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Alabama Mystery Illness Could Be Coincidence

Alabama Mystery Illness Could Be Coincidence

Pixland/Thinkstock(MONTGOMERY, Ala.) — A mystery illness has sickened seven people in southeastern Alabama, killing two of them, according to the state Health Department, but it’s not clear whether the patients — or their symptoms — are connected.
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Brain Stimulation Increases Ability to do Math

Brain Stimulation Increases Ability to do Math

iStockphoto(OXFORD, England) — Bad at math? A new study by researchers at Oxford University suggests that applying high-frequency electrical noise to the brain can make you better at math for up to six months following treatment.
According to BBC News…

Depression May Increase Stroke Risk in Middle-Aged Women

Depression May Increase Stroke Risk in Middle-Aged Women

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Many people suffer from depression as a complication after suffering a stroke, however, a new study shows that depression may be a risk factor for future strokes.Researchers studied women born between 1946 and 1961, …

Men Struggle with Wives’ Breast Cancer

Men Struggle with Wives’ Breast Cancer

Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Seventy two hours after Elissa Bantug’s mastectomy, she felt broken. She was only 25 years old, but she had lost both breasts and her strawberry blonde hair to cancer. Drainage tubes still hung from her chest to remove…

Survey Says Bedroom Color Can Impact Sleep Quality, Sex Life

Survey Says Bedroom Color Can Impact Sleep Quality, Sex Life

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — How much sleep you get might be at least partially determined by the color of your bedroom.According to a recent survey, bedrooms decorated with more calm colors, like blue, yellow and green, often offer more sleep t…

Cloning Technique Allows Scientists to Produce Human Stem Cells

Cloning Technique Allows Scientists to Produce Human Stem Cells

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Scientists at the Oregon National Primate Research Center say that they have used a cloning technique to turn an ordinary human skin cell into an embryonic stem cell.The breakthrough in stem cell research could poten…

Getting Fit in Middle Age Helps Lower Risk of Heart Failure

Getting Fit in Middle Age Helps Lower Risk of Heart Failure

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Contrary to popular belief, middle age is not too late to start getting fit, says new medical research.According to HealthDay News, the research not only shows that fitness is an important factor in terms of limiting ri…

Survey Shows Staggering Amount of Children Are Victims of Violence

Survey Shows Staggering Amount of Children Are Victims of Violence

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A new survey found that a startling number of children and teenagers under the age of 18 have been the victims of physical violence in the last year.According to a survey published in the journal Pediatrics, over 40 …

Jolie’s Double Mastectomy Not Always a Lifesaver

Jolie’s Double Mastectomy Not Always a Lifesaver

Tickingtimebombsblog.com(LOS ANGELES) — Rachel Joy Horn’s breasts were ticking time bombs. She lost trust in her body and no longer felt comfortable in her own skin.That is how she felt, she said, when her doctor broke the news to her that she’d teste…

Ga. High School Teens Suspended for Getting Piercings in Locker Room

Ga. High School Teens Suspended for Getting Piercings in Locker Room

Creatas(ATLANTA) — Four teenage girls at an Atlanta high school were suspended after they snuck away to the gym locker room to endure amateur tongue, navel, and lip piercings during school hours.
Reon Grinage, 14, told ABC Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV tha…

Heightened Estrogen Levels Associated with Sudden Cardiac Death

Heightened Estrogen Levels Associated with Sudden Cardiac Death

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Heightened estrogen level may be associated with an increased risk of cardiac death in both men and woman, according a new study.The study was presented on Friday at an annual meeting of the Heart Rhythm Society in Denv…

Colon Cancer Among ‘Least Prevented’

Colon Cancer Among ‘Least Prevented’

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Karen Witkus took the prescription, folded it up and tucked it in her wallet. She didn’t want to think about the colonoscopy it would procure.”I heard horror stories about it,” said Witkus, 55, imagining the pr…

Woman Trying to Quit Smoking Slaps Cop in Attempt to get Arrested

Woman Trying to Quit Smoking Slaps Cop in Attempt to get Arrested

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — A California woman had a novel approach to quitting smoking – slapping a cop and getting arrested.
Etta Lopez, 31, is accused of slapping a Sacramento County Sheriff’s Deputy. She reportedly told th…

Tiny Wire from BBQ Brush Lands Teen in Surgery

Tiny Wire from BBQ Brush Lands Teen in Surgery

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MOUNTLAKE TERRACE, Wash.) — A Washington state teen is recovering after a “violent” stomach ache landed him in a hospital where doctors performed exploratory surgery only to discover his problems stemmed from a BBQ b…

Dying Maryland Teen Adjusting Well to Classmate’s Heart

Dying Maryland Teen Adjusting Well to Classmate’s Heart

Nicole Bruns-Kirby | Marion Family Photo(PASADENA, MD.) — When the doctor showed up at his hospital bed and told Kyle Wilkerson that she had good news — that she had a heart for the Maryland teenager –  Kyle had a suspicion. Mom Denise Wilkerso…

Giant, Disease Carrying Snail Menaces Houston

Giant, Disease Carrying Snail Menaces Houston

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(HOUSTON) — If you live in Houston and you have a garden and you happen to see a giant snail and that giant snail begins oozing towards you — run. Or walk away slowly. Just don’t touch it.
The sluggish mollusk, recently …

Father to Blind Daughter Runs Marathon Blindfolded for Vision Research

Father to Blind Daughter Runs Marathon Blindfolded for Vision Research

John Foxx/Thinkstock(PITTSBURGH) – One of the thousands of runners who finished the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday did so without ever seeing the course.
Mike Bruno, 44, ran the 26.2 mile race while blindfolded to raise money for vision research. …

Texting While Driving Common Among Teens

Texting While Driving Common Among Teens

Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Teens frequently engage in high-risk behavior, notably sending text messages while driving, according to data from a new study.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conduct a Youth Risk Behavior Survey every two …

Elementary School Cafeteria Goes Vegetarian

Elementary School Cafeteria Goes Vegetarian

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A New York City elementary school cafeteria is one of the first in the nation to go meatless.Students at P.S. 244, the Active Learning Elementary School, are being treated to eclectic fare, including black bean and c…

Immigrant Children Less Prone to Allergies

Immigrant Children Less Prone to Allergies

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — America’s obsession with antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizer may not be such a good thing. Research shows that some exposure to germs is actually helpful.A new study found that children born outside the U.S. devel…

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