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Study: Everyday Activities Can be Just as Beneficial as Going to Gym

Study: Everyday Activities Can be Just as Beneficial as Going to Gym

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A new study reveals that everyday activities can be just as beneficial as going to the gym, Health Day reports. Researchers discovered that an active lifestyle appeared to be just as effective as structured exercise …

Could Scalp Electrodes Switch Off Depression?

Could Scalp Electrodes Switch Off Depression?

Keith Brofsky/Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Tiny, current-emitting scalp electrodes may offer promise in the treatment of depression, a new study suggests.In the study, which was released Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association…

Study: Men Who Watch TV 20 Hours a Week Have Lower Sperm Count

Study: Men Who Watch TV 20 Hours a Week Have Lower Sperm Count

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here’s yet another reason for coach potato guys to turn off the TV and start exercising: a new study shows that men who watch 20 hours of TV a week had sperm counts significantly lower than guys who watched les…

Emotionally Exhausted Women More Sensitive to Sounds, Study Says

Emotionally Exhausted Women More Sensitive to Sounds, Study Says

Goodshoot/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A new study indicates that emotionally exhausted women are much more sensitive to sounds when they are stressed, Health Day reports. Swedish researchers found that even a normal conversation can be painful for some of …

Early Stage Breast Cancer: Lumpectomy May Be Better than Mastectomy

Early Stage Breast Cancer: Lumpectomy May Be Better than Mastectomy

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — When diagnosed with early stage breast cancer, women may face an agonizing decision: Should I opt for a lumpectomy or mastectomy?For over two decades, it’s been believed that in early stage breast cancer, the outcomes b…

Genetically Modified Cells Could Prevent Death from HIV/AIDS, Study Finds

Genetically Modified Cells Could Prevent Death from HIV/AIDS, Study Finds

(NEW YORK) — Using genetic modification to treat HIV could create cells that are resistant to the two major types of the virus, preventing it from evolving into AIDS, according to a new study.Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine a…

Agency Pushes to Retire Chimps from Research Projects

Agency Pushes to Retire Chimps from Research Projects

Tom Brakefield/Stockbyte(NEW YORK) — Chimp Haven, outside Shreveport, La., welcomed seven research chimpanzees into their new home, a move that came on the heels of a National Institutes of Health (NIH) proposal that recommends all but 50 of the 360 c…

Adult Stem Cells: A Piece of My Heart, from Cells in My Arm?

Adult Stem Cells: A Piece of My Heart, from Cells in My Arm?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(ROCHESTER, Minn.) — ABC’s Bill Weir left his heart in Minnesota — a tiny, pulsing piece of it, anyway.The folks at the Mayo Clinic call it “Lil’ Bill” and it lives in a comfortable Petri dish on a climate-controlled shelf deep …

Could You Have Skin Cancer? There’s an App for That

Could You Have Skin Cancer? There’s an App for That

DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — If you’ve ever wondered if the mole you see on your skin could be something more serious — don’t worry. There’s an app for that.Smartphone apps are now promising to detect and even diagnose skin cancer.But medi…

Consumption of Sugary Drinks May Be Linked to Depression, Study Finds

Consumption of Sugary Drinks May Be Linked to Depression, Study Finds

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(BETHESDA, Md.) — Drinking a lot of soda may cost you more than calories and cavities. A new study shows heavy consumption over the long term could be linked to higher depression risk. Researchers at the National Institutes…

HPV-Related Cancers on Rise as Vaccination Rates Stay Low

HPV-Related Cancers on Rise as Vaccination Rates Stay Low

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — As cancer rates overall continue to decline, HPV-related cancers of the esophagus and anus are on the rise, according to the Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer.At the same time, vaccination rates, wh…

Vitamin D Deficiency May be Tied to Lower Birth Weight, Study Says

Vitamin D Deficiency May be Tied to Lower Birth Weight, Study Says

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A new study finds that a deficiency in vitamin D may be tied to lower birth weight, Health Day reports. Researchers examined vitamin D levels in blood samples collected from over 2,000 women in the United States who gav…

Vomiting Robot Helps Researchers Understand Norovirus

Vomiting Robot Helps Researchers Understand Norovirus

Hemera/Thinkstock(LONDON) — In a study that could make you lose your own lunch, researchers have created a projectile-vomiting robot to research how far the highly contagious norovirus particles travel when somebody with the illness throws up.Noroviru…

Is Being Overweight Really Bad For You?

Is Being Overweight Really Bad For You?

Creatas/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — If your New Year’s resolution is to lose those last few pounds that are keeping you out of your skinny jeans, a new review suggests you may want to think twice. The research reinforces a counterintuitive point that past …

Cosmic Radiation Could Cause Alzheimer’s in Mars Astronauts

Cosmic Radiation Could Cause Alzheimer’s in Mars Astronauts

NASA(NEW YORK) — Space travel has always been portrayed as risky — no air or water, extreme temperatures — a place where even a small miscalculation can be fatal. It can also be hazardous to your brain health, particularly on a three-year-long missi…

Getting Naked in the Virtual World – More Women Than Men Show Flesh

Getting Naked in the Virtual World – More Women Than Men Show Flesh

Comstock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The virtual world is not where women choose to dress to the nines.Women who inhabit Second Life, an online simulated world developed by Linden Labs in 2003, are often scantily clad and love to show their skin, according…

What Lives Inside Your Belly Button?

What Lives Inside Your Belly Button?

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Researchers have found that more than 2,000 different species of bacteria live in our umbilicus – the medical word for belly button.  That means you have more kinds of bacteria in your belly button than th…

Bionic Suit Helps Paralyzed Patients Walk Again

Bionic Suit Helps Paralyzed Patients Walk Again

Ekso Bionics(LOS ANGELES) — Patients paralyzed by spinal cord injuries are taking their precious first steps at a Southern California hospital with the help of a battery-powered bionic suit that was first designed to help soldiers carry heavy loads.&l…

Overeating Bigger Problem Than Undereating, Says Report

Overeating Bigger Problem Than Undereating, Says Report

Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — For the first time in world history, more years are being lost to people eating too much than not eating enough, according to one of the most far-reaching reports ever assembled.The Global Burden of Disease report…

Doctors Find Success Using Retooled HIV to Fight Leukemia

Doctors Find Success Using Retooled HIV to Fight Leukemia

Christine Chardo Photography for The Tiny Sparrow Foundation(PHILADELPHIA) — In April, Emma Brooke Whitehead’s leukemia seemed unbeatable.Emma, a 6-year-old from Phillipsburg, Pa., had been fighting the disease for nearly two years and doctors a…

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