Cancer Is On Cusp Of Overtaking Heart Disease As America’s No. 1 Killer

Scientists are warning that Americans should undergo all recommended cancer screenings and adopt lifestyle prevention practices, such as healthy diet and exercise, which are beneficial in lowering both cancer and heart disease mortality. In other public health news: fecal transplants, a rare polio-like illness, concussions, microbes, contraception, and conversion camps.

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As Dangerous Food Allergies Skyrocket In Kids, Scientists Wonder If Hypoallergenic Peanuts Could Be The Answer

“One kid in every classroom has some sort of food allergy,” said Dr. Scott Commins, an allergist and immunologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “You put it on that sort of scale, you realize that we’re dealing with a huge issue that doesn’t seem to be going away.” Meanwhile, the FDA …

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Anthony Bourdain’s Suicide Prompts Those In Notoriously Brutal Culinary Industry To Speak Out About Mental Health Struggles

Insiders have long worried privately about the lifestyle of people who work in the restaurant industry, which has one of the highest rates of illicit drug use and alcoholism and a tradition of masking mental-health struggles. In other news on mental health: farmers devastated by Florence are especially vulnerable to depression and judges are starting …

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New Guidelines Say Any Kind Of Exercise In Small Doses And Less Sitting Improve Health Starting As Early As Age 3

Getting a sedentary nation off the sofa — only 20 percent of us get the recommended amount of exercise a day — is a big concern for the government, which updated its guidelines Monday for the first time in 10 years. Since the first guidelines were issued, research has expanded the recognized benefits of movement, …

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With Hospitalization Losing Favor, Judges Order Outpatient Mental Health Treatment

When mental illness hijacks Margaret Rodgers’ mind, she acts out. Rodgers, 35, lives with depression and bipolar disorder. When left unchecked, the conditions drive the Alabama woman to excessive spending, crying and mania. Last autumn, Rodgers felt her mind unraveling. Living in Birmingham, she was uninsured, unable to afford treatment and in the throes of …

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An Underused Strategy For Surge In STDs: Treat Patients’ Partners Without A Doctor Visit

If patients return to Dr. Crystal Bowe soon after taking medication for a sexually transmitted infection, she usually knows the reason: Their partners have re-infected them. “While you tell people not to have sex until both folks are treated, they just don’t wait,” she said. “So they are passing the infection back and forth.” That’s …

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When High-Profile People Share Alzheimer’s Diagnosis, Millions Of Others With The Disease May Benefit

Following on the heels of President Ronald Reagan and Tennessee’s basketball coach Pat Summitt, Sandra Day O’Connor’s announcement about her struggles with dementia helps caregivers and others afflicted by the disease deal with the stigma of the illness and make decisions to seek early diagnosis even though there is no cure. Other public health news …

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Harmful Effects Of Childhood Trauma On Later Life Call For New Public Health Policies, Researchers Say

A large study published in JAMA examines the wide-ranging health problems — from depression to drug use — that flare up in adulthood in people who experience early trauma compared to those who do not and raises ways to address it. Other reports on children’s health focus on the negative impacts of spanking, ways to …

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‘This Isn’t Just My Lane. It’s My Highway’: Doctors Outraged Over NRA’s Suggestion That They Stay Out Of Gun Debate

The NRA’s tweet saying doctors should “stay in their lane” over the gun control debate sparked furious, and sometimes graphic, responses from physicians who deal with gun shot victims frequently. “Do you have any idea how many bullets I pull out of corpses weekly?” Judy Melinek tweeted. Another doctor posted: “My lane is paved by …

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High Stakes, Entrenched Interests And The Trump Rollback Of Environmental Regs

Since his days on the campaign trail, President Donald Trump has promised to roll back environmental regulations, boost the use of coal and pull out of the Paris climate agreement — and he’s moving toward doing all those things. He has pushed ahead with such action even as a report by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental …

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