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  • One THIRD of millennials only brush their teeth once a day - and most Americans would rather go...

    02/24/2018 8:26:16 AM PST · by Morgana · 4 replies
    DAILY MAIL UK ^ | Feb 24, 2018 | Natalie Rahhal For Dailymail.com
    FULL TITLE: One THIRD of millennials only brush their teeth once a day - and most Americans would rather go without sex for a month than see a dentist, study reveals One third of millennials only brush their teeth once a day, according to a new study. Even in adulthood, the research revealed that Americans can be neglectful of their oral hygiene, with 62 percent reporting that they were too scared to go to the dentist. Skipping the ritual sounds harmless enough, but going without brushing and flossing has been linked to health risks ranging from gum disease to dementia...
  • Here’s How the World’s Fattest Man Lost 250kg, And Now Dreams of Walking Again

    02/23/2018 10:40:51 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | Feb 24, 2018
    Juan Pedro Franco, from Mexico, was the world’s fattest man at 595kg in October 2016. After undergoing medical treatment, he lost 250kg and plans to lose about 100 kilos more in the next year-and-a-half. The folds of flesh on Juan Pedro Franco’s back sway heavily as he cranks the pedals of a modified bicycle with his arms, exercising to boost his already jaw-dropping weight-loss total of 250kg. Franco, who comes from northern Mexico, used to be the world’s fattest man. Guinness World Records certified the title after he weighed in at 595kg in October 2016. At the time, he was...
  • Is your baby allergic to cow’s milk? This camel’s milk formula could be the answer

    02/23/2018 11:14:48 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    Hindustan Times ^ | Feb 20, 2018
    The milk primarily targets infants allergic to cow’s milk. Camel milk for centuries was a staple for Bedouin peoples across the Gulf, who continue to include the vitamin-rich milk in their modern-day diets. A UAE-based company has unveiled what it calls the world’s first camel-based baby formula, an instant powder mix aimed mainly at infants allergic to cow’s milk. The Emirates Industry for Camel Milk & Products, or “Camelicious”, on Monday unveiled the product at Gulfood 2018, an international food and beverage trade event which runs from February 18 to 22 in Dubai. The milk, which it says is suitable...
  • Want To Lose A Lot Of Weight Fast?

    02/23/2018 11:02:09 AM PST · by entropy12 · 21 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 11:21 am on February 23, 2018 | Jazz Shaw
    Want To Lose A Lot Of Weight Fast? Move To Venezuela! Despite the admittedly sarcastic nature of the title of this article, today’s story highlights an ongoing, dire, and rapidly worsening situation for the people of Venezuela. As the socialist government of dictator Nicolas Maduro continues to drive the nation toward complete collapse, a new study compiled by three universities shows that that vast majority of Venezuelans are literally starving at this point. The problem has become so serious that the average citizen there has lost nearly 25 pounds of body weight over just the past year. (Reuters)
  • This Is What Life Without Retirement Savings Looks Like [in CA]

    02/23/2018 6:58:53 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 51 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Feb 22, 2018 | Alana Semuels
    CORONA, Calif.—Roberta Gordon never thought she’d still be alive at age 76. She definitely didn’t think she’d still be working. But every Saturday, she goes down to the local grocery store and hands out samples, earning $50 a day, because she needs the money. “I’m a working woman again,” she told me, in the common room of the senior apartment complex where she now lives, here in California’s Inland Empire. Gordon has worked dozens of odd jobs throughout her life—as a house cleaner, a home health aide, a telemarketer, a librarian, a fundraiser—but at many times in her life, she...
  • Vegan YouTuber Who Claimed Raw Food Cured Her Cancer Dies From Disease

    02/22/2018 11:04:08 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 28 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 2/21/18 12:58 PM | Kashmira Gander
    On her YouTube channel, Mari Lopez claimed that her raw, vegan lifestyle “cured” her of breast cancer. But when the disease spread to her blood, liver and lungs, she decided to try chemotherapy and radiotherapy. It appears, however, the intervention was too late, as her niece Liz Johnson has revealed that Lopez died of breast cancer in December 2017. Lopez told viewers of her YouTube channel Liz & Mari, which she hosted with Johnson, that her faith in God and diet consisting entirely of plant-based products rid her body of cancer in four months. She also claimed in one video...
  • 288-Pound Woman Becomes Heaviest to Run a Marathon and Aims for Ironman: 'It's about Visibility'

    02/22/2018 9:26:20 AM PST · by Cecily · 38 replies
    The Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | February 22, 2018 | Julie Mazziotta
    When Ragen Chastain sets a goal, she wants it to be nearly unattainable. Which is how she went from hating running to signing up for a marathon. “I decided I wanted to try a challenge and jump out of my comfort zone, and distance running had always been the thing that I was worse at in the entire world,” Chastain, 41, a speaker and writer, tells PEOPLE. “So I signed up for a marathon first thing.”
  • Drugs, alcohol, suicide killing more Americans than ever

    02/22/2018 9:23:36 AM PST · by NohSpinZone · 16 replies
    NBC News ^ | 2/22/18 | Maggie Fox
    “Despair deaths” from drugs, alcohol and suicide have reached new peaks in the U.S. and are not just killing whites, but spiking in communities of color, as well, according to a new report released Thursday. More than 142,000 Americans died from drug or alcohol overdoses and from suicide in 2016, an 11 percent increase over 2015, the report from the Trust for America’s Health and the Well Being Trust finds. “These 142,000 ‘despair deaths’ in 2016 add to the more than one million Americans who died from drugs, alcohol or suicide in the previous decade,” the report reads.
  • Teen Brain: Behavior, Problem Solving, and Decision Making

    02/22/2018 8:54:04 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 16 replies
    Changing Brains Mean that Adolescents Act Differently From Adults Pictures of the brain in action show that adolescents' brains work differently than adults when they make decisions or solve problems. Their actions are guided more by the emotional and reactive amygdala and less by the thoughtful, logical frontal cortex. Research has also shown that exposure to drugs and alcohol during the teen years can change or delay these developments.Based on the stage of their brain development, adolescents are more likely to: * Act on impulse * Misread or misinterpret social cues and emotions * Get into accidents of all kinds...
  • Doctors successfully remove 4-pound brain tumor, bigger than head itself

    02/22/2018 8:32:41 AM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 22, 2018 | Melanie Dadourian
    Surgeons in India successfully removed what they think is the largest brain tumor in record, weighing in at 4 pounds. Ever since he was the age of one, Santlal Pal lived with swelling of the scalp, heaviness, headaches and poor vision in both eyes.
  • Vegan YouTube star who claimed her diet 'cured' her cancer and lesbianism dies of the disease

    02/22/2018 5:24:16 AM PST · by C19fan · 29 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 21, 2018 | Mia De Graaf
    A vegan YouTube star who claimed her plant-based diet 'cured' her cancer and lesbianism has died from the disease. Mari Lopez, who ran the food channel at home in Houston, Texas with her niece Liz Johnson, told thousands of viewers she had rejected traditional treatment for breast cancer in favor of a 90-day juice cleanse when she was diagnosed in 2015.
  • Couple accused of locking up adopted kids without food or water

    02/21/2018 6:06:03 PM PST · by sparklite2 · 9 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 21, 2018
    Benito Gutierrez, 69, and Carol Gutierrez, 64, of Tucson were charged with three counts of child abuse after authorities found their kids – aged 6 to 12 – living in squalor and deprivation, police said. “The children were kept in separate bedrooms, which were locked from the outside,” the Pima County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release. “(They had) no access to food, water, lights or bathroom facilities for up to 12 hours at a time on a regular basis,” Tucson News Now reported
  • Dangerous TV Ad for Wrigleys chewing Gum Is Banned

    02/20/2018 10:34:05 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    DevonLive ^ | 21 FEB 2018 | Neil Shaw
    Watchdogs upheld two complaints from viewersA "dangerous" TV ad showing a woman chewing gum while playing football has been shown the red card. Watchdogs upheld two complaints from viewers who feared the ad for Wrigley's Extra might encourage kids to carry out the "dangerous practice" of chewing gum while playing footie. The ad, which was seen last September, was found to be in breach of rules regarding children plus harm and offence. It was banned from being shown again, and Wrigley's - based in Devon - were warned not to show people chewing gum while playing sport in any future...
  • A British woman left this nasty note on an ambulance. Turns out, that's a crime.

    02/20/2018 2:55:35 PM PST · by sodpoodle · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/20/2018 | Lindsey Bever
    A woman in the United Kingdom has pleaded guilty to a public order offense after she was accused of leaving what paramedics called a “vile” note on an ambulance that was responding to an emergency call. The woman, identified by police as 26-year-old Kirsty Sharman, was in court Tuesday on charges relating to the incident. Authorities said she verbally abused paramedics and left a profane note on an ambulance Sunday morning that was in Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire, England, responding to a call about a person experiencing breathing problems. After the call, when the paramedics returned to the emergency vehicle, they...
  • Researchers discover novel mechanism linking changes in mitochondria to cancer cell death

    02/20/2018 11:06:47 AM PST · by Red Badger · 7 replies
    medicalxpress.com ^ | February 20, 2018 | by Deanna Csomo Mccool, University of Notre Dame
    Credit: University of Notre Dame ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ o stop the spread of cancer, cancer cells must die. Unfortunately, many types of cancer cells seem to use innate mechanisms that block cancer cell death, therefore allowing the cancer to metastasize. While seeking to further understand cancer cell death, researchers at the University of Notre Dame discovered that the activation of a specific enzyme may help suppress the spread of tumors. The findings, published in Nature Cell Biology, demonstrate that the enzyme RIPK1 decreases the number of mitochondria in a cell. This loss of mitochondria leads to oxidative stress that can potentially...
  • New York and London socialites who developed OxyContin made BILLIONS off of the drug’s [tr]

    02/20/2018 9:24:58 AM PST · by C19fan · 72 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 20, 2018 | Anna Hopkins and Sheila Fylnn
    The Sackler brothers represented America’s wildest dream: three Brooklyn-born sons of Jewish immigrants who became physicians and went on to found a pharmaceutical dynasty that is today worth more than $13 billion. The family used their fortune to invest in the arts and philanthropy, with Sackler wings at the Metropolitan Museum in New York, Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Louvre in Paris – to name just a few. The Sackler name, however, is conspicuously missing from anything associated with their main source of income, Purdue Pharmaceuticals and its related companies, or its billion dollar product: OxyContin. You...
  • Monkey angels watching over us?

    02/19/2018 6:12:41 PM PST · by Norski · 7 replies
    Animals 24-7 ^ | February 19, 2048 | Merritt Clfton
    Monkey sentinels form our first line of defense against yellow fever & other diseases that have killed millions RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil; SINGHUDURG, India––Panic-driven monkey massacres are contributing to human illness and death, and perhaps could help to spark global epidemics, warn Brazilian health officials. A related “monkey fever” meanwhile raging in parts of India has recently jumped into new and very different habitat, also showing potential to spread far and wide. At issue is simian susceptibility to Flaviviridae viruses, carried by mosquitoes and ticks. Killing upward of 5,000 people per year, worldwide, flaviviruses are as deadly to South American...
  • A man lost his ribs to cancer - so doctors printed him new ones

    02/19/2018 1:50:53 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    Wales Online ^ | 16 FEB 2018 | Mark Smith
    It is the first time such implants had been printed in the UKA grandfather who had a large cancerous tumour in his chest has become the first person in Wales to have his ribs and breastbone rebuilt using 3D printed implants. Peter Maggs, from Abergavenny , had three ribs and half his breastbone removed during the day-long operation at Morriston Hospital in Swansea. The tumour had grown to around the width of a tennis ball, and the procedure left an extensive defect in the 71-year-old’s chest. Surgeons would traditionally have reconstructed it with a special cement implant, also known as...
  • Stephen Hawking Turns 75; And How Has Hawking Survived So Long? (trunc)

    02/18/2018 4:44:51 AM PST · by sodpoodle · 26 replies
    Medical Daily ^ | 1/7/2017 | Dana Dovey
    January 8 is Stephen Hawking’s 75th birthday, an age particularly remarkable for a man living with a form of the motor-neuron disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). In celebration of Hawking’s remarkable life achievement despite his severe disability, let’s have a look at the disease that we’ve come to so closely associate with this brilliant mind.
  • Report: Modern Culture Is Not Just Revealing Transgenders, ‘It Is Creating Them’

    02/17/2018 8:17:51 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 41 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 17, 2018 | Thomas D. Williams, PH.D.
    All scientific evidence indicates that gender identity disorders result principally from cultural causes and moreover, modern society is facilitating them, according to an analysis published Friday. Writing for the Catholic World Report, Anne Hendershott chronicles an exploding “transgender industry” illustrated by a massive surge in the number of referrals for gender-identity treatment, in some cases increasing by as much as 2800 percent in less than ten years. Western societies such as the UK, Sweden, Australia, and the USA have seen a spectacular rise in the number of persons, especially young people, seeking treatment for gender identity issues, paralleling the attention...