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Op-Ed: 'Veggie Queen' urges people to live healthy as well as long Special

Sonoma - The importance of eating healthy is more than just a passion for 'Veggie Queen' Jill Nussinow, it is her life's work. Getting the word out is more about getting vegetables in peoples' mouths to taste them and to experience that they are good.

China bans deadly drug responsible for deaths in U.S. and Canada

The US Drug Enforcement Agency is applauding the new Chinese regulation going into effect on March 1, 2017, that outlaws carfentanil along with three other powerful synthetic opioids.

Oklahoma advances bill requiring male permission for abortions

The Oklahoma state legislature has advanced a bill — authored by a Republican man who believes women's bodies are mere "hosts" for fetuses — that would require women seeking abortions to get written permission from the men who impregnate them.

Melinda Gates says Trump abortion order 'could affect millions'

London - US President Donald Trump's block on US funds going to organisations involved in abortion care overseas could impact millions of women, Bill and Melinda Gates have warned, the Guardian reported on Tuesday.

Baby’s sex affects a woman’s immunity while pregnant

There has been anecdotal evidence for several years: that whether a woman is carrying a boy or a girl her health differs. Now medical evidence indicates that the sex of the baby affects the immunity of the expectant woman.

Spike in overdose cases in Kentucky city — 52 calls in 32 hours

Louisville - Hardly a week goes by that someplace in the U.S. records an unusual spike in drug overdoses, and last week was no exception. In a 32-hour period, Louisville, Kentucky saw 52 cases of drug overdoses.

Which U.S. states are the worst for STDs?

In time for Valentine's Day, new information collated reveals the U.S. states with the highest levels of sexually transmitted diseases, using some common pathogens as measures.

Can Botox reduce social anxiety?

Atlanta - The cosmetic wrinkle reducer, Botox, is being examined in the context of treating various medical conditions. In one example, George Washington University is recruiting volunteers for a new study testing Botox to treat social anxiety.

FDA approves $89,000 drug to treat Duchenne's Muscular dystrophy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday gave approval to a drug manufactured by Marathon Pharmaceuticals to treat Duchenne's muscular dystrophy (DMD), a devastating muscle disease that usually affects boys.

'World's heaviest woman' to fly to India for surgery

Mumbai - An Egyptian believed to be the world's heaviest woman will fly to India for weight reduction surgery Saturday after intervention from the country's foreign minister ensured her a visa.

Why offering positive support can have negative consequences

It may initially seem counterintuitive but psychologists have run studies that show offering positive support to your spouse can have negative consequences in certain circumstances.

Brazil yellow fever outbreak 'worst on record'

Bras - Sixty-five people are confirmed so far to have died in Brazil over the last two months in the country's worst yellow fever outbreak on record, the government said.

Warning that concussion affects driving months later

Atlanta - After a person experiences mild concussion the effects slowly ebb away and the affected person returns to their normal routine. Things may not completely go back to normal, however, and medics have issues a new warning about driving.

Flu spreads across 40 states with some states hit especially hard

Forty states and Puerto Rico are reporting flu cases as the seasonal virus continues its march across the United States this winter, prompting health officials to remind people that it's not too late to get their flu shots.

China promotes traditional medicine to combat AIDS

Bejing - China will double the number of AIDS patients it treats with traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), officials have said, part of a broader push to increase the use of the ancient practice in the country's medical system.

AI algorithm helps identify skin cancer

The use of artificial intelligence and deep learning computer systems to assist with medical diagnosis has advanced a step further with the announcement that a new platform has identified skin cancer as well as professional dermatologists.

Vitamin A deficiency linked with Alzheimer’s disease

Brain tissue could be "programmed" for life during early development in the womb and during infancy. One key factor is Vitamin A, and deficiency could be linked to developing Alzheimer's disease later in life.

Researchers study impact of mental health on sport performance

A decline in form and a bad run of results for a high performing sports player can be tied to a mental health issue. To help study the effects, with a view of aiding to sports stars of today, researchers have investigated some high profile players.

Op-Ed: Cannabis oil and Huntington’s Disease: Yes, it works Special

Ottawa - I had to check it out. A young lady on Facebook stood up, smiled and walked. It was a major achievement for Erin Wade, who has Huntington’s Disease. She’d just had some cannabis oil. Nobody’s even too sure why it works, but it does.
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