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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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Eating this inflammatory diet may double your cancer risk

Eating this inflammatory diet may double your cancer risk

Chronic inflammation has been linked to a number of potential long-term health issues, including autoimmune problems and the development of cancer. Diet plays an important role in inflammation response with foods like red meat and refined sugar being major pro-inflammatory sources in diets. A new study warns that eating an inflammatory diet doubles the risk of developing one of the most common cancers in the world.

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Dementia isn’t inevitable: Study finds which healthy habits offset risk

Dementia isn’t inevitable: Study finds which healthy habits offset risk

It's easy to fall into the trap of believing dementia and Alzheimer's disease are the inevitable outcome of growing old, but a new study says that isn't the case. Despite having a genetic risk for the diseases, a newly published study found that certain healthy habits offset the risk, indicating that how you live life has a huge influence on whether dementia will ultimately be a part of it.

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Florida issues rabies alert covering part of Walt Disney World

Florida issues rabies alert covering part of Walt Disney World

The Florida Department of Health in Orange County issued a rabies alert on July 9 that will remain in effect for 60 days. The alert covers a two-mile radius around the region's Interstate 4 and Epcot Center Drive, the road leading into Walt Disney World's Epcot theme park. The warning was issued after a feral cat that scratched two park employees tested positive for rabies (the employees, however, were fine).

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Calorie restriction ‘significantly’ improves health in thin adults

Calorie restriction ‘significantly’ improves health in thin adults

A study out of Duke Health has found that eliminating approximately 300 calories from one's daily diet has a significant protective effect on health. This beneficial effect was found in adults who were a healthy weight or who had 'a few pounds' to lose, according to the researchers, spurring an improvement in health markers like blood pressure and blood sugar that were already in the 'good' range.

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Green plants at home have surprising effect on junk food cravings

Green plants at home have surprising effect on junk food cravings

Exposure to greenery, such as a walk in the park or afternoon spent working in a garden, has been linked to multiple potential health benefits over the years, including reduced blood pressure. A new study out of the University of Plymouth has found another possible health benefit related to green plants: a reduction in cravings for junk food, alcohol and cigarettes.

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Cancer study has bad news for people who drink soda

Cancer study has bad news for people who drink soda

Sugar is one of the most common elements in the average Western diet -- it can be found in obviously sugary snacks, but also in products one wouldn't guess contain high amounts of sugar, such as certain breads and savory sauces. Sweet drinks are arguably the most common way many people consume large quantities of sugar, both juice and soda being two popular examples. A recently published study has bad news for consumers who regularly drink these sweetened beverages.

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Free Slurpee at 7-Eleven: Actually not that unhealthy, just innutritious

Free Slurpee at 7-Eleven: Actually not that unhealthy, just innutritious

It is the 7-Eleven day celebration, and the Slurpee's are coming on fast and heavy. Today Slurpee drinks are free, and you're going to want to bury your face into a cup at your local 7-Eleven as soon as possible, most likely. Unless you don't want to grab your brains and squeeze in utter agony because of the ever-present threat of brain freeze, or the various artificial ingredients which we'll be going over presently. Let's take a look!

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CDC seeks data on mystery illness paralyzing kids before next outbreak

CDC seeks data on mystery illness paralyzing kids before next outbreak

A mysterious illness with no known cause or cure has resulted in a number of otherwise healthy children becoming paralyzed, the CDC reports, and it expects another record outbreak to happen in 2020. Called acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), this condition is described as rare but very serious by the CDC; it causes weak muscles and reflexes in the body, lesions in the spinal cord, and primarily appears in otherwise healthy kids. Officials are pleading for more information from doctors about the condition ahead of the next anticipated wave.

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13-year-old researcher finds hand dryers are harmful to children’s hearing

13-year-old researcher finds hand dryers are harmful to children’s hearing

A 13-year-old Canadian girl named Nora Keegan set out in 2016 to determine if the blower type of hand dryers used in bathrooms around the world were harmful to the hearing of children. She said that sometimes after using hand dryers, her ears would start ringing. Keegan also noted that other children didn't want to use hand dryers and that the kids would cover their ears.

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Blue light exposure at night may sabotage your keto diet efforts

Blue light exposure at night may sabotage your keto diet efforts

Exposure to blue light at night may be sabotaging your weight loss and low carb dieting efforts, a new study has found. The research focused on rats that followed a diurnal schedule, meaning they were awake during the day and slept at night. When exposed to light from LEDs for an hour at night, the rats were found to have an increased sugar cravings and reduced glucose tolerance the next day.

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Quorn vegan protein may be better than milk for building muscle

Quorn vegan protein may be better than milk for building muscle

A meat substitute called Quorn was found to aid muscle building better than milk protein, according to a new study. The research looked at the product's meat-free 'mycoprotein' ingredient, which is sourced from a microfungus called Fusarium venenatum that grows in soil. According to scientists with the University of Exeter, this protein may be ideal for stimulating muscle growth after exercise.

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