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The Spanish Flu Pandemic

Perhaps the greatest disaster to ever befall humanity, the pandemic of 1918 is strangely overlooked.<p>The history of humanity is punctuated with …

Major Study Finds Antidepressants Work, But May Have Limitations

For years, researchers have been debating the efficacy of antidepressants, which are used by around 13 percent of Americans over the age of 12. As …

New Study Tells Us Which Antidepressants Work the Best

Here’s some news for all my fellow depressives. Aaron Carroll points today to a massive new study on the effectiveness of antidepressants:<b>The</b> …

Depression

How Psychopaths See the World

It’s not that they can’t consider other people’s perspectives. It’s that they don’t do so automatically.<p>It’s a rare person who goes out of their way to spend time with psychopaths, and a rarer one still who repeatedly calls a prison to do so. But after more than a year of meetings and negotiation, …

Psychology

How to Keep Your Rabbits Cool in the Summer Heat

Rabbits do fairly well in cool temperatures, but when it comes to very hot weather, you have to take extra precautions.<p><i>(Read below)</i><p>Rabbits are very …

Lithium should be more widely used for bipolar disorder, researchers say

Lithium is most effective drug in reducing self-harm and suicide, and bad reputation is misplaced, study suggests<p>Britain’s 650,000 people with bipolar disorder should take lithium to help control their condition, despite its reputation for dulling the senses, a significant new study has …

13 Problems Only Nursing Students Understand

When a patient asks, "Have you done this before?" (And you haven't.)<p><b>1. That one bad grade you got in chemistry screws up your chances of getting into your choice nursing school.</b> When you apply to the nursing college in my university, your science GPA is a huge part of getting accepted. Anatomy, …

Clever Guy Carries His Husky in a Giant Tote Because NYC Subway Only Allows Dogs in Carriers

Dogs are welcome to ride the New York City subway, with one caveat—they must be put in some sort of bag or carrier. While this is an easy feat for smaller pups, bigger canines have an obvious size disadvantage. The rules, however, do not stipulate weight restrictions, and large-breed owners have …

Silk Road gave infectious disease a route, ancient poop shows

Silk, tea and spices weren't the only things that travelers carried on China's legendary Silk Road: Ancient poop shows that infectious diseases were also transported along this network of trade routes, according to a new study.<p>Researchers excavated 2,000-year-old feces from a latrine along the Silk …

‘Thick Dumpling Skin’ slays the petite, submissive myth for Asian-American women

At age 8, Lisa Lee was already aware she was a little bigger than the rest of the Asian-American kids on the playground. This was no thanks to her …

Bulldogs Are Genetic Monstrosities, DNA Study Finds

Bulldogs are abominations of nature, and it’s definitely our fault.<p>When it comes to dogs, few sights are sadder than a tired bulldog, gasping for precious oxygen. You've probably seen one—its watery eyes drooping under folds of skin, while stubby little legs buckle under the weight of its …

8 Things To Remember When Your Loved One Is Struggling With Depression

Most of the articles about depression that I’ve come across are about the disease as experienced by the patients themselves—what depression is like …

FDA Approves New Arm Implant to Treat Opioid Dependence

Braeburn Pharmaceuticals’ device could face opposition from advocates for total-sobriety approach<p>The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a drug-emitting arm implant to treat addiction to heroin and other opioids, providing a new tool against a condition that has proved extraordinarily …

FDA

If you choose your job over your mental health something's wrong

Everyone told me quitting my dream job was brave, but it felt like my only option<p>In the spirit of LinkedIn, I would like to congratulate myself on my own work anniversary. It’s almost a year to the day that I wiped my eyes, took a deep breath and told my employers I was terribly sorry but the role …

Mental Health

A Nurse's Guide to ER Survival

It's been nearly three years since my last nursing shift in the ER, yet I still think of myself as a nurse. Being a nurse is a bit like being Catholic. Once a nurse, always a nurse, even if you're no longer practicing. I guess that makes sense. I was only twenty when I joined the profession and …

Helmets

5 Things You Don’t Know About Nurses

Nursing is not a low-paid job.<p>If your picture of nursing and nurses was formed by watching medical dramas on TV, you probably wouldn’t recognize a …

4 Myths About Nurses

<i>Nurse with patient at Johns Hopkins Hospital, in Baltimore, Md. (Photo: Karen Kasmauski)</i><p>Registered nurses (RNs) are on the frontlines delivering quality health care 24/7 across the country. In hospitals and clinics, physician offices and nursing homes, patients' homes, community health centers and …

Nurses could safely take half of GPs' appointments, says thinktank

Reform argues letting practice nurses deal with more minor ailments could relieve strain on GPs and save £700m<p>Only one in three people who visit a GP surgery are ill enough to need to see a doctor and many of the remainder could talk to a practice nurse instead, a report claims.<p>Letting nurses deal …

When Nurses Are Overburdened, Patients Die. Here’s How We Can Fix That.

Hotel rooms have occupancy limits, as do elevators, and even taxi cabs in New York City, but few laws in the United States regulate or even monitor …

Who Nurses Really Are: Part 2 of an Education Do-Over

We, the nurses, take accountability. We really do. There is no one to point fingers at, no other professional colleagues to resent or blame. As Jenni Middleton, Editor of the <i>Nursing Times</i>, recently stated, "In many ways, the public perception of nursing is still bedpans and bandages... No one will …

Research says, having a dog as a kid is amazing for your mental health

Countless studies have been done to show the positive associations between having a pet dog and the mental well-being of the adults who have them. …

Japan’s First Reptile Cafe Opens in Yokohama

The Subtropical Teahouse, a “<b>reptile cafe</b>” offering customers the chance to observe and pet dozens of species of reptiles, has recently opened in …

Japan

This Funny Bunny Loves To Leap Into Leaves

Sometimes it's hard to tell whether a bunny is happily hopping about or freaking out, as the two can look mighty similar at times, but the playful …

Flashback Friday: Right or left wag? The hidden language in your dog's tail. - Seriously, Science?

By Seriously Science | November 20, 2015 6:00 am<p><i>It has already been shown that dogs wag their tails asymmetrically when presented with different</i> …

Canine Influenza: New H3N2 Vaccine for Dogs

Last spring, thousands of dogs in the Chicagoland area were innocently exposed to a newly arrived Canine Influenza Virus from South Korea, called H3N2. Daycare and boarding facilities were voluntarily closed for weeks to minimize viral spread. Dog owners avoided taking their pets to dog parks and …

Pets

Sleeping With Your Pet Could Improve Your Night's Sleep

Why Is This Important?<p>Because you may have banished the answer to a good night’s sleep to a dog bed downstairs.<p>Long Story Short<p>Most people assume that having a dog or cat on the bed at night upsets your sleep patterns, but actually it may do the opposite, according to new research from the Centers …

A Funny Noah’s Ark-Themed Ad for French Cable Channel Canal+ That Explains Why Unicorns Don’t Exist

In a new spot created by advertising agency BETC Paris for French cable channel Canal+, the lack of real unicorns is traced back to the Old Testament …

The Tudors had bad teeth? What rot!

Telegraph View: The new adaptation of Wolf Hall could teach children something about sugar and dental hygiene<p>When next trying to encourage a child to cut down their sugar intake, perhaps a history lesson might help. The BBC’s new production of Wolf Hall will include actors with shiny white teeth – …

Welcome to the Body Farm

<b>By Rene Ebersole</b><p><i>Beyond the border of an ordinary parking lot lies the most cutting-edge graveyard in the world … and a hands-on lab for cops and</i> …