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Blood pressure meds could raise your depression risk

<b>(CNN) —</b> Some of the drugs most commonly used to treat people with high blood pressure could also be affecting their mood -- particularly their risk of depression -- according to a new new study.<p>Research published in the journal Hypertension found that people taking one of two classes of drugs, …

Everything You Should Know About Herpes

Don't panic — it's way more common than you think it is.<p>You know senior superlatives in the yearbook? Most Popular, Best Dressed, Class Clown, etc.? OK, imagine if every sexually transmitted disease or infection (STD/STI) was given a superlative, too. Herpes would be named Most Mysterious — as in, …

Put down the donut: When Americans became hooked on sugar instead of natural fat, obesity ballooned

<b>FILE - International diabetes organizations are calling for weight-loss surgery to become a more routine treatment option for diabetes, even for some patients who are only mildly obese. Obesity and Type 2 diabetes are a deadly pair, and numerous studies show stomach-shrinking operations can</b> …

Diabetes

What is a traumatic brain injury?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Cell phone video released Friday recorded Rakeyia Scott, the wife of Keith Lamont Scott, who was fatally shot by Charlotte police, screaming, "He has a TBI," or traumatic brain injury. On Thursday, Scott's mother told CNN affiliate WCSC about a "near-death" motorcycle accident her son …

'Artificial pancreas' for type 1 diabetes wins FDA approval

<b>(CNN) —</b> The Food and Drug Administration approved a so-called artificial pancreas Wednesday. The first-of-its-kind device, the size of a cell phone, monitors and treats patients with type 1 diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes.<p>In those with type 1 diabetes, the pancreas does not produce enough …

Diabetes

Searching for Ebola: Where is it hiding and when will it be back?

<b>(CNN) —</b> There was a certain kind of quiet hopefulness when, in late April this year, the last Ebola patient of the West African epidemic -- a two-year-old boy -- walked out of a treatment facility in Monrovia, Liberia. With the smoldering embers of the outbreak fading, there was cause for …

Birth control linked to depression, new study says

<b>(CNN) —</b> Taking hormonal birth control might be associated with an increased risk for depression compared with those who don't use contraception, according to a new study published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry last week.<p>The finding is something that users have long suspected, as about 30% of women …

Living donor uterus transplants performed in US

<b>(CNN) —</b> A team of surgeons at Baylor University Medical Center announced Wednesday they have performed the first living donor uterus transplants in the United States.<p>The hospital said in a statement the experimental procedure was performed four times between September 14-22.<p>The procedure was …

An Up-Close Look at Refugee Rescues on the Mediterranean

In an exhausting 15-hour operation, a German boat intercepts 24 inflatable rafts carrying African migrants fleeing the Libyan coast for Italy.<p>ON THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA— As dawn broke, the phone rang on the bridge of the M.S. <i>Sea-Watch 2</i>, a 90-foot fisheries research vessel reborn as a rescue ship. It …

Stingrays Chew? Who Knew?

Mammals have been dethroned as world’s only true masticators.<p>Plenty of animals bite, but mammals were once thought to be the only ones to chew, at least as it’s usually defined: moving our toothy jaws up, down, and side to side to tear through tough food. But chew on this: the ocellate river …

8 Tips for Taking Travel Pictures With an iPhone 7

Learn what it’s like traveling light in Africa with only an iPhone 7 to capture your most important travel moments.<p><i>Travel photographer Austin Mann was given early access to use the</i> <i>iPhone 7</i> <i>while traveling in Rwanda. He's traveling light, setting aside his traditional camera gear to put the new</i> …

A Legal Trade in Ivory Would Wipe Out Elephants, Study Finds

New research suggests that demand far outpaces the amount of ivory Africa’s elephants could sustainably provide.<p>Legalizing the ivory trade could more quickly make elephants extinct, a study published September 15 suggests. It finds that the demand for ivory is far greater than the amount of ivory …

This Popular Aquarium Fish Might Vanish From the Wild

The survival of a spectacular coral fish from Indonesia may depend on a decision made in South Africa this month.<p>The tropical setting is postcard perfect. A palm tree on a deserted white beach surrounded by turquoise water imprints itself on my mind as I roll backward off the boat in full scuba …

John Kerry Says Saving the Oceans Is a ‘Life or Death’ Issue

The secretary of state explains why—amid wars, terrorism, and epidemics—it's so important to focus on the seas.<p>The world’s oceans generate more than half the oxygen we breathe and half the food we eat. Plus, they regulate our weather and climate. Yet they are perhaps the planet’s most vulnerable …

Venomous Animals Kill in Horrible Ways—And Also Cure

Book Talk<p>Vipers will make your flesh melt, Lonomia caterpillars will make you bleed, but Gila monster venom could treat diabetes.<p>What do Odysseus and TV wildlife expert Steve Irwin have in common? (Stingray barbs killed them both.) What is the most venomous creature in the world? (The Australian …

Can Reusing Spent Nuclear Fuel Solve Our Energy Problems?

Leslie Dewan's Transatomic Power Co. is developing a new type of nuclear power plant.<p>Nuclear power, always controversial, has been under an especially dark cloud since Japan’s Fukushima disaster five years ago.<p>And in the United States, few new nuclear plants have been ordered since the 1979 partial …

How Protecting Animals Led to Allegations of Torture and Rape

Tarangire, Tanzania<p>Recent human rights abuses in Tanzania's fight to stop wildlife poaching call into question whether drastic new measures will be above board.<p>Loota was working late one Sunday evening in 2013 when a truck full of army officers stopped outside his butcher shop. They hopped out and …

Tips for Better Bokeh Photography

The term “bokeh” seems to have evolved from its original definition. Nowadays bokeh refers to out of focus lights and shapes within a picture, rather …

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Aquatic Sports

Gorgeous Black-and-White Vintage Photos of Early NASA Facilities

Among the great joys of spending countless hours rummaging through archives is the occasional serendipitous discovery of something absolutely wonderful: Case in point, these gorgeous black-and-white photographs of vintage NASA (and NASA predecessor NACA) facilities, which I found semi-accidentally …

11 Memorial Day Beach Escapes (Photos)

It’s Vacation Time!<p>Memorial Day is just around the corner...and so are these beaches. There's still time to plan a sandy trip!<p>05.20.13 4:45 AM …

2013 Tours of a Lifetime

The route to Patagonia’s biggest unclimbed wall now protected

“ONE DAY WE’LL JUST DISAPPEAR,” Kris Tompkins told me in 2011, “but the parks will still be here.” It’s this spirit of protecting lands, not just for …

National Parks

A perfect day in Trastevere, Rome's favourite neighbourhood

You’ve thrown coins into the Trevi Fountain and marvelled at the Colosseum – what next? Take a trip across the Tiber river to Trastevere, a charming medieval neighbourhood with a fiery temperament. A stroll around Trastevere, a formerly working-class district with a heady nightlife, will take you …

A Tropical Sunset

New Speech at SmugMug<p>I’ve been using SmugMug for years (see my SmugMug Review!) – and they invited me up to give a talk. Since I’ve given many …

Tips for Picking a Guided Trip

TravelTraveler Magazine<p>I recently took a guided tour of Morocco with the Vermont-based Country Walkers (<i>Traveler</i> named the company’s guided tour through Brazil as one of this year’s “Tours of a Lifetime“).<p><b>Here are three lessons I learned along the way:</b><p><b>1. Seek a perfect match:</b> There are many …

The world's best multi-day treks...without high altitudes

Love trekking but suffer from altitude sickness? Or do you just want to want to enjoy a good trek without worrying about acclimatising? Altitude sickness, which usually kicks in around 2500-3000 metres (8200-9850 feet) and higher, affects some (but not all) of us, no matter how healthy you are.<p>And …

An open-air basket elevator ferries adventurous tourists down into Thrihnukagigur volcano in Iceland. This is the only place on Earth where you can enter a magma chamber. http://on.natgeo.com/117n1Op Photograph by Iurie Belegurschi, Your Shot