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Doctors Explain Why U.S. Healthcare Is So Expensive

VICE News
VICE News visited a bunch of doctors in an attempt to make sense of our convoluted health care costs. What do the doctors say is needed to improve overall cost and care? Many of them shared the same solution.
How Childhood Infections And Antibiotics May Increase Risks Of Mental Illness

How Childhood Infections And Antibiotics May Increase Risks Of Mental Illness

Christine Bear
Hospitalization for an infection might leave you at greater risk for mental illness, according to a recent study published in JAMA Psychiatry, which draws on data from youth in Denmark up to the age of 17 years.
How Fossil Fuels Are Bad For Your Health

How Fossil Fuels Are Bad For Your Physical And Mental Health

Noel Healy, et al
Many Democratic lawmakers aim to pass a Green New Deal, a package of policies that would mobilize vast amounts of money to create new jobs and address inequality while fighting climate change.
Can Couches And Vinyl Floors Really Make Kids Really Sick?

Can Couches And Vinyl Floors Really Make Kids Really Sick?

Tim Lucas
Children who live in homes with all vinyl flooring or flame-retardant chemicals in the sofa have significantly higher concentrations of potentially harmful compounds in their blood or urine than children who live in homes that don’t, according to a new study.
Knowing The Specific Benefits Of Exercise Is Linked To Exercising Even More

Knowing The Specific Benefits Of Exercise Is Linked To Exercising Even More

Chloe Reichel
New research suggests that people who know more about the benefits of physical activity spend more time doing it.
What Can You Do About Irritable Bowel Syndrome

What Can You Do About Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Suzanne Mahady
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that affects one in ten Australians, and twice as many women as men.
How Alcohol Triggers DNA Changes That Increase Cravings

How Alcohol Triggers DNA Changes That Increase Cravings

Todd Bates
Binge and heavy drinking may trigger a long-lasting genetic change, resulting in an even greater craving for alcohol, according to a new study.
People need The Compassionate Ear Of A Caring Listener experiencing Suicidal Thoughts

People need The Compassionate Ear Of A Caring Listener experiencing Suicidal Thoughts

Mark Widdowson
The World Health Organisation estimates that 800,000 people die by suicide each year. That is one person dying by suicide every 40 seconds.
The Paw-sitive Effects Of Watching Cat Videos

The Paw-sitive Effects Of Watching Cat Videos

Jessica Gall Myrick
According to ReelSEO.com, a website about video marketing, there are more than two million cat videos on YouTube. People have watched these videos more than 25 billion times, which equates to an average of 12,000 views per cat video.
Overweight Women Can Safely Restrict Weight Gain During Pregnancy

Overweight Women Can Safely Restrict Weight Gain During Pregnancy

Marla Paul
Being obese or overweight while pregnant can pose serious health risks for both mother and baby. Now, researchers say that with proper nutrition guidance, restricting weight gain during pregnancy is both safe and feasible.
What Is 'Green' Dry Cleaning? A Toxics Expert Explains

What Is 'Green' Dry Cleaning? A Toxics Expert Explains

Joy Onasch
The winter holidays are a busy time for many businesses, including retail stores, grocers, liquor stores – and dry cleaners.
Your Poo Is Mostly Alive. Here's What's In It

Your Poo Is Mostly Alive. Here's What's In It

Vincent Ho
If you’ve ever thought your poo is just a bunch of dead cells, think again. Most of it is alive, teeming with billions of microbes. Here’s what studies in healthy adults reveal makes up our poo.
How Important Is Eating Breakfast?

How Important Is Eating Breakfast?

Enhad Chowdhury and James Betts
In the middle of the last century, popular nutrition author Adelle Davis advised people to eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.
Why Do People Get Cancer?

Why Do People Get Cancer?

Darren Saunders
Lots of very clever people are working hard to try to answer it. I have worked on this problem for many years, and to be honest it still blows my mind to really think about just how complex it is.
How Dust Storms And Hazardous Air Quality Can Harm Your Health

How Dust Storms And Hazardous Air Quality Can Harm Your Health

Mark Patrick Taylor and Cynthia Isley
A major dust storm swept through Sydney and regional New South Wales this week. Red skies over Broken Hill on Wednesday night and Sydney on Thursday resembled those seen during intense bushfire activity and the massive 2009 dust storm.
How To Avoid Lyme Disease While Ticks Are Hungry In The Fall

How To Avoid Lyme Disease While Ticks Are Hungry In The Fall

Katie M. Clow
Fall is the season that transforms our forests with a beautiful display of colour and fills our kitchens with the smell of pumpkin pie and apple cider. It also brings something far less pleasant to our forests and hiking trails — blacklegged ticks.
From Peaceful Coexistence To Potential Peril: The Bacteria That Live In And On Us

From Peaceful Coexistence To Potential Peril: The Bacteria That Live In And On Us

Mark Blaskovich
Bacteria are everywhere, including in and on our bodies. There are estimated to be as many bacteria in a human body as there are human cells. Much like Pig Pen in the comic strip Peanuts, we actually carry around a cloud of bacteria in the air surrounding us.
Accidental Crops Are A Nutritious, Environmentally Friendly And Free Source Of Food

Accidental Crops Are A Nutritious, Environmentally Friendly And Free Source Of Food

InnerSelf
Edible wild greens could help improve food security, boost public health and make communities more resilient to disaster. Edible wild greens are consumed globally, particularly during food shortages, and many are used medicinally in teas, poultices and…
7 Signs Your Child’s Snoring Warrants Seeing The Doctor

7 Signs Your Child’s Snoring Warrants Seeing The Doctor

U. Michigan
Many children may snore at some point in their lives, especially during bouts of colds or when their allergies are acting up. It’s often a passing phase, but how do parents know if it’s an issue requiring treatment?
Ground-level Ozone Continues To Damage Health, Even At Low Levels

Ground-level Ozone Continues To Damage Health, Even At Low Levels

Jamie T. Mullins
Ground-level ozone is one of six major pollutants regulated nationally under the Clean Air Act. It is not directly emitted, but instead forms in the atmosphere through reactions between other pollutants from cars, power plants and industrial sources.…
Crime And Nourishment: The Link Between Food And Offending Behavior

Crime And Nourishment: The Link Between Food And Offending Behavior r

Hazel Flight, John Marsden and Sean Creaney
It is well known that eating a balanced diet is of vital importance for maintaining good health and well-being. It is also one of the great social pleasures of life. Yet, far too many young people in prisons are consuming a poor diet, lacking in nutrition.
People Who Quit Junk Food Can Face Withdrawal Like Symptoms

People Who Quit Junk Food Can Face Withdrawal Like Symptoms

Jared Wadley
If you plan to try and quit eating junk food, expect to suffer similar withdrawal-type symptoms—at least during the initial week—that addicts experience when they attempt to quit using drugs, according to new research.
The Brain And Gut Link May Be Way Faster Than We Thought

The Brain And Gut Link May Be Way Faster Than We Thought

Karl Bates
New research with mice may upend our understanding of the connection between the gut and the brain, as well as appetite. If you’ve ever felt nauseous before an important presentation, or foggy after a big meal, then you know the power of the gut-brain…
A Sugar Pill Just Might Control Your Chronic Pain

A Sugar Pill Just Might Control Your Chronic Pain

Marla Paul
Researchers have developed a way to reliably predict which chronic pain patients will respond to a sugar placebo pill based on brain anatomy and psychological characteristics. Doctors may one day prescribe placebos that work as effectively as any painkiller…
Our Taste For Beer May Go Back 13,000 Years

Our Taste For Beer May Go Back 13,000 Years

Melissa De Witte
Researchers have discovered evidence of the earliest brewmasters to date, a finding that might stir an old debate: What came first, beer or bread? In a cave in what is now Israel, scientists found beer-brewing innovations that they believe predate the early…
Low-carb Versus High-carb – Is The Evidence Really Contradictory

Low-carb Versus High-carb – Is The Evidence Really Contradictory?

Duane Mellor
It isn’t surprising that people are confused about nutrition when the media presents different findings as gladiatorial battles: vegetarian versus carnivore, high-fat versus low-fat diets and, more recently, low-carb diets versus high-carb. But, when you dig…
Walking Gives Older Women’s Hearts A Health Boost

Walking Gives Older Women’s Hearts A Health Boost

David Hill
Walking significantly lowers the risk of heart failure in older women, a new study shows. The study of more than 137,000 postmenopausal women aged 50 to 79 is the largest and most comprehensive to date that has evaluated physical activity within the context…
Do Blind People Really Have Better Hearing?

Do Blind People Really Have Better Hearing?

Loes van Dam
The sensation of sound occurs when the vibrations from sounds enter our ear and cause little hairlike structures – called hair cells – within our inner ear to move back and forth. The hair cells transform this movement into an electrical signal that the brain…
6 Questions You Can Ask A Loved One To Help Screen For Suicide Risk

6 Questions You Can Ask A Loved One To Help Screen For Suicide Risk

Andres Pumariega
Suicide rates in the United States have increased by 25-30 percent since 1999. This is particularly true for youth ages 12-24, with increases of approximately 30 percent over the same period. In Alachua County, Florida, where I teach and practice at the…
How Leftovers Mess With Your Eating And Exercise

How Leftovers Mess With Your Eating And Exercise

Greta Guest
Leftovers may be throwing off your sense of how much you’ve actually eaten and how much you need to exercise, particularly as portion sizes—and therefore leftover portions—increase, according to a new study.
Does The Brain Really Feel No Pain?

Does The Brain Really Feel No Pain?

Janet Bultitude
The brain has no nociceptors – the nerves that detect damage or threat of damage to our body and signal this to the spinal cord and brain. This has led to the belief that the brain feels no pain. A belief that has entered popular culture. In the 2001 movie…
Stop Peeing In The Pool. Chlorine Doesn't Work Like You Think

Stop Peeing In The Pool. Chlorine Doesn't Work Like You Think

InnerSelf
Not everyone will readily admit to peeing in swimming pools, but it does happen. An anonymous survey from 2012 found that 19 percent of adults admitted they had peed in a pool at least once. But when you use a pool as a giant toilet, that yellow trail…
What We Know And Don't Know About Asthma

What We Know And Don't Know About Asthma

Simon Phipps and Md. Al Amin Sikder
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the lungs where the airways become so obstructed the sufferer struggles to breathe. It’s vastly more prevalent in Western societies, and usually develops in childhood. But what do we know about what causes it?
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