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Gay rights come to the fore as Lebanon prepares to vote

<b>(CNN) —</b> Ameen Rhayem could face up to a year in jail if he is charged with violating Lebanon's Article 534 "simply for loving another man."<p>The activist makes that point in a video produced by Beirut-based sexual-rights group the Arab Foundation for Freedoms and Equality (AFE) in advance of the …

The tactic that convinces reluctant parents to vaccinate their babies

Vaccines have been saving lives around the world for over 200 years. But in 2017, there’s still ample debate about the safety and efficacy of the medical intervention. While vaccination rates in children remain high overall in the United States, they fall short of goals set for 2020. Pockets of low …

Lebanon president urges unity after PM Hariri quits, toppling coalition of sectarian groups

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia accused Lebanon on Monday of declaring war against it because of aggression by the Iran-backed Lebanese Shi’ite group Hezbollah, a dramatic escalation of a crisis threatening to destabilize the tiny Arab country.<p>Lebanon has been thrust to the center of regional …

Israeli and Palestinian women hold peace march

Thousands of Israeli and Palestinian women trekked through a biblical desert landscape converging on the shores of the Jordan River in a march for peace.<p>The women, many of them dressed in white, descended through the arid hills leading to the river, where they erected a “peacetent.<p>The activists, …

Plague is spreading at an alarming rate in Madagascar. Yes, plague.

The Indian Ocean island has already seen more than 1,800 plague cases and 127 deaths — and it’s early in the season.<p>People in Madagascar are scrambling to get their hands on antibiotics and face masks, while public gatherings have been canceled, as a rare pneumonic plague epidemic spreads across …

What to know about a study of flu vaccine and miscarriage

Researchers studying the flu vaccine in pregnancy have found a hint of a possible link between miscarriage early in pregnancy and the flu vaccine in women who received a certain version of the vaccine two years in a row.<p>It’s the first study to identify a potential link between miscarriage and the …

The female director who was issued a fatwa for her first film

<b>When 35-year-old Maysaloun Hamoud, a Palestinian director, said she wanted to "stir things up" with her movies - she achieved it.</b><p>Her first feature film, In Between, has resulted with her being issued with a fatwa (Islamic religious ruling), as well as death threats.<p>The movie, which is released in …

Vaccines should be called 'equines' to reflect true origin, says expert

The invention of vaccines was one of science’s greatest ever breakthroughs, saving the lives of countless millions of people over the past 200 …

Public Health

NPR Continues To Find Hundreds Of Cases Of Advanced Black Lung

NPR's ongoing investigation of the advanced stage of the fatal lung disease that afflicts coal miners has identified an additional 1,000 cases in Appalachia.<p>That brings the NPR count of progressive massive fibrosis, the most serious stage of the disease known as black lung, to nearly 2,000 cases in …

How war brought cholera and polio back to the Middle East

BEIRUT — As war ravages public health systems in Yemen and Syria, doctors are treating epidemics and diseases they once thought were things of the past.<p>In Yemen, it is cholera, a bacterial disease spreading so fast, about 160,000 people have been fallen sick since April.<p>In Syria, it is polio, …

Middle East

Artificial Sweeteners Don't Help People Lose Weight, Review Finds

The theory behind artificial sweeteners is simple: If you use them instead of sugar, you get the joy of sweet-tasting beverages and foods without the downer of extra calories, potential weight gain and related health issues.<p>In practice, it's not so simple, as a review of the scientific evidence on …

When Parents Force the Government’s Hand on Vaccines

Germany is now issuing fines to families amid a measles epidemic. Don’t think compulsory vaccination can’t happen in America, too. It already …

Beirut Pride week goes ahead despite Islamist threats

Threats from Islamist groups failed to derail the Arab world’s first LGBT Pride week, which ended in Beirut on Sunday.<p>In a country where homosexual acts remain illegal, some 4,000 people attended more than a dozen events -- including conferences, parties and workshops -- that took place both inside …

LGBTQI

7 immersive data visualizations that track global health trends

As big data evolves, data visualizations can help turn the most convoluted facts and figures into clear stories, aiding further research efforts and …

Crowdsourcing autism data: Stanford project aims to highlight gaps in diagnosis and therapy - Scope

How common is autism? Since 2000, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has revised its estimate several times, with the numbers …

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly Of African-American Mortality In The US

Last Friday the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) released a report titled “Vital Signs: Racial Disparities in Age-Specific Mortality Among Blacks or African Americans — United States, 1999–2015”. Some of the news is very good, most of it is bad or ugly.<p><b>The good</b><p>The death rate from …

High Blood Pressure

Minnesota is fighting its largest measles outbreak in nearly 30 years. Blame vaccine deniers.

Andrew Wakefield helped spark an outbreak among Somali Americans.<p>Anti-vaccine groups have helped fuel Minnesota’s largest outbreak of measles in nearly 30 years, with 58 confirmed cases since the outbreak was identified in April.<p>Most of the cases are occurring among unvaccinated Somali-American …

ROASTED POTATO SALAD WITH FRENCH LENTILS & SPRING VEGETABLES

We went on a slightly soggy, but still invigorating hike with friends over the weekend and what did we spy in perky clumps all over the forest floor? …

CAULIFLOWER & ROASTED GARBANZO "RICE AND PEAS" SALAD - The First Mess // Plant-Based Recipes + Photography by Laura Wright

pin it!pin it!pin it!<p>Would you cross a moat for a meager handful of chives? I kind of did that a couple times this week. There’s only one green and …

Short-sightedness, or myopia, a global epidemic as children spend less time outdoors

Get your child into the outdoors if you want to help them avoid having vision issues later in life — that's the message from researchers looking into …

The Government Finally Has A Realistic Estimate Of Killings By Police

About 1,200 people were killed by police officers in the U.S. in the 12 months that ended in May, according to a federal report released Thursday. …

Cinnamon Apple Baked Oatmeal + Recipe Video + Easy Make A-head One Bowl Breakfast

<i>Cinnamon Apple Baked Oatmeal makes the perfect easy make-ahead breakfast or brunch! Best of all, it comes together in just one bowl using healthy and</i> …

Breakfast

Smoking and Cancer: 10 States Where Tobacco Kills the Most People

Smoking cigarettes leads to higher rates of cancer deaths in some states | Matt Cardy/Getty Images<p>Thinking about lighting up? You might want to …

The Best Winter Slow Cooker Recipes, According to Martha Stewart

In the fall and winter months, few things are better than a slow-cooked homemade meal that greets you at the door with a mouthwatering aroma. While …

Cooking

UNC Study: Linking Maternal Mortality Files to Violent Death Reporting System Reveals More Pregnancy-Associated Suicides, Homicides

A recent study that linked data from the North Carolina Maternal Mortality Review to the North Carolina Violent Death Reporting System (NC-VDRS) …

Public Health

Will A Study Save Victims Of Violence, Or Gamble With Their Lives?

Dr. Zoe Maher has never been busier. In addition to being a trauma surgeon and a new mom, she's spent the last year and half talking to hospital patients and community groups across Philadelphia about a study she's confident will save more adult gunshot and stab wound victims.<p>On a recent Saturday …

Gonorrhea Is Becoming Untreatable, U.N. Health Officials Warn

We are running out of ways to treat gonorrhea, the World Health Organization announced today.<p>The U.N. health agency released new guidelines warning doctors that it no longer recommends an entire class of antibiotics, quinolones, because quinolone-resistant strains of the disease have emerged all …

Street performance by Syrians in Lebanon opens wounds

SAADNAYEL, Lebanon (AP) — The small crowd broke out in giggles when a young male actor, dressed in a towel and a wig, strutted around the dusty open …

'Eye-watering' scale of Black Death's impact on England revealed

Scraps of broken pottery from test pits dug by thousands of members of the public have revealed the devastating impact of the Black Death in England, not just in the years 1346 to 1351 when the epidemic ripped Europe apart, but for decades or even centuries afterwards.<p>The quantity of sherds of …

Archaeology

Why public health scholars should study pornography

In 2016, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert signed a resolution declaring pornography a public health crisis.<p>The resolution sparked debate at the time, …