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Concerns continue with compounding pharmacies

Washington - Following widespread concerns during 2012 and 2013, a new report suggests there are still gaps in the oversight of U.S. compounding pharmacies.

Doctors perform less invasive brain surgery through eyelid

When Pamela Scott, a 56-year-old from Morro Bay, California, was diagnosed with a brain tumor, it was hoped that the removal would stop the unceasing headaches that left her in constant agony.

Indian state's schools may add yoga to syllabus for stress-relief

Jaipur - Governmental schools, of the west Indian state of Rajasthan, are contemplating adding yoga into their daily regimen in a bid to cut stress and improve physiological and psychological health.

Should powdered caffeine be banned? Special

Washington - Six U.S. senators are calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban the trade of powdered caffeine – caffeine in its pure form. This is due to the associated risks.

Op-Ed: Are liberals healthier than conservatives?

According to some new research, people of a liberal political persuasion tend to live for longer, and healthier, than those more inclined to conservative philosophy.

Researchers find hops in beer can prevent Alzheimer's Disease

A study out of the U.K. has found that drinking beer could delay the onset of Alzheimer's Disease and Parkinson's Disease. There is a chemical in the hops of beer that has the potential to ward off those illnesses.

Bluetooth yoga mat doubles as yoga teacher

SmartMat, a blue-toothed equipped, sensor-heavy yoga mat, can teach and correct your postures, besides being just a standard mat.

San Francisco fire kills one, leaves 40 homeless

San Francisco - Dozens of residents rescued Wednesday from a burning San Francisco building may have been further imperiled by blocked fire escapes and a malfunctioning alarm system, officials said.

Five recommendations for dementia action in Canada Special

A new report released from the University of Saskatchewan-based Rural Dementia Action Research (RaDAR) Team and the Saskatchewan Health Quality Council (HQC) reveals the scope of dementia across the province.

New funding to fight antibiotic resistance Special

This week the White House stated that it will double the amount of federal funding put aside to combat and preventing antibiotic resistance. The sum stands at greater than $1.2 billion.

How does my garden grow? Special

By growing her own garden in a small village in Northern West Bengal, India, Monika Barman, a feisty 16-year-old girl is taking charge of her future.

How mindfulness can change the way our brain works

Mindfulness is in the news a lot these days but what is it and how can it help you to improve your health and well-being?

Thalidomide vicitims in Canada press further for justice Special

Toronto - Ninety-five of the victims from the Thalidomide scandal are alive and residing in Canada. They continue to push for justice and have spoken with Minister Ambrose. The Canadian government may soon agree to fund full support of the Thalidomide survivors.

Immune system can promote good gut health

Part of the body’s immune system called MyD88 is responsible for promoting a healthy colony of good bacteria. The more "good" bacteria, the better the digestive health. A new study has explored this further.

Misuse of antibiotics can lead to increase in malaria

New research suggests that mosquitoes that consume penicillin and streptomycin-laced human blood pick up malaria more easily.

Over 2,300 people being monitored for bird flu in Taiwan

Taiwan - On Saturday, a four-day ban on the killing of chickens, ducks and geese in slaughterhouses went into effect across Taiwan because the current outbreak of the avian flu virus is continuing to spread. Over 2,300 poultry farm employees are being monitored.

Marijuana's relationship with mental illness

Washington D.c. - Stories about the success of medical marijuana have frequently hit the news wire, now an abstract from a Cato Institute study has given medical marijuana activists another reason to fight for the cause.

Whole grains may help lower the risk of early mortality

According to a new study, consuming more whole grains is linked with reduced early mortality. This seems especially so for deaths due to cardiovascular disease. However, such diets cannot, it seems, combat cancer.

Measles now in seven states and Mexico — Vaccinations urged

The American Academy of Pediatrics is urging parents to get their children vaccinated against measles in light of the outbreak that began at Disneyland in California. The virus has now spread to six additional states and Mexico.
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