Health

FDA Greenlights 23andme GHR Test: Genetic Testing Now Available To The Public

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Agency announced the approval of direct-to-consumer marketing for the Personal Genome Service Genetic Health Risk (GHR) tests by the 23andMe company. According to the agency, the GHR will provide you with information on ten serious disorders you may or may not be predisposed to. Consumers can order their personal home-based saliva collection kits for ...

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CDC: HPV In Men Common But Cancer Rates Higher In Women

Nearly half of the US adult population has been infected with HPV, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention while noting higher rates of infection in men. According to results of a recently published survey by the health administration, 45.2 percent of the adult population aged between 18 and 60 years has genital infections with at least one of ...

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A Fully Reversible Male Contraceptive Could Become A Thing, But Big Pharma Might Put A Stop To It

A new type of male contraceptive might be on its way to local stores, and unlike traditional methods of male birth control, this one is completely reversible, as reported by Science Alert. For as long as we can remember, males have only ever used two methods to prevent their partners from getting pregnant while having sex: condoms and “the snip.” ...

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Marijuana And Opioids; Which Drug Is Safer?

The debate heats up between two chemical substances; marijuana and opioids. Which drug is the most dangerous, claims the most lives and causes the most health issues? Many people believe that prescription painkillers are more dangerous than marijuana. After all, one needs a prescription from a doctor to get opioid painkillers to use them legally and they are very effective ...

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The Problem With ‘Healthy Vending Machines’ [Opinion]

A story recently broke about a vending machine that prompts “healthy choices” by introducing a time-delay for “unhealthy” snacks. The project, according to a report from TIME, was started by preventive medicine experts at Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center and funded by the National Institutes of Health. Sounds great, right? Encourage people to eat better by frustrating them. Unfortunately, it’s ...

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Petition Asks Chipotle Stop Serving Pork, Beef In Response To Anti-GMO Stance

Mexican chain restaurant Chipotle has frequently found itself under fire from pro-GMO (genetically-modified organisms) groups for several years now, due to their professed anti-GMO stance. As reported by Gizmodo, Chipotle announced two years ago that it would be removing all GMOs from its menu – a position that Gizmodo described as “Anti-Science Pandering.” Earlier this week, Americans For Science, a ...

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Has Angelina Jolie’s Double Mastectomy Inspired More Women To Get Them?

Remember the “Angelina Jolie effect”? New research suggests that women with early-stage breast cancer in one breast are more likely to have double mastectomies, with the likelihood of getting this procedure much greater in some states than others. And while it isn’t sure why more women are having both their breasts removed even if one of them is still healthy, ...

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World Autism Awareness Day: The Truth About Autism Awareness [Opinion]

Buildings and landmarks around the world will “light it up blue” tomorrow, in recognition of World Autism Awareness Day. Tweets will be tweeted, Facebookers will Facebook, millions will wear blue and feel they have done their part in the autism awareness revolution. While all of this goes on, parents and loved ones that support a child with autism will feel ...

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Insomnia Increases Heart Attack And Stroke Risk, New Analysis Finds

Those sleepless nights you’re having may have deadlier consequences than a simple lack of energy in the morning. According to a new meta-analysis of existing studies, insomnia and heart attack and stroke may have a closer link to each other than once thought. Simply put, insomnia is a condition where one has difficulty falling asleep, or tends to wake up ...

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