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More signs that US births may have stopped falling
5 Dec 2013 at 9:19pm
ATLANTA (AP) ? There's more evidence that U.S. births may be leveling off after years of decline.
Face transplants thriving 2 years after operations
4 Dec 2013 at 12:19pm
CHICAGO (AP) ? The nation's first full face transplant patients are growing into their new appearances ? literally.
Fertility drugs lead to more big multiple births
4 Dec 2013 at 2:18pm
Triplets-and-more increasingly are the result of drugs given to women to make them produce eggs ? not from using multiple embryos from IVF, or lab-dish fertilization, new research shows.
Ho, Ho, Om: 4 Jolly Affirmations to Get You Through the Holidays
5 Dec 2013 at 6:09pm
Presence and positive thinking are the two essential ingredients to managing stress. Try implementing these positive affirmations for a more joyful holiday season -- and for spiritual emergencies (like cranky relatives), I recommend having them on repeat.
How Accurate Are the Recent Claims of the Dangers of the HPV-Vaccination Gard...
5 Dec 2013 at 5:06pm
This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Robyn Correll Carlyle, MPH We should be highly skeptical of them. But let me back up. I'll get into why the science doesn't align with the reports you mentioned in a second. But first, I want you to keep something in mind. Politicians are not scientists. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), on the other hand, is the panel of experts that decides what vaccines will be recommended for the routine schedule, and they do so based on all available scientific evidence that shows the vaccine to be safe, effective, and
Time Changes; Are You Man Enough For It?
5 Dec 2013 at 5:02pm
As I mature I'm finding manhood becomes more about having the presence of mind to express appreciation. Nothing deserves appreciation more than those you love. Sometimes, I'm even lucky enough to catch it on paper.
Supporting People With Multiple Chronic Conditions: A Health Priority
5 Dec 2013 at 4:47pm
We live in a time of remarkable transformation in our health care system, accelerated by the Affordable Care Act. A focus on supporting those with MCC is critically important to enhance health, improve care, and lower costs.
The Street Where He Lived
5 Dec 2013 at 4:29pm
Now here is where the story gets a bit woo-woo, though that doesn't frighten me in the least because the spirit who lived on this particular street (only five blocks away from my present apartment) adored me. And I believe he -- Ira -- is getting into the act, helping my angels move me into an environment where my Siamese, Muffie and I will be happy. Now I mentioned in a recent blog that in my search I had recently visited an apartment in a building where my daughter, Carol, and her father, Arnold, once lived. (At 14 she decided
Teen Swallows Rare-Earth Magnets, Undergoes Emergency Surgery
5 Dec 2013 at 4:08pm
Beware: Magnets can be extremely dangerous. One Florida teen learned the lesson first-hand after she accidentally swallowed rare-earth magnets at school last month. Christin Rivas, 14, was rushed to the emergency room for an X-ray, but a doctor sent her home, telling Rivas' mother that the magnets would pass. Five days later, the teen underwent emergency surgery during which the magnets -- along with part of her colon and appendix -- were removed. Now, Rivas is sharing her story in hopes of warning others of the danger playing with the magnets poses. "I do feel it was one of those
Decaying steel town gets movie star turn in 'Out of the Furnace'
5 Dec 2013 at 4:05pm
By Eric Kelsey BEVERLY HILLS, California (Reuters) - A brief drive through Pittsburgh's down-and-out steel mill borough of Braddock at the time of the economic downturn in 2009 was all it took, and director Scott Cooper knew where he wanted to set his next film. Starring Christian Bale and Casey Affleck, it will be in wide release in U.S. movie theaters on Friday. "I wasn't going to make the movie if I didn't shoot it there." "Out of the Furnace," distributed by independent studio Relativity Media, tells the story of steel mill worker Russell Baze (Bale) and his younger brother, Rodney (Affleck), an Iraq War veteran haunted by his tours of duty, who would do anything to avoid working in the mills like his brother and father. "Even if something disastrous was to happen, they would rather stay there." The film - which features several past Oscar nominees and winners, including Willem Dafoe, Woody Harrelson, Forest Whitaker and Sam Shepard - adds a working-class quality to the recent spate of Hollywood fare that touches on the social anxieties and financial insecurity wrought by the recession.
Study casts doubt on whether extra vitamin D prevents disease
5 Dec 2013 at 4:01pm
By Kate Kelland LONDON (Reuters) - Researchers cast doubt on the prevailing wisdom that vitamin D supplements can prevent conditions like cancer, diabetes and heart disease, saying on Friday low vitamin D may be a consequence, not a cause, of ill health. The findings could have implications for millions of people who take vitamin D pills and other supplements to ward off illness - Americans spend an estimated $600 million a year on them alone. Vitamin D, sometimes known as the "sunshine vitamin" is made in the body when the skin is exposed to sunlight and in found in foods like fish liver oil, eggs and fatty fish such as salmon, herring and mackerel. It is known to boost the uptake of calcium and bone formation, and some observational studies have also suggested a link between low levels of vitamin D and greater risks of many acute and chronic diseases.
6 Signs It's More Than A Cold
5 Dec 2013 at 3:41pm
By Jennifer Acosta Scott Medically reviewed by Niya Jones, M.D., MPH When you're under the weather, it can be tempting to skip going to the doctor and instead huddle in bed with your favorite blanket. Though that approach might be fine for treating the common cold, it won't work so well for more severe ailments. It's common for people to put off going to the doctor for serious illnesses because the conditions often start out as something minor. "Most serious illnesses originally as colds," noted Dr. David Weitzman, M.D., an urgent care physician in North Carolina and
South Africa, world mourn 'giant for justice' Mandela
5 Dec 2013 at 3:16pm
By Ed Cropley and Pascal Fletcher JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela died aged 95 at his Johannesburg home on Thursday after a prolonged lung infection, plunging his nation and the world into mourning for a man hailed by global leaders as a moral giant. Although Mandela had been frail and ailing for nearly a year, Zuma's announcement late on Thursday of the death of the former president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate shook South Africa. U.S. President Barack Obama said the world had lost "one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth". Ordinary South Africans were in shock.
Zuma's announcement on death of Nelson Mandela
5 Dec 2013 at 3:03pm
Following is the full text of South African President Jacob Zuma's address to the nation on the death of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela on Thursday: "My Fellow South Africans, our beloved Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the founding President of our democratic nation, has departed. "Let us express, each in our own way, the deep gratitude we feel for a life spent in service of the people of this country and in the cause of humanity.
U.S. talks to ease spending cuts, avert shutdown at critical stage: aides
5 Dec 2013 at 2:48pm
By Richard Cowan and David Lawder WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. budget negotiators were down to the final, most difficult items in a two-year deal to avoid another federal shutdown next month and ease some across-the-board spending cuts set to hit military and domestic programs, congressional aides said on Thursday. The small-scale agreement being negotiated by Senator Patty Murray, a Democrat, and Republican Representative Paul Ryan would lead to less than $100 billion in new savings, aides familiar with the talks said. Ryan, the chairman of the House of Representatives budget committee and Murray, who chairs the Senate budget committee, are expected to continue their talks on Friday with the aim of a deal that can be passed next week, before the start of a House recess on December 13. But any deal's fate in Congress could hinge in part on whether it includes an agreement to extend long-term federal unemployment benefits due to expire later this month for some 1.3 million Americans.