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Beware of Workplace Germs

You collect more than a paycheck at work: Every time you touch your desk, keyboard, or telephone, you pick up germs. More than 10 million bacteria are on a typical office desk — 400 times more bacteria than found on the average toilet seat — which …

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How to Start a Couch-to-5K Program

With an abundance of couch-to-5K programs at your fingertips, from smartphone apps to beginner groups, it’s easier than ever to start running. Not Active Now? Not a Problem “A couch-to-5K program is an excellent way to ease yourself into an active lifestyle,” says …

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What to Know About Tattoo Removal

Today’s removal techniques make it possible to erase what you thought was permanent and give you a do-over. But skip the creams, do-it-yourself kits, and home removal techniques like salabrasion, says Elizabeth Geddes-Bruce, MD, a dermatologist in Austin, TX. “They’re not very safe or effective. We …

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U.S. Birth Rate Falls to Lowest in Decades

Nov. 27, 2019 — The U.S. birth rate declined again in 2018, falling to its lowest in more than three decades, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Wednesday. It said there were 3,791,712 births registered in 2018, a 2% decrease from 2017, NBC News reported. …

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Calls Increase to Poison Control For Psychoactives

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Exposure to natural substances with psychoactive effects — including marijuana, kratom, magic mushrooms and nutmeg — triggered more than 67,300 calls to U.S. Poison Control Centers over nearly two decades. That’s an average of 3,743 calls a year between January 2000 …

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Mammograms Every 2 Years Could Come With Risks

And as far preventing deaths goes, Wender said that one trial has shown that annual screening can lower the risk of dying from breast cancer, versus biennial screening — in women younger than 50. “Given all of these findings,” Wender said, “ACS recommended that annual screening is the …

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Ultrasound Treatment Might Ease Parkinson’s Tremors

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Ultrasound may provide lasting relief from the involuntary muscle movements that are so debilitating to people with Parkinson’s disease and another condition called “essential tremor,” a small study concludes. The treatment is still scarce, but it appears to deliver significant and …

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Women Lead Upswing in U.S. Binge Drinking

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 27, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Binge drinking is on the rise among Americans, especially among women, with rates doubling among childless females in their early 30s, a new study finds. “Mommy drinking” is also up, say researchers. “Although heavy drinking has either decreased or stabilized …

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