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AAN: Risks of Opioids Outweigh Benefits for Headache, Low Back Pain, Other Conditions

According to a new position statement from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), the risk of death, overdose, addiction or serious side effects with prescription opioids outweigh the benefits in chronic, non-cancer conditions such as headache, fibromyalgia and chronic low back pain. Show More Summary

Call Widens for Medicare CT Lung Cancer Screening Coverage

More than 60 patient advocacy and medical organizations have joined a coalition headed by the Lung Cancer Alliance, the American College of Radiology and The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, in urging Medicare to cover low dose computed tomography (LDCT) screening for beneficiaries at high risk for lung cancer.

Can transfusions of young blood help cure Alzheimer’s in older people?

19 hours agoHealth : The Checkup

It so unds like the dark plot of a vampire movie. Next month, people with Alzheimer’s disease will be given the blood of young people in the hope that it will reverse some of the damage caused by the condition. Read full article >>

Trying to limit the number of deer, with surprising results

19 hours agoHealth : The Checkup

A few years ago, the central campus of Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., was facing a problem familiar to the Washington area. An infestation of white-tailed deer had pushed the community to the limits of its tolerance. Without natural predators, the deer reproduced until their numbers were limited only by the availability of food. Read full article >>

Working Long Hours Tied to Diabetes Risk

19 hours agoHealth : Well

Working long hours may increase the risk for Type 2 diabetes, a new review has found, but the risk is only apparent in workers of lower socioeconomic status.

Done in 5 Minutes, Homemade Sunflower Seed Butter Is Full of Fiber

19 hours agoHealth / Fitness : FitSugar

If you're trying to get more fiber in your life, instead of pairing your strawberry jam with peanut or almond butter, SunButter -made from sunflower seeds - is a delicious option. It contains almost twice the amount of fiber per one-tablespoon serving. Show More Summary

For Back Pain or Headache, Painkillers Do More Harm than Good

20 hours agoHealth : Healthland

For the first time, a major medical organization takes a stand on rampant overuse of opioids for treating back pain, headaches and migraines

'Bachelorette' Ali Fedotowsky Gets Fat-Shamed in a Pretty Terrible Way

Post by Joanna Mazewski. Ugh. File this one under depressing and icky. Former Bachelorette star Ali Fedotowsky got fat-shamed by a twitter troll who called her "disgusting" because of her weight. Say what?! Wait til you see what theShow More Summary

Antibiotics Before Age 2 Increase Risk of Childhood Obesity

20 hours agoHealth : Healthland

A potential unintended consequence of the broad-spectrum drugs

Carve Your Core! 10 Workouts All About Your Abs

20 hours agoHealth / Fitness : FitSugar

Strong, sculpted six-pack abs are only a click away! Aside from making you feel confident in your formfitting clothes - without worrying about your muffin top hanging over your waistline - strong abs also prevent back pain, improve posture, and make you better at running and everything else physical (wink, wink). Show More Summary


By HARVEY WASSERMAN Okay, so we had this historic march a little while ago. It was…. …joyous, beautiful, exhilarating, inspiring, life-confirming…and in many ways turning point. Now that the dust has settled a bit, we can see that it will change things for a long time to come. It proved to ourselves and the world […]

The doctor is always in: On your cellphone, tablet or computer

20 hours agoHealth : The Checkup

Some patients looking for convenient medical appointments can now see UCLA Health System doctors via cellphone, computer or tablet. It’s part of an effort by the health system and other organizations to extend alternatives to the in-person doctor visit to people who might not be able to get to a doctor’s office. Read full article >>

Putting the gee-whiz in geology

20 hours agoHealth : The Checkup

The science that Garry Hayes lov es isn’t made up of esoteric polynomial equations or invisible dark matter. It’s as solid as the rocks he climbs on and as visual as the stunning photographs he posts on his geology blog, Geotripper. Read full article >>

Buy a Black Dress

20 hours agoHealth / Addiction : The Fix

When death starts becoming common in sobriety.

The Buddha walks into a Michelin-starred restaurant

20 hours agoHealth : Well Good NYC

At Tribeca's Restaurant Marc Forgione, you might just find Manhattan's most Zen chef and restaurant staff.

A lighter-than-air turbine to harness high-altitude winds

20 hours agoHealth : The Checkup

Think of it as a Goodyear blimp for the era of alternative power. Well, sort of. What Erik Sofge describes in the October issue of Popular Science magazine is a kind of giant tubular helium balloon with a three-bladed turbine inside,...Show More Summary

The year’s first monarch butterflies are entering Mexico earlier than usual

20 hours agoHealth : The Checkup

Despite the dramatic decrease in the number of monarch butterflies in the world, experts in Mexico said last week that there is a tentative sign of hope for the creatures’ mass migration. The head of Mexico’s nature reserves, Luis Fueyo, said the first butterflies have been seen entering Mexico earlier than usual this year. Read full article >>

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