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Lengthy prescription drug side effects can confuse consumers
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Prescription drug advertisements are a risky business. Marketers for direct-to-consumer medication have — perhaps inadvertently — tricked consumers into downplaying the risks of a drug by presenting too many of them. A new study, published in the journal Nature Human Behaviour by researchers at the University of Michigan, reveals that when a drug advertisement throws too many risks at you — we all know the oft-parodied endless scroll of side effects [...]
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Global childhood obesity has increased over ten-fold in 40 years
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There are 11 times more children and teens who are obese now than 40 years ago. Globally, 124 million kids aged 5 to 19 years old were considered obese in 2016, up from 11 million in 1975, according to a new study in the medical journal, The Lancet. The study, a collaboration between the Imperial College London and the World Health Organization, was a meta-analysis of 2,416 population studies across 200 countries. Obesity rates, determined by body-mass index sta [...]
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Alcohol vs. marijuana: Which one is safest?
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There are few battles as heated as the discussion as to what's safer — alcohol or marijuana? Like a professional tennis match, the lobs volley back and forth. Alcohol is legal, marijuana is not (in most states). You can't overdose on marijuana, you can on alcohol. You know what you're getting with alcohol, not so much with marijuana. On and the discussion goes, so we decided to look deeper and see what the science says. Alcohol Buzz k [...]
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Dr. Samadi: Being overweight is linked to 40% of cancer cases
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Here's one more reason to reach a healthier body weight — a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says cancers associated with being overweight or obese account for 40% of all diagnoses of the disease in the United States. The good news since the 1990s is that new cases of cancer have fallen. The bad news is diagnoses of overweight- and obesity-linked cancers increased between 2005 and 2014. Since the mid-20 [...]
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‘Sesame Street’ characters show kids how to deal with trauma
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“Sesame Street” is also here for you on cloudy days. “Sesame Street” and its nonprofit arm Sesame Workshop introduced a “Traumatic Experiences” portal on Friday to help kids and adults cope with tragic and stressful events. The portal, part of the nonprofit's Sesame Street in Communities site, includes videos, articles, workshops and activities to help children under 6 years old understand their feelings and the world around them, as well as helping [...]
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Breast cancer kills black women at a higher rate than white women
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The American Cancer Society said in a new report that as of 2015, white women have a 39% greater chance of surviving breast cancer than black women. The study noted that while deaths from breast cancer declined overall by nearly 40% between 1989 and 2015, the racial disparity that first presented itself in the early 1980s has widened. In 2015, less than 20 out of every 100,000 white women with breast cancer died, while nearly 30 black women were killed by [...]
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Hope is rising on a cure for rare childhood cancer DIPG
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On Nov. 15, music producer and promoter John (Gungie) Rivera will host the ninth annual celebrity fundraising gala for the Cristian Rivera Foundation. Named in honor of his young son who lost a battle with cancer in 2009, Rivera has continued to work toward finding a cure for the extremely rare form of cancer that claimed Cristian’s life at the age of six. Diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas (DIPG) only affects an estimated 300 children worldwide and is gene [...]
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