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Tension between CIA and Trump White House persists over personnel and policy

The recent removal, and reinstatement, of the National Security Council’s senior intelligence director is a telling illustration of the ongoing animosity between at least some sectors of the Trump White House and the CIA and may be an early sign of problems for new national security adviser H.R. …

San Francisco Bans Chewing Tobacco at Sports Venues

On Friday, San Francisco became the first American city to ban smokeless tobacco—chewing tobacco and “moist inhalable snuff”—at sports venues.<p>The new …

This Artist Uses Period Blood in Her Work—See the Stunning Images

Aren’t they stunning? Rob Lewis, Jen's husband, does the actual photography, while Jen works with the blood. “When we first started, all of the art was made in 'real time'—meaning while I was actively menstruating,” she said. Jen explained that she would remove her cup, and after Rob set up the …

Being a 'Morning Person' Can Help Keep You Healthy

Early to bed, early to rise...<p>Back in grade school, Benjamin Franklin's old saying seemed like a sly attempt to get us to stop complaining about bedtime.<p>But it turns out Ben was right -- at least about it making us healthy.<p>If you're a "night person," this is going to be hard to hear.<p>But a new study …

Americans Are Binge Drinking More, Especially Women

The binge drinking rates for women rose almost 36 percent between 2002 and 2012, according to a study published this month in the <i>American Journal of Public Health</i>. Men's binge drinking rates rose 23 percent over the same time period, and men are still more likely to binge drink overall.<p>“It seems …

Chipotle Says Adios To GMOs, As Food Industry Strips Away Ingredients

Fast-casual food chain Chipotle Mexican Grill has announced it has removed all ingredients made with genetically modified organisms from its menu, making good on a two-year-old promise. It's the latest example of the food industry stripping away ingredients, some more questionable than others, as …

New Measles Vaccine is Needle-Free

Scientists have formulated a needle-free vaccine against measles and say the little stick-on patch could be the answer to fighting measles — and perhaps other diseases such as polio, too.<p>The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls the patch a “game-changer” and is helping the team at …

Vaccines Don’t Cause Autism, Even in Kids at Higher Risk

In the latest study on the vaccines, researchers find even more evidence that childhood immunizations aren’t linked to autism.<p>In a study published in …

Chamomile tea tied to lower thyroid cancer risk | Reuters

(Reuters Health) - Consumption of chamomile tea was linked with a lower risk of thyroid cancer in a small Greek study.<p>Researchers interviewed some Athens residents about their lifestyle, eating and drinking habits and found that people who reported drinking more chamomile tea over longer periods of …

Ask JJ: Getting to Sleep

<b>Dear JJ: I've long adhered to your 7-9 hours of sleep every night. I always get quality sleep, and rarely does it become interrupted save for an occasional bathroom trip. My big problem is getting to sleep. It's like trying to rapidly put the brakes on my mind around bedtime.</b><p>First things first: …

26 of LIFE's Best Animal Covers

February 8, 1937 LIFE Magazine cover (photo by Charles J. Belden).<br>LIFE Magazine<p>1 of 26<p>As magazine titles go, LIFE is perhaps the most …

Why The FDA Has Never Looked At Some Of The Additives In Our Food

<i>This piece comes from the</i> Center for Public Integrity, <i>a nonpartisan, nonprofit investigative news organization.</i><p>Companies have added thousands of ingredients to foods with little to no government oversight. That's thanks to a loophole in a decades-old law that allows them to deem an additive to be …

What 5 Days of Junk Food Does to Your Metabolism

It takes surprisingly few days of a mac-and-cheese-rich diet to do some really bad things to your metabolism. Just five days on a diet full of …

Coffee Might Counteract the Damage From Heavy Drinking

Your liver ought to thank you for your Starbucks habit.<p>Coffee is already the go-to fix after a night of heavy drinking. But a new study shows it isn't just helping your headache — it's helping your liver too.<p>Scientists with the World Cancer Research Fund International found strong evidence that …

Immune Therapy Offers Hope for Ovarian Cancer

An experimental treatment that trains a woman’s immune system to target her own ovarian tumors has helped at least 20 women live longer and might point to a way to manage one of the most deadly cancers out there.<p>And even older cancer drugs might help women live longer with ovarian cancer, …

How Many Steps Should You Be Taking Each Day? 10 Tips to Help You Meet the Goal

There are dozens of ways to keep track of fitness and overall health, from heart rate tracking to calories burned and beyond. While some are more accurate than others, the best method is one that works for you. Bonus points if it's simple and objective.<p>One such method is tracking the steps you take …

If you must smoke, do it away from the kids

<b>(CNN) —</b> There is a growing body of evidence that children's exposure to smoking increases their risk of heart disease as an adult.<p>Researchers in a study out this week in the journal Circulation, found that simply having a parent who smoked, but tried to limit their child's exposure to their …

Public Health

Angelina Jolie Pitt's Surgeries Will Reduce Cancer Risk, Doctors Say

In a <i>New York Times</i> op-ed Tuesday, Angelina Jolie Pitt revealed that she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed because of cancer fears. Doctors say that because of her family history, it will reduce her risk by almost 90 percent.<p>Transcript<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:<p>It's been nearly two years since …

Lpath's kidney cancer drug fails mid-stage trial | Reuters

(Reuters) - Drug developer Lpath Inc said its experimental drug to treat renal cell carcinoma, the most common form of kidney cancer, failed to meet its main goal in a mid-stage trial.<p>Lpath shares were down 39 percent in extended trading on Tuesday.<p>Patients taking the drug, Asonep, did not show …

Obesity and Food Addiction: It's Not About Willpower

While it's nationally recognized that we are in the midst of an "obesity epidemic," our response remains gravely inadequate. Imagine handling the ebola epidemic by saying to those who contracted the disease, "Try harder not to get sick."<p>Despite what our culture, exercise and diet industries would …

Weight Loss Doesn't Always Lead to Happiness

Research has shown that dropping pounds doesn't mean higher well-being.<p>To lose weight is to become happier. At least, this is the narrative voiced by countless health gurus, ubiquitous advertisements, and, sometimes, overly blunt friends and relatives.<p>Americans buy in to the weight-loss game with …

Weight Loss

Stress, depression boost risks for heart patients | Reuters

(Reuters Health) - For people with heart disease, high levels of stress coupled with depression increase the risk of heart attack and death, according to a new study.<p>“We found that the combination of high stress and high depression symptoms was particularly harmful for adults with heart disease …

'Just watch!' Dancer gets serious cardio workout to 'Uptown Funk' on treadmill

Let's face it, horsing around on a treadmill is not for everybody. But if you know what you're doing and have the fitness level to match it (or are in OK Go), you can totally rock a workout.<p>That's what actor, dancer and choreographer Carson Dean did recently, posting a short video of himself on …

Powdered Alcohol Is Now Legal, But Experts Are Torn Over Risks To Children

By: Rachael Rettner<p>Published: 03/17/2015 10:40 AM EDT on LiveScience<p>A powdered form of alcohol called Palcohol is now approved for sale in the United States, but how safe is this product?<p>Some health experts say they are concerned that powered alcohol could be abused by minors, or could be more …

Esperion drug lowers cholesterol in patients taking statins | Reuters

(Reuters) - Esperion Therapeutics Inc said its experimental drug lowered LDL or “bad” cholesterol levels in patients who were already on statins, the current standard of care.<p>Esperion’s shares rose 19 percent to a record high of $91.50 on the Nasdaq.<p>The company has been developing ETC-1002 as an …

Tuberculosis and superbug strains 'ravaging' Europe, WHO warns | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - As many as 1,000 people a day in Europe contract tuberculosis, and slow progress against the disease coupled with rising drug resistance mean the region is unlikely to defeat it until next century, health officials said on Tuesday.<p>At current rates, the region has little chance of …

Desmond D'Mello: Daybrook dentist patients diagnosed with virus

<b>Five people treated by a dentist investigated for poor hygiene have tested positive for hepatitis C.</b><p>Desmond D'Mello failed to wash his hands or change equipment between treatments when he worked at the former Daybrook Dental Practice in Nottinghamshire.<p>The NHS tested 4,526 people after the largest …

Suspected bird flu in Arkansas poultry threatens exports | Reuters

CHICAGO (Reuters) - A suspected case of avian influenza has been identified in poultry in Arkansas, the third-largest U.S. turkey producer and home to Tyson Foods Inc, the nation’s biggest chicken company, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said on Tuesday. The infection, if confirmed, threatens to …