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There's a huge problem with healthcare in America, and nurses could be the solution

There's a dire shortage of primary care physicians in the US, and it's only going to get worse.<p>As life expectancy increases, and baby boomers live longer, demand on the already-overburdened healthcare system will likely skyrocket.<p>A 2013 study from the Health Resources and Services Administration …

Health Care

22 strange ways the sun may affect your body

You know that the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays can cause skin cancer and premature aging, and that wearing sunscreen (year-round!) is an important way to protect yourself. But research has shown that sunlight also seems to affect health in a lot of other ways, both positively and negatively.<p>"One …

Morbidly Beautiful Pictures Reveal The Horror Of Surgery In The Victorian Era

How to slice a human body. WARNING: Graphic images, obviously.<p><i>Crucial Interventions: An Illustrated Treatise on the Principles and Practice of Surgery</i> is a book that sums up every terror about surgery and medicine you ever had.<p>A follow-up to the award-winning <i>The Sick Rose</i>, Richard Barnett's latest …

A medieval attitude to suicide

I had always thought that suicide was made illegal in medieval times due to religious disapproval until suicidal people were finally freed from the …

China is buying up the Internet

Imagine registering mortgage.com twenty years ago. If you did, you can bet you probably wouldn't need a mortgage today.<p>But that was twenty years ago. So, what if we told you that the greatest domain-name-appreciation era really started only a couple of years ago and is in full swing today, with …

How to make a matcha latte, the healthy new coffee alternative people are obsessed with

Thanks to its many health benefits, matcha tea is a trendy new coffee alternative.<p>Matcha is essentially a finely ground powder made from green tea leaves, and one serving of matcha tea has the nutritional equivalent of 10 cups of regularly brewed green tea, as well as 137 times more …

​Why the Urban Legend of the Jersey Devil Won't Die

How a rivalry between Benjamin Franklin and another publisher sparked a rumor that's endured for more than 200 years.<p>Ask people who live near the Pine Barrens of New Jersey if they actually believe in the Jersey Devil and you'll get a bunch of half-answers Those who say they do say it with a little …

Why Are Old Women Often The Face Of Evil In Fairy Tales And Folklore?

Fear old women in fairy tales. For as long as people have been telling stories, crones have been scaring the wits out of children. But why does the face of evil so often belong to an old woman?<p>Typecasting is one explanation. "What do we have? Nags, witches, evil stepmothers, cannibals, ogres. It's …

Active body, active mind: The secret to a younger brain may lie in exercising your body

It is widely recognised that our physical fitness is reflected in our mental fitness, especially as we get older. How does being physically fit …

5 Scientific Ways to Make Yourself Smarter

While science has proved that memory games don't make you smarter, there are 5 methods that actually do work.<p>About a decade ago, some early scientific research suggested that playing memory games could increase "fluid intelligence," which is the capacity to solve problems in novel situations, …

Google wants to monitor your mental health. You should welcome it into your mind

The use of technology to track and treat mental illness is deeply worrying but sadly necessary<p>Next week, Dr Tom Insel leaves his post as head of the US National Institute of Mental Health, a job that made him America’s top mental health doctor. Dr Insel is a neuroscientist and a psychiatrist and a …

15 Apps To Train Your Brain

Gareth Lloyd<p>Freelance Writer Read full profile<p>As the ever-expanding world of technology mercilessly propels forward, people have begun to urge us to …

If meat causes cancer, what can we eat?

<b>(CNN) —</b> You may have just learned that processed meat such as bacon, sausage and ham may cause cancer and unprocessed meat may be "probably carcinogenic to humans," according to a new World Health Organization report. Or that cheese and sugar can be as addictive as a drug. Or that even veggie hot …

Dear Teenage Daughter: We Can't Be Friends Right Now

Dear Teenage Daughter Of Mine,<p>I've given it a lot of thought and I've decided that we can't be friends.<p>It's not me. It's you.<p>You help me understand why some animals eat their young.<p>When you were born you were exceptionally adorable, far surpassing the adorableness of the other babies born that day. …

Parenting

Period Issues, Symptoms: Heavy Cramps, Bleeding, Missed Period

Let's face it: Your period is probably on autopilot by now. You know the drill each month. But paying little (or no) attention to your flow isn't a good idea. "You should consider your period almost like a vital sign," says Alyssa Dweck, M.D., gynecologist and assistant clinical professor at the …

Women's Health

Victorian-era diseases like scarlet fever are making a comeback in England

Victorian-era diseases, such as gout and malnutrition, have dramatically risen in England in the past five years.<p>Gout, more commonly known as the “disease of kings,” is a type of arthritis where crystals of sodium urate form inside and around joints. Hospital admissions for the painful and …

Victorian Era

How too much medicine can kill you | Aseem Malhotra

It’s patients who lose out if doctors and professional journals stop asking the right questions<p>During a recent clinic consultation, I saw Mary, in her early 60s, with type 2 diabetes. She was concerned that the muscle pains in her legs may have been a result of the cholesterol-lowering statin drug …

Medicine

5 common myths your doctor may believe

When you ask a doctor a question, you expect an answer backed by the latest science. But the reality is, the field of medicine is always advancing, and “there's too much knowledge for any one physician to master,” says Renée Fox, PhD, professor emerita at the University of Pennsylvania, who studies …

Is Lyme the New AIDS? Part Two: Life With Lyme and Controversies

Last February I finally got a true medical diagnosis for the cause of some of my health problems: Meniere's disease, which an ENT specialist said caused the characteristic hearing loss and sudden and totally disabling attacks of vertigo, which involved suddenly vomiting all over a friend during a …

Disease

These ATMs In Kenya Dispense Clean Water Instead Of Cash

A Danish engineering firm has developed a clever way to distribute water in developing countries while collecting revenue for the community.<p>When Danish engineering firm Grundfos started researching the best ways to distribute water in Nairobi, Kenya, they found that access to clean water wasn’t the …

Super size me: giant street art around the world – in pictures

German graffiti artist Claudia Walde, aka MadC, is famous for her giant murals. Her new book Mural XXL showcases the best large-scale graffiti around the globe, from a building-high portrait of architect Oscar Niemeyer in São Paulo to a huge upside-down alligator in Atlanta

Art

DNA At the Fringes: Twins, Chimerism, and Synthetic DNA

DNA tests are thought to be conclusive proof—of crime, of family relation—but in some cases, our genetic material acts in mysterious ways.<p>Plenty of …

Why Doctors Are Rethinking Breast-Cancer Treatment

"What if I decide to just do nothing?"<p>It was kind of a taunt, Desiree Basila admits. Not the sort of thing that usually comes out of the mouth of a …

The 11 most expensive countries for a university education

Online B2B supplier site Expert Market analysed tuition fee data from the Quacquarelli Symmonds (QS) Top Universities, for academic year 2014/2015 and the Gallup Median Self-Reported Income report data in 2013.<p>It found the UK and US are actually somewhere in the middle of the top 11.<p>The list, which …

Tuition

How traditional Chinese medicine finally won its Nobel Prize

The year’s most prestigious prize in medicine has been bestowed upon Youyou Tu, the lead discoverer of powerful malaria drug artemisinin. In giving her the prize, the Nobel Prize committee has recognized the role ancient knowledge can play in the modern world.<p>But her extraordinary tale, which began …

Nobel Prize

What If Everything Your Doctors Told You About Breast Cancer Was Wrong?

For years, scientists have known that mammograms are largely ineffective. Why can’t we get that message across?

National Geographic Will Air First Live Brain Surgery

National Geographic Channel is bringing a dramatic trope from hospital shows like <i>Grey’s Anatomy</i> and <i>E.R.</i> to life. The network, in partnership with …

How women are taking a stand against sexism in Hollywood

When Ashley Judd was making Paramount's "Kiss the Girls" in the late '90s, she was being pursued by a mogul from a rival studio, whom she believed wanted to cast her in a film. But suddenly she found herself falling into a dark trap.<p>"I was sexually harassed by one of the industry's most famous, …

This graphic shows the hardest college to get into in every state

You might have guessed that Harvard University, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, would be the hardest college to be accepted into in that state.<p>But the most selective schools in other US states might surprise you.<p>The rankings are based on acceptance rates and SAT and ACT scores reported to the US …

College & University