Health

What's Causing Florida's Leprosy Cases?
armadillo
July 27th, 2015
Leprosy is often thought to be an ancient disease, but leprosy-causing bacteria continue to infect people in the southern United States, including in Florida, where nine people have been diagnosed with the disease so far this year.
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Being Transgender Has Nothing to Do with Hormonal Imbalance
Bruce Jenner
July 23rd, 2015
Caitlyn Jenner's public transition from man to woman has raised awareness about hormone therapy for transgender people. What makes transgender youth identify with a gender they weren't assigned at birth isn't about having too many of the "wrong" hormones.
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Branch Impales Cyclist's Neck After Mishap — and He Survives
An image of a patient who had a tree branch penetrate his neck during a biking accident.
July 22nd, 2015
A mountain biker in New Mexico was lucky not to sustain a serious injury after he fell off his bike and had a wooden branch penetrate his neck, his doctors say.
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Tiny 'Cellular Lasers' Could Aid Targeted Cancer Treatments
Cellular Lasers
July 27th, 2015
For the first time, scientists have injected lasers into cells, making them light up from the inside, an advance that could one day help treat problems inside the human body such as cancer, researchers say.
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Pot Death: Teen Leaps 4 Stories After Eating Marijuana Cookie
Leaves of the marijuana plant
July 23rd, 2015
A teenager in Colorado died after consuming an entire marijuana cookie that contained 6 servings of marijuana's active ingredient, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), according to a new report.
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Super-Superbugs: Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria May Be Deadlier
July 22nd, 2015
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria may be tougher superbugs than previously thought: Not only are these bacteria harder to treat, they appear to be "fitter" in general.
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More Teens Use 'Morning-After Pill,' Study Finds
plan B, morning after pill, birth control pill
July 22nd, 2015
The percentage of teen girls who use emergency contraception, sometimes referred to as the "morning-after pill," has increased considerably over the last decade, according to a new report.
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44 Percent of Americans Say They've Tried Pot
A marijuana cigarette.
July 24th, 2015
Have you ever toked up? Sparked a spliff? Smoked weed? If you have, you're not alone — 44 percent of all Americans surveyed in a new Gallup poll say they've tried marijuana.
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National Tragedies Could Harm Pregnant Women's Mental Health
Pregnant Woman
July 23rd, 2015
The MH17 crash temporarily increased depression symptoms among pregnant women in the Netherlands, where many of the plane's passengers lived.
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New Eyedrops Could Shrink Cataracts Without Surgery
Eye Exam
July 22nd, 2015
Eyedrops can shrink cataracts in dogs, which may prove a first step toward a drug that can treat or even prevent cataracts in human eyes, researchers say.
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