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  1. -Quick Hints to Better Health (CNN News)
      Provides recommendations for activities that take 90 seconds or less that can improve health. For example, an apple a day can reduce cancer risks.

  2. Bottled Water May Not Be What It Seems to Be (MSNBC News)
      Provides an update on bottled water, revealing that the companies supplying the water do not have to reveal what is in the water or where it came from. The reporter claims that 25% of bottled water comes from...the tap.

  3. Can Kids Recover from Autism? (MSNBC News)
      "Scientists study the small group of kids who seem to improve."

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  1. -01-14-14 India Wipes Out Polio (World.Time.com)
      "People used to say that ridding India of polio simply couldn’t be done. The virus has used the subcontinent as an incubator for centuries, and some experts argued that the slow process of vaccinating every child could never outpace the rapid transmission of the disease. Happily, they were wrong. Teaming up with groups like Rotary International, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the World Health Organization (WHO), the Indian government launched yearly national vaccination drives carried out by millions of volunteers and, eventually, backed up by sophisticated disease-surveillance and population-monitoring systems. In 2002, there were 1,600 polio cases in India. By 2009, there were 741. Today, there are none." 01-14

  2. -01-18-14 Smog So Bad in Beijing, Sun Rise Is Invisible (World.Time.com)
      "Air pollution in the Chinese capital reached new, choking heights on Thursday. Those who still felt the urge to catch a glimpse of sunlight were able to gather around the city’s gigantic LED screens, where this glorious sunrise was broadcast as part of a patriotic video." 01-14

  3. -01-29-14 Exercise During Cold Weather (CNN News)
      "Cold weather causes muscles to lose more heat and contract, causing tightness throughout the body. Joints get tighter, muscles can lose their range of motion and nerves can more easily be pinched, according to Los Angeles-based orthopedic physical therapist Vivian Eisenstadt."

      "Thanks to the effects of colder temps, muscles are forced to work much harder to complete the same tasks they complete easily in milder weather. This causes more damage to the muscle tissue and can result in increased soreness. To counteract the damage, be sure to warm up for a little longer than usual." 01-14

  4. -02-19-14 Study: Over Half of Indians Cannot Afford a Decent Living (World.Time.com)
      "By McKinsey’s count, that group numbers a whopping 680 million. MGI arrived at that figure by a new measure it has dubbed 'the Empowerment Line.' Researchers measured how much it costs an individual to meet a set of basic needs — food, energy, housing, drinking water, sanitation, health care, education and social security — and achieve 'a minimal acceptable standard of living.' Based on that cost, the firm concluded that 56% of Indians can’t afford to meet those needs, which is more than double the number of people the government identifies as living below the poverty line. MGI also concludes some 46% of Indians lack access to basic services from the government, like subsidized food, health care and early education." 02-14

  5. -03-05-14 New Advance in Immune Cells May Block HIV (CBS News)
      "Scientists claim they have safely introduced engineered immune cells in 12 people with HIV that have the ability to resist the virus. Researchers are lauding it as a step toward paving the way to curing the disease. Typically, patients must stay on HIV treatments the rest of their lives." 03-14

  6. -04-23-14 Editorial: Why There Won't Be a Cure for AIDS (Time.com)
      " 'Do I think [UNAIDS] will end the epidemic? No, I don’t; I think we’d be kidding ourselves,' says Gallo. Until an effective vaccine is developed that can protect people completely from becoming infected with HIV, he says, we can only talk about functional cures — getting people who are infected with HIV to the point where the virus remains at undetectably low levels – and unable to become activated again." 04-14

  7. -08-13-13 Task Force Recommends Screening Smokers for Lung Cancer (CNN News)
      "For the first time the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is recommending lung cancer screening for people who have a high risk of developing the disease. People who have a "30 pack year history of smoking" (for instance, at least 2 packs a year for 15 years), who are between the ages of 55 and 79, and who have smoked their last cigarette within the last 15 years are considered high risk." 08-13

  8. -08-14-13 New Tool to Measure Consciousness (NBC News)
      "It can be hard for doctors to tell if someone who is severely brain injured and not responding has any lingering awareness. Now researchers have created a tool to peek inside the brain and measure varying levels of consciousness.” 08-13

  9. -09-17-13 Threat Level of "Superbugs" (CNN News)
      "For the first time, the CDC is categorizing drug-resistant superbugs by threat level. That's because, in their conservative estimates, more than 2 million people get antibiotic-resistant infections each year, and at least 23,000 die because current drugs no longer stop their infections."

      "Antibiotics are designed to kill bacteria that cause infection. However, in the process they can also kill so-called good bacteria (the human body hosts about 100 trillion)." 09-13

  10. -09-25-14 How Ebola Got Out of Control (Time.com)
      "The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently projected that if trends continue unimpeded, cases of Ebola could pass the million mark by January. While that’s an unlikely scenario, many are still wondering: how on earth did it get this bad? We canvassed experts for some clues." 09-14

  11. -09-26-13 Why Parents Should Not Share a Bed With Babies (Time.com)
      "Those who bedshared moderately nursed for less time but still longer than the women who rarely shared beds. So, yes, says study co-author Dr. Fern Hauck, a professor of family medicine at the University of Virginia, 'The two things are quite intertwined, but we believe that bedsharing promoted breastfeeding, not the other way around.' "

      "Still, she cautioned, physicians’ groups are not recommending sharing a bed with baby because placing infants in adult beds is associated with three times the risk of suffocation or SIDS, even among parents who do not drink, smoke or take drugs. The risks are even higher for parents who do. More research is needed, she says to find other, safer ways to encourage breastfeeding."

      "The American Academy of Pediatrics currently recommends that parents place babies in their own, safe place in the parents’ room. It can be near their mothers’ bed for ease of nursing, but when finished feeding, mothers should put babies back in their dedicated crib or bassinet."

  12. -10-03-13 Fight Arthritis with Broccoli (WorldHealth.net)
      "Cruciferous vegetables – such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, and cabbage – are a rich source of sulforaphane, a compound for which previous studies suggest an anti-inflammatory effect. Ian Clark, from the University of East Anglia (United Kingdom), and colleagues have shown that sulforaphane slows down the destruction of cartilage in joints associated with painful and often debilitating osteoarthritis."

  13. -12-21-13 Who Is Buying in to Obamacare? (MSNBC News)
      "After stumbling out of the gate in early October, the nation’s new health-insurance exchanges are picking up steam. On the eve of the December 23 deadline for securing coverage that starts January 1, more than a million Americans have completed the enrollment process, according to the Commonwealth Fund. Just over half of the new enrollees (621,000) have joined Medicaid programs, and 525,000 have purchased private plans through the marketplaces." 12-13

  14. -Medical Revolution: Whole Exome Sequencing (Time.com)
      Reports on a new procedure to determine genetic patterns. 12-13

   
   


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