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More Evidence Alcohol Before Bed Is Ruining Your Sleep

Many of us may be tempted to unwind with a glass of wine, but numerous studies suggest alcohol before bed is a sure-fire way to disturb your precious slumber. Adding to that body of research is a new study that suggests, once again, that you might want to nix that nightcap.<p>In the study, published …

Alcohol

BPA plastics chemical poses no health risk, says European watchdog | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - The chemical bisphenol A, used to stiffen some plastic food containers, poses no health risk to consumers of any age, including unborn children, at current levels of exposure, Europe’s food safety watchdog said on Wednesday.<p>Some studies have suggested possible links to everything …

FDA

On Ebola front line, first glimpse of end to epidemic | Reuters

FREETOWN (Reuters) - Here at the front line of the Ebola epidemic, the tide seems to be turning against the disease.<p>A health worker checks the temperature of a man arriving at Bata Airport, January 14, 2015. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh<p>A military-style operation to fight the outbreak in Sierra Leone …

Disease

The Danger of Physician Burnout on the Health Care Highway

As with the beginning of each new year, the word "improved" gets bandied about: improved patient care, improved patient satisfaction, improved efficiency. Physicians are constantly being told to push past their burnout and embrace multitasking for the sake of improved health care delivery. Patients …

Health Care

Turns Out Weed Isn't So Bad for Your Lungs After All

A new Emory study proves it.<p>A new and exciting study published in the <i>Annals of the American Thoracic Society</i> finds that smoking a joint a day doesn't actually affect your lung capacity [via Medical Daily.<p>Researchers at Emory University concluded that adults who smoked one joint a day had similar …

Typical American Smokers Burn Up at Least $1 Million During Their Lifetimes

American smokers spend at least $1 million dollars on cigarette-related expenditures over their lifetimes, according to a state-by-state analysis …

South Carolina

E-Cigarettes May Be More Toxic Than Tobacco, Researchers Say

Formaldehyde, a known human carcinogen found in cigarette smoke, also dwells in the vaporized liquid of popular electronic or e-cigarettes, …

Public Health

There's Now Coffee to Help You Fall Asleep

Imagine brewing coffee as a nightcap. That’s what Deland Jessop says he and his wife have begun to do with Counting Sheep Coffee—a new product …

Coffee

Outbreak of 51 measles cases linked to Disneyland

<b>(CNN) —</b> Happiness isn't the only contagious thing at Disneyland in California.<p>There's an outbreak of measles linked to the theme park, and one of California's top public health officials recommended that children under 12 months and people who've never had a measles vaccination stay away from the …

Public Health

20 Satisfying Lunches That Promote Weight Loss

Your lunch break just became the healthiest part of your nine to five.<p>You probably spend your mornings at work counting down the minutes 'til your much-needed lunch break, so why not double your pleasure by brown-bagging a delicious meal you can actually get excited about? Skip the drive-thru, stop …

The Doctor Who Championed Hand-Washing And Briefly Saved Lives

This is the story of a man whose ideas could have saved a lot of lives and spared countless numbers of women and newborns' feverish and agonizing deaths.<p>You'll notice I said "could have."<p>The year was 1846, and our would-be hero was a Hungarian doctor named Ignaz Semmelweis.<p>Semmelweis was a man of …

Personal Hygiene

8 Insane and Ridiculous Things Women Have Used as Birth Control

If that doesn't make you feel #blessed to have the birth control of your choice at the pharmacy, check out this video of some of the most insane (and completely ineffective) things women have used as contraceptives throughout history. Get ready to cringe:<p>So we can all agree that was terrifying, but …

Mae Keane, One Of The Last 'Radium Girls,' Dies At 107

<b>Editor's note, Jan. 15, 2015:</b> Mae Keane was one of the last "radium girls," but not the last one. Please scroll down to the bottom of this page to see the full correction note.<p><i>Before turning the page on 2014,</i> All Things Considered <i>is paying tribute to some of the people who died this year whose</i> …

Robot-assisted surgery gains ground

Robot-assisted surgery is increasingly common in UK hospitals.<p>There are now 45 Da Vinci robots in England and Wales - machines that allow surgeons to operate remotely using very small, precise instruments attached to robotic arms.<p>In the first in a series of special reports on some of the year's …

Physiology

For Once the Anti-Vaxxers Aren't (Entirely) to Blame

Anti-vaxxers are epidemiology’s repeat offenders—the first and sometimes only suspects you need to call in for questioning whenever there’s an …

Public Health

Who Invented Naloxone?

This December marks the one-year anniversary of the death of Jack Fishman, the man who invented naloxone. Fishman's family describes him as a brilliant yet humble man, but his life was also filled with many ironies. More than 40 years after inventing a medicine that would save hundreds of thousands …

Naloxone

Evolution: Why are most of us right-handed?

Right-handed people are dominant worldwide – but why? Jason G Goldman investigates.<p>We humans don’t typically agree on all that much, but there is at least one thing that an impressive amount of us accept: which hand is easiest to control. If you use one hand for writing, you probably use the same …

The Brain

Supreme Court Refuses To Limit Abortion Drug's Use

The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked enforcement of an Arizona law aimed at limiting use of the increasingly popular abortion pill. In 2012 nearly half of the abortions in the state were via the pill, known as RU-486.<p>The pill was approved by the FDA in 2000 for the first seven weeks of pregnancy. …

South Korea cancer victims bring class action against nuclear operator | Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) - A group of South Korean thyroid cancer patients living near nuclear plants have filed the country’s first class action suit against the operator, after an October court ruling in favor of a plaintiff claiming a link between radiation and the cancer.<p>Worries about the safety of …

Japan confirms bird flu case, culls 4,000 chickens | Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan’s Agricultural Ministry on Tuesday confirmed a case of a highly pathogenic H5 strain of avian influenza at a poultry farm in Miyazaki prefecture in southwestern Japan.<p>Three chickens tested positive at the farm and all of the roughly 4,000 chickens there have been culled, an …

The Most Exciting Health Stories Of 2014

While 2014 will forever be known as the year of the world's biggest Ebola outbreak -- and the first cases of Ebola contracted in the United States -- the virus is just one of several impactful changes in our medical and personal health landscape. From cancer research breakthroughs to innovative …

Cyclacel lead drug likely to fail trial, says safety board | Reuters

(Reuters) - Cyclacel Pharmaceuticals Inc said an independent committee had determined that its lead drug would unlikely show a statistically significant improvement in the survival rates in patients with a form of blood cancer.<p>The company’s stock plummeted as much as 75 percent to hit a record low …

Senate confirms new surgeon general

The Senate confirmed Vivek Murthy as surgeon general on Monday night as Democrats -- in the final days of their majority control of the chamber -- overcame stiff opposition from the National Rifle Association.<p>The 51 to 43 vote ends more than a year of uncertainty over Murthy's nomination. Obama had …

30 Images Of Life Under A Microscope

Part of the front foot of a giant diving beetle at 100x magnification.<br>Dr. Igor Siwanowicz<p>1 of 30<p>Some of the world's most stunning beauties can't be …

Imaging

Liquid nitrogen cocktail: Oscar's Wine Bar in Lancaster faces Health & Safety charges

<b>A wine bar is being prosecuted under Health and Safety laws after an 18-year-old woman who drank a cocktail containing liquid nitrogen needed to have her stomach removed.</b><p>Gaby Scanlon, from Heysham, Lancashire was celebrating her birthday at Oscar's Wine Bar in Lancaster in October 2012.<p>After …

Alcohol

Here's How Much the Next Ebola Will Cost Us

The global community cannot withstand another Ebola outbreak: The World Bank estimates the two-year financial burden price tag of the current …

Disease

The Annoying Thing That's Making You Hungrier

New evidence suggests fructose—the simple sugar present in fruit and fruit juices—may be messing with your brain and appetite in a way that actually …

Diabetes

Street Drug 'Special K' May Offer New Hope For People With Treatment-Resistant Depression

A hallucinogenic drug known on the street as "Special K" offers new hope to those suffering from severe, treatment-resistant depression.<p>Ketamine, which was originally developed in the 1960s as a milder version of PCP, already has a well-established medical use as a sedative or pain killer. But …

10 Things to Expect When You Have Cancer

<b>Are you a normal cancer patient?</b> Cancer treatments can lead to hair loss, body changes and shifts in your personality. Although going through it can make you feel crazy, here are 10 "normal" things that patients can expect:<p><b>Rushing all over town.</b> Care for the sick is not all in one place. If you …

Cancer