Are You In Shape Or Just Thin?

Originally posted 2017-01-26 21:27:44.

Being thin and being in shape are not the same thing, as evidenced by our slender friends who never get off the couch, and conversely, by every single overweight athlete. Although our weights and where we fall on the body mass index — a measurement of our total body fat based on our height and weight…

7 Facts About Head Lice

Originally posted 2017-01-25 07:15:05.

Let’s talk about lice. They’re pretty lousy; they itch, they can spread disease, and they’re just gross. Thankfully, SciShow host Hank Green can tell us more about lice than we could ever imagine, such as why we put our heads together to show how much we care — “to intentionally transmit head lice to your friends…

6 Signs Of Lactose Intolerance

Originally posted 2017-01-24 02:06:12.

It’s a grim reality many of us face: Promptly after eating cheese, we become sick. Should we persevere through our love of cheese and a helping of blissful ignorance, or face the fact that we may be lactose intolerant? According to the Mayo Clinic, the most common symptoms of lactose intolerance, when our bodies cannot fully…

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Gun-Related Injuries Put 20,000 Children a Year in ER

Originally posted 2017-05-27 21:09:11.

Gunfire killed about 4,500 U.S. children and adolescents in 2015, and it sends about 20,000 to the emergency room each year, according to a new review by Children’s National Health System. Adolescents aged 12 to 19 comprise 90 percent of those ER visits. Related: NRA-backed law limiting doctors’ gun speech struck down The study by researchers…

Rural America Could be Hardest Hit by Obamacare Repeal

Originally posted 2017-01-24 00:43:45.

This article originally appeared on The Conversation. The health of rural America is failing, and a repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without adequate replacement could prove disastrous. A December, 2016, report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed that for the first time in 20 years, life expectancy in the United States…

Opinion: Health Crisis Looms if Obamacare is Repealed Before Replacement

Originally posted 2017-01-12 12:00:26.

Milly Silva After nearly seven years and dozens of failed attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Republicans in Congress will soon get their wish. They will then own the responsibility for protecting the lives and livelihoods of countless New Jerseyans and Americans in general who currently benefit from the many popular components of the…

Lab-Grown Organs Are Way Foward for Medical Research

Originally posted 2017-02-24 01:18:52.

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Most of the research behind new medical advances is carried out using either animal tissues or cancer cells. Both tools have their problems: results from animals and humans do not always match up and cancer cells grown for years in laboratories often do not…

With $10 million at stake, scientists compete to build a ‘Star Trek’-style medical tricorder

Originally posted 2017-02-23 12:11:08.

Fifty years ago, the “Star Trek” series envisioned a handheld medical device that could diagnose every condition with just a swipe over the patient’s body. The tricorder was just one of the show’s futuristic gadgets – but it’s one that real-world scientists seized upon. And some have spent years working to bring it to existence, under…