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Vastly Limiting Social Contact Could Stop Flu Spread

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iStock/Thinkstock(DAVIS, Calif.) — Keeping your distance from others could be the best way to prevent spreading the flu, based on how Mexico City handled the swine flu epidemic in April 2009. At the time, government officials closed schools, cancelled major events and told residents of Mexico City to stay home. As a result, TV viewing exploded by 20 percent during ... Read More »

Degree of Delivery Room Pain Linked to Mother’s Mate

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iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — Fathers-to-be shouldn’t take it personally when a woman howls in pain during childbirth. Or maybe they should. A new study out of the University of London suggests that women in the delivery room may actually feel more discomfort when their significant other is hanging around to provide moral support. To get a better idea, researchers first gave 39 ... Read More »

Americans Still Prefer Unhealthy Food Choices

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iStock/Thinkstock(KIEL, Germany) — The government can run all the public service announcements it wants about convincing people to change their eating habits but it all may be a big waste of time. It has to do with people’s preconceived notions about what tastes good and what doesn’t, according to researchers Robert Mai and Stefan Hoffmann from Kiel University, Germany. They ... Read More »

American Academy of Pediatrics Reaffirms Opposition to Legalization of Marijuana

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sarra22/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The American Academy of Pediatrics reiterated its opposition to the legalization of marijuana in an updated statement on Monday. The group is against legalized marijuana — both for recreational and medicinal purposes — due to the potentially harmful effects on adolescents, such as memory impairment and difficulty concentrating. The AAP also says that studies have linked marijuana ... Read More »

UK Ebola Patient Released from Hospital, Free of Virus

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JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images(LONDON) — The Ebola patient admitted to a London hospital in December was discharged on Saturday and is now virus-free. Pauline Cafferkey, a Scottish nurse, had returned from Sierra Leone to the United Kingdom on Dec. 28, 2014, where she had been treating Ebola patients. According to a statement released by the hospital, Cafferkey said she still didn’t ... Read More »

The Edge, Patti Smith Among Music Stars Featured in Chef Mario Batali’s New Cooking-Themed Web Series

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Paolo Pellegrin; Angelo CricchiU2 guitarist The Edge and Patti Smith are among the stars who appear on Feedback Kitchen, a new web series that features celebrity chef Mario Batali, um, grilling various famous musicians about their creative process and how it relates to their passion for food. All five episodes of the series — including shows featuring Red Hot Chili ... Read More »

Paul McCartney Releases New Single with Kanye West and Rihanna

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Westbury Road Entertainment/Roc Nation RecordsEarlier this month, Paul McCartney and Kanye West teamed up to release a new single called “Only One.” It was promised as the first of several collaborations between the two artists. Now, a new collaboration has been released — with Rhianna added to the mix. The melodic acoustic track, featuring Rihanna, Kanye and McCartney, is called ... Read More »

Epileptic Boy’s Parents Frustrated by Delays Plaguing Medical Marijuana Rollout

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pkripper503/iStock/Thinkstock(ORANGE COUNTY, Fla.) — Andrea Saretti’s son Sam starts the day each morning by putting on a special helmet and medical bracelet to protect him in case he falls to the ground with a seizure. Sam, 9, was diagnosed with epilepsy last year and has suffered seizures that have not stopped despite multiple medications and even an electronic implant that ... Read More »

Sorry, Pregnant Women, New Study Is Not a Carte Blanche to Eat Sushi

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Kesu01/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Despite jubilant tweets and Facebook posts to the contrary, a new study does not reverse decades of advice prohibiting pregnant women from eating sushi, experts said. The study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition said pregnant women may be able to eat more fish than previously thought thanks to what appear to be minimal negative ... Read More »