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Alzheimer’s Drug Reverses Cognitive Effects In Mice, Yale Researchers Say

HARTFORD, Conn. (MCT) — Researching a new drug compound on mice, Yale School of Medicine researchers were able to reverse the effects of Alzheimer’s on learning and memory, the school announced Tuesday. Yale School of Medicine psychiatry professor Paul Lombroso and others studied thousands of molecules, which could become drugs, in search of one or […]

Foreign Relations Council Says Ebola Outbreak Is ‘Out Of Control’

WASHINGTON (MCT) — The deadly Ebola epidemic engulfing three West African countries is “out of control,” health experts at the Council on Foreign Relations said Tuesday. The virus, which has killed nearly 900 people since March, hasn’t “ever been in control” since Ebola was first discovered in 1976, said Laurie Garrett, the council’s senior fellow […]

First Federal Gluten-Free Regulation Takes Effect

Regulations that tell consumers just what it means when a product is labeled “gluten free” take effect on Tuesday — a “major milestone,” says one of the leading experts on gluten disorders. “The gluten-free diet for someone with celiac disease is like insulin for diabetics,” says Dr. Alessio Fasano, director of the Center for Celiac […]

Peace Corps Removing Volunteers Amid Ebola Outbreak

(MCT) — The Peace Corps is removing more than 300 of its volunteers from Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea as an Ebola outbreak that has left hundreds dead worsens in West Africa. In a statement issued Wednesday, the Peace Corps said it is temporarily removing volunteers from the affected countries. It did not offer a […]

Leading Sierra Leone Doctor Battling Outbreak Dies Of Ebola

(MCT) — A doctor from Sierra Leone who was leading the fight to battle the deadly Ebola virus outbreak there has died from the disease, officials in that country said. Dr. Sheik Umar Khan died at a Doctors Without Borders facility in Kailahun, Sierra Leone, said Dr. Brima Kargbo, chief medical officer of the country’s […]

Overweight And Obese Kids Are In Denial About Their Weight, CDC Says

(MCT) — New government data suggest a nonmedical cause of America’s childhood obesity crisis: denial. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 48 percent of obese boys and 36 percent of obese girls think their weight is “about right.” Among kids and teens who were merely overweight, 81 percent of boys and 71 […]

Smoking May Increase Suicide Risk, Study Says

LOS ANGELES (MCT) — It’s well-known that cigarettes are bad for your health, but does smoking make you more likely to kill yourself? In a paper published this week in the journal Nicotine & Tobacco Research, authors argued that smoking and suicide may be more closely related than previously thought. The researchers analyzed suicide rates […]

Study Finds No Link Between Certain Weather Conditions, Lower Back Pain

(MCT) — Have you ever noticed that your lower back pain flares up during a rainstorm? Or when the temperature suddenly drops? Or when there’s a change in humidity or air pressure? Well, then you’ve been noticing wrong, according to a study published this week in the journal Arthritis Care & Research. In a paper […]

Obamacare Website Stumped ‘Highly Educated’ Millennials, Study Shows

Obamacare Website Stumped ‘Highly Educated’ Millennials, Study Shows

Millennials who struggled to sign up for health insurance on Healthcare.gov have some simple advice for the Administration of President Barack Obama: Make the website more like Yelp or TurboTax.

Study: Not Enough Exercise Is Likely To Blame For Obesity Epidemic

LOS ANGELES (MCT) — A new study suggests that under-exercising, rather than overeating, may be at the heart of America’s obesity epidemic. Researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine report a strong correlation between the rise in obesity and a striking drop in the amount of time Americans spend exercising when not at work over […]

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