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Mice On Metformin Live Longer, New Evidence Diabetes Drug Extends Life

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There’s more evidence out that metformin could help you live longer — at least if you’re a mouse. A study published yesterday in Nature Communications showed that giving low doses of the widely prescribed diabetes type 2 pill to middle-aged male mice extended their lifespan by 5 percent. And, as a bonus, the extra time… Read more »

Venom Treatment Could Combat Arthritis, Diabetes, And Obesity

Sea Anemone-Derived Treatment

A new venom treatment could be used to combat diseases like arthritis, diabetes, and even obesity. The treatment is derived from the toxins in sea anemones, along with its fellow creature the cone snail. The idea of using venom to treat maladies certainly sounds strange, and going the more natural route is an about-face in… Read more »

Bloomberg Soda Ban Rejected By Appeals Court


New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s attempt to ban large sugary drinks has fizzled in a state appeals court. The court confirmed a March ruling by a Manhattan judge that tossed out the regulation right before it was to take effect for being “arbitrary and capricious,” which is standard legal terminology in such matters. Bloomberg’s… Read more »

Urine Teeth Possible, China Research Team Believes

Urine Teeth: The Next Dental Advancement?

Urine teeth are entirely possible, according to a team of researchers based in China. The BBC first reported on the finding Monday after an article published in Cell Regeneration Journal revealed that human urine could be the next big development in dental health. (Before filing this one away as a future “Go Home, Science, you’re… Read more »

Condoms Are Good For Vaginas, Study Suggests

Study From China Suggests Condoms Could Be Beneficial to Woman's Vaginas

Condoms are handy little things to have when lost in a lustful moment, and a new study suggests that when used regularly, they are even helpful for a woman’s vagina. A study from China shows that condoms may help good bacteria in the vagina flourish, helping to keep the bad bacteria out. According to the… Read more »

Brain-Eating Amoeba Infects 12-Year-Old In Arkansas Water Park

Brain-Eating Amoeba Victimizes 12-Year-Old Girl

A brain-eating amoeba has targeted 12-year-old Kali Hardig. ABC News reported that the girl was in critical condition after being diagnosed with primary amoebic meningoencephalitis, which is known to be a rare form of meningitis brought on by the Naegleria fowleri amoeba. She is said to have contracted the brain-eating amoeba at Willow Springs Water… Read more »

More Kids Choking, Study Finds, One Food Largely To Blame [Video]

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Choking incidents in children are on the rise despite much awareness of the danger, a new study reveals. The research on a rise in choking incidents was published in Pediatrics and involved US children aged 14 years or younger in non-fatal situations between 2001 and 2009. Researchers from the Center for Injury Research and Policy… Read more »

Diaper Deficit Means One In 12 Babies Not Changed Often Enough

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An alarming new diaper study suggests that a staggering number of American babies, due to poverty and gaps in extant social welfare programs, are changed less frequently than necessary because their families cannot afford enough diapers. The “diaper stress” study is also again bizarrely framed as a “mothers’ only” problem, with no mention of fathers… Read more »

Marijuana Affects Autism, But Not How You’d Think [Study]

Washington Marijuana Dispensaries Raided By Drug Agents

A new study on how marijuana affects autism will undoubtedly fuel the flames of the debate over medical cannabis, particularly given its implications on the uncharted use of pot in kids for medical conditions. The study on how marijuana affects autism is not the first to suggest cannabinoids can be helpful not only to older… Read more »

Herpes Virus Blasts Infection Into Cells At High Pressure [Study]

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A new study has revealed that the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV 1) actually blasts its way into the cells it infects under a high pressure measuring tens of atmospheres. The study called Herpes Virus Genome, The Pressure Is On was published this month in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. The American… Read more »

World Toilet Day Not As Funny As It Sounds

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Perhaps World Toilet Day sounds a bit crude, and like the precursor to a bunch of potty jokes — but the United Nations created the “holiday” for very unfunny reasons. World Toilet Day will now be observed on November 19, per the UN. In a press release, the UN admits that the topic of toilets… Read more »

Fat Shaming Makes People Fatter, Says New Study

Fat Shaming

Does fat shaming really work? A new study published last week in science journal PLOS One suggests that it’s actually counter-productive. According to the findings from researchers from Florida State University College of Medicine, fat shaming — sometimes suggested to pressure people into losing the pounds — actually has the opposite affect: “Among participants who… Read more »

Plague-Infected Squirrels Close Down California Campground

Plague Infected Squirrels

Plague-infected squirrels in California have forced one campground to close down until the problem is dealt with by infection experts. A squirrel trapped on July 16 at the Table Mountain Campgrounds of Angeles National Forest tested positive for the infection. Officials quickly posted a health advisory after the positive test was revealed. Officials also began… Read more »

Drinking Coffee Halves Suicide Risk, Study Suggests

Coffee Can Cut Suicide Risk Half

A recent study suggests drinking coffee can cut the risk of suicide in half. The news is good for coffee drinkers and could even cause some abstainers to try a sip. The study comes from Harvard University researchers who reviewed data taken from three large US studies. They compared the risk of suicide for adults… Read more »

Mystery Stomach Bug Cases Up, What You Need To Know About Cyclospora

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A mystery stomach bug that has sickened hundreds of people across nearly a dozen states has stumped the Centers For Disease Control, and, as of now, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Georgia have joined the list of places with Cyclospora outbreaks. In Texas, 75 people have fallen ill due to the stomach bug, and public health… Read more »

Cat Allergy Cause Discovered, Could Yield Cure [Study]

Pathway Of Cat Allergies Discovered

The cause of humans’ allergic reaction to cats has been discovered and could yield a cure that will allow more people to enjoy the fuzzy felines in their homes. An allergic reaction typically happens when the immune system overreacts to something it perceives as dangerous, such as pet dander, bee stings, and many medicines. It… Read more »

Is Skipping Breakfast Really Going To Kill You? Probably Not

Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, as skipping breakfast can increase the risk of a heart attack, according to Harvard researchers.

A new scary study in which skipping breakfast is blamed for the risk of coronary calamities has gotten the health blogosphere all a-twitter, because we’ve long been lectured that the first meal of the day is the “most important,” and that forgoing it means that later in the day you will be wolfing down Whoppers…. Read more »

EPA Raises Acceptable Glyphosate Levels On US Crops

The Environmental Protection Agency Raises The Acceptable Glyphosate Levels For US Crops

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has raised the permitted tolerance levels of glyphosate residue — the controversial herbicide and active ingredient in Monsanto’s Round Up — in many of the fruits and vegetables that you eat, according to The Washington Post. A report by Natural News stated the following: “[T]he new EPA regulation [will] allow… Read more »

Menthol Cigarettes May Cause Greater Health Risks

Menthol Cigarettest May Cause Even Greater Health Risks

A Food and Drug Administration review concludes that menthol cigarettes likely pose a greater public health risk than regular cigarettes, according to the Huffington Post. “The federal agency released the independent review on Tuesday and is seeking input from the health community, the tobacco industry and others on possible restrictions on the mint-flavored cigarettes.” The… Read more »

High Levels Of Lead Found In Mexican Hot Sauces

High levels of the toxic heavy-metal lead have been found in several popular brands of Mexican hot sauces.

High levels of the toxic heavy-metal lead have been found in several popular brands of imported Mexican hot sauces. Therefore, University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) researchers are cautioning consumers about the possibility of lead contamination in hot sauce and salsa products. In the pilot study, 25 bottles of imported hot sauces from Mexico and… Read more »

Skipping Breakfast Can Increase Heart Attack Risk

Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, as skipping breakfast can increase the risk of a heart attack, according to Harvard researchers.

Breakfast really is the most important meal of the day, as skipping breakfast can increase the risk of a heart attack, according to Harvard researchers. A study of older men (45 to 82) found those who regularly skipped breakfast had a 27 percent higher heart attack risk, verses those who ate a regular morning meal…. Read more »

Prevent Hair Loss During Chemo: Cold Caps Are Being Tested

Hair loss is one of chemotherapy's most despised side effects, not because of vanity but because it fuels stigma, revealing to the world an illness that many would rather keep private.

Cold caps are being tested on patients going through chemotherapy in hopes that it will prevent hair loss. The first time Miriam Lipton had breast cancer, her thick locks fell out two weeks after starting chemotherapy. The second time breast cancer struck, Lipton gave her scalp a deep chill and kept much of her hair… Read more »

Blindness Will Be Cured By Stem Cells Therapy, New Study Suggests

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Blindness may be cured with stem cells in the future. And that includes age-related macular degeneration, which AMD Awareness has called the leading cause of blindness in people over 60. A new study published Sunday in Nature Biotechnology has been called a big leap forward and an important milestone. The University College London scientists announced… Read more »

HPV Vaccine Could Reduce Throat Cancer Risk

HPV Throat Cancer Vaccine

The HPV vaccine could also help lower the risk of throat cancer, according to a recent study from Costa Rica. While the study doesn’t prove the theory, it does show that those who were vaccinated against two strains of the HPV virus had 93 percent less throat infections four years later. The HPV is strongly… Read more »

Hypersexuality, Sex Addiction, Could Just Be High Libido

Hypersexuality, or sex addiction, could just be the result of a high libido and not because of a mental or neurological disorder, scientists theorize.

Hypersexuality (sex addiction) could just be the result of a high libido and not because of a mental disorder, scientists theorize. Hypersexuality, more commonly known as sex addiction, is the abnormally frequent or sudden increase in sexual urges. While alcohol and drugs can affect sexual inhibitions in people, those allegedly suffering from a sex addiction… Read more »