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Mobile Phones Help Smokers Quit Cigarettes Study Finds

Mobile Phones Help Smokers Quit Cigarettes Study Finds

Mobile phones help smokers quit? Mobile phone usage has some interesting healthy side effects if this one study is to be believed. An almost addicting substitute in fact. Over two-thirds of travelers would rather lose wedding rings than phones. This may just prove the allure of our smartphone is enough to overcome the bad habit… Read more »

5-Hour Energy Drink Cited In Over A Dozen Deaths

Energy Drink Deaths

5-Hour Energy has been cited in 13 deaths over the past four years, according to the Detroit Free Press. These reports were received by the Food and Drug Administration. Over this period of time, 92 people have experienced adverse effects from consuming the energy shot. What’s more, 32 hospitalizations have been associated with the liquid…. Read more »

‘Dusting’ Is Latest Deadly Trend For Teens

'Dusting' latest way for teens to get high

A computer keyboard cleaning product has become the new drug of choice for some teenagers. CBS News reports that “dusting” is the latest and potentially fatal high for adolescents. It involves inhaling the computer keyboard dust cleaner that comes in a spray can. Even worse is that some teens are “dusting” while driving. Eighteen-year-old Carly… Read more »

Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Leads To Calls For More Regulation

Fungal Meningitis Outbreak Leads To Calls For More Regulation

Congressional investigators looking into the deadly fungal meningitis outbreak have discovered that the FDA previously tried to close down the New England Compounding Center — the specialty pharmacy responsible for the outbreak. Inspectors sought to close the NECC about 10 years ago until it was able to clean up its operations, reports CBS News. The… Read more »

Peanut Allergies And Family Income Are Linked [Study]

Peanuts

Kids from upper-income families are apparently more likely to develop peanut allergies, according to a study presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Scientific Meeting. The study involved about 8,300 patients, some 9 percent of whom had an elevated antibody level to peanuts (the precursor to a peanut allergy). More… Read more »

Black Tea Drinking Could Mitigate Diabetes Risk [Study]

Black-tea in teacup

Scientists examining data from 50 countries claim that drinking black tea can reduce the rate of type 2 diabetes. According to the study published in the BMJ Open journal, an open-access medical publication, “this innovative study establishes a linear statistical correlation between high black tea consumption and low diabetes prevalence in the world.” The Europe-based… Read more »

British Medical Journal: Tamiflu Doesn’t Work

British Medical Journal Questions Tamiflu Validity

A leading British medical journal is contending the effectiveness of Tamiflu, a flu drug produced by manufacturer Rothe, claiming that there is no evidence to show the drug can actually stop the flu. The drug has been stockpiled in dozens of countries worldwide in the case of a global flu outbreak and was used widely… Read more »

Los Angeles City Council Endorses ‘Meatless Mondays’

Los Angeles Council supports No Meat Monday initiative

In a move sure to please vegans and vegetarians, and equally sure to anger meat lovers, the Los Angeles City Council passed a resolution urging residents to pledge they won’t eat meat on Mondays. The resolution, which the Los Angeles Daily News reports passed 14-0, does not have the force of law and the council… Read more »

Man Takes Pregnancy Test As A Joke, Finds Testicular Tumor

Man finds cancer with pregnancy test

A man who posted on Reddit that he had taken a positive pregnancy test was informed that he may have a testicular tumor. The man posted a comic saying that he had used a pregnancy test left in the bathroom cabinet by his ex-girlfriend. The test turned up two pink lines, and the man joked… Read more »

Chelation Therapy Effective Against Heart Disease, But Raises Questions [Study]

Chelation Therapy Study Proves Treatment Works

A new study has shown that a “fringe” alternative treatment for heart disease, called chelation, is very effective at preventing heart problems. The report, however, is so controversial that even the study’s lead author is questioning the results. The patients involved in the study previously suffered a heart attack. They were each assigned to receive… Read more »

Dentist Takes Laughing Gas, Then Performs Procedures

Dr. Sharon O'Steele is removed from business after performing dental procedures on patient's while under the influence of nitrous oxide.

DeBary, FL – Many people dread visits to the dentist. While sitting in the dentist chair, awaiting that tooth removal or cavity filling or whatever-it-is-its-going-to-hurt, you are filled with dread … until a little nitrous oxide comes to save the day and make everyone more relaxed. When anticipating extreme pain at the hands of your… Read more »

Nail-Biting Could Soon Be Classified As A Compulsive Disorder

Nail-biting could soon be classified as an OCD

Nail-biting may soon be considered a type of obsessive compulsive disorder in the upcoming version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Nail-biting is currently listed as “not otherwise classified.” The DSM will also include other “pathological grooming” habits such as skin-picking and hair-pulling. Dr. Nilay Shah, medical director of the Integrated… Read more »

Antidepressants During Pregnancy May Pose Health Risk, Study Says

Antidepressants during pregnancy

Taking antidepressants during pregnancy could pose serious health risks to both mother and child, according to a recent study. CBS News reports new data has revealed that taking SSRI antidepressants during pregnancy could lead to miscarriage, premature birth, and health problems. Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, and Lexapro are popular SSRIs prescribed by doctors. In addition to… Read more »

Smokers Miss More Work, Says New Study

smoking

According to a new study, smokers miss more work than people who do not smoke. Researchers at the University of Nottingham, UK, found that smokers miss two to three more days of work every year compared to their non-smoking co-workers. According to the study, that means that smoking costs UK employers about 1.4 billion pounds,… Read more »

Hurricane Sandy: Health Concerns Over Rats Add To Disaster Woes In NYC

hurricane sandy rats

New York City, NY – Flooded subway systems have brought a plethora of rats out of hiding in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. More than half a dozen subway tunnels are filled with water, allowing the usually reclusive rats to feast heartily during their extended stay on the surface. Positive Pest Management Corporation exterminator Benett… Read more »

Facts About Skin Cancer [Infographic]

Facts About Skin Cancer From The Sun

Did you know that one out of five Americans will develop skin cancer during their lifetime? Did you know that skin cancer is the most diagnosed type of cancer? Learn more about skin cancer with the following infographic: by spacechimpmedia. Browse more infographics.

How Much Caffeine Is Too Much? [Study]

caffeine deadly study

The recent lawsuits against energy drink manufacturers prompted Popular Science to investigate how much caffeine it would take to kill a person. Although caffeine drinks enjoyed in moderation are generally deemed safe, some experts believe consuming too much could pose serious health risks. Earlier this year, a coroner’s reported cited the drinking of Coca-Cola in… Read more »

Study: Teens Who Use Smartphones More Likely To Have Sex

Teens Smartphones Sex

A new study has just been published which shows that teens with smartphones are more likely to have sex and meet people online for sex than those who have regular non-internet connected phones. The study is not without its critics, with some saying that the study doesn’t make it clear if smartphones are influencing teens’… Read more »

Stressed, Depressed Women Less Likely To Take Birth Control Consistently

Women who experience moderate to severe depression and stress are less likely to take proper birth control precautions, study shows

A new study suggests that depression and stress can lead to lapses in proper use of birth control. The study, presented on Monday at the annual meeting of American Public Health Association, found that women with moderate to severe depression and stress symptoms were “less likely to use contraception consistently — that is, use it… Read more »