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There have been several stories reported on in the past few years about the risks associated with prescription medications, especially around misuse and over-use. A leading medic has provided Digital Journal with some important advice.

Dubai airport says still top for international traffic

Dubai International cemented its title as the world's busiest airport for international passengers in 2016, with a 7.2 percent increase in traveller numbers to 83.6 million, its operator said Tuesday.

Jet lag impairs major league player performance

Playing major league baseball across the U.S. involves a great deal of travel. What is the effect of this upon the body clocks of the players? A new study shows the impact of time differences is significant and this can affect results.

Surprise your valentine with the gift of a Royal Seas Cruise Commissioned

Well, it’s that time of year, where we all start to think of the perfect gift for that someone special in our lives. Well, nothing says I love you like a quick two-14 day romantic getaway on the Grand Celebration with Royal Seas Cruises.

EasyJet expects bigger earnings hit from weak pound

EasyJet expects full-year profits to suffer a bigger-than-expected hit with the pound down sharply since the Britain voted to exit the European Union, the no-frills airline said Tuesday.

Measles outbreak strikes LA's Orthodox Jewish community

A measles outbreak has infected at least 18 people in the Los Angeles area, health officials said, noting that most of those affected could show no proof of vaccination.

Op-Ed: Berkeley sociologist spotlights the forgotten conservatives Special

Prominent sociologist Arlene Russell Hochschild presents a very down-to-earth and personal view of the conservative-right population of America. Yet what pulled this reporter to read her new book, "Strangers in Their Own Land", was something different.

GMO apples that never turn brown to hit Midwest stores soon

Golden delicious apple lovers in the Midwest will be able to purchase apples that have been genetically modified to not turn brown after they are sliced. The GMO apples are being test-marketed in 10 stores starting in February this year.

Health group outlines advice for giving up smoking

Although smoking tobacco products is in decline in many countries, a sizable minority continue to smoke. To remind smokers about the process of quitting, the Canadian Cancer Society has provided Digital Journal with a nine step plan.

Activist moms group aims to reduce infant mortality

A new support group, comprised of activists and moms in Ohio, has been formed to help reduce the rate of infant mortality. The group Moms2B is a seeking to address the social disparities that affect infant death rates and ill-health.

Scanning the brains of infants to predict disabilities

A new way of assessing a premature infant’s brain, following birth, can predict whether the child will go onto develop a disability. The research has been empirically tested and there is a high level of predictability.

Food made from mealworms could address world hunger

Is the answer to global hunger and issues of food scarcity consuming insects? If so, can insects be turned into food, through processing, that is recognizable today? One food research group think so.

Unknown illness breaks out at Toronto college, about 200 affected

At first it was thought food poisoning was responsible for 77 students falling ill at Toronto’s Humber College. But as food on the campus was examined and more students became sick, authorities are now not sure of the cause of the outbreak.

Dior blasts sweatshirt culture in rave Paris show

Dior struck a blow for the boys and for traditional tailoring Saturday with an all-male show after a week when women turned up on the majority of Paris menswear catwalks.

Pet rats linked to outbreak of rare virus among breeders

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed Friday that pet rats are the source of an outbreak of the Seoul virus in Illinois and Wisconsin. The virus was confirmed in eight people in an ongoing investigation.

German safety body must pay 60 mn euros to breast implant victims: court

A French court on Friday ordered German safety certifier TUV to pay 60 million euros ($64 million) in compensation to 20,000 women who received defective breast implants that the group had approved.

The world's cities: vital, but fragile

They may be richer and more numerous than ever, but the world's urban dwellers can be forgiven a sense of dread as threats pile up from climate change, terrorism and anarchic growth.

IS wreaks new destruction in Syria's ancient Palmyra

The Islamic State group has demolished more treasured monuments in Syria's ancient Palmyra, a month after recapturing it from government forces, the country's antiquities chief said Friday.

Trump wants to ditch 'Obamacare' but keep the gains

Health coverage for all: the promise of President-elect Donald Trump was also the vow of his predecessor Barack Obama, whose signature domestic achievement is now under serious threat of repeal.

New link between reduced calories and life expectancy

The association between a lower calorie intake and a longer life expectancy has been the subject of research for several years, with data supporting and disproving the link. A new study reports in favor, based on an animal model.

One in four U.S. men have cancer-linked HPV genital infections

In an analysis of the 2013-2014 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), it was found that almost half of U.S. men have genital infections caused by sexually transmitted viruses and one in four has strains linked to several cancers.

Spanish village hurls turnips to drive away evil

Residents of a Spanish town pelted a devil-like character portrayed by a young man with thousands of rock-hard turnips Thursday in a tradition that aims to drive away evil.

Op-Ed: Trudeau uses divide and conquer tactics on health care funding

Just before Xmas last December the Liberal government offered the provinces a little more than half of what the previous right-wing Harper government had been paying Canadian provinces.

'Three-parent' baby born in Ukraine using new technique

A baby boy has been born in Ukraine to an infertile couple after the first ever use of a new technique using the DNA of three parents, the head of a Kiev fertility clinic said Wednesday.

Is social media use affecting sleep patterns?

Obsession with social media is taking its toll, especially among young people. A new report has found one in five young people are making do with less sleep due to social media use; and this sleep deprivation is having an impact.

Acupuncture alleviates infantile colic

The thought of acupuncture and babies may make people wince, but a new study suggests that such measures may help to alleviate excessive crying (due to infantile colic).

Mediterranean diet beneficially affects brain volume

New research indicates that the Mediterranean diet leads to a positive impact on brain health. This is based upon brain volume being maintained at a higher rate.

Biomarker for depression during pregnancy detected

Many women who are pregnant suffer from depression, with some medics putting the rate at one in seven. To assist medics in detecting the likelihood of a woman suffering from depression a biological marker has been detected.

Protecting people from viruses by adding salt to facemasks

To protect medical staff, the vulnerable or simply concerned members of the public from viruses, researchers have discovered that adding a small amount of salt to facemasks helps to eliminate viral threats.

Vienna's homeless show tourists life on the street

On a wintry afternoon, tourists huddle around their guide outside Vienna's central train station.

E. coli outbreak in Canada under investigation — Warning issued

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), in collaboration with federal and provincial public health partners, is investigating an outbreak of Escherichia coli, called E. coli O121. The source of the outbreak has not been identified.

Frozen fish and meat recalled in U.K.

Several frozen fish and meat products are being recalled from sores around the U.K. The foods are reportedly "unsafe" for human consumption.

U.S. report reviews health impact of marijuana use

A United States report on marijuana, by the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, concludes marijuana use can ease chronic pain and help some sleep but it also could raise the risk of becoming schizophrenic.

U.S. woman dies of 'superbug' infection no antibiotic could treat

Instead of teetering on the edge of a cliff when it comes to the growing number of antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections, we have now fallen off that cliff. A Nevada woman has died of a "superbug" resistant to all known antibiotics.

CVS announces huge cost cut for generic version of EpiPen

Pharmaceutical giant CVS announced on Thursday it is partnering with Impax Laboratories to sell a generic epinephrine auto-injector for $109.99 for a two-pack. The auto-injector, a generic form of Adrenaclick will be available nationwide starting today.

New app seeks to lower stress through meditation

A new app, called Aura, combines mindfulness meditations with machine learning to fight stress and anxiety. The developers state the app to be the first meditation app to combine machine-learning with three-minute mindfulness meditations.

How stress on the brain triggers heart attacks

Scientists have confirmed the link between stress, a region of the brain and heart attacks. The research shows why stress can sometimes lead to a heart attack.

U.S. salmon may carry Japanese tapeworm, CDC scientists say

Diphyllobothriosis, a human disease caused by tapeworms, is reemerging because of the popularity of eating raw fish. The larvae or plerocercoids of the Japanese broad tapeworm have now been detected in wild salmon netted in Alaskan waters.

Woman, 25, dies of cervical cancer after begging for tests

A 25-year-old woman recently died after she was diagnosed with cervical cancer. This came after she was previously refused a smear test because she was told she was too young.

'This time is different': Istanbul tourism reels after attacks

Yavuz Indere has worked as a hotel receptionist in Istanbul for nearly half a century, witnessing coups, unrest and economic crises.

Something 'fishy' going on at LA sushi restaurants: study

Next time you order halibut, red snapper or yellowfin tuna at a sushi restaurant in the Los Angeles area, you may want to ask for proof of what's on your plate.
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