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Investigators: Mississippi spice overdoses linked

JACKSON, Miss. -- The Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics is following leads to determine the source of a synthetic drug called spice, or synthetic marijuana, that put more than 30 people in the emergency room over the weekend.<p>MBN Director Sam Owens said that it's a safe bet the cases in the Jackson …

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New Labels to Clarify Prescribing in Pregnancy

Drug companies will have to provide clearer information to doctors about the safety of their drugs during pregnancy, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday.<p>The FDA’s replacing the old letter-based system, which characterized drugs as A,B,C,D or X for pregnant and breast-feeding women. …

Can the Adult Film Industry Lead the Way on HIV?

Last week, Michael Weinstein of the controversial (and powerful) AIDS Healthcare Foundation, launched an attack on the Center for Disease Control, over the CDC's endorsement of pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) drugs like Truvada which have been shown to prevent the transmission of HIV. Rather …

7 Signs You May Have A Vitamin D Deficiency

With the Polar Vortex now firmly in our past, we're ready to shed some layers and soak up some springtime sun.<p>About time, too, considering it's our greatest source of vitamin D, a nutrient crucial to bone, skin and mental health. In fact, about 80 to 90 percent of our vitamin D comes from sun …

Multiple Personality -- Is It Mental Disorder, Myth, or Metaphor?

Richard Noll's excellent piece on the folly-filled history of Multiple Personality Disorder (aka Dissociative Identity Disorder) turned out to be too hot for <i>Psychiatric Times</i> to handle.<p>After having posted the blog, <i>PsychTimes</i> promptly unposted it. The quick turnaround was apparently occasioned by …

Possible Link Between DDT Pesticide Exposure And Alzheimer's Disease

A new study out in <i>JAMA Neurology</i> suggests that higher levels of the pesticide DDT might be linked to increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The keyword here is <i>might,</i> however, since the study was quite small and the connection not clear-cut. Still, there’s certainly a possibility that the …

Why Are Millions Addicted To A Drug That Eats The Flesh Off Their Bones?

Codeine, gasoline, paint thinner, hydrochloric acid, iodine and red phosphorous from matchstick heads. Those are typical ingredients in the street drug known as krokodil, a highly addictive toxic cocktail that’s three times as cheap to produce as heroin and could be becoming an international …

Mahatma Gandhi Quotes On The Anniversary Of His Birth On Oct 2, 1869, And International Day Of Non-Violence

We celebrate the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi who was born on Oct 2, 1869. Through his life's work of non-violent resistance, and promotion of pluralism and justice, Gandhi became one of the world's greatest spiritual teachers; inspiring the civil rights work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, His …

3 germs are urgent threats to USA's health, CDC says

It's not too late to curb infections and save effective antibiotics, CDC chief says.<p>The overuse of antibiotics has caused three kinds of bacteria — one that causes life-threatening diarrhea, one that causes bloodstream infections and one that transmits sexually — to become urgent threats to human …

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Male Menopause -- Fact Or Fiction?

Who knew men have menopause?! Well it is actually called andropause.<p>Hallelujah ladies, we are not the only gender that goes through menopause!<p>Male menopause or andropause, can occur in men as early as 35. It is caused by a reduction in the body's production of testosterone and other hormones. It is …

FDA Ratchets Down On Prescribing Of OxyContin And Other Opioids

The Food and Drug Administration today took another step toward restricting use of OxyContin and other powerful and often-abused prescription pain medications.<p>The move comes amid an emotional debate over so-called long-acting opioid analgesics. Federal health officials and others are concerned …

'Tips From Former Smokers' Ad Campaign Caused 100,000 Smokers To Quit, CDC Estimates

A three-month ad campaign called "Tips From Former Smokers" that ran last year caused about 100,000 people to permanently quit smoking, according to estimates by a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released Monday.<p>The CDC arrived at those numbers by surveying 3,051 smokers before …

6 Things You Need To Know About Women, Aging And Brain Health

Americans are living longer than ever, and women tend outlive men: The average life expectancy for females in the United States is now roughly 81, compared to 76 for males, according to recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates.<p>As a result, women are disproportionately affected by …

California Rape Loophole Closed Thanks To New Law Signed By Gov. Jerry Brown

A California man's rape conviction was overturned by an appellate court in January because of a terrifying loophole in the state's sexual assault law: the victim wasn't married.<p>Now, thanks to a new law signed by Gov. Jerry Brown Monday, all women who are raped -- not just married women -- can get …

Fact Check: How Dangerous Is Molly, the New ‘It’ Drug?

If you listen to electronic music, you’re probably familiar with molly.<p>Molly is basically the same as ecstasy. They’re both incarnations of the club …

Goodbye, Crunches. Hello, Flat Abs!

Exercise is a powerful tool -- but as much as it does a body good, it can also harm. Many people don't realize the exercises they do in pursuit of the perfect six-pack actually widen the waist and can ultimately lead to a pooch. Crunches, sit-ups, and even many pilates moves cause the abdominal …

Transgender Students Have New Rights in California

California Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed legislation allowing transgender students in California to have access to the sports teams and facilities that correspond with their gender identity. This is a critically important move because it prioritizes the health, well-being, and dignity of …

9 Amazing Beauty Benefits Of Tea

As the temps turn colder, we're exchanging our iced coffees for herbal teas. Sipping on the hot drink instantly brings a sense of calm to a hectic day. But did you know that you could brew a cup of tea for homemade beauty recipes?<p>Teas, including green, black and red, have been used to improve the …

1 In 5 Deaths Linked To Being Overweight Or Obese: Does This Mean You?

Almost one fifth of all deaths in the U.S. are associated with being overweight, according to a startling new report from Columbia University and the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation. And the kicker? For each consecutive birth year (in other words, the younger you are) the higher the death rate.<p>In a …

Adult Obesity Rates Remain High but Held Steady

For 10 years, F as in Fat, a study by TFAH and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has raised awareness about the seriousness of the obesity epidemic. And, after decades of bad news, we're finally seeing signs of progress. Recently, we found that obesity rates remained level in every state except …

Soda Contributes to Behavior Problems Among Young Children

Sugar-sweetened beverages are one of the major culprits in the obesity epidemic, but sodas have also been connected to behavioral problems among …

Obesity Kills 1 In 5 -- Four Times The Number Of Deaths That Experts Thought

<i>By Amir Khan</i><p>Obesity appears to be deadlier than experts thought, according to a new study in the American Journal of Public Health. While previous estimates put the mortality rate of obesity at around 5 percent, researchers from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York …

5 Fascinating Facts About Daydreams

By Jena Pincott<p>Daydreams distract us for a shocking 47 percent of our waking hours. They make us feel undisciplined and unproductive. And they don't even make us happier. So what's the upside?<p><b>1. They'll Bring Out Your Inner Rube Goldberg</b><p>You have two minutes. How many uses can you think of for a …

Is your extra weight killing you?

About 18% of deaths of people in the USA, 40 to 85, may be due to being overweight or obese.<p>Are those extra pounds you're lugging around killing you? A new study is relaunching the debate about just how many people's deaths may be because of their obesity.<p>About one in five (18%) of deaths among …

Leukemia Treatment Uses Virus Particles To Eradicate Cancer In Mice, Kill Human Cancer Cells In Lab

Researchers who want to treat patients with blood cancer have turned to an unlikely ally to wipe out leukemia cells: a non-replicating virus.<p>In a breakthrough study, a team of Canadian researchers used virus-derived particles to target the blood cancer cells, successfully killing human cancer cells …

Common Genetic Ground Found for Depression, Schizophrenia, Autism

New research bolsters the idea that the risk for psychiatric and developmental disorders isn’t specific to particular conditions — and that could …

New Research Suggests Novel Approach For Drug Resistant Staph Infections

Based on the results of a recent study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), deletion of a specific protein in white blood cells improves their ability to fight the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus along with possibly other kinds of infections in mice with chronic granulomatous disease …

Why Obesity Rates are Falling Among Preschoolers

There’s good news about childhood obesity for a change. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) hints that efforts to …

What Are Electronic Cigarettes And How Safe Are They?

If you haven’t seen the strangely-sleek barrel of an electronic cigarette yet, or its peculiar vapor cloud, chances are you will soon. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) reported earlier this year that use of electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes, rose from about 10% in 2010 to about …