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How historical disease detectives are solving mysteries of the 1918 flu

March 6, 2018 | By | Reply More
How historical disease detectives are solving mysteries of the 1918 flu

The deadly 1918 epidemic posed a few epidemiological puzzles. The virus spread in an unusual way. Early outbreaks were mild and local – reported in a handful of countries around the world in the first half of 1918 – only to turn into uniquely severe infections later that year.

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Need a medical procedure? Pick the right provider and get cash back

March 5, 2018 | By | Reply More
Need a medical procedure? Pick the right provider and get cash back

Health plans are paying patients to use lower-cost services. It’s part of a strategy to rein in health care spending by steering patients to the most cost-effective providers for non-emergency care.

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Number of homeless deaths in Seattle and King County doubles over past five years.

March 5, 2018 | By | Reply More
Number of homeless deaths in Seattle and King County doubles over past five years.

The increase in deaths among the homeless parallels an overall increase in the estimated number of people living unsheltered in King County. Approximately half of the deaths occurred outdoors.

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How your brain is wired to just say ‘yes’ to opioids

March 4, 2018 | By | 1 Reply More
How your brain is wired to just say ‘yes’ to opioids

When opioids enter the brain, they bind to receptors known as μ (mu) opioid receptors on brain cells, or neurons. These receptors stimulate the “reward center” of the brain. Over time, those receptors become less sensitive, and more of the drug is needed to stimulate the reward center.

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Can coffee improve your workout? The science of caffeine and exercise

March 3, 2018 | By | Reply More
Can coffee improve your workout? The science of caffeine and exercise

So will drinking a cup of joe before your workout actually make a difference? The answer could depend as much on your genes as what kind of coffee you’re drinking.

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Salmonella cases in Washington state linked to the herbal product kratom

March 2, 2018 | By | Reply More
Salmonella cases in Washington state linked to the herbal product kratom

People should not consume any form of the herbal product kratom because it could be contaminated with Salmonella, officials from the Washington State Department of Health said Friday.

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Busting 5 myths about eating disorders

March 2, 2018 | By | Reply More
Busting 5 myths about eating disorders

Anorexia nervosa is an eating disorder in which a person unreasonably limits food intake and excessively exercises to prevent weight gain. Individuals who suffer from this disorder appear extremely thin. However, the other most common eating disorder, bulimia nervosa, uses bingeing and purging to control weight. These people may appear healthy, despite the internal damage being done to their bodies.

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As surgery centers boom, patients are paying with their lives

March 2, 2018 | By | Reply More
As surgery centers boom, patients are paying with their lives

An investigation by Kaiser Health News and the USA TODAY Network discovers that more than 260 patients have died since 2013 after in-and-out procedures at surgery centers across the country. More than a dozen — some as young as 2 — have perished after routine operations, such as colonoscopies and tonsillectomies.

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Curing blindness with stem cells – here’s the latest science

March 1, 2018 | By | Reply More
Curing blindness with stem cells – here’s the latest science

Although scientists have previously had success isolating and maintaining retina stem cells in the laboratory, there is still more work to do before these cells can be routinely delivered to patients for treatment. The first big challenge is figuring out how treatments can safely be delivered into the patient’s eye in the right location.

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A tale of love, family conflict and battles over care for an aging mother

March 1, 2018 | By | Reply More
A tale of love, family conflict and battles over care for an aging mother

“Edith + Eddie,” a short documentary vying for an Academy Award Sunday, is a gripping look at a couple in their 90s caught up in an intense family conflict over caring for an aging parent. But their real life story proves to be more complicated than in the movies.

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