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(NEW YORK) -- Europe's highest court ruled on Thursday that obesity can, under certain circumstances, be considered a disability, taking a step forward against obesity discrimination, experts say.The European Court of Justice heard the case of a child-care worker identified in the ruling as "Mr. Kaltoft," who claimed he had been fired from his job ...
Posted 2014-12-18 13:30:21
(NEW YORK) -- Modern medicine has always been capable of amazing things, but 2014 was an especially remarkable year.Much of what happened over the past 12 months wasn’t even possible just a few short years ago. Some occurrences, like the ones that follow, might even qualify as miracles:Bionic EyesightIn October, a North Carolina man became on...
(NEW YORK) — Drew Barrymore and her husband Will Kopelman welcomed their second child, a daughter Frankie, this past April and only now is she starting to worry about shedding the extra baby weight.“It took nine months to build. It should take nine months to get off,” she told People magazine of waiting to focus on dropping the we...
Posted 2014-12-18 10:43:39
(NEW YORK) — Rapper Rick Ross is a music industry heavyweight who has been known as much for his big hits as his imposing size. But he’s sporting a far slimmer physique these days.In an interview with ABC News’ Sara Haines, the “Hustlin’” rapper who was born William Leonard Roberts II said he’d lost about 8...
Posted 2014-12-18 05:20:05
(ARLINGTON, Va.) — Angelina Jolie missed the premiere of her movie Unbroken because she came down with chickenpox. Meanwhile, more than a dozen players from the National Hockey League were diagnosed with the mumps.Aren’t these childhood illnesses? Yes they are, but that doesn’t mean adults can’t get them. Dr. Aaron Glatt, a ...
Posted 2014-12-18 05:15:27
(CHICAGO) — Parents love giving presents to their children almost as much as kids love getting them.However, when moms and dads use material possessions to manage their children’s behavior, it can create problems when their youngsters become adults themselves, according to researchers at the University of Missouri and the University of ...
(GRENOBLE, France) — A manly man likes spicy foods, true or false?While it seems a bit preposterous, researchers at France’s University of Grenoble say that a man’s liking of hot and spicy grub may actually prove that he has higher levels of testosterone than guys who regularly pass on fiery foods.The proof, as it were, was in the...
(ANN ARBOR, Mich.) — Perhaps we’ve been going about the war on cancer all wrong.That’s the finding of University of Michigan researcher David Hauser, who says that metaphors used when describing people’s efforts to resist the disease, such as “fight” and “battle,” can detract from cancer-prevention be...
Posted 2014-12-18 05:07:49
(JONESUU, Finland) — Breakfast lunch dinner. Breakfast lunch dinner. Breakfast lunch dinner.By now, you know the drill that three meals a day are important for optimum health, especially when it comes to children. But since we don’t live in a perfect world, many youngsters aren’t getting three squares daily.That’s the findin...
(NEW YORK) -- A new study found that many patients with inhalers or epi-pens do not use them correctly. According to the study, published in the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, researchers at the University of Texas looked at a small sampling of patients and found that 84 percent of those with severe food and medication allergies ...
(NEW YORK) -- A new study shows that removing the blood clot that causes a stroke may improve odds of limiting disability caused by that stroke.The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, notes that while intravenous alteplase -- used to break down blood clots -- within 4.5 hours of the onset of stroke symptoms is the only therapy ...
Posted 2014-12-17 18:20:13
(NEW YORK) -- Pilots should remember to pack their sunscreen, researchers said, after a study noted that flying at 30,000 feet exposes pilots to significant ultraviolet radiation.The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Dermatology, found that pilots flying at 30,000 feet for 56 minutes receive the same amount of UV-A...
(NEW YORK) -- Older adults are more likely to use benzodiazepines for help sleeping, a new study says, which could put them at risk of injury.According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Psychiatry, older adults are more likely to use benzodiazepines than young adults. While 5.2 percent of Americans aged 18 to 8...
Posted 2014-12-17 12:18:44
(NEW YORK) -- One lucky dog is getting his stride back after being fitted with custom 3-D printed paws and legs.Derby, a mutt believed to be mostly husky, was born without fully formed front legs. Instead, the dog had small “elbows” that left him pitched forwards as he tried to run and play with other dogs.“He was scooting around ...
(FRAMINGHAM, Mass.) -- A Massachusetts pharmacy owner has been arrested and charged with second-degree murder in connection with the 2012 fungal meningitis outbreak tied to tainted steroid injections.The outbreak killed 64 people and sickened 687 others who received the injections across 20 states. Prosecutors said the pharmacists' actions displaye...
Posted 2014-12-17 10:08:24
(NEW YORK) -- Proponents of the so-called paleo diet believe that humans who probably went by names like Grok, Thog and Dorn knew more about nutrition than we do today. But a new analysis by two anthropology professors suggests otherwise.Short for Paleolithic, the popular paleo diet goes heavy on meat, fish and vegetables while shunning grain produ...
(ANN ARBOR, Mich.) — Old enough to vote. Old enough to join the military. Not old enough to pick out a doctor?Although seven in 10 parents believe that by the time a child reaches 18 they should move to an adult-focused primary care provider, just 30 percent say their kids are no longer being seen by their pediatrician.Researchers at the Univ...
(NEW YORK) — Gasoline prices continue to fall with no bottom in sight, which puts more money in people’s pockets but could also hurt the economy in the long run if the supply of oil far exceeds demand.However, when gasoline prices were way over three dollars a gallon, as they were for a number of years, it may have resulted in more peop...
Posted 2014-12-17 03:37:00
(WASHINGTON) — Algebra has been the bane of many high school students going back in time. And yet, it appears that making some youngsters take algebra again because they didn't do well enough the first time seems to do more harm than good, according to a new California study.Anthony B. Fong, the lead researcher for the study conducted for the...
(NEW YORK) -- Animated films meant for children feature more on-screen deaths than ever before, a new study found.In a study published in the British Medical Journal, researchers analyzed the 45 animated films with the highest gross revenue from 1937 to 2013. Ranging from Snow White to Frozen, researchers compared, year-to-year, the films to the tw...
(NEW YORK) -- Diets that focus on low impact on blood sugar may not have a significant impact on risk of heart disease or diabetes.Researchers from Johns Hopkins University and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston looked at data from 163 healthy adults who were either overweight or obese at five-week intervals. Each participant ate either a "low ...
(NEW YORK) -- For more than 18 years, Nadia Campbell had no sense of taste or smell and lived with terrible sinus pain. Even after seeing five specialists and undergoing three surgeries, the 38-year-old said she was still left with a perpetually runny nose that kept her up all night.“Every day there was a problem,” said Campbell, of Oak...
(NEW YORK) -- There's a new entry in the crowded fitness tracker market, and it's aiming low.The Movo Wave is a bare bones tracker that stands out most for its price: $29.99.The technology is smart but stripped down, meaning you won't get the extra features you may find on rival devices. There's no sleep quality tracking and customized alerts to ge...
(NEW YORK) -- Nailah Winkfield said she will never forget giving her teenage daughter permission to die as she lay motionless and on a ventilator.Months earlier, Jahi McMath, then 13, had been declared brain dead and become a household name as a legal battle to take her off life support was splashed across headlines nationwide. Winkfield and her fa...
(LOS ANGELES) — Sharon Stone has been considered one of Hollywood's sexiest women for all of her more than 30 years in front of the camera.  And she doesn't fear growing older -- especially after suffering what she describes as a "massive brain hemorrhage" in 2001. The 56-year-old actress recounts in an essay published in the Hollywoo...
Posted 2014-12-16 08:55:07
(NEW YORK) — More than a dozen NHL players and referees have contracted mumps in recent weeks, with additional players tested amid fears that the disease could spread.Players with the Anaheim Ducks, New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers, Minnesota Wild and Pittsburgh Penguins have been affected so far. The viral infection can cause swelling of ...
(NEW YORK) — When 54-year old Benny Andujar went in for a routine checkup shortly after retiring from the New York City police force a few years ago, doctors found abnormalities in the cells close to his stomach, a condition called Barrett’s esophagus. Several months later he was diagnosed with cancer.Andujar said he didn’t realiz...
Posted 2014-12-16 04:57:52
(COLUMBIA, Mo.) — A bottle of beer, a glass of wine or a shot of whiskey is not going to help you sleep better in the long run.Mahesh Thakkar at the University of Missouri School of Medicine says about 20 percent of Americans have tried this method in an effort to get some shuteye.While it might put them to sleep faster, Thakkar says many wil...
Posted 2014-12-16 04:29:39
(NEW YORK) — Google users were mighty curious about how many calories they were eating this year, but they were more curious about some foods than others. Check out the top trending calorie count searches of 2014.And because we're super nice, we pulled together the answers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's calorie search tool.1. How m...
(ANN ARBOR, Mich.) -- A national survey of U.S. middle and high school students showed significant improvement in the levels of adolescent substance abuse.According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse's Monitoring the Future Survey, an annual poll of more than 40,000 students, both alcohol and cigarette use among middle and high school students...
(NEW YORK) -- For the first time, more teens are smoking e-cigarettes than tobacco cigarettes, according to a new survey of 40,000 to 50,000 students in the 8th, 10th and 12th grades.The annual University of Michigan "Monitoring the Future" report found that both alcohol and cigarette use in 2014 were at their lowest points since the study began in...
Posted 2014-12-15 19:55:29
(NEW YORK) -- Researchers in England say that feeling younger may actual help you live longer.According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine, researchers looked at data from about 6,000 participants aged 52 years old or older. In the hopes of gauging the relationship between age and perceived age...
(NEW YORK) -- Thousands of Americans are sent to the emergency room each year after tanning bed accidents.According to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention looked at records from 66 emergency departments around the country. The data, from 2003 to 201...
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