Green & Blue

Has bad weather kept you inside for too long?You may need some time out in a green or blue space. Getting outside for a walk or a jog or along a lake or a tree-lined area may reduce the need for medication for anxiety, asthma, depression, high blood pressure, or insomnia, a new study found.…

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Man-Made Organs

Does anyone need an artificial pancreas? That may soon become a reality for people with type 2 diabetes in the United Kingdom. Researchers from the Wellcome-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science at the University of Cambridge developed an artificial pancreas that they tested on patients with type 2 diabetes who were on dialysis due to end-stage…

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Got Their Attention

Not too long ago, we told you about the ongoing dangers of PFAS, or “forever chemicals,” leaking into our waterways for years. It’s been an issue for a while. Now, it’s become a problem for shareholders, namely their profits.  It turns out that money (or losing it) gets things done.  Investors from some of the…

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America Gets a D+

According to the infant and maternal health nonprofit March of Dimes, the rate of premature birth in the United States is climbing. Recently, the organization released its annual “report card” on maternal and infant health, which involves a newly updated calculation system. They took a comprehensive look at premature births, and they found that the…

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Born Perfect

A modern medical miracle happened in Davis, California.  The second patient ever to undergo a landmark stem cell procedure for spina bifida — while still in the womb — was born. Well, he’s a few months old already. His name is Tobi, and “he’s a rock star!” Spina bifida, also known as myelomeningocele or MMC,…

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Fungal Invasion

We’re willing to bet you didn’t have “widespread fungal infections” on your 2022 headline bingo card… but here we are. Research suggests that fungal infections are significantly more widespread than doctors and patients alike have realized. And they’re expected to grow more in the coming years!  Dr. George Thompson, an infectious disease specialist at the…

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Election Anxiety

A new study out of Boston suggests that polarizing political events like elections can adversely affect our sleep and emotional well-being.  Shocking, we know. The study substantiates the impact of major political events on sleep and how it affects the public’s mood, well-being, and alcohol consumption. Researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) published…

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Dry Shampoo Danger

Before you reach for dry shampoo, which we all know is used as a quick fix between washes, you should know that they are an increasing health concern. According to findings released on Tuesday, more of the aerosol spray-on products were tainted with a cancer-causing chemical. Benzene — the contaminant behind nationwide recalls of dry…

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RSV

Tis the season for tricks and treats and colds and respiratory illnesses. For some, this time of year can be downright scary and traumatizing, not because of ghosts and Halloween but because of the very real threat and dangers of RSV. Unfortunately, it looks like RSV in infants and kids is threatening to overwhelm hospitals.…

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Real Ironman

If you haven’t heard of Chris Nikic yet, you will.  This 23-year-old is kicking some serious butt and taking names. So take a minute or two to find out who this impressive young man is. He’s experienced in shattering limitations and expectations.  In November 2020, Nikic became the first person with Down Syndrome to complete…

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