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Stay-At-Home Dads Still Struggle With Diapers, Drool, Stigma And Isolation

4 hours 15 min ago

It's hard to find other stay-at-home dads to hang out with, and working men worry you'll hit on their stay-at-home wives. Meanwhile, bosses still expect new fathers to work full-time. What's changed?

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Opening Up About Depression And Suicide Could Help Someone Else On The Brink

13 hours 49 min ago

With suicide in the news, a writer finds the courage to share the story of her own worst night — and what got her through.

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Credibility Concerns Lead NIH To End Study Of Alcohol's Health Effects

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 2:03pm

Scientists and National Institutes of Health officials met with alcohol company executives and appeared to solicit money from them in violation of government policy. The NIH canceled the study.

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Lawmakers In Illinois Embrace Medical Marijuana As An Opioid Alternative

Fri, 06/15/2018 - 10:58am

Seeking solutions for the opioid crisis, policymakers in Illinois and many other states are looking to expand access to marijuana for chronic pain sufferers.

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Does Vitamin D Really Protect Against Colorectal Cancer?

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 1:31pm

The jury's been out on whether low blood levels of vitamin D increase the risk of colorectal cancer. Researchers say a new review involving more than 12,000 people strongly suggests the answer is yes.

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U.S. Suicide Rates Are Rising Faster Among Women Than Men

Thu, 06/14/2018 - 12:01am

You can help prevent suicide, researchers say, by knowing the signs and reaching out. More boys and men in the U.S. take their own lives than women and girls, but that difference has narrowed.

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Errors Trigger Retraction Of Study On Mediterranean Diet's Heart Benefits

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 5:03pm

An anesthesiologist who taught himself statistics identified flaws in an influential study that claimed to prove the Mediterranean diet has cardiovascular benefits. The 2013 paper is being retracted.

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Medicare Takes Aim At Boomerang Hospitalizations Of Nursing Home Patients

Wed, 06/13/2018 - 5:00am

One in 5 Medicare patients who leaves the hospital for a nursing home ends up back in the hospital. The federal government will soon use bonuses and penalties to try to lower readmissions.

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1 In 3 Adults In The U.S. Takes Medications Linked To Depression

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 6:00pm

Depression is a possible side effect of 200 medications. Now, a new study finds people who take these drugs are, in fact, more likely to be depressed. The more drugs you take, the higher the risk.

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Trump's Redirection Of Family Planning Funds Could Undercut STD Fight

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 12:59pm

Some public health officials fear Trump's move to change how the Title X family planning funding is handled may hurt the effort to cut the record number of sexually transmitted infections in the U.S.

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Doctors Told Not To Order Electrocardiograms For Low-Risk Patients

Tue, 06/12/2018 - 11:04am

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force says the benefits from routine electrocardiograms in people at low risk of heart disease don't outweigh the harms from unnecessary follow-up tests.

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'Where The Need Is': Tackling Teen Pregnancy With A Midwife At School

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 4:43pm

With teen pregnancy rates in some communities stubbornly high, some schools are trying something different: hire a midwife.

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A Science Writer Explores The 'Perversions And Potential' Of Genetic Tests

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 2:43pm

Carl Zimmer wondered what secrets lurked in his genetic code — so he decided to have his genome sequenced. He writes about the implications of the study of genetics in She Has Her Mother's Laugh.

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After High School, Young Women's Exercise Rates Plunge

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 12:01pm

After they lose access to high school sports, young women — especially young women of color — generally get less exercise than they should, a study suggests, and far less exercise than young men get.

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How Hunger Pangs Can Make Nice People 'Hangry'

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 11:50am

For someone to become "hangry," context is key. People need to be in a negative situation or subject to negative stimuli to have a hangry response.

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The Perils Of Pushing Kids Too Hard, And How Parents Can Learn To Back Off

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 5:00am

Part of a parent's job is to help kids do their best, but pushing too hard can backfire. Research shows kids in high-achieving communities are at higher risk of anxiety, depression and substance use.

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What To Watch For As Trump Takes Aim At ACA Protections

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 4:01pm

The Trump administration has declined to defend key provisions of the Affordable Care Act in court, saying protections for people with pre-existing conditions should be declared unconstitutional.

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Don't Touch! A Scientist's Advice For Spotting Poison Ivy Before It Ruins Your Summer

Fri, 06/08/2018 - 11:36am

The best way to treat poison ivy is to avoid touching it in the first place. But that's tricky, given the many faces the rash-inducing plant can have.

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CDC: U.S. Suicide Rates Have Climbed Dramatically

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 1:00pm

Guns are the most common method used for suicide, accounting for the deaths of almost half the people who kill themselves, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study finds.

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He Started Vaping As A Teen And Now Says Habit Is 'Impossible To Let Go'

Thu, 06/07/2018 - 10:30am

Public health officials worry vaping is an emerging disaster that could reverse years of decline in smoking by young people. What's the latest evidence that e-cigarettes are a gateway to tobacco?

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