Low-dose aspirin linked to bleeding in the skull, new report says

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A new study on the effects of aspirin has found alarming results. It’s quite common for older people at risk of heart disease and stroke to take low dose aspirin (aka baby aspirin) as a blood thinner to reduce the risk of an emergency situation. However, recent research has found this drug may cause bleeding…

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Is the Vagus Nerve the Key to Well-being?

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Deep breathing has become synonymous with relaxation, and now there are scientific reasons why. Yoga instructors guide their classes through breathing exercises, therapists instruct clients with anxiety to use it as a calming tool, even fitness instructors remind their clients to maximize their breathing in the hardest of workouts. These professionals say deep breathing can…

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New Study: Deadly Flesh-Eating Genital Infection Linked to Certain Diabetes Medication

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People taking medications to help manage type 2 diabetes should talk to their doctor about their risk of a rare genital infection that has been linked to a certain class of diabetes medications. A new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, led by doctor Susan J. Bersoff-Matcha, Christine Chamberlain, PharmD, CDE, and others…

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‘The worst they have ever seen’: Family shares shocking photo of father’s hospital bedsore

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When you have a spouse, parent or grandparent in hospital, one of the greatest concerns is for their comfort. Are they in pain? Are they comfortable? Are the medical staff doing their best? We’re sure these are some of the questions that Linda Moss and her two sisters Sharon and Patty had when their 77-year-old…

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What Juuling Does to Your Body (It’s Not Pretty)

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In 2003, the first commercially successful electronic cigarette debuted in China. Today, millions of consumers regularly use “electronic nicotine delivery systems” (ENDS), especially electronic cigarettes (also called e-cigarettes). Juul e-cigarettes, apparently created to help adult smokers quit smoking more easily, are now the most popular “vaping device” among teens and young adults. While the vast majority of adults can’t…

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Can You Get Lung Cancer Without Smoking? This Healthy 28-Year Old Did

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Stephen Huff, 28, grew up playing baseball in Tennessee. After earning a scholarship as a pitcher, Huff was drafted by the Chicago White Sox. He exercised every day, ate well, and even said he tried to eat organic. He could run eight miles at a time. Huff was the very picture of health—an athlete who…

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After Eating Raw Rodent’s Kidney for ‘Good Health,’ Couple Die of Bubonic Plague, Spark Quarantine

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An unsuspecting Mongolian couple contracted the plague after eating raw rodent meat. The region the couple was visiting in the Bayan- Ölgii province (which borders China and Russia) went under quarantine for almost a week, trapping tourists there during the interim. The 118 people who had come into contact with the couple were isolated and…

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What Exactly Is the Link Between Your Appendix and Parkinson’s?

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Last year, a study of 1.7 million people found that if you get your appendix removed, you’re 25 percent less likely to get Parkinson’s disease [1]. Now, a study involving over 62 million health records is showing the opposite. How can this be? Previous research has had a lot to say about the link between…

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‘Bruise’ turned out to be deadly melanoma hiding on 21-year-old’s nail

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Karolina Jasko was a senior in high school when a strange spot appeared on her right thumbnail. The technician at her local beauty salon noticed it, a thin line vertically across the nail as if she drew it with a black marker. Neither person recognized this as a potentially deadly symptom. For the past few…

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60 doctors, pharmacists charged in largest US opioid prescription bust

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On Wednesday, April 17, 2019, the Justice Department made public that federal prosecutors are charging 60 medical professionals for alleged health care fraud and illegally pushing opioids — in a time when the United States is in the midst of an opioid crisis. In 2017, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared that…

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3-Month Old Goes to Bed Healthy, But Doesn’t Wake Up

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A mom shares her story in order to bring awareness to the otherwise hushed up, Group B Strep. Even as a mother of three, Emily had never heard of the infection and is bothered by the lack of knowledge available for moms. Group B Strep (GBS) is a type of bacteria which is naturally found…

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3-Month Old Goes to Bed Healthy, But Doesn’t Wake Up

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A mom shares her story in order to bring awareness to the otherwise hushed up, Group B Strep. Even as a mother of three, Emily had never heard of the infection and is bothered by the lack of knowledge available for moms. Group B Strep (GBS) is a type of bacteria which is naturally found…

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5 Reasons You Should Still Be Taking Apple Cider Vinegar

Pierre Van ZylDigestion, Heal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Weight Loss, Women’s Health

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Apple cider vinegar. By now, you should have heard of it. A morning tonic made with this sharp liquid that is said to boost digestion, support immune-health, and provide many beauty benefits. Apple cider vinegar, also known as ACV is an ancient folk remedy and has historically been used with good reason, it’s now said…

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5 Reasons You Should Still Be Taking Apple Cider Vinegar

Pierre Van ZylDigestion, Heal, Health Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Weight Loss, Women’s Health

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Apple cider vinegar. By now, you should have heard of it. A morning tonic made with this sharp liquid that is said to boost digestion, support immune-health, and provide many beauty benefits. Apple cider vinegar, also known as ACV is an ancient folk remedy and has historically been used with good reason, it’s now said…

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Dangers of Lip Fillers: Mother Ends Up in Hospital After At-Home Treatment

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Women’s Health

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Christina Burton, 29, from Greater Manchester in England, paid almost $100 for an at-home lip filling procedure. A beautician came to her home to give her dermal fillers. When Christina’s lips started to swell, they assured her the swelling was normal and continued on the with the procedure. But Christina said she knew something wasn’t…

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23-Year-Old Commits Suicide Following Complications from His Circumcision

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Men’s Health

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“It quickly became apparent that what had just happened was a catastrophe… I died in 2015, not now.” Lesley Roberts couldn’t believe her happy, intelligent boy who showed no suicidal tendencies and had no history of mental illnesses would take his own life. She hadn’t even known he’d gone through with the circumcision. On 25th…

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Are Essential Oils Risky? What to Be Aware of and Best Practices

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Essential oils have been marketed as being able to treat everything from mood swings to autism to cognitive decline. If you’re into the health and wellness field, or even just vaguely aware of it, chances are you’ve heard about one essential oil or another being good for something or even had a friend recommend them…

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Ketogenic Diet and Cancer: What This Brand New Research Is Telling Us

Pierre Van ZylCancer, Heal, Health Awareness

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No matter which side of the fence you’re on when it comes to the ketogenic diet, recent groundbreaking studies are starting to point out that it’s likely here to stay, but not for reasons you might expect. [1] A strict keto diet provides up to 90% of a person’s daily calories from fats and limits…

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Cryotherapy Treatment Saves Nurse with Stage 4 Cancer

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A nurse with stage 4 esophageal cancer has been in a five-year remission thanks to cryotherapy. Karie Fisher, a nurse from Colorado, was initially fatigued six years ago in 2013 when she thought she might have had a vitamin D deficiency, which an estimated one billion people have worldwide [1] Then, she began coughing up…

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A Mother’s Warning to Families Living with Anaphylactic Allergies

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A mother of four daughters expresses her word of caution. Families living with anaphylactic allergies should never get ‘too comfortable’, even if you’ve been managing well for several years. Monique’s youngest daughter, Denise (age 11) suffered from a severe milk allergy. Monique has always been consistent and diligent when it came to vetting every label…

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A Simple Stretch of her Neck Left this 23-Year Old Partially Paralyzed

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We’ve all heard that cracking and popping our joints can lead to arthritis and other joint problems. The sound associated with this cracking and popping is also likely to irritate others around you. However, while we often hear the dangers of cracking your joints, several studies have concluded that this isn’t linked to arthritis. While…

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Canadian Family Drives Home from Florida with Dead Body to Avoid US Health Care Costs, Report Says

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The fear of a steep healthcare bill led to a Canadian family from Quebec attempting to cross the US-Canadian border with the lifeless body of their 87-year-old relative, Fernand Drapeau. On March 31st at 2:30 pm, border officials inspected the car of a Quebecois man in his 60’s, who was accompanied by his elderly parents…

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Autism Severity may be Reduced by 47% with Radical Fecal Transplant Therapy

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The human microbiome is made up of genetic material consisting of various microbes, including bacteria, viruses, protozoa, and fungi. The amalgamation of these has greater complexity than the human genome itself. As we discover more about how our internal microbial environment (our microbiome) is involved in our health, we see that by supporting or modulating…

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Why You Should Take Part in a Plastic-Free Period

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We hear a lot about the dangers of single-use plastics, from straws to plastic bottles and coffee cups; the list goes on. But menstrual products are adding to the plastic epidemic, and they may be made worse by incorrect disposal. Did you know that menstrual product, such as conventional tampons and pads contribute to the…

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What You Should Know About Candida Auris

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“It is a creature from the black lagoon. It bubbled up and now it is everywhere.” Dr. Tom Chiller, head of the CDC’s fungal branch is leading a global effort to combat a new infection that’s steadily killing hospitalized patients around the world: Candida auris. (1) Candida auris, or C. auris, was first stumbled upon in Japan in…

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Vitamin D Overconsumption Leaves Man With Permanent Kidney Damage

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Getting enough vitamin D is one piece of your overall health and wellness puzzle. Reaching healthy levels can be more challenging for people with little exposure to sunlight, people with darker complexions, and people whose diet doesn’t contain many vitamin-D rich whole foods. A vitamin D deficiency has been linked to: Poor Immune System (always…

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The Sad Story of a Young Girl with Parasitic Sand Flea Infection

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A ten-year-old playing barefoot in a pigpen might sound innocent and cute. Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case for a young girl who developed multiple itchy patches as a result of the innocent act. The lesions on her feet were brown in color and had black dots in the center – and this was caused by…

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Getting up to pee in the night could be a symptom that leads to heart failure, research says

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While it’s not uncommon for us to get up once in a while during the night to use the washroom, research is suggesting that getting up too frequently may be an indication of hypertension [1]. Frequent nightly urination, also known as nocturia is associated with and can be one of the early symptoms of congestive…

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A Mysterious Syndrome that Makes Marijuana Users Violently Ill is Starting to Worry Doctors

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Recreational marijuana use has been legal in Colorado since 2012, and its sale has been legal since 2014. Since then, more U.S. states have loosened their grip on cannabis use, and Canada has joined Uruguay in legalizing marijuana nationwide. Not surprisingly, there are still camps that strongly oppose marijuana legalization of any kind, including for…

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New Users of ADHD Medications May Experience Psychosis

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Medications such as Adderall and Vyvanse are commonly prescribed to patients with ADHD. New research is showing that patients taking these newly prescribed amphetamines are more likely to develop psychosis, which may include hallucinations, paranoia, and delusions, when compared to those who have received a prescription for methylphenidates, such as Ritalin or Concerta. Prescription amphetamines…

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Man Hospitalized After Sniffing His Own Socks

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A man has been hospitalized after smelling his socks for too long. A 37-year-old father (named only Peng in local reports) in Zhangzhou, southeast China, began to feel chest pains. After showing up at a hospital he was admitted as an emergency case, and given an X-ray to determine the cause of his pain, as well as…

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Misdiagnosis: Rare Cat Scratch Disease Was Actually the Cause Of Teen’s Schizophrenia-Like Symptoms, Report Says

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A fully detailed and comprehensive report on this case study was published in Journal of Central Nervous System Diseases on March 18, 2019 [1]. In October 2015, an unidentified 14-year-old boy from the Midwest – whose family liked to welcome a lot of stray pets – began to display some scary symptoms. He dealt with…

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Disturbing: Fecal Bacteria and Other Forms Discovered on Several McDonald’s Self-order Touchscreens

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Self-serve machines don’t necessarily reduce the amount of labor (they pass it on to you), but they can reduce queueing and make operations move along faster. It’s easier to flip through a screen and order on it than to stand in long queues and wait forever before you can order. Payments are also made on…

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Light and Sound Therapy Shows Potential for Treating Alzheimer’s Disease

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As science evolves, we are discovering more and more therapeutic techniques to conquer some of our most debilitating conditions. Research led by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is exploring the potential of strobe lights and low frequency sounds to recreate the brain waves lost in Alzheimer’s disease [1]. This technique of light and sound has…

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Light and Sound Therapy Shows Potential for Treating Alzheimer’s Disease

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As science evolves, we are discovering more and more therapeutic techniques to conquer some of our most debilitating conditions. Research led by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is exploring the potential of strobe lights and low frequency sounds to recreate the brain waves lost in Alzheimer’s disease [1]. This technique of light and sound has…

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This Office Chair Lets You Lie Down Flat for Naps at the Office

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Mental Health

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Feeling the effects of sleep deprivation at work? No amount of double shot espressos can accomplish what a couple of quality sleep cycles can! Whereas many European countries commonly shut down businesses for an afternoon siesta, North American workplaces generally frown upon getting some shut-eye at work. But there’s something to be said for incorporating…

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Mom Bans Heavy Smoking M-I-L From Touching Baby Unless She Showers and Changes First Each Time

Pierre Van ZylCancer, Heal, Health Awareness, parenting

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Good parents know that they represent their child’s first and often only line of defense. They want what’s best for their kids, even if it means disagreeing with friends, family members, or social norms. Their child’s health, wellbeing, and future is their #1 concern. Unfortunately, sometimes this means playing “bad cop” with other very important…

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A New Blood Test May Be Able to Diagnose Fibromyalgia

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Fibromyalgia is a misunderstood medical condition. For quite some time a legitimate question was whether this syndrome was even real. Our medical community has no clear understanding of the processes that lead to this syndrome. Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a long-term condition which causes pain throughout the body. While a concrete understanding of this disease…

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This is What No One Tells Women About What Happens to Your Body in Your 40s

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When most women think of “the big change”, our minds go straight to menopause. But there’s another huge hormone shift that happens up to 10 years before menopause, and it can be unsettling for women in their 40’s (to say the least) because it’s not very widely discussed. Mother and author, Aileen Wentraub, puts it…

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Open Heart Surgery May Not Be Your Only Option

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Thousands of patients suffering from failing aortic valves, may not need to undergo open heart surgery. A procedure known as transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) has up until now, been reserved for patients that may otherwise not survive open-heart surgery, however, two large clinical trials are now showing that TAVR may also benefit younger and…

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