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The number of cases of HIV in rural Indiana connected to intravenous drug use has continued to rise, prompting federal officials on Friday to issue a nationwide alert to health departments, hospitals, and doctors.

Why do some people attract mosquitoes more than others?

Been sitting outside with a group and wondered why some people are bitten more often than others by mosquitoes? The answer lies in the genes, resulting in some people being ‘super magnets’ for the buzzing nuisances.

Op-Ed: 5 natural weight loss techniques to try for Spring 2015

Bathing suit season is just around the corner, and this is the time of year that a lot of people will begin a new diet or workout routine.

One woman dead, 18 sick with botulism linked to church potluck

A suspected botulism outbreak linked to a Ohio church potluck has killed one person and sickened at least 18 others, health officials said Wednesday.

Mental Health Commission of Canada gets 10 more years Special

The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) has had its mandate renewed by the Federal Government. The organization has outlined its plans for the future.

Lifestyle is the major cause of heart attacks in men

The primary reason for coronary heart disease and heart attacks with men relates to lifestyle, according to a new research report.

Young woman 'burns up from the inside' after taking diet pills

What may have started out as a "quick fix" to being a few pounds overweight turned into a tragedy of horrendous proportions. A 21-year-old Glyndwr University student is dead because she took well over the prescribed dose of a lethal diet pill.

Medical study warns about diseases transmitted by pets

Pets are affectionate friends, which many of us love a great deal. However, that love could be blinding us to the real dangers of contracting diseases from our household companions.

New method for reducing aggression in children

A new study shows that children with attention-defici t/hyperactivity disorder who are prescribed a stimulant, an antipsychotic drug, and behavior management techniques have reduced aggressive behavior.

Changes to drug labeling and packaging announced

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has posted an update of important alterations made to medicinal products over the past month. This includes the latest safety alerts and medical warnings.

Inside the civil rights movement for people with disabilities Special

One in six children in the United States will have a developmental delay or disability. Developmental disabilities begin during the developmental period of life, either prior to birth or during infancy.

Lawsuit claims scheme bilked taxpayers, targeted poor women

A lawsuit claims that Indiana's largest health network bilked taxpayers out of millions of dollars, according to charges filed by the U.S. government and a local doctor.

California measles outbreak over, state health officials say

An outbreak of measles at two Southern California theme parks that infected scores of people in December and January has been stopped, California public health officials said Friday.

Are eating disorders genetic?

Mice lacking a gene implicated in human anorexia and bulimia weigh less than other mice. Such animals also display a variety of behavioral disorders. This points to a genetic basis for eating disorders.

NY sees spike in number of hospitalizations due to synthetic pot

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Friday that synthetic marijuana has sent 160 people to hospitals in the state since April 8, a spike that has health authorities warning the public that the substances are dangerous, and also illegal.

Fat injection could slim down obesity

Following on from brown fat "good" and white fat "bad" studies, researchers have shown that transplanting energy-burning brown fat can prevent excess weight gain in a mouse model of obesity.

Murder, rape, neglect in California mental health institutions Special

More than 800 pages of records released by the California Department of Public Health have revealed horrific crimes, including deadly physical abuse and neglect, rape, and brutal beatings, inside five mental health institutions.

Move to ban several 'legal highs'

Due to concerns with so-called “legal highs”, which are being seen more frequently in the U.K., the government has instigated a ban on five types of recreational drugs.

Canadian research team cracks secret to knuckle-popping sound

Researchers at the University of Alberta have discovered the secret behind the “pop” sound knuckles make when they’re cracked. So, why does it make that sound? MRI video helps to determine what triggers the noise.

Medical marijuana heads south

A little less than half of U.S. states have passed legislation permitting the use of medical marijuana. California's law is nearly a decade old, and Oregon, Washington, Alaska and Maine followed suit shortly.

Sugar-sweetened drinks may reduce stress levels, study suggests

New research from the University of California has concluded sugar-sweetened beverages may help reduce stress in people.

New vibrating condom for women makes them climax every time

Come again? — you might ask. A female condom which makes women orgasm every time. Yes, I'm not faking it (at least, not anymore). A Michigan company claims to have produced a lady's vibrating condom, which guarantees women will climax each time.

Dermatologists provide advice for cold sore treatments Special

Having a cold sore can be irritating and it looks unsightly. A top dermatologist provides Digital Journal readers with some advice for managing these viral infections.

Woman defects from anti-vaxxers — Her seven kids get Pertussis

A Canadian mother has defected from the anti-vaxxer camp after all seven of her children came down with whooping cough. After one week of enforced isolation in their Ottawa home, Tara Hill spoke out.

Stats Can report finds marijuana use down among Canada's teens

Statistics Canada released a report today showing that fewer teenagers from 15 to 17 are using marijuana. The drop-off from 2002 to 2012 was dramatic and it comes at a time when marijuana is proving to be a dangerous drug for the developing brain.

Call to 'free up' information from drug trials

The World Health Organization (WHO) has called for greater transparency with the reporting of clinical trials. This has been welcomed by advocates of open science.

Study finds autism linked to mother and diabetes during pregancy

A study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association found a link between autism and gestational diabetes. Women who develop diabetes earlier in their pregnancy have a higher chance of birthing a child with autism, the study found.

Procrastinate at work? It’s bad for your health

Procrastination is a nasty habit that can keep you from filing on deadline, preparing well for a meeting. Waiting until the last minute to accomplish your task can also lead to unnecessary stress.

Australia to deny welfare to parents who don't vaccinate kids

The Australian government has announced parents won't receive welfare or childcare payments if they don't vaccinate their children.

Yoga for army vets could help with PTSD

The Veterans Health Administration has launched four pilot programs that offer veterans yoga, acupuncture, Qigong, guided imagery and equine therapies, as an alternative to medication, to help with PTSD.

Can people contract norovirus from their dogs?

Given that it has been established that human norovirus can infect dogs, is it possible that dog-to-human transmission can also occur? The answer is “probably” according to a new study.

Vancouver hosting forum Tuesday on dangers of marijuana for teens

The Vancouver School Board and a substance use prevention program called SACY, along with Vancouver Coastal Health, are sponsoring a forum Tuesday evening on marijuana. It is intended to help parents and their teens make informed choices about the drug.

Op-Ed: Roundup's glyphosates are killing our gut microbes

Celiac disease and gluten-intolerance is a growing problem worldwide, but especially in North America and Europe. The causative factor in the increase of these disorders can be explained by studies done on the use of Roundup on the foods we eat.

Ghana gets its first emergency medicine training program

In a new initiative seeking to improve healthcare in the country, Ghana has begun its first emergency medicine training program. Nurses are being trained and despatched to regions across the country and new recruits are busily signing up.

Study says it's all about quality of parenting time, not quantity

A new study from the University of Toronto has concluded that it isn't how much time a parent spends with their kids that matters, it's the kind of time they spend.

Fears over Monsanto's herbicide Roundup prompt private testing

The focus of scientists, food companies and consumer groups is now on Monsanto's Roundup, and its active ingredient, glyphosate. Even though testing has increased in the past two years, they have spiked since the WHO report in March.

Ebola survivors face health issues

Many survivors of Ebola face on-going health issues and risks, according to a new assessment by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Social media used to recruit volunteers for medical study

The companies behind the “Genes for Good” Facebook app and the Open Humans Network website plan to recruit large numbers of volunteers for medical studies using social media.

New procedure for making medical devices safer

In an effort to cut down on the risk of superbug infections tied to a medical device used in hospitals, Olympus America has issued new protocols for cleaning duodenoscopes, which have been implicated in several recent outbreaks.

Obama's personalized medicine plan advances

The U.S. National Institutes of Health has assembled a team of medicine and science experts to begin the process of building President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative.

Health food fanatics may suffer from new type of eating disorder

You, or someone you know, could be suffering from an eating disorder called orthorexia nervosa. The condition arises when someone becomes obsessed with eating healthy food or zealously following a particular health regime.