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  • Strange condition causes people to hack off healthy limbs

    Strange condition causes people to hack off healthy limbs

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    David had just graduated college when he first decided he wanted to cut off his leg.It had plagued him for years. He considered it “alien,” something not part of his body, and even propped himself on his “good leg” to avoid using it.He locked…

  • Vaginal mesh slings for incontinence fail in about 3 percent

    Vaginal mesh slings for incontinence fail in about 3 percent

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    About one in 30 women who get a common type of vaginal surgery to address urinary incontinence will need repeat procedures within 10 years to remove or replace mesh slings inserted to prevent leaking urine, a study finds.This risk is considered low, the authors…

  • New York City to require salt warnings on restaurant menus

    New York City to require salt warnings on restaurant menus

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    Salty fare from sandwiches to salads will soon come with a first-of-its-kind warning label at chain restaurants in New York City.The city's Board of Health voted unanimously Wednesday to require chain eateries to put salt-shaker symbols on menus to denote dishes with more than…

  • Teens who vape appear more likely to smoke, study finds

    Teens who vape appear more likely to smoke, study finds

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    Teenagers and young adults who use e-cigarettes are more likely to move on to traditional cigarettes than those who do not use the electronic devices, according to a small study sponsored by the National Cancer Institute.The study, by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh…

  • How marijuana could affect your sperm

    How marijuana could affect your sperm

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    Smoking pot could damage your semen quality, or so suggests a new study out of Denmark. Some 1,215 Danish men ages 18 to 28 were asked about their drug use over the past three months and provided a semen sample.The researchers found a correlation…

  • New Sierra Leone Ebola cases frustrate efforts to end outbreak

    New Sierra Leone Ebola cases frustrate efforts to end outbreak

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    FREETOWN – Sierra Leone has recorded four new cases of Ebola in a village on its northern border and will likely see more infections in a further setback to efforts to end an 18-month West African epidemic, a senior health official said on Tuesday.The…

  • How a man has managed to go 12 years without bathing

    How a man has managed to go 12 years without bathing

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    A live bacteria spray meant to restore skin with healthy microbes erased by obsessive cleaning has at least one weighty endorsement: It's used daily by a guy who hasn't showered in more than 12 years, per CBS Boston.David Whitlock—a chemical engineer who manages not…

  • Researchers say they can end the misery of motion sickness

    Researchers say they can end the misery of motion sickness

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    Motion sickness is, some scientists think, caused by conflicting messages that our ears and eyes send to our brain when we are in motion. In three out of 10 of us, it can be downright debilitating, resulting in cold sweats, dizziness, severe nausea, and more.…

  • Half of US adults have diabetes or pre-diabetes, study says

    Half of US adults have diabetes or pre-diabetes, study says

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    New research suggests that half of all U.S. adults have diabetes or pre-diabetes. The study of government health surveys echoes previous research and shows numbers increased substantially between 1988 and 2012 although they mostly leveled off after 2008. Overall, 12 percent to 14 percent of…

  • Smoke-free workplace laws may decrease youth smoking

    Smoke-free workplace laws may decrease youth smoking

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    Although teens rarely spend time in offices, smoke-free laws affecting those venues may have a ripple effect that deters youth from taking up the habit, a new study suggests.In an 11-year study, smoke-free workplace laws were tied to a decrease in the odds that…

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