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Report: Teen alcohol and cigarette use plummets, weed stays steady

Report: Teen alcohol and cigarette use plummets, weed stays steady

Your highschool health teacher was right. There was only a small number of other kids in your school that actually, actively smoked cigarettes and drank alcohol. The most recent study of high school-aged students in the USA published by the CDC on the matter showed that alcohol and cigarette use was falling - while use of marijuana went up, then back down again.

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Breakthrough type 1 diabetes drug trial delays disease after just 14 days

Breakthrough type 1 diabetes drug trial delays disease after just 14 days

A simple drug could dramatically delay the development of type 1 diabetes, researchers at the University of California, San Francisco have found, the first time doctors have been able to slow or prevent the disease. Type 1 diabetes affects around two million people in the US alone, with more than 200,000 cases identified each year. While it can be treated, so far there's no cure.

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Elderly care in USA depends on immigrants study shows

Elderly care in USA depends on immigrants study shows

The Institute of Medicine projected that 3.5 million new health care workers will be needed by 2030. A study published this week in Health Affairs by Harvard Medical School researchers looked into the role immigrant labor plays in care for America's elderly and disabled. Without immigrants, it would seem, US-born elderly and disabled citizens would have significantly less and lower quality available health care and long-term care sector assistance.

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Vaping firms get nicotine warning as Feds target influencer promos

Vaping firms get nicotine warning as Feds target influencer promos

US watchdogs are cracking down on vape liquid firms using social media influencers to push e-cigarette products, warning several brands over missing health disclaimers. The move comes after the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced they'd be going after companies pushing e-liquid products on kids, part of a crackdown in general on vaping.

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Apple watchOS update tracks menstrual cycles, at last

Apple watchOS update tracks menstrual cycles, at last

At WWDC 2019 Apple spoke about the future of the Health app and associated features on Apple Watch. Dr. Sumbul Desai stood onstage speaking about watchOS 6, and how they'll soon introduce Activity Trends for users. With this system, users will be able to see how they move and when they move in a more grand pattern than ever before - not least of all with a newly revealed Cycle Tracking feature.

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Measles outbreaks 2019: Why both sides are wrong

Measles outbreaks 2019: Why both sides are wrong

In the following article we're speaking about the measles outbreaks (yes, plural) inside the United States in the year 2019. The title is written as such in order to draw readers who assume there are two "sides" to the "argument" that surrounds the latest outbreaks, with regard to travel and vaccines. There are, of course, many different factors at play with the latest measles outbreaks in the United States, but travel and unvaccinated individuals are the most major. All factual information provided in the following text comes from the USA's CDC: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Burnout is now a real medical condition

Burnout is now a real medical condition

Burnout isn't just an hazard of modern life, it's now a medical diagnosis, with the World Health Organization adding the condition to its official diagnostic manual. The update affects the ICD-11, the eleventh revision of the International Classification of Disease that the WHO uses to document diseases and more.

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This groundbreaking human cell division model could help cure cancer

This groundbreaking human cell division model could help cure cancer

Scientists have released the first visualization of human cell division, paving the way for new potential treatments for cancer and other diseases. Mitosis is the process where healthy human cells divide, responsible for everything from growing a baby from a fertilized egg, through to our bodies repairing themselves.

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FDA approves easier tests for America’s most common STIs

FDA approves easier tests for America’s most common STIs

New, easier tests for two of the most common STIs have been cleared by the US FDA, paving the way for more rapid - and less uncomfortable - diagnosis and treatment. While tests for chlamydia and gonorrhea are already in widespread use, currently they can require relatively intrusive methods of sampling.

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This nasal spray stops med-resistant depression in trials

This nasal spray stops med-resistant depression in trials

The nasal spray medication called Esketamine was approved by the FDA this year for treatment of drug-resistant depression - and we've done a bit of an investigation. Over 17.3-million adults in the United States suffer from depression - that's over 7% of all US adults. It's safe to say this affliction affects the way we live our lives - and it'd be a pretty excellent day when we figured out how to adequately treat it.

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Comcast activity monitor may let Grandma stay safe at home

Comcast activity monitor may let Grandma stay safe at home

It would appear that Comcast wants to monetize your health. Word this afternoon is that Comcast is working on a smart home device not unlike that of the Amazon Echo and/or Google Home. Smart home speaker is the name of the game, and Comcast is aiming at making cash via hospitals. If they can keep you out of the emergency room, surely they deserve compensation for your health - and the health of your grandmother?

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Google built a lung cancer diagnosing AI and the implications are huge

Google built a lung cancer diagnosing AI and the implications are huge

An innovative system to predict lung cancer could make a huge change in survival rates, with Google exploring how artificial intelligence could dramatically improve diagnosis rates. Despite advances in cancer treatment, lung cancer remains one of the most deadly diseases, not least because difficulty in identifying it among patients means it can often be too late to address.

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