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APNewsBreak: Feds balk at paper health application
7 Dec 2013 at 9:00am
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) ? Federal health officials, after encouraging alternate sign-up methods amid the fumbled rollout of their online insurance website, began quietly urging counselors around the country this week to stop using paper applications to enroll people in health insurance because of concerns those applications would not be processed in time.
Gene therapy scores big wins against blood cancers
7 Dec 2013 at 5:10pm
In one of the biggest advances against leukemia and other blood cancers in many years, doctors are reporting unprecedented success by using gene therapy to transform patients' blood cells into soldiers that seek and destroy cancer.
Hong Kong reports 2nd H7N9 bird flu case
6 Dec 2013 at 6:25pm
HONG KONG (AP) ? Hong Kong reported its second human case of H7N9 bird flu just days after the first, raising fears that the virus is spreading beyond mainland China.
U.S. justices leave intact Neurontin verdict against Pfizer
9 Dec 2013 at 6:40am
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court said on Monday it would leave intact a $142 million jury verdict against Pfizer Inc over its marketing of the epilepsy drug Neurontin. A jury in Massachusetts found in 2010 that Kaiser Foundation Health Plan Inc, one of the nation's largest health maintenance organizations, and affiliates were damaged because they ended up paying out for prescriptions relating to conditions the drug did not effectively treat due to Pfizer's marketing for off-label uses. ...
Bed Bug Survival In Freezing Temperatures Examined By Scientists
9 Dec 2013 at 6:34am
If you're freezing bed bug-infested items to kill the little critters, make sure you keep those items frozen for at least two days, and up to four days, depending on your freezer's temperature. That's the takeaway of a new study published in the Journal of Economic Entomology, which examined the ability of bed bugs to survive cold and freezing temperatures. Bed bugs are able to survive the cold by lowering the freezing point of their own fluids.
Nelson Mandela's Long Life: Could Noble Work Have Played A Role?
9 Dec 2013 at 6:07am
By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer Published: 12/06/2013 08:52 AM EST on LiveScience Nelson Mandela's noble lifework, which will be admired and remembered for years to come, may have also in part contributed to his long life, experts say. The former South African leader, who played a lead role in ending apartheid and served as the country's first post-apartheid president between 1991 and 1997, died Thursday (Dec. 5) at age 95. Mandela reached an old age in spite of experiencing significant adversity, including 27 years in prison. ...
QuanTILfy DNA Test Could Predict Ovarian Cancer Survival
9 Dec 2013 at 6:03am
By Anna Azvolinsky, LiveScience Contributor Published: 12/04/2013 03:25 PM EST on LiveScience A sensitive new DNA test can predict how long ovarian cancer patients will survive, and guide personalized treatment decisions, according to new research. The technology, called QuanTILfy, counts the number of cells called tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs) in a cancer patient's tumor biopsy. Cancer patients with more of these cells in their tumor tend to have better outcomes, previous studies in ovarian, colorectal and other cancers have shown. ...
Risky behaviors come together across PG-13 and R films
9 Dec 2013 at 5:52am
By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Violent movie characters often engage in other risky behaviors like sex and drinking, according to a new study. Those compounded behaviors also occur equally among PG-13 and R-rated movies. "We know that studies have been done that linked smoking, sex and alcohol on screen to real life," Amy Bleakley, the study's lead author, said. "We haven't really looked at those being clustered or what effect that might have." Bleakley is a senior research scientist at the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.
5 Ways Pessimism Boosts Well-Being
9 Dec 2013 at 5:47am
Sometimes it seems like eternal optimists get all the credit. Half-glass-full-thinking, good! Half-empty, bad, the prevailing wisdom goes. And there are, of course, extremely good arguments to be made for having a positive outlook -- many of them health related. The 89 percent of people around the globe who self-identify as optimists may have better cholesterol, stronger immunity and lower risk of stroke, to name just a few. But if your natural view of the world isn't all sunshine and roses, that's okay, too. ...
Is Your Self-Care Regime Turning Into a Stressful Job? 3 Ways to Practice Opt...
9 Dec 2013 at 5:30am
Set yourself up for success by having your own back no matter what. That means that you need to be compassionate, kind and patient with yourself. That way you are creating the space for yourself to thrive, flourish and align with your true capacities.
A Soundtrack To Help You Realize How Great Life Is
9 Dec 2013 at 5:27am
The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you find your way back to balance. GPS Guides are our way of showing you what has relieved others' stress in the hopes that you will be able to identify solutions that work for you. We all have de-stressing "secret weapons" that we pull out in times of tension or anxiety, whether they be photos that relax us or make us smile, songs that bring us back to our heart, quotes or poems that
How to Minimize Holiday Stress and Better Savor the Season
9 Dec 2013 at 5:27am
The holidays are an exciting time but can bring with them a flurry of emotions. If you want to go from overwhelmed to overjoyed this season, here are five tips and how-tos to help savor the season. After all, 'tis the season... to make it your very own.
Regular Exercise Could Boost Creativity
9 Dec 2013 at 5:26am
Here's one more thing people who regularly exercise can add to their brag list: They may be more creative! A new study in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience shows that regular exercisers do better on tests of creativity than their more sedentary peers. Specifically, researchers noted that regular exercise seems to be associated with improved divergent and convergent thinking, which are considered the two components of creative thinking; the former involves thinking of multiple solutions for one problem, while the latter involves thinking of one solution for a problem. ...
Diabetes Associated With Liver Cancer Risk
9 Dec 2013 at 5:26am
Diabetes may raise the risk of the most common form of liver cancer, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Southern California found a two- to three-fold higher risk for hepatocellular carcinoma among people with diabetes, with the association being particularly strong for Latinos. The association was next highest for native Hawaiians, African-Americans and Japanese-Americans. The findings were presented at a meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research; because they have yet to be published in a peer-reviewed journal, they should be regarded as preliminary. ...
Jennifer Smith Changed How She Thought About Food And Lost 165 Pounds
9 Dec 2013 at 5:26am
Got a success story of your own? Send it to us at email@example.com and you could be featured in our I Lost Weight series! Name: Jennifer Smith Age: 37 Height: 5'9" Before Weight: 350 pounds How I Gained It: My first memory of being overweight was when I was five years old on my first day of kindergarten. I had been blissfully ignorant of the fact until that day, but since, have been reminded every day. My entire life I have battled with obesity, never understanding why I had such a strong desire to eat. Over the past year I