Aimee Portillo

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To Anyone Who Has Ever Lost a Pet

<i>This article by Ken Harbaugh originally appeared on Fatherly:</i><p>Every morning for the past three weeks, he has woken me at 4 AM with his pacing -- collar jangling, looking for God knows what. He has been talking to ghosts lately. He wanders into corners, gets stuck, and lets out a hoarse "woof." I …

Pets

How to Become a Runner Even if You Think You Hate Running

Build a runner's body — and bragging rights — in weeks.<p>Non-runners tend to share one distinct talent: They're brilliant at making excuses. But unless you're legitimately injured, there's no good reason to write off one of the simplest physical activities — regardless of your current fitness …

Rosemary Kennedy and the Legacy of Mental Illness

In 1941, a lobotomy left Rosemary Kennedy permanently incapacitated. Two new books this month explore what has and hasn't changed about the way we treat mental illness more than 70 years later.<p>As a young girl in the early 1900s, Rosemary Kennedy—the eldest daughter of the auspicious Kennedy …

Mental Health

How to Become a Morning Person

From Snooze-Button Addict to Morning Person<p>I have always wanted to be one of those women who jump out of bed and into a pair of running shoes at 7 …

Bedtime Stories

Am I Just Really Tired, or Do I Have Adrenal Fatigue?

<i>By Elinor Fish</i><p>I pulled the bed sheets over my head to block the morning sunshine from hitting my face. It was a beautiful July morning, a day I'd usually jump up, slip on my running shoes, and hit the trails for a fun long run.<p>But not today.<p>My head was foggy from a bad nights' sleep, my body felt …

Wellness

The Changes One Trainer Made to Lose Weight After Years of Diet and Exercise | Women's Health

Dell Farrell/@becauseglutes<p>The Workouts<p>I started lifting heavy weights four days a week and giving my body extra time to recover. And when I wasn't strength training with my coach, I did cardio I actually enjoyed, like hiking or walking my dog.<p>I also started tracking every workout I did and changed …

India Hires 40 Monkey Impersonators to Protect Government Officials

(Photo: Real langurs photographed by strudelt)<p>Gray langurs are large monkeys that are common in India. They're often kept in the capital, New Delhi, …

Caught On Camera: For Bribes, Doctors Will Prescribe You Anything

<b>New Delhi:</b> Why do doctors prescribe a branded drug when its generic variant is easily available at a fraction of the price. The Medical Council of …

Evidence on rampant violence against children ‘compels us to act’ – UNICEF report

A new UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report, <i>Hidden in plain sight: A statistical analysis of violence against children</i>, draws on data from 190 countries …

Violence against children widespread, UN report says

Violence against children in some countries is socially accepted, tacitly condoned or not seen as being abusive, UNICEF said. Or victims are too …

Officials, aid groups rip world's response to 'spiraling' Ebola outbreak

The Ebola outbreak is much worse than official figures show and is "spiraling out of control," a leading U.S. official said Tuesday -- due in part, he said, to some countries that inadvertently have made it harder to corral the deadly disease.<p>Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. …

Third American with Ebola arrives for treatment in Nebraska

<b>A US aid worker infected with Ebola in Liberia has arrived in Nebraska for treatment in an isolation unit.</b><p>Dr Rick Sacra, 51, a family doctor from Massachusetts, worked at the same hospital as the two other infected Americans, who are now recovering.<p>One of them, Nancy Writebol, said resources at the …

Disease

Ebola death toll passes 1,900, says WHO

<b>More than 1,900 people have now died in West Africa's Ebola outbreak, the World Health Organization (WHO) says.</b><p>There have been 3,500 confirmed or probable cases in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.<p>"The outbreaks are racing ahead of the control efforts in these countries," WHO chief Margaret Chan …

Disease

How to Banish Stress in 25 Minutes

For the study, researchers divided 66 college students into two groups. One group practiced mindful meditation 25 minutes per day for three days. The other group underwent a type of cognitive training for three days. All participants were subject to a stress challenge test and had measurements …

Malaria parasite 'can manipulate body odour of mice'

<b>Malaria parasites can manipulate the body odour of mice, research in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests.</b><p>Researchers believe parasites may change odours in order to help them with a key stage in their reproduction.<p>And scientists found the altered scent persists at a …

Microbiology

Study: Measles, Mumps and Rubella Vaccines Not Associated With Autism

A new study on childhood vaccines determined that immunizations do not lead to autism — a finding that researchers hope will dissipate fears …

Public Health