• The dangers of junk sleep

    The dangers of junk sleep

    Do you use your smartphone as your alarm clock? If so, you may be hurting your chances of getting a good night’s sleep. Clinical psychologist, Michael Breus, makes this point: Using electronic devices before bed, whether it’s your phone, laptop or the TV playing in the background, can affect your body’s natural sleep cycle.

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  • We Kill Germs at Our Peril

    We Kill Germs at Our Peril

    Antibiotics have been helping to cure bacterial infections since the 1940s, but could overusing them do more harm than good? In his book “Missing Microbes,” Dr. Martin J. Blaser, a New York University School of Medicine professor, cautions that the overuse has led to an increase in infections that are resistant to antibiotics, and that in turn has serious health consequences.

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  • PulsePoint notification app helps off-duty firefighter save Milwaukie man’s life

    PulsePoint notification app helps off-duty firefighter save Milwaukie man’s life

    There is a life-saving app that is worth knowing about. It’s called PulsePoint. What it does is alert people who have signed up and are trained in cardiac pulmonary resuscitation (CRP) that someone in their nearby vicinity is having a medical emergency.

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  • White bread is a ‘bomb of sugar’ that can make you fat

    White bread is a ‘bomb of sugar’ that can make you fat

    How much white bread do you eat each day? Could it be causing you to pack on extra pounds? A new study by Spanish researchers found that consuming 6 or more slices daily can contribute to becoming overweight and even obese.

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  • Brought back from the dead

    Brought back from the dead

    Is it possible to reverse death for some lucky people? Just ask Joe Tiralosi of Brooklyn, New York, who began feeling sick one day driving in New York City. He made a smart move by heading to the emergency room of New York Presbyterian Hospital. It was there that he literally dropped dead. But talk about being in the right place at the right time.

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  • Protein May Hold the Key to Who Gets Alzheimer’s

    Protein May Hold the Key to Who Gets Alzheimer’s

    Take the case of two different people whose brains both have a buildup of a myloid plaques and tau tangles, which are associated with Alzheimer’s disease. One develops Alzheimer’s; the other does not. What accounts for that?

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  • Exercise regularly to reverse skin aging and stay young

    Exercise regularly to reverse skin aging and stay young

    Yet another reason to exercise that may surprise and motivate you! New research found that regularly exercising can keep your skin looking youthful and even reverse some of the effects of aging.

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  • 6 women drop 320 pounds, vow to live longer

    6 women drop 320 pounds, vow to live longer

    In honor of American Heart Month, Woman’s Day magazine partnered with nutritionist Joy Bauer to challenge six women with significant heart health risk factors to “live longer and stronger.” Collectively these women ended up losing a total of 360 pounds and changed their lives in the process.

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  • Stimulation restores some function for 4 paralyzed men

    Stimulation restores some function for 4 paralyzed men

    Some promising news for people dealing with serious spinal cord injuries: a new experiment has been successful in reestablishing some movement for four paralyzed men who believed they would never have movement in their legs again. Researchers from the University of Louisville and the University of California-Los Angeles say their findings are “staggering” and could change the way we understand paralysis.

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  • Mind Games Grow in Popularity as Exercise for the Brain

    Mind Games Grow in Popularity as Exercise for the Brain

    Exercising your brain at any age is good for you! Websites like Luminosity provide online games to help jog your memory and keep your thinking sharp. Created by neuroscientists, the games are designed to help train your brain, much like a personal trainer helps you train the muscles in your body at the gym.

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  • When a hysterectomy is a death sentence

    When a hysterectomy is a death sentence

    Having a hysterectomy used to mean 4 to 6 weeks of recovery time. Then along came a new procedure called morcellation, which allows the uterus to be removed through an incision in the belly button. This medical advance was greeted as welcoming news for women who could now recover in a little as 3 to 5 days. While tens of thousands of women each year currently opt for morcellation, for some it can prove deadly.

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  • Experts: Heroin Is A Public Health Crisis

    Experts: Heroin Is A Public Health Crisis

    The untimely death of award-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman has led experts to sound the alarm on the rising heroin epidemic in America. As Scott Hesseltine, operations director at Hazelden Treatment Center in Minnesota, says, “We can’t overshadow the fact that there is a public health crisis that is raging across this country. Scenarios like this are playing out in families and communities with alarming regularity and increased frequency.”

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  • ‘He’s going to be better than he was before’

    ‘He’s going to be better than he was before’

    On his CNN show, Sanjay Gupta, MD, Dr. Gupta presented the story of 16-year-old Grant Virgin and his remarkable recovery after a hit-and-run accident. Grant was left with life-threatening damage, including a traumatic brain injury and bleeding, a torn aorta, and fractures in his spine. The doctors grimly told his parents that he had little chance of survival, but the parents refused to give up on their child.

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  • Surgeon general: Smoking to kill 5.6 million kids if we don’t act now

    Surgeon general: Smoking to kill 5.6 million kids if we don’t act now

    The first surgeon general’s report in more than a decade says over 20 million Americans have already died because of smoking, and another 5.6 million children could lose their lives if the rate of tobacco use doesn’t decline. As acting Surgeon General Dr. Boris Lushniak says, “Enough is enough. We need to eliminate the use of cigarettes and create a tobacco-free generation.”

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  • Vitamin E found to slow Alzheimer’s progression

    Are you getting enough vitamin E? While it can be found naturally in foods like broccoli, spinach and sunflower seeds, a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association has shown that a daily vitamin E supplement may actually slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. This is because vitamin E improves the

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