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Millennials Descend On Lawmaker's Office To Complain About Abortion Bill, Get Directions To Bar

Jennifer Bendery | January 22, 2015 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- A group of anti-abortion millennials showed up at Rep. Renee Ellmers' office Thursday afternoon to tell her how angry they were that she helped sink a bill that would have banned abortion after 20 weeks. They also wanted to know where to find a local bar. The North...

Here's How The Anti-Abortion Movement Plans To Modernize Its Approach

Samantha Lachman | January 22, 2015 | Politics
WASHINGTON -- While Republican lawmakers squabbled over a single bill banning abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, the anti-abortion movement's leadership found common ground Wednesday discussing long-term strategy at a summit in the nation's capital. Much media attention focused on the annual March for Life, when...

Expensive IVF Treatment May Not Work Better For All Couples, Study Says

Caroline Bologna | January 22, 2015 | Parents
By: Rachael Rettner Published: 01/21/2015 07:45 PM EST on LiveScience More and more couples are using a specialized in vitro fertilization (IVF) technique, but the more expensive procedure does not appear to improve pregnancy rates or birth rates more than traditional IVF methods do, a new study...

Despite Cholesterol Drop, Many Kids Still Have High Blood Pressure

Caroline Bologna | January 22, 2015 | Parents
BY KATHRYN DOYLE Wed Jan 21, 2015 2:50pm EST (Reuters Health) – Although pediatric high cholesterol levels in the U.S. have gone down since 1999, about one in 10 kids still has high blood pressure, according to a new study. By 2012, approximately 20 percent...

Video-Based Therapy May Help Babies At Risk For Autism, Study Says

Caroline Bologna | January 22, 2015 | Parents
BY KATE KELLAND LONDON Wed Jan 21, 2015 7:02pm EST (Reuters) - Video-based therapy for families with babies at risk of autism improves infants' engagement, attention and social behavior, and might reduce their risk chances of developing the condition, the findings of a small scientific...

Music As Painkillers? Study Highlights Power To Minimize Kids' Pain

AFP | Joshua Ostroff | January 22, 2015 | Canada Music
(Relaxnews) - Listening to 30 minutes of music by artists like Rihanna and Taylor Swift or whichever artist the child prefers -- or even audiobooks -- could significantly reduce pain after major surgery, according to a new study at Northwestern University. "Audio therapy is an exciting opportunity and should be...

Teenagers With Poor Body Image Are More Likely To Become Obese

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | January 22, 2015 | Healthy Living
Thinking you're fat could actually lead to weight gain, according to new research on body image in teens. A paper published in the journal Psychological Science found that teens who have distorted body image — specifically, that they thought they were overweight when they were actually normal weight —...

Pennyslvania Student Likely Died From Chewing Gum In Her Sleep

AP | Tyler Kingkade | January 22, 2015 | College
CALIFORNIA, Pa. (AP) -- A western Pennsylvania university student and basketball player likely inhaled chewing gum into her lungs while asleep before being found dead in her dormitory over the weekend. The Washington County coroner's office said 21-year-old Shanice Clark of Toronto was found unresponsive at about 3 a.m. Sunday...

Woman Tattoos Her Own Face To Cover Scars, Starts Business To Help Other Burn Victims

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | January 22, 2015 | Good News
This woman rose above the challenges of her own experience to help others in similar situations. Basma Hameed, originally from Iraq, was severely burned by hot oil in a kitchen accident when she was 2 years old, CBC News reported. Although she underwent more than 100 procedures...

Hormone-Mimicking Chemicals May Threaten Male Fertility, Study Warns

Lynne Peeples | January 22, 2015 | Green
Bisphenol A and other common estrogen-mimicking chemicals may be wreaking havoc on sperm and stymying some couples' hopes of having children, warns new research. "We're seeing more and more guys who have low and troubling sperm counts," said Pat Hunt, a molecular biologist at Washington State University and co-author of...

One Myth About Ebola That Needs To Be Debunked

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | January 22, 2015 | Business
Paul Stoffels, chief scientific officer of Johnson & Johnson, said there's one major myth about Ebola that needs to be debunked. "One of the misconceptions is that Ebola is only really transmitted when you really touch a patient," Stoffels said. "It's not that transmittable." Stoffels said Johnson & Johnson is...

Ertharin Cousin Explains Food Insecurity And How To Help Prevent It

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | January 22, 2015 | Business
Ertharin Cousin, executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme, said her organization is "not doing enough" despite feeding millions of people because they're only able to feed "the most vulnerable" -- and sometimes, even that is a struggle due to insufficient funding. "What we address are those direct...

More Evidence That Alcohol Ads Are Linked To Teen Binge Drinking

Reuters | Reuters | January 22, 2015 | Healthy Living
By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Young people who are more receptive to alcohol ads on TV may be at higher risk of problem drinking over the next few years, according to a new study. "If you compare low- to high-receptivity kids, their risk of transitioning to binge drinking...

A Few Walnuts A Day May Help Boost Memory, Study Finds

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | January 22, 2015 | Fifty
Go ahead, reach for those walnuts. A new study suggests that eating a handful of walnuts per day -- or even less -- may help boost memory, concentration and the speed at which your brain processes information. In a cross-sectional study that drew from a sampling of thousands of people...

Controversial Study Links E-Cigarettes To Formaldehyde Exposure

Reuters | Reuters | January 22, 2015 | Healthy Living
By Toni Clarke WASHINGTON, Jan 21 (Reuters) - People who smoke high-voltage e-cigarettes have greater exposure to formaldehyde, a suspected carcinogen, than those who keep the voltage low, according to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday. The study, which critics say is misleading and...

Authorities Warn Unvaccinated To Stay Away From Disneyland 'For The Time Being'

Anna Almendrala | January 23, 2015 | Healthy Living
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A major measles outbreak traced to Disneyland has brought criticism down on the small but vocal movement among parents to opt out of vaccinations for their children. In a rash of cases that public health officials are rushing to contain, at least 70 people in six...

The Pill May Double The Risk Of Brain Cancer, Study Finds

Rachel Moss | January 22, 2015 | UK Lifestyle
The pill is the most popular form of contraception in the UK, but a new study has found long-term use of hormonal contraceptives can double the risk of brain cancer. Despite this, scientists have stressed that the likelihood of any individual woman developing the disease was...

Sue Desmond-Hellmann: 'I Don't Think That Anybody Feels Good About The Global Response To Ebola'

Chris Gentilviso | January 22, 2015 | Business
Sue Desmond-Hellmann, chief executive officer of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, discussed the ongoing Ebola problem with HuffPost Live at Davos, saying the Gates Foundation has made a $75 million investment in fighting the virus. But she said that's a "small" investment, as the UN said there...

Obamacare Is Close To Achieving Goal Of 9.1 Million Signups

Harry Bradford | January 22, 2015 | Business
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is moving closer to its goal of 9.1 million people signed up for private coverage under the president's health care law. The Health and Human Services Department says at least 400,000 people signed up last week. That brought total enrollment in the 37 states...

Experts Sound off On Why LGBT Health Concerns Need Special Attention

Reuters | January 21, 2015 | Gay Voices
By Andrew M. Seaman (Reuters Health) - Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities have their own specific needs when it comes to health and medicine, according to experts. Yet LGBT people often avoid seeking medical care because they're afraid they might face discrimination or that doctors might not understand...
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