• Most Americans Think Burgers Are Healthy

    Most Americans Think Burgers Are Healthy

    Published: Wed, May 25, 2016

    A new survey reveals that 82% of Americans who eat hamburgers think that the sandwich is a good source of nutrients.   Researchers with the market research group Mintel polled 1,767 Americans who had ordered a burger from a restaurant in the last three months. 62% of the people said they love burgers—and the numbers were strong even among Millennials, the generation most likely to say that menu healthiness is important to them when they choose a restaurant. Americans’ obsession with burgers isn’t surprising, but the sandwich’s perceived healthiness is, given the fact that the World Health Organization (WHO) recently announced that processed meat is a carcinogen and red meat likely causes cancer.

  • Virginia student charged with stealing ‘free’ milk from school

    Virginia student charged with stealing ‘free’...

    Published: Tue, May 24, 2016

    DUMFRIES, Va. -- The mother of a Virginia middle school student said she was angry, frustrated, and mad after her son was handcuffed, suspended from school, and charged with stealing a 65-cent carton of milk from the cafeteria. As it turned out, Shamise Turk's son Ryan was on the school's free lunch program and the milk -- was free.   The situation began May 10 at Graham Park Middle School in Triangle when Ryan, according to his mother, went back to the lunch line to get his milk.   It was then, WJLA reported, a Prince William County Police Officer accused Ryan of stealing the milk.

  • Puppy Picked Up During Arrest at Tustin Hotel Tests Positive for Meth, Heroin: Police

    Puppy Picked Up During Arrest at Tustin Hotel...

    Published: Mon, May 23, 2016

    A puppy picked up during a March drug bust in Tustin has tested positive for methamphetamine and heroin, prompting authorities to treat the canine for a drug addiction, police said this week. Tustin Police Lt. Robert Wright tells CNN that the dog named Bubba was found in a motel room after officers served an arrest warrant for Joshua West, 40, on March 22. West was on parole for drug violations, said Wright. Police reported a “large quantity of illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia” were found in the room along with used needles.

  • ‘Every parent’s nightmare came true’: 13-year-old dies during tug-of-war game at school

    ‘Every parent’s nightmare came true’:...

    Published: Mon, May 23, 2016

    Thirteen-year-old Maddison Wentworth had been counting down the days until her school’s field day activities, friends and family said, ready for things such as sack races, softball tosses and water-balloon fights.   “She was excited about Field Day,” her mother, Leslie Wentworth, told NBC affiliate WVTM. “She had $10 that burned a hole in her pocket to spend.”   But during a tug-of-war game Thursday, the teen slumped to the ground, police told Al.com. School nurses rushed to her side, performing CPR. She was taken to a nearby hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

  • Superbugs will 'kill every three seconds'

    Superbugs will \'kill every three seconds\'

    Published: Thu, May 19, 2016

    Superbugs will kill someone every three seconds by 2050 unless the world acts now, a hugely influential report says. The global review sets out a plan for preventing medicine "being cast back into the dark ages" that requires billions of dollars of investment. It also calls for a revolution in the way antibiotics are used and a massive campaign to educate people.

  • England’s chief medical officer warns of ‘antibiotic apocalypse’

    England’s chief medical officer warns of...

    Published: Thu, May 19, 2016

    The “antibiotic apocalypse” may already be upon us. According to Dame Sally Davies, chief medical officer for England, 50,000 people are dying every year in Europe and the US from infections that antibiotics have lost the power to treat.   Davies has been at the forefront of the UK’s efforts against antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and taken on a global leadership role. She has described the threatened loss of antibiotics to the world as on a par with terrorism and climate change.   As the final report of Jim O’Neill, the economist charged by the prime minister with finding solutions to the crisis, was published, Davies warned that the death toll was already high and our life spans, which once seemed to be forever lengthening, may fall.

  • Man Receives First Penis Transplant in the United States

    Man Receives First Penis Transplant in the...

    New York Times | Published: Mon, May 16, 2016

    A man whose penis was removed because of cancer has received the first penis transplant in the United States, at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston.

  • Germany is trying to teach refugees the right way to have sex

    Germany is trying to teach refugees the right...

    Published: Mon, May 16, 2016

    BERLIN — The German government is rushing to integrate hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers, offering them language classes and the prospect of work. But in a country known for its matter-of-fact acceptance of public nudity and creative forms of lovemaking, it is also trying to teach the mostly-Muslim migrants about the joy of sex.   Operating under the premise that many Syrians, Iraqis and others seeking asylum here are naive about the predilections and pitfalls of the European boudoir, Germany’s Federal Center for Health Education has gone live with a sexual education website for adult migrants. Using highly graphic diagrams and images, the $136,000 site outlines everything from first-time sex to how to perform far more advanced sexual acts.  After a rash of sexual assaults allegedly committed by suspects including asylum seekers on New Year’s Eve, the Germans have been on a mission to re-educate migrants, especially males, about sexual norms in the West. In Munich, public pools, for instance, published cartoons warning migrants not to grope women in bikinis. Also in Bavaria, public money is partially funding sexual education classes including lessons for male migrants on how to correctly approach German women.

  • Ontario parents who object to vaccines could be forced to take a class in science of immunization | National Post

      Ontario parents who object to vaccines could...

    Published: Fri, May 13, 2016

    Ontario parents will soon have to complete an evidenced-based course in the science of vaccination if they want their children to be exempt from immunization requirements in public schools. Health Minister Eric Hoskins tabled a bill Thursday that would, if passed, require any parent filing religious or moral objections to complete a course intended to inform them of the importance of immunization, the dangers of foregoing it and the purpose of “herd immunity.” The bill lands the same week as nearly 600 students were suspended from school in Waterloo Region, according to CTV Kitchener, for outdated or incomplete vaccination records and amid a chicken pox outbreak in Michigan and a whooping cough outbreak in Alberta. While most children can and do survive both those diseases, the purpose of vaccination is two fold: both to stop their spread and to protect children who can’t be vaccinated for medical reasons.

  • The military just built the most advanced prosthetic arm we’ve ever seen

    The military just built the most advanced...

    Published: Thu, May 12, 2016

    During a recent event held by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Tech Insider had a chance to check out one of the most advanced robotic prosthetic arms we’ve ever seen.

  • A science-backed 21-day program to be happier, healthier, and more successful in 2016

    A science-backed 21-day program to be happier,...

    Published: Thu, May 12, 2016

    So you want to be happier, healthier, and more successful in 2016? Faced with unlimited advice and little time to spare, it's hard to know where to start. #BIBetter is a 21-day self-improvement program designed for the busy professional, featuring a few habits that will make a big difference and a bunch of tasks that most of us have been putting off for too long.

  • Olympics could spark 'full blown global health disaster'

    Olympics could spark \'full blown global health...

    Published: Thu, May 12, 2016

    The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro could spark a “full-blown public health disaster”, doctors have warned.   Since the Zika virus was first identified in Brazil in May 2015, the disease's spread through Latin America has been declared a health emergency by the World Health Organisation and the number of suspected cases in Rio is the highest of any state in the country.   The continued presence of the virus ahead of the summer Olympics has caused athletes and health specialists to question the risks involved in allowing the Games to go ahead with hundreds of thousands of spectators travelling to the city.

  • Domino’s Workers Come To Customer’s Rescue After Noticing He Hadn’t Ordered Pizza Recently

    Domino’s Workers Come To Customer’s Rescue...

    Published: Thu, May 12, 2016

    Maintaining a good relationship with loyal customers is always important for businesses, but workers at an Oregon Domino’s took that closeness a step further, stepping in to save a customer’s life when they realized that he hadn’t been ordering pizza like he usually does.   Employees at the Domino’s were concerned after they hadn’t received an order from a regular customer in 11 days, KOIN.com reports.  He’s been ordering from that location since 2009, the general manager says.

  • Denied Breaks, U.S. Poultry Workers Wear Diapers on the Job

    Denied Breaks, U.S. Poultry Workers Wear...

    Published: Thu, May 12, 2016

    Workers in plants run by the largest U.S. poultry producers are regularly being denied bathroom breaks and as a result some are reduced to wearing diapers while working on the processing line, Oxfam America said in a report Wednesday. “It’s not just their dignity that suffers: they are in danger of serious health problems,” said Oxfam America, the U.S. arm of the U.K.-based global development group. The group works for a “just world without poverty” and focuses on topics ranging from refugees in Greece to malnutrition. The report cited unnamed workers from Tyson Foods Inc., Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., Perdue Farms Inc. and Sanderson Farms Inc. who said that supervisors mock them, ignore requests and threaten punishment or firing. When they can go, they wait in long lines even though they are given limited time, sometimes 10 minutes, according to the report. Some workers have urinated or defecated themselves while working because they can’t hold on any longer, the report said. Some workers “restrict intake of liquids and fluids to dangerous degrees,” Oxfam said.

  • Study: Swaddling babies can increase risk of SIDS

    Study: Swaddling babies can increase risk of SIDS

    Published: Tue, May 10, 2016

    Babies who are swaddled and placed on their stomachs or sides may have an increased risk of dying from sudden infant death syndrome, according to an analysis of four studies. USA TODAY reports researchers found that babies who were swaddled, or wrapped tightly in a blanket or cloth, were twice as likely to die from SIDS, if they were laid on their stomachs or sides, according to the report, published in the journal Pediatrics. The likelihood of SIDS was low for those placed on their backs.

  • CALL 6: Woman dies before air ambulance arrives, still charged $25k

    CALL 6: Woman dies before air ambulance...

    Published: Mon, May 9, 2016

    INDIANAPOLIS -- Imagine losing a loved one suddenly, and while trying to deal with the terrible loss, you get a bill for $25,000.  April Breck called RTV6 after seeing Call 6 Investigates and ABC News' joint investigation about air ambulances overcharging for transporting people. In Breck's case, an air ambulance was called for her mother – but she passed away before it even arrived on scene.

  • What Your Body-Shape Trajectory Says About Your Health

    What Your Body-Shape Trajectory Says About Your...

    By JESSE SINGAL, New York Magazine | Published: Fri, May 6, 2016

    It’s taking researchers a while to untangle all the ways body mass, lifestyle choices, diet, and health outcomes interact. It’s a really complicated subject and one without any clear answers. But now we have a new hint suggesting that the trajectory of someone’s body shape may be an important factor to consider — not just whether they are, at a given moment, above a “healthy” weight.

  • 'We need fundamental changes': US doctors call for universal healthcare

    \'We need fundamental changes\': US doctors call...

    Published: Fri, May 6, 2016

    A group of more than 2,000 physicians is calling for the establishment of a universal government-run health system in the US, in a paper in the American Journal of Public Health.   According to the proposal released Thursday, the Affordable Care Act did not go far enough in removing barriers to healthcare access. The physicians’ bold plan calls for implementing a single-payer system similar to Canada’s, called the National Health Program, that would guarantee all residents healthcare.   The new single-payer system would be funded mostly by existing US government funding. The physicians point out that the US government already pays for two-thirds of all healthcare spending in the US, and a single-payer system would cut down on administrative costs, so a transition to a single-payer system would not require significant additional spending.

  • Have you bought pink salt? Here’s why it’s a waste of money

    Have you bought pink salt? Here’s why it’s a...

    Published: Thu, May 5, 2016

    Pink Himalayan salt is billed as one of the purest and most expensive salts in the world. It's mined in the Khewra Salt Mine in Punjab, Pakistan, where it's allegedly referred to as "white gold." Over the past few years, the pink salt has taken hold of American consumers. It's become popular in specialty foods, spa treatments, and even home design (people make rock salt lamps from the prized pink salt).

  • NEVER look at the sun through a telescope

    NEVER look at the sun through a telescope

    Published: Thu, May 5, 2016

    On May 9, you'll be able to see Mercury pass in front of the sun for the first time in ten years. But you’d be hard-pressed to find an announcement of this rare event that doesn’t include a disclaimer about staring directly at the sun. That’s because the sun’s ultraviolet rays are incredibly damaging to the structures in our eyes. But despite endless cautionary tales about what could happen when you stare at the sun, there are bound to be a handful of people who try to watch with their naked eyes. Or worse — through a telescope.