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Snapchat dysmorphia: When social media filters mess with perception

Fri, 10 Aug 2018 08:36:09 GMT

Social media filters are fun! You can look like a puppy dog or a nerdy cat or a fairy princess, or just hot! Like, slightly hotter than you actually are. Like you, but spackled and sandblasted and shaved down until you have a chin sharper than the Matterhorn and the complexion of a cotton ball.

Faced with falling birth rates, China urges citizens to have more babies

Wed, 08 Aug 2018 12:16:23 GMT

China appears to be backpedaling on its decades-long policies to limit population growth as it attempts to address a demographic time bomb.

41 deaths from Ebola in Congo, health officials 'worried'

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 16:04:23 GMT

Fifty-seven cases of Ebola have been identified in the ongoing outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo, WHO said Tuesday.

Everest has a serious poop problem

Mon, 06 Aug 2018 02:38:19 GMT

When climbing enthusiasts take a stab at the highest mountain in the world, thinking about their bodily waste is probably low on their list of priorities.

What happened on Easter Island? New theory proposed

Mon, 13 Aug 2018 20:11:32 GMT

For decades, mystery has swirled around what happened to the founding population of the remote Easter Island, known for its towering stone statues depicting large carved heads. A long-held theory suggests that after the islanders set up camp and carved the giant statues, they destroyed their own society through infighting and a depletion of natural resources.

Historic face transplant gives suicide survivor a 'second chance'

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 08:47:21 GMT

As Katie Stubblefield brushed her fingers across her face, she could feel the wound.

Teen patient accuses world-famous hospital of 'medical kidnapping'

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 04:17:05 GMT

A dying teenager's parents begged for her to be sent to the Mayo Clinic. The family says the world-renowned hospital saved her life, then tried to "medically kidnap" her.

Watch teen escape from Mayo Clinic

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 09:01:37 GMT

Alyssa Gilderhus accuses the Mayo Clinic of trying to "medically kidnap" her. Watch her escape.

How CNN reported the Mayo escape

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 02:05:05 GMT

This story is based on law enforcement documents from three police agencies in Minnesota; medical records from Alyssa Gilderhus' hospitalization at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester and her visit to an emergency room at Sanford USD Medical Center in South Dakota; a letter from and an interview with an attorney who advocated for Alyssa during her stay at Mayo; correspondence between Mayo and Alyssa's family; and interviews with Alyssa, members of her family, a family friend, law enforcement officials and a former member of a Mayo Clinic board.

Jury awards $289 million in damages after man says he got terminal cancer from Monsanto's Roundup

Sun, 12 Aug 2018 01:28:53 GMT

In a groundbreaking case against agricultural giant Monsanto, a jury has awarded $250 million in punitive damages and nearly $40 million in compensatory damages to a former school groundskeeper who said he got terminal cancer from the weedkiller Roundup.

What are the health benefits of turmeric?

Tue, 07 Aug 2018 07:52:29 GMT

Turmeric is a popular spice similar to ginger, known for its bright yellow color and use in curry powders and mustards. Turmeric has been used for medicinal purposes for nearly 4,000 years.

Elephants rarely get cancer. Here's why this matters to humans

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 09:31:50 GMT

You'd think elephants would be getting cancer left and right: They are giants of the animal kingdom and have trillions more cells than humans -- cells that, in theory, could turn into cancer over their decades-long lifespans.

How to build a better butt

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 10:36:16 GMT

As a 48-year-old, fairly fit, working mother of two young boys (I had both kids in my 40s), I try to avoid mirrors as much as possible when I'm in a bathing suit. Recently, however, I happened to catch a glance of my backside, and let's just say I wasn't too thrilled with the sagging specimen reflecting back at me.

Can 'detox teas' like Teami help you lose weight?

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 10:11:45 GMT

They call her "Cardi Bardi, banging body / Spicy mami, hot tamale" -- and she's got an image to maintain.

A teacher battling cancer ran out of sick days. Colleagues gave theirs.

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 00:57:16 GMT

The chemotherapy dripped through a catheter in his chest. Cancer patient Robert Goodman had burned through his paid sick days while undergoing surgery and chemotherapy for colon cancer.

Unsafe levels of a weed killer chemical in oat products, report says

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 08:46:08 GMT

Some types of oat cereals, oatmeal, granola and snack bars contain higher levels of a chemical found in the weed killer Roundup than what the Environmental Working Group considers safe, according to a report released Wednesday by the advocacy group.

Parents break teen out of world-famous hospital

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 02:05:12 GMT

Alyssa Gilderhus' family begged for her to be sent to Mayo Clinic. They never thought they'd have to help her escape a few months later.

How to design a school in the era of mass shootings

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 15:53:33 GMT

For school designers and architects, the current debate about how to make schools safer focuses too much on add-on measures.

How much exercise you really need

Wed, 08 Aug 2018 22:34:29 GMT

The benefits of exercise are widely known: it helps you live longer and lowers risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. A new study published Wednesday in The Lancet Psychiatry journal suggests that when done in moderation, it leads to better mental health as well.

Voguing for freedom: Lebanon's LGBTQ fight for equal rights

Tue, 14 Aug 2018 12:06:45 GMT

Seven years ago, Hoedy Saad started teaching himself how to vogue after watching "Paris is Burning" -- a seminal 1990 documentary that spotlights the drag ball scene in 1980s New York City.

Australians urged to get tested for syphilis after unborn baby death

Fri, 10 Aug 2018 06:45:24 GMT

Australians are being urged to get tested for syphilis after a rise in cases of the sexually transmitted infection (STI), which recently caused the death of an unborn baby.

Unexpected effects of climate change: worse food safety, more car wrecks

Mon, 13 Aug 2018 19:08:04 GMT

On excessively hot days, there are more likely to be fatal car accidents and food safety problems, and police officers and government food inspectors tend to do less of their duties, according to a study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Over 20 people overdosed in one New Haven park today

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 03:58:22 GMT

As New Haven Fire Chief John Alston Jr. spoke to reporters about a spate of drug overdoses on Wednesday, he heard shouting coming from behind him.

Violent crime is like infectious disease -- we can stop it spreading

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 08:31:58 GMT

In the 1980s and early 1990s, American epidemiologist Gary Slutkin was in Somalia, one of six doctors working across 40 refugee camps containing a million people. His focus was on containing the spread of tuberculosis (TB) and cholera.

A contact lens was embedded in woman's eyelid for 28 years

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 17:21:33 GMT

A British woman assumed that her rigid contact lens was lost decades ago during a badminton injury, but it was found embedded in her eyelid.

Colleges, courts grapple with the role of companion animals

Fri, 10 Aug 2018 14:53:26 GMT

A 15-year-old girl took the witness stand to testify against the accused, detailing extensive sexual abuse. David Crenshaw, the clinical supervisor of the girl's therapist at the time of the June 2011 trial, said he and the therapist did not think she would be able to go through with it.

At least 107 measles cases confirmed across 21 states

Thu, 16 Aug 2018 00:24:12 GMT

More than 100 cases of measles have been diagnosed this year in 21 states and the District of Columbia, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday.

Thyroid medication recalled due to risk of impurities

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 19:27:32 GMT

Thyroid medications recalled voluntarily by manufacturer after FDA issues warning to Chinese manufacturing supplier.

Puerto Rico admits Hurricane Maria death toll may be 1,427

Thu, 09 Aug 2018 15:07:41 GMT

The government of Puerto Rico has quietly admitted that the death toll from Hurricane Maria -- a subject of great controversy -- may be far higher than its official estimate of 64.

When insurance wouldn't pay, parents funded cancer patient's lifesaving treatment

Wed, 15 Aug 2018 08:28:19 GMT

Kate Weissman's parents paid $95,000 for her cervical cancer treatment after her insurer denied coverage. She's now cancer-free. One medical director who denied coverage isn't board-certified in "gynecologic oncology" and was once disciplined for her tattoo removal business.

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