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A Chronic Pain Disorder Took Everything Away From Me

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The below article originally appeared on Her Campus.

On June 20, 2013, the first pain specialist I had ever seen told me, "You are entering the beginning stages of the world of chronic pain." And I bawled my eyes out.

Backtrack to eight months prior: I had just graduated from …

Chronic Pain

Mississippi Ghost Hunters Find Missing Woman's Body At Abandoned Hospital

An abandoned Mississippi hospital, popular among curiosity seekers and paranormal researchers, became a crime scene Sunday after a group of ghost hunters found a body while exploring the property.

According to police, the group of individuals, who have not been identified, made the discovery at the …

Abandoned Buildings

I used to lead tours at a plantation. You won’t believe the questions I got about slavery.

Up until a few weeks ago, I worked at a historic site in the South that included an old house and a nearby plantation. My job was to lead tours and …

Acting VA inspector general steps down amid criticism

The acting inspector general for the Department of Veterans Affairs on Tuesday announced plans to step down from the post this week, a day after …

Inspector General

VA to Iraq war veteran: We're not taking new patients

Iraq war veteran Chris Dorsey figured that no one would believe he had been turned away from a VA clinic when he sought an appointment for …

Foreign Policy

UN: South Sudan army raped girls and burned them alive

Report by UN mission in South Sudan says recent military campaign was notable for its "brutality and intensity".

The UN has accused South Sudan's army of raping and then burning girls alive inside their homes during its recent campaign, a report by its mission in the country said.

The statement, …


Atkins and Paleo diets help epilepsy, MS, depression, cancer and weight loss

Using food as medicine has taken on new meaning as more scientists and physicians discover ways to use a specific diet protocol, known as the …

Healthy Food

Death Of Toddler Found In Maryland Park Swing Ruled A Homicide

The death of a 3-year-old boy whose body was in a playground swing being pushed by his mother was ruled a homicide by Baltimore's medical examiner.

Ji'Aire Lee had died from hypothermia and dehydration when police found him just before 7 a.m. on May 22 in a park in La Plata, Maryland, according to …


Misty Copeland becomes the first black principal dancer in American Ballet Theater's history

Misty Copeland made history this week when she was promoted to principal dancer of the American Ballet Theater, making her the first African American woman to hold the position in the company’s 75-year history.

Copeland has spoken candidly about issues of race in the ballet world before, which …

Women's History

Adjuvant Chemotherapy Improves Prostate Cancer Survival

June 8, 2015 by NCI Staff

Giving some men with prostate cancer chemotherapy after standard treatment with radiation and hormone therapy modestly …


State restrictions for hepatitis C drug may go too far

(Reuters Health) - State-run insurance programs for the poor may be putting up illegal barriers that prevent people with hepatitis C from getting a new treatment, a new study suggests.

"We had this idea that there were restrictions in place, but we didn't anticipate the breadth of these …

Hepatitis C

Panel urges ex-Green Beret hero out of Army with VA benefits

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — An Army officer who was accused of tracking down and killing an unarmed bomb-making suspect in Afghanistan is being recommended for an honorable discharge even though a military panel that looked into the case determined his conduct was unbecoming an officer.

The military panel …


All Of Uganda’s Free Emergency Contraceptives Are About To Expire

There aren’t many women who actually use the free drugs — but the ones who do are usually survivors of rape.

NAIROBI — Uganda’s entire public stock of emergency contraceptives will expire by Wednesday, leaving women — especially survivors of rape — in the lurch.

Multiple officials in Uganda’s …


Sudan medical students may have joined Isis, says university

Seven Britons are among a group of students who are feared to have travelled to Turkey in an attempt to join Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria.

The group of 12, who all studied medicine at the University of Medical Sciences and Technology in Khartoum, Sudan, left for Turkey on Friday.

Dr Ahmed …

Medical School

What Are the Side Effects of Prescription Sleeping Pills?

Side effects have bedeviled prescription sleep medications since scientists began tinkering in their labs more than a century ago.

Chloral hydrate, a derivative of ethyl alcohol, was first introduced in 1869 as a sedative-hypnotic. It was the primary ingredient of so-called knockout drops, which did …


Déjà Vu? Convicted Murderer Escaped North Carolina Jail with Help of Worker Who Had Sex with Him, Police Say

A convicted murderer escaped from jail over the weekend with the help of a worker who had sex with him behind bars, police say.

Kristopher Antonio McNeil, 29, was found missing from his cell at Brown Creek Correctional Institute in Polkton, North Carolina, on Saturday morning, according to NBC …


VA aims to help homeless, at-risk veterans find stable jobs

CINCINNATI (AP) — David Bowles is excitedly making plans to move from a homeless shelter to an apartment of his own in a few weeks, thanks to a new Department of Veterans Affairs program helping homeless veterans find long-term employment.

"They saved me," said the 56-year-old former Marine, who got …


African Union will not observe elections in Burundi

AU reiterates need for dialogue and consensus for lasting political solution a day ahead of poll in crisis-hit country.

The African Union (AU) will not observe Burundi's legislative elections scheduled for Monday, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the chairperson of the commission of the AU, has said.

In a …


The longest marriage goes to Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher, who were married 86 years, 9 months, and 16 days. http://t.co/IBSDkjc7A7

Texas Defends A Woman's Right To Take Her Placenta Home

After giving birth, some women save the placenta in order to consume it in the following weeks. In fact, Texas just passed a law giving women the right to take the placenta home from the hospital, the third state to do so.

Science doesn't support a lot of the claims of its purported benefits. But …


Lions to be reintroduced to Rwanda after 15-year absence following genocide

Seven lions in South Africa are to be tranquillised, placed in steel crates and loaded on to a charter flight to Rwanda on Monday, restoring the predator to the east African country after a 15-year absence.

Cattle herders poisoned Rwanda’s last remaining lions after parks were left unmanaged and …


New questions about why more women than men have Alzheimer's

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer's disease are women, and now some scientists are questioning the long-held assumption that it's just because they tend to live longer than men.

What else may put woman at extra risk? Could it be genetics? Biological differences in how …

Women's Health

In A Kenyan Village, A 65-Year-Old Recording Comes Home

From Robert Johnson selling his soul at the crossroads to Odysseus outwitting the sirens, the history of music is filled with myth and legend. Music loves a good story, and a certain recording from a Kenyan village definitely has one — one that's 65 years old.

At the center of that story is a …


Walter Shawn Browne, Chess Grandmaster, Dies at 66

Walter Shawn Browne, an aggressive, animated chess grandmaster and six-time United States champion who dazzled spectators with his world-class ability at speed chess, died on Wednesday in Las Vegas, where he had been competing in the 50th National Open. He was 66.

He died in his sleep while resting …


Mother shares photo of son's head to warn others of medical condition

• Matthew Boler, now 11 months old, was born with craniosynostosis, a condition that prevents the brain from growing normally• 
The condition was caught


Sharia Enforcement in the US Military: U.S. Troops Face Eating, Drinking Restrictions during Ramadan

More sharia, more accommodation, more submission. Respect the Ramadan Bomb-a-thon!Why do non-Muslims have to submit to Islamic law? Muslims can …


Veteran still waiting for medical appointment for fast-spreading cancer

Months after the New Mexico Veterans Affairs Healthcare System promised changes in how it schedules veterans for medical appointments, Action 7 News …


Rise in drug-dependent babies challenges doctors, families, social services

Michelle Frigon’s baby was just a day old last February when the signs of trouble emerged. His muscles tightened, he had sneezing fits, his cries …


Amateur golfer, 59, shoots a 57 including three holes-in-one

28 June 2015

"My years in the military have left me a little hard of hearing, so when one of the guys said they heard a clank, I thought, OK, I don't believe that."

When 59-year-old American amateur golfer Patrick Wills lined up his tee shot at the 187-yard par three 14th at Laurel Hill Golf Club in …

Summer Solstice

Consumers Unclear About Risks Or Benefits Of E-Cigarettes

(Reuters Health) - While some smokers consider electronic cigarettes a potential aid in quitting, some people who have already quit see them as a …