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Yale student claims university threatened to suspend her if she didn’t gain weight

A student at Yale University said she was faced with an unusual college dilemma for the past few months: gain weight or leave school.<p>According to a report in the New Haven Register, Frances Chan said she has been stuffing herself with ice cream and Cheetos, after doctors at Yale’s health center …

Daily aspirin may reduce preeclampsia risk

A federal task force recommended Monday that some pregnant women take low-dose aspirin daily to avoid getting preeclampsia, a condition that can lead to preterm birth and other complications.<p>Aspirin in general isn't recommended during pregnancy because it can contribute to maternal and fetal …

Where bee stings are the most painful

Where would it hurt more to get stung by a bee: on a testicle or on a nostril? It was this burning question that led Michael Smith, a graduate student at Cornell University studying honeybees, to his latest research.<p>After being stung on the testicle and realizing it didn't hurt as much as one might …

Early signs of stroke often missed in ER

The early signs and symptoms of stroke often go overlooked in emergency rooms, MedPage Today reported.<p>In a new study published in <i>Diagnosis</i>, researchers at Johns Hopkins University did a retrospective analysis of inpatient discharge and emergency department (ED) records from nine states.<p>Of the …

Too much running could actually kill you sooner

Training to run a marathon has got to be one of the healthiest things you can do, right? Maybe not: A new study found that "moderate" runners lived longer than people who don't exercise at all—<i>and</i> people who run lots of miles, HealthDay reports.<p>The study, led by the co-director of the …

Can I split my pills? And other prescription questions you’ve always wanted answered

<b>Can I split my pills?</b><p>The short answer is yes, but there’s a right way to do it. In some cases, buying and splitting a double dose of your drug can save a lot of money compared to buying the dosage you are prescribed directly. Most prescriptions come in a variety of doses, and in many cases, higher …

Are self-tanning products harmful to our health?

After a long and brutal winter, many Americans are probably craving a little sun-kissed glow before summer arrives.<p>But with numerous studies showing exposure to UV radiation—whether from the sun or tanning beds—increases a person’s risk of developing skin cancer, how can we safely achieve a …

37 possibly ill with norovirus on cruise ship

Officials say more than three dozen people are possibly ill with the highly contagious norovirus while onboard a cruise ship sailing to ports in California.<p>Princess Cruises spokeswoman Karen Candy says about 37 passengers on the Crown Princess reported being sick while the ship was in San Francisco …

WHO: Ebola outbreak is one of the 'most challenging' ever faced

A "challenging" outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa is expected to take from two to four months to contain, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Tuesday.<p>The virus is still spreading in three "hotspots" of Guinea Forestiere, a southeastern region some 900 km (560 miles) from …

Eating disorders in men often go undiagnosed

Eating disorders are commonly associated with women, but many men suffer from these conditions as well —causing them to go routinely underdiagnosed, Medical News Today reported.<p>An estimated 10 to 15 percent of Americans with eating disorders are male, according to the National Association of …

FIFA introduces first standardized medical bag for World Cup

At the 2014 World Cup in Brazil this summer, medical teams from the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) will be equipped with standardized emergency medical bags for the first time since the tournament began.<p>“[In the past], sideline medical teams, they were using the standard …

12-year-old becomes youngest yoga instructor in US

Jaysea DeVoe is a yoga instructor who has the challenging job of teaching fidgety preschoolers the ancient practice, but once her charges get going, she says, "they really start to focus and listen."<p>DeVoe knows a thing or two about childhood and focus, for she is only 12 years old and just recently …

Millions of dollars wasted on flu drug Tamiflu, review finds

Researchers who have fought for years to get full data on Roche's flu medicine Tamiflu said on Thursday that governments who stockpile it are wasting billions of dollars on a drug whose effectiveness is in doubt.<p>In a review of trial data on Tamiflu, and on GlaxoSmithKline's flu drug Relenza, …

Couple trains their own diabetes-sniffing dog

When Robert McVey was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, he struggled to find the right treatment option. Then his doctor suggested a service dog.<p>Diabetic alert dogs are trained to detect swings in blood sugar levels and signal their owners of fluctuations— sometimes even before the person realizes it.<p>…

High-fat diet increases breast cancer risk, study finds

Women who eat a diet high in saturated fat may be at an increased risk for several types of breast cancer, a new study finds.<p>Women whose diets included a lot of fat particularly, a large amount of saturated fat from animal products were more likely to develop certain types of breast cancer, …

Pain relievers may increase risk of irregular heartbeat

Popular pain relievers may increase the risk of atrial fibrillation – the most common cause of irregular heartbeat, The New York Times reported.<p>In a new study published in <i>BMJ Open</i>, Dutch researchers followed 8,423 people with an average age of 69, who had normal heart rhythm at the beginning of the …

College students reportedly told to inject each other with non-approved solution

University of Alaska Fairbanks officials are reviewing procedures after students in a medical assistant program were told to inject each other with a solution not approved for human use.<p>The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports a clinical procedures instructor in the university's Community and …

Your sneeze goes farther than you think, study says

Covering your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough is more than just a polite move.<p>According to new research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, droplets from coughs and sneezes can travel up to 200 times farther than previously thought, Medical News Today reported.<p>Researchers …

524 sickened by Salmonella outbreak linked with Foster Farms chicken

A total of 524 people in the United States have become ill with Salmonella Heidelberg likely related to Foster Farms raw chicken – in an outbreak that has spanned more than one year.<p>According to the latest update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 43 new cases have been …

Surfer treats his own eye problem with a giant wave

Instead of getting surgery, an adventurous surfer in Hawaii sought a different approach to treat his eye condition he dipped his head into the rushing water while surfing a gigantic, 30-foot (10 meters) wave, according to a new report of his case.<p>A band of fibrous tissue growing over the outer …

Doctors successfully implant lab-grown vaginas into 4 women

For women with Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome, life can be difficult. Born with an absent or underdeveloped vagina, women suffering MRKH often have difficulty experiencing a normal sex life, can fail to menstruate and sometimes cannot reproduce naturally.<p>But now, researchers from Wake …

3 metals you don't know you're eating

Iron in your supplements. Copper in your water. Aluminum in antacids. Metals make their way into our bodies in a variety of ways. That can be bad news, considering the growing number of studies linking high levels of them to Alzheimer's disease.<p>As we age, our bodies don't always properly regulate …

Irregular periods linked with higher risk of dying from ovarian cancer

Women whose menstrual periods are irregular, such as those who go more than five weeks between periods, may be at increased risk of dying from ovarian cancer, a new study suggests.<p>In the study, women with irregular menstrual cycles at age 26 were about twice as likely to die from ovarian cancer in …

Only 5 mutations needed to make bird flu more contagious, study says

A controversial Dutch virologist has published research detailing how to make the H5N1 flu virus more contagious— a move he believes is beneficial to public safety, NPR reported.<p>Ron Fouchier and his team at Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands studied the H5N1 bird flu and revealed that only …

Scientists use lab-grown cartilage to reconstruct cancer patients’ noses

Researchers in Switzerland have successfully reconstructed the noses of five skin cancer patients – using cartilage grown from the patients’ very own tissue.<p>Utilizing a technique called tissue engineering, scientists at the University of Basel extracted very small amounts of cartilage from the …

Food poisoning more likely in restaurants than home

Americans who eat out at restaurants are twice as likely to get food poisoning, compared to those who eat food prepared at home, Counsel & Heal reported.<p>In a new study from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), researchers analyzed 10,408 food poisoning outbreaks based on data from …