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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 …

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BPA plastics chemical poses no health risk, says European watchdog

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 …

On Ebola front line, first glimpse of end to epidemic

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 …

The Danger of Physician Burnout on the Health Care Highway

Whether we're doctors, nurses, med students, or health professionals in other arenas, I can tell you that we went into this for the patients. Someone along the way touched our hearts and our souls and we decided that nothing else but helping patients would put the fire in our bellies.<p>As with the …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

24 Delicious Healthy Lunches That Will Help You Lose Weight

No sad brown-bag lunches allowed.<p>Quiz time! Which of the following comes to mind when you hear the words "weight-loss lunch":<p><b>A.</b> A low-cal TV dinner that contains approximately three bites of chicken and five bland green beans<p><b>B.</b> Cottage cheese and celery sticks<p><b>C.</b> Kale salad with a side of kale<p><b>D.</b> All …

Healthy Eating

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 …

8 Insane and Ridiculous Things Women Have Used as Birth Control

Prepare to cherish your birth control pills.<p>If you're currently trying not to get pregnant, there's a pretty good chance you have a regular birth control method up your sleeve. Maybe you're on the Pill, you have the IUD, or your bedside drawer is stocked with condoms. Whatever works, we're willing …

Pregnancy

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 …

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 …

Whooping Cough

Who Invented Naloxone?

It's a tragedy that Jack Fishman died without ever knowing the extent of his impact on saving lives from overdose. But then again, he was a humble man. Perhaps he would prefer to remain the unsung hero of overdose prevention.<p>This December marks the one-year anniversary of the death of Jack Fishman, …

Naloxone

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. …

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 …

South Korea cancer victims bring class action against nuclear operator

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

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) - 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 …

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 …

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 …

National Academy of Sciences

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 …

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

The life of a cancer patient can be summed up in one word: access. Everybody wants access to you. Whether it's the lab tech taking your blood or the chemo staff giving you an infusion, there are lots of "ins and outs" when you have cancer. You'll get used to it.<p><b>Are you a normal cancer patient?</b> …

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