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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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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Dangers of Farming Octopus

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There are a lot of risks to recognize when anything is being mass produced for the global market, especially when it comes to the livestock industry. Our demand for food is stripping the planet of resources, we’re manipulating nature, and creating irreversible damage.  Overall our unethical choices come with a price and they may not…

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It’s a … Boy?! Photo Captures Mom’s Surprised Look After Delivery  

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Nancy Ray was certain she was pregnant with a girl. However, after a laborious birth, the parents were shocked by a newborn baby boy. The photo of that moment—full of heart and joy—went viral, but most people don’t know the full story behind it, which includes a heavy snowstorm and two strains of flu as…

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DNA Kit Traces Man’s Ancestry Back 55 Generations In What Could Be The Oldest Known Lineage In America

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When Darrell “Dusty” Crawford was in school in Montana, he was taught that his ancestors, the Blackfeet Nation, were some of the first people to step foot in America. Judging by his DNA analysis, his teachers might have been on to something. On the wish of his dying brother, Crawford took a home DNA test to trace…

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Judge Rules 3-Year-Old Must Receive Chemotherapy Against Parents’ Wishes

Pierre Van ZylCancer, Heal, Learn, Opinion

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A Florida judge ruled on May 8th that a toddler must receive chemotherapy treatment for his leukemia diagnosis against the wishes of his parents, who wish to pursue alternative treatment, including cannabis, instead. Noah McAdams had been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in April of this year and had already begun chemotherapy treatment at John…

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Study Shows Students Learn Better When They Take Handwritten Notes

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The educational system is being swept along in the race for technological advancement and supremacy in nearly every country. I’m not anti-technology, but I’m aware of the disadvantages of the Computer Age. Students don’t engage in interesting practical work in some schools around the world anymore. Some instructors will merely project a virtual lab or…

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Synthetic Cannabis: is it still a concern?

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In March 2018 the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) began receiving reports that users of synthetic cannabinoids were experiencing life-threatening symptoms which included severe bleeding from almost every orifice; including their eyes, ears, gums, and nose. This outbreak included 164 known cases and 4 deaths across 15 counties in Illinois. Tests established that batches…

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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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Amy Schumer is Asking Fans to Boycott Wendy’s- And Their Spicy Chicken Nuggets

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Last week, comedian and actor, Amy Schumer took a moment from her baby preparation to send a public message to Wendy’s and to encourage her fan base to boycott the company. Amy Schumer Challenges Wendy’s to Stand Up for Farmworker Women “Wendy’s is the only fast food chain refusing to protect farm worker women from…

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Amy Schumer is Asking Fans to Boycott Wendy’s- And Their Spicy Chicken Nuggets

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Last week, comedian and actor, Amy Schumer took a moment from her baby preparation to send a public message to Wendy’s and to encourage her fan base to boycott the company. Amy Schumer Challenges Wendy’s to Stand Up for Farmworker Women “Wendy’s is the only fast food chain refusing to protect farm worker women from…

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Cafe in the Philippines Now Uses Straws Made Out Of Coconut Leaves To Cut Plastic Waste

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“Even if your efforts may only make a tiny dent in the case, never stop fighting for what you believe in.” – Anonymous There’s no other way to say it, except loud and clear – humans are rapidly causing major harm to the earth. The amount of industrial, domestic, and commercial waste released into the…

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Beehives in Texas Attacked, Set On Fire, Killing Half a Million Bees, Officials Say

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Why anyone would take out the time to light up dozens of beehives? The beekeepers of Alvin in Brazoria County, Texas don’t really know, however, the entire community is stopping at nothing to find the perpetrators [1]. Just when the bees were about to get into their most active breeding season of the year, when…

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ALDI to Have All Reusable, Recyclable, or Compostable Packaging by 2025

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If you’re like me, you cringe when you see people leaving the grocery store with a cart full of items in plastic bags. The problem is that even if these people dutifully dispose of these plastic bags in designated recycling receptacles, only a small percentage of it (up to 20 percent) will be recycled [1]….

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Mom-Of-Six Calls Out English School for Feeding Her Kids Bread And Butter at Lunch Because She Owed $23

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According to the head teacher at Ravensdale Junior School in Mickleover, Derbyshire, the school had merely been following the dinner-debt policy. Children will be given bread and butter if their families owe over £10 ($13 USD) in school dinner debts. Speaking to Mail Online, the 31-year-old Katrina Dakin said it was ‘disgusting’ for the school…

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Newly Proposed Bill Would Prevent People with Food Stamps from Buying Junk Food in Texas

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The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)—also known as the food stamp program—is a multi-billion dollar program that helps people living in poverty to get the food they need. However, people on food stamps are more likely to eat a diet lacking in nutrients and to lack the time and skills to cook fresh food [1]….

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ER Doctor Caught on Video Cruelly Mocking Patient Suffering from Anxiety Attack

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If you suffer from an invisible illness, you’re probably already familiar with the frustration of well-meaning friends or strangers not taking your condition seriously. But when one young man visited the emergency room for a severe anxiety attack, he didn’t expect a doctor to dismiss his illness- let alone verbally and physically abuse him in…

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Massachusetts Girl’s Idea for 3D Crosswalk May Help Save Lives

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Not everyone behind the wheel should actually be driving and there’s no such thing as being too safe out there. All it takes is one second of bad judgment, and something terrible can happen. At crosswalks with stop signs or “school children playing/crossing” signs, all cars must stop and yield to children crossing, but unfortunately,…

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Mother Elephant and Her Calf Attacked with Firebombs as Deforestation Drives Them Into the Paths of Humans

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You may have seen the harrowing images of two elephants escaping a firefight. The sad part? Those balls of fire are being hurled toward them. The heartbreaking event occurred in the Indian village of Bishnupur in West Bengal. As reported by the Independent, a group of men began attacking the elephants because they had damaged…

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Disney Heir Calls On Company to Give 50% of Executive Bonuses to Lowest-Paid Employees

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There is no voice more powerful or nobler than a voice advocating for equity and fairness in high places. Abigail Disney, granddaughter of Walt Disney and heir to the company’s executive throne has re-sounded another attack on the massive difference in paychecks and bonuses at the company [1]. She took to Twitter last weekend to…

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Doctors Warn Teens Not To Take Part in the Dangerous ‘Shell On’ Snapchat Challenge

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Just when you think social media has caused enough trouble (we’re still trying to forget the Tide Pod Challenge), it brings a whole new issue that’s worse than the last. Seriously? Who came up with the idea of daring young teens to eat food with their packaging or outer coverings still on? Social media games…

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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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Young People are Choosing to Live in “Pods” Instead of Apartments

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The concept of having roommates or flatmates was a huge movement in the sharing or rental economy, and in my opinion, depending on a person’s frame of mind, it actually boosts the standards of living by reducing outrageous housing costs. If you can share a space with your friend or a co-worker comfortably, there’s no…

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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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Is There Fecal Matter in Your Animal Products?

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A group that stands for our consumer advocacy rights is pushing the US government to require meat distributors to label their products with “may contain fecal matter”, before they are sent out to grocery stores. The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) is made up of over 12,000 physicians, whose mission includes promoting plant-based diets…

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Beyoncé Cut Out Carbs, Sugar, Dairy, Meat, Fish, and Alcohol from Her Pre-Coachella Diet

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Okay. It’s not my fault I can’t wrap my mind around Beyoncé’s mind-blowing exclusions in her pre-Coachella diet. In her recently released Netflix documentary titled Homecoming: A film by Beyoncé, the 37-year-old global icon said she’d pushed herself to extreme limits to pull off an electrifying performance [1]. It’s been a hectic Coachella season for…

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New Jersey High School Principal Dies After Donating Bone Marrow To Help Boy

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A principal from Westfield High School in New Jersey will be remembered as a hero. At 44-years old, Dr. Derrick Nelson announced that he had the opportunity to save a strangers life, a 14-year old boy in France. His final act of kindness depicted the selfless legacy of Dr. Nelson. In October 2018, Be the…

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Electrical Jolts May Restore Memory in Older Adults

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Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia, it’s a ruthless and unforgiving disease that slowly strips the sufferer of their individuality and personal memories. At some point in our lives, it is likely that we will witness a close family member or friend suffer with dementia, and there is no known way to reverse…

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The Working 92 Year Old Star Who Won’t Quit Her Lifestyle

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When 92-year-old June Brown was asked to give up drinking booze and smoking cigarettes, she had one thing to say – the key to a long life is doing simply, “what you damn well please.”[1] She plays Albert Square favorite Dot Banning on the soap opera, Eastenders. One of the things that she claims keep…

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Flex Your Brain A Bit With This Challenging Riddle: “What Has An Eye But Cannot See?”

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Think. You know this. It might be tricky, but give it your best shot before scrolling down further. Riddles can be timeless, ageless, and even helpful for our noggins. No matter how young or old you are, riddles give your brain a workout and help lift your mood. Here a few benefits of having fun…

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Woman Found Frozen Solid Makes Incredible Full Recovery

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The week leading up to Christmas, people are usually running around in a hectic attempt to make sure every last gift is wrapped, letters are written, kids asleep — the list goes on. However, a different kind of Christmas miracle occurred in a small Minnesota town called Lengby. On the night of December 20, 1980,…

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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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Is The Sushi You’re Served Made With Fake Crab & Should You Eat It?

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Sushi, often recommended as one of the healthier options when eating out, has been under the spotlight in recent years. From mislabeled fish and fake sushi to highly processed ingredients such as imitation crab. And, if you’re a sushi lover, you have likely come across and eaten imitation or fake crab meat quite often as…

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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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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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7-Eleven Owner Helps Shoplifting Teen

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Your cortisol spikes. Hands clam up. You’re unsure whether to reach for a phone or a weapon. It’s normal to freeze or panic in stressful moments such as a robbery. But when Jitendra “Jay” Singh — a 7-Eleven owner in Toledo, Ohio — noticed a teen stealing items from his store, the confrontation went nothing…

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Male-Only Draft “Unconstitutional”: Federal Court Paves Way for Women’s Draft

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If the president of the United States declares a national emergency tomorrow and gives the word to the Selective Service System (SSS), almost every young man between the age of 18 and 25 could be drafted into the army for service. It wouldn’t matter if they’re a recent immigrant or American citizen. It wouldn’t matter…

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Indigenous Canadians in Water Crisis as Nestlé Drains a Million Gallons a Day From Their Land

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It’s 2019, and if you don’t already know that the bottled water industry is one of the worst contributors to plastic pollution, where have you been? Single-use plastic bottles are meant to be recycled but often end up as microplastics in our oceans (and eventually our foods!). Reusing plastic water bottles can also be a health danger-…

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