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Brain-Eating Amoeba Claims Life Of 20-Year-Old Woman

Brain-Eating Amoeba Claims Another Young Life

A brain-eating amoeba known as Balamuthia is said to be responsible for taking the life of 20-year-old Koral Reef. Reef’s mom believes that she contracted the amoeba after a trip to Lake Havasu in Arizona. It was after this trip that, she says, Koral started experiencing headaches, sensitivity to light and heat, and stiffness in… Read more »

Is Déjà Vu Linked To Anxiety And Stress? The Answer May Surprise You

Is Déjà vu Linked To Anxiety And Stress?

Scientists trying to understand the physiology of déjà vu attempted to evaluate if anxiety and stress were contributing factors, if not the direct cause. Though we have all experienced déjà vu, chances are we have dismissed the occurrences as mere tricks of the mind. French for “already seen,” déjà vu is that exhilarating, sometimes unnerving… Read more »

Domestic Violence Causes Specific Female Mental Health Risks

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Domestic violence injuries for female victims are not only physical. Brutality of this nature also causes specific mental health problems for women. Female victims of domestic violence are subject to psychological scars that can result in psychotic symptoms of schizophrenia, depression, substance abuse, antisocial behavior, early pregnancy, and financial poverty. On March 31, researchers at… Read more »

France: Thin Models Banned In An Effort To Prevent Eating Disorders

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Lawmakers in France have banned thin models from working on the catwalk. Although the ban is meant to prevent eating disorders, including anorexia, modeling agencies are concerned that it will have a negative impact on their business. Although the ban does not specifically define the term “thin,” the amendment states “the activity of model is… Read more »

Shigella Outbreak Hits The United States

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Shigella, a painful drug-resistant food poisoning, has now hit the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the pathogen is arriving in America via visitors to the country. Late last year, U.S. Border Control agents also warned that a host of diseases were present in the tens of thousands of illegal… Read more »

Thirteen-Year-Old Lost 60 Life-Saving Pounds With Surgery: Her Life Now

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One year ago, 13-year-old Alexis Shapiro tipped the scales at over 200 pounds. Her health was at risk. So she had to undergo a type of gastric bypass surgery, according to Yahoo! Parenting. In 2011, Alexis underwent surgery to remove a benign brain tumor. Unfortunately, that surgery caused her hormones and metabolism to go wild,… Read more »

Anglo-Saxon Remedy Cures MRSA Superbug

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An Anglo-Saxon remedy consisting primarily of cow bile can reportedly cure the MRSA superbug. The 1,000-year-old mixture, which was used during the medieval era to cure eye infections, was discovered in an old manuscript in a British library. MRSA is typically resistant to many antibiotics and can often result in death. Doctor Christina Lee of… Read more »

Deadly Polio Virus Could Cure Brain Cancer

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Scientists over at Duke University have begun a surprising new treatment for brain cancer, which sees the polio virus used to treat those afflicted with the disease — and it turns out that it’s been successful, too. Scientists and investigators spearheading new anti-cancer research over at Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University… Read more »

Alcoholic? Coffee Can Negate Potential Liver Cancer

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If you are a heavy drinker of alcohol, perhaps you have thought about the possible health risks. Now, a new study says that you can negate some of those health risks by maintaining a steady intake of coffee. A study performed by the World Cancer Research Fund based in London in collaboration with the American… Read more »