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Head and neck cancer: Could oral sex raise your risk?

New research has discovered that smoking and oral sex are tied to an increased risk of developing HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer, which is a form …

Cancer

FDA approves better vaccine against painful shingles virus

A new, more effective vaccine to prevent painful shingles has been approved by U.S. regulators.<p>Drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline said the Food and Drug Administration approved it late Friday. It will be the second vaccine for shingles, which is caused by the chickenpox virus. Merck has sold a shingles …

Pharma

Are migraines a self-defense mechanism?

An emerging theory suggests that migraine attacks might be the brain's self-protective response to oxidative stress, which is a cellular process tied …

Fibromyalgia

Cancer Linked to Breast Implants Is a Bigger Problem Than We Realized

It’s still rare, but doctors need to know about it so they can catch the cancer before it spreads.<p>In July, we reported on a rare cancer called breast implant-associated anaplastic large cell lymphoma (BIA-ALCL). It's technically not breast cancer, but a type of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma that grows in …

Cancer

The sleep problem that can kill your sex life, and lead to divorce

Sleep is arguably the most important part of your day. It not only helps to restore and maintain our immune, skeletal, muscular and nervous systems …

Wellness

The caffeine 'detox': How and why to cut back on your daily fix

<b>(CNN) —</b> Are you one of those people who can't get your day started without a cup of coffee?<p>Perhaps you need an espresso at work to keep you alert in the late afternoon. Maybe you grab energy drinks when cramming for an exam or late-night work project. Or maybe you have a habit of drinking …

Health

New cancer drug heading for US approval

Jonathon Cohen of Emory University School of Medicine discusses a new type of cancer treatment drug.

Medicine

Study: Sugar consumption makes cancer cells multiply faster

This doesn’t mean sugar causes cancer — to the contrary. But consuming it may speed up the rate that tumors grow<p>Research conducted by microbiologists and molecular biologists at three institutions in Belgium highlights the relationship between sugar and cancer cells.<p>The new study, conducted in …

Cancer

Schizophrenia affects whole-brain connectivity, major study finds

In the largest study of its kind to date, 160 scientists from 27 institutions worldwide set out to examine how schizophrenia affects the brain's …

Neuroscience

This Chicken Scarpariello Has a Sauce We Want to Lick Off the Plate

Even after working in kitchens for years, I'm still a sucker for food porn. I was watching an old episode of <i>Lidia's Italy</i> recently and she was making one of her mom's chicken recipes. The close-ups of the golden, browned crispy chicken skin and caramelized onions frying in a shiny black cast iron …

Chicken Recipes

A Silent Epidemic of Cancer Is Spreading Among Men

Jason Mendelsohn had been married for close to 20 years and was happily raising three kids when he noticed the painless lump on his neck while shaving three years ago.<p>Within days, he had been diagnosed with a deadly form of cancer caused by a virus that he probably caught while in college, decades …

Public Health

Vitamin C is effective in targeting cancer stem cells, study shows

Researchers measure the impact on cancer stem cell metabolism of 3 natural substances, 3 experimental pharmaceuticals and 1 clinical drug.<p>Vitamin C …

Cancer

The Case Against Low-fat Milk Is Stronger Than Ever

For years you've been told to go for skim over full-fat dairy. Even the latest dietary guidelines for Americans urge people to avoid the full fat, …

Nutrition

One in nine American men has oral HPV, study finds

<b>(CNN) —</b> About one in nine American men is infected with the oral form of human papillomavirus (HPV), according to a new study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. Nationwide, rates for oral HPV infections are 11.5% of men and 3.2% of women: 11 million men, compared with 3.2 million …

Public Health

How to break carb cravings, once and for all

<b>(CNN) —</b> If you're like many people I know, the thought of giving up pasta and bread in an effort to shed a few pounds (or more) might seem like an unfair punishment -- perhaps even a tease, especially when those foods seem to be on everyone else's plates.<p>The truth is, despite the popularity of …

Nutrition

Artificial pancreas uses your phone to counter diabetes

If you live with type 1 diabetes, you have to constantly keep track of your blood sugar levels and give yourself just the right amount of insulin. It's arduous, and more than a little frightening when you know that the wrong dose could have serious consequences. However, researchers might have a …

Diabetes

Tech Addiction Is More of a Problem Than People Realize

We are at an inflection point in our relationship with technology. Technology allows us to do amazing things that have immeasurably improved our lives. But at the same time, it’s accelerated the pace of our lives beyond our ability to keep up. And it’s getting worse. We’re being controlled by …

Innovation

The Goldilocks Effect: How Extremes In Exercise, Sleep, And Stress Lead To Chronic Inflammation

And why it's so crucial to reverse inflammation for your overall health.<p>Extremes in exercise—overdoing it at the gym or working out infrequently—can both lead to chronic inflammation. You want to aim for that Goldilocks effect of “not too much, not too little” when it comes to exercise to avoid …

Wellness

Here's some evidence and 12 recipes to help keep colds away.

Research Says Hot Fluids DO Help Fight Colds, Here’s Some Healthy Thai Recipes That Fit The Bill<p>Hot Thai Recipes that may help prevent speed recovery …

Alternative Medicine

Magic Mushrooms Found to Be "Resetting" Brain Circuits in Depressed People

One person said they felt like their brain was 'rebooted'.<p>Psychedelics like lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) and psilocybin are popular for their use …

The Brain

How To Whiten Teeth Fast: 15 Bright Methods

Pastes and strips and gels, oh my!<p>Everyone wants to know the secret tricks of how to whiten teeth. Bright, yellow-free tusks have been one of the most universally aspirational ideals for ages, and if anyone ever tells you that they’re 100% satisfied with their smile, you can bet your ass that …

Beauty

The Best and Worst Sleeping Positions for Your Body

Sleep is a basic necessity and it is a resting period our body deserves to keep itself energetic for next hours. And as a human, we spent a lot of sleeping. Statistically speaking, we spent 1/3rd of our life in sleeping (source)<p>We all tend to sleep in one of the sleeping positions which is most …

Wellness

Are women’s heart attacks really that different from men’s?

You’ve seen it many times: A man clutches at his chest and buckles in agony. It’s what cardiologist Laxmi Mehta calls “the Hollywood heart attack.” But for women, that stereotype can hurt more than it helps. While chest pain is the most common heart attack symptom in women, it may not be the first. …

Medicine

Global Handwashing Day: 6 things that can happen if you don't wash your hands

Washing hands can prevent around 30 percent of diarrhoea-related sicknesses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.<p>It goes …

Public Health

8 main causes of high blood pressure

Changes, either from genes or the environment, in the body’s normal functions may cause high blood pressure.<p>These causes include changes to kidney …

Diabetes

Is Facebook Making You Depressed?

That experience of “FOMO,” or Fear of Missing Out, is one that psychologists identified several years ago as a potent risk of Facebook use. You’re …

Psychology

Long Sleeves on Doctors' White Coats May Spread Germs

The UK already has “bare below the elbow” policies

Public Health

Hair dyes could raise risk of breast cancer: study

Women who frequently dye their hair may be at greater risk of contracting breast cancer, a new study found.<p>Professor Kefah Mokbel, a breast cancer …

Cancer

The Case for Letting Fevers Run Their Course

Numerous studies over the past few years have shown that taking fever reducers hurts your body’s ability to recover from an illness.<p>Fever isn’t an illness. It’s the body’s attempt to fight illness. So when we treat fever with antipyretics, like acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen, we only handcuff …

Medicine