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  • Brand in Spotlight: Herbivore Botanicals

    Brand in Spotlight: Herbivore Botanicals

    If you’re looking for natural ingredients in your skin care that really pack a punch, then one of the newest arrivals to DermStore’s virtual shelves might be just the thing for you: Herbivore Botanicals. Not only are the ingredients in Herbivore Botanicals natural, safe and nontoxic, everything from the colors to the packaging is beautiful, […]

  • Screening for Zika in Donated Blood

    Screening for Zika in Donated Blood

    NEWS BRIEF  The U.S. government is now recommending that blood banks around the nation take precautions against the Zika virus. The Food and Drug Administration announced Friday it will recommend all U.S. blood banks screen donated blood for the mosquito-borne virus, which can cause birth defects. In February, the FDA recommended screening only in areas […]

  • 174 Heroin Overdoses in Six Days in Cincinnati

    174 Heroin Overdoses in Six Days in Cincinnati

    NEWS BRIEF Cincinnati is facing a public-health emergency, as an estimated 174 people overdosed on heroin in the last six days. Police in the Ohio city are trying to find the source of the heroin batch. Tim Ingram, the Hamilton County health commissioner, told reporters Friday the number of hospital visits this week have been […]

  • Zika Seems to Thrive in the Vagina

    Zika Seems to Thrive in the Vagina

    It was just last month that the first case of a woman spreading Zika sexually to her male partner was documented, and around the same time that a study found the virus in a woman’s cervical mucus 11 days after infection. Before that, most of the talk about sexual transmission of the normally mosquito-borne virus […]

  • How to Talk to Strangers

    How to Talk to Strangers

    Next time you enter an elevator, walk in and keep facing the back wall. If you stay that way, in my experience, people will laugh or ask if you’re okay. (That’s an opportunity, if you want, to say you would love for someone to define “okay.”) Standing this way breaks unstated rules of how we’re […]

  • The Siren’s Call

    The Siren’s Call

    When a medical emergency occurs, the first professional a patient comes into contact with is usually a paramedic in the ambulance. Paramedics often work long shifts in high-stress, life-or-death situations. Due to the physically (and psychologically) demanding nature of the job, workers frequently burn out, which can lead to shortages. Jason Hernandez is a paramedic […]

  • Study shows parents of newborns don’t always follow safe sleep recommendations

    Study shows parents of newborns don’t always follow safe sleep recommendations

    If you ask parents of newborns what the recommendations for safe sleep for infants are, most can recite the “safe sleep rules”: put your baby to sleep on his back, by himself, on a firm surface with no loose bedding (preferably nothing in the crib but Baby). But just because they know doesn’t mean they […]

  • Knee replacement: Life changing or a disappointment?

    Knee replacement: Life changing or a disappointment?

    While there are more than 100 types of arthritis, osteoarthritis is by far the most common. It’s the age-related, “wear-and-tear” type of arthritis that affects almost everyone fortunate enough to live a long life, affecting up to 80% of older adults. Fortunately, symptoms may be mild. But for those in whom symptoms are severe, treatment […]

  • Why are our girls killing themselves?

    Why are our girls killing themselves?

    In late spring of this year, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published a troubling data analysis of suicides in the United States. Between 1999 and 2014, suicide rates increased by 24%, in both males and females, and in all age groups studied. While deaths due to disease are declining, suicides are […]

  • When Pain Is the Best Therapy

    When Pain Is the Best Therapy

    In the vast arboretum near my home, ducks clamor on pond shores as shrieking children throw bread. The bike path bustles with university students, and, in winter, the adjacent canal teems with skaters. But for me, any health benefits that accrue from a brisk walk in the park are—I’m convinced—counteracted by the stress of encountering […]

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