 06:11:06 GMT

In the 16th century, an epidemic known as "cocoliztli" that caused bleeding and vomiting swept through large areas of Guatemala, Mexico and even reached Peru. It wiped out 80% of the population, killing millions of people.


What should we have the right to know about a president's health?

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 11:02:44 GMT


Black Death spread by humans, vindicating rats

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 12:59:59 GMT

One of the worst pandemics in human history, the Black Death, along with a string of plague outbreaks that occurred during the 14th to 19th centuries, was spread by human fleas and body lice, a new study suggests.


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.


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.


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.


75% of India's air pollution-related deaths are rural

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 08:32:57 GMT

Rural Indians, who make up about two-thirds of the country of 1.3 billion people, are disproportionately at risk of breathing polluted air, according to new research.


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.


Holding a sneeze blew a hole in a man's throat

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 17:20:46 GMT

If you are about to sneeze -- even if you are in a quiet place -- doctors would advise you to let it rip. A 34-year-old unnamed man in Britain learned that lesson the hard way and had to spend two weeks in the hospital due to his resulting injury. That's according to a case report with the cringe-inducing title "Snap, crackle and pop: when sneezing leads to crackling in the neck." The report was published Monday in the medical journal BMJ Case Reports.


Why your sex drive is in low gear

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 10:26:27 GMT

As a sex therapist, the No. 1 complaint I hear from both women and men is low libido. They visit me on their own or as couples, perplexed by the seemingly inexplicable drop in desire, either their own or that of their partner.


IV bags in short supply across US after hurricane

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 21:21:54 GMT

Before Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on September 30, the United States had already experienced intermittent shortages of IV bags, which are used to administer and dilute medications. The devastation caused by the Category 4 hurricane -- the first to hit the island in more than eight decades -- amplified the IV bag shortage, in particular sodium chloride 0.9% injection bags, which are ubiquitous in medical facilities and hospitals.


Hurricane Katrina was a "tragedy turned into blessing" for musician

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 20:12:04 GMT

John Michael Bradford was evacuated from for months during Hurricane Katrina, but a relationship he forged during that time inspired his life's passion - music


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.


The truth about those 7 words 'banned' at the CDC

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 02:03:56 GMT

Media reports last month that the Trump administration banned officials at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from using seven words may have been overstated, according to a government document obtained by CNN and interviews with two officials.


Boy dies after contact with rabid bat

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 13:39:26 GMT

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


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.


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.


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.


President is overweight and doesn't exercise much, like most Americans

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 02:07:41 GMT

President Donald Trump's doctor, Dr. Ronny Jackson, characterized the president's health as "excellent," but like the majority of Americans, Trump is overweight and he doesn't get enough exercise.


How to talk to kids about sexual abuse

Tue, 16 Jan 2018 16:31:05 GMT

It was a typical PTA meeting at my daughters' elementary school with talk of budgets, fundraisers and the upcoming school calendar, until a guest speaker stood up to talk, shattering the banality of the meeting with a story no parent wants to hear.


Sore throat remedies: How to soothe a sore throat

Wed, 17 Jan 2018 10:40:18 GMT

Fight your sore throat with some common sense remedies.


Gupta: 'Competent' or 'crazy' misses the point of presidential mental health

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 17:01:46 GMT


CDC postpones session on nuclear disaster response

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 14:47:41 GMT

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has postponed a planned session on preparing for a nuclear disaster.


This is the cognitive test the president passed

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 02:08:54 GMT


Flu stomps the nation, overwhelming ERs and leaving 20 children dead

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 17:43:44 GMT

The flu virus has reached nearly every corner of the nation.


The proven health benefits of honey

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 14:26:53 GMT

Honey is touted as a natural healing agent for dozens of conditions, but how much of that is based on fact?