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The gut-brain connection

By |2019-02-17T19:04:22+00:00February 17th, 2019|

Pay attention to your gut-brain connection – it may contribute to your anxiety and digestion problems The gut-brain connection is no joke; it can link anxiety to stomach problems and vice versa. Have you ever had a "gut-wrenching" experience? Do certain situations make you "feel nauseous"? Have you ever felt "butterflies" in your stomach? We [...]

Ebola still claiming lives as DRC cases climb to 835

By |2019-02-17T18:51:12+00:00February 17th, 2019|

The pace of new Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) slowed slightly last week, though the outbreak's intensity is still moderate, the World Health Organization (WHO) said yesterday in its weekly overview. Meanwhile, in a daily update today, the DRC's health ministry announced that the virus has likely infected six more [...]


By |2019-02-17T18:43:43+00:00February 17th, 2019|

Given the amount of time spent in an office environment, it should be natural and logical for the workplace to promote healthier lifestyles. Attributes of spatial design can promote physical movement at work by encouraging walking behaviors and stand-up breaks throughout the day. It’s not all about yoga and fitness classes — simply having visibility [...]

Homeowner interest in healthy home trends increases

By |2019-02-17T18:09:52+00:00February 17th, 2019|

Published February 15. 2019 12:01AM Homeowners have become increasingly interested in healthy home trends, according to a recent study by the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. The report also determined that while remodelers are aware of this trend, they are still in the early stages of using health-conscious materials and practices in their [...]

Lassa Fever – Nigeria

By |2019-02-17T17:57:24+00:00February 17th, 2019|

From 1 January through 10 February 2019, 327 cases of Lassa fever (324 confirmed cases and three probable cases) with 72 deaths (case fatality ratio = 22%) have been reported across 20 states and the Federal Capital Territory, with the majority of cases being reported from Edo (108) and Ondo (103) states. Twelve cases have [...]

The bladder workout: Tame incontinence without surgery

By |2019-02-17T17:38:12+00:00February 17th, 2019|

An overactive bladder (also known as urge incontinence) causes a sudden urge to urinate, even when your bladder isn't full. For some people, it's simply a nuisance. For others, the urge can't be controlled, which leads not only to incontinence but also to a potentially severe negative impact on their quality of life. Bladder training [...]

EXCLUSIVE: Controversial experiments that could make bird flu more risky poised to resume

By |2019-02-17T17:32:50+00:00February 17th, 2019|

Controversial lab studies that modify bird flu viruses in ways that could make them more risky to humans will soon resume after being on hold for more than 4 years. ScienceInsider has learned that last year, a U.S. government review panel quietly approved experiments proposed by two labs that were previously considered so dangerous that federal officials [...]

Social media, screen time, and young people’s mental health

By |2019-02-17T17:27:45+00:00February 17th, 2019|

The death by suicide in 2017 of a 14-year-old British girl has in the past month led to a highly charged debate about social media's negative effects on children's and young people's mental health. The concern is the ease with which explicit images of self-harm can be accessed on Instagram and other platforms. Discussions have [...]

Denmark E. coli outbreak declared over; Salmonella investigation continues

By |2019-02-17T17:13:37+00:00February 17th, 2019|

Danish officials have ended an investigation into an outbreak of E. coli that affected almost 40 people, but they are continuing to look at a Salmonella monophasic Typhimurium outbreak that has sickened almost 50 people. For the E. coli outbreak, it was not possible to find the source of infection, officials report, but there was [...]

Early US flu vaccine analysis finds moderate protection

By |2019-02-17T17:06:21+00:00February 17th, 2019|

In its early estimate of this season's flu vaccine effectiveness (VE) in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said VE was modest—at 47%—but the vaccine afforded better protection in children but less in adults age 50 and older. Midway through and at the end of each flu season the CDC [...]