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Study: Heart Structure Could Be Linked to Strokes

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decade3d/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Researchers are looking into whether the volume of a person’s left atria may be correlated in some way with strokes. According to a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, scientists looked at 169 patients with a regular heart rhythm and a history of atrial fibrillation. Those patients underwent a cardiac MRI before undergoing ... Read More »

First Approved HIV Self-Test Kit on Sale in United Kingdom

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MARK BRAZIER/iStock/Thinkstock(LONDON) — The first approved HIV self-test kit is on sale in the United Kingdom. BBC News reports that the kits do not need to be sent to a lab for results; with a small drop of the patient’s blood, the kit can detect antibodies that signal the presence of HIV. The antibodies, BBC News notes, are only detectable ... Read More »

CDC Says Microneedle Measles Vaccine Patch Could Be ‘Game-Changer’

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James Gathany/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(NEW YORK) — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday that a microneedle patch currently being developed could be a major advancement in the effort to vaccinate people against measles and other diseases. The patch, being developed by the CDC and the Georgia Institute of Technology, is designed to be administered ... Read More »

US Lowers Recommended Fluoride Levels for Drinking Water

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Monday announced a final recommendation for optimal levels of fluoride in drinking water — lowering the recommendation to 0.7 milligrams per liter, the low end of the previous recommendation issued in 1962. The department says in a press release the change was made “because Americans now have access ... Read More »

Women Put an Average of 168 Chemicals on Their Bodies Each Day, Consumer Group Says

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — American women put an average of 168 chemicals on their bodies each day, according to a nonprofit group, but two senators say federal regulations on personal care products have barely changed since the 1930s. Sens. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Susan Collins, R-Maine, introduced an amendment to the federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act that would give the ... Read More »

Why Broccoli Sprouts May Be a True Disease-Fighting Super Food

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Broccoli has long been considered a “super food” but it’s sulforaphane — a concentrated form of the phytochemicals found in broccoli sprouts — that’s shaping up to be the true disease fighter. A new British study found the compound might be an effective treatment for osteoarthritis, a debilitating condition characterized by inflamed, painful joints. Mice given an ... Read More »

Expert Tips for Healthy Airport Eating this Summer

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Plenty of travelers plan to shed a few pounds before their summer trips, but that necessary evil — the airport — is filled with potential pitfalls for derailing your diet just as you embark on your beach vacation. So what’s a hungry summer flier to do? Most importantly, eat your typical, healthy meal before you leave for ... Read More »

Survey Shows Evolving Views of Men’s Roles in Society

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Stockbyte/Digital Vision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — What is the American Dream in 2015? For most men, it means being a good husband, father, son or friend. That’s one of the surprising findings of a survey entitled “The Shriver Report Snapshot: An Insight Into the 21st Century Man.” Of the more than 800 men surveyed, 60 percent said that the real marker of ... Read More »

Digital Device Users Getting Younger and Younger and Younger

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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Nowadays, before a child in the U.S. even says his first word, he may actually be playing with an electronic device. According to the Einstein Healthcare Network, which surveyed 370 parents with children from half-a-year to four years old, more than a third of infants handled smartphones and tablets by the age of six months and one ... Read More »