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Weight Watchers Rebrands To WW - Now More Focused On Wellness & Overall Health

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Oprah Winfrey, an investor in the company who has appeared in commercials promoting it , added that she believes the new impact could go " far beyond a number on the scale ". "For the longest time we've noticed that consumers don't like being on a diet, so any notion that you're doing something restrictive just feels like something that's not sustainable", observes NPD Group analyst Darren Seifer. Read More »

World Health Organization warns of Ebola 'perfect storm' in Congo

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In the almost two months since the outbreak was declared, there have been 150 confirmed and probable cases of the disease, and 100 people have died , as of 23 September. "Many inhabitants of the town of Beni took to the streets this Sunday to protest against the growing insecurity in the zone". The Ministry added that field activities will resume "as soon as calm returns to the city". Read More »

Octopuses are being given ecstasy in the name of science

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The study found that all four spent more time in the area with the other octopus than they had before the drugs. But would that protein on ecstasy also make octopuses social? How were the octopuses drugged? Throughout the experiment, scientists observed the behavior of octopuses in tanks that featured three chambers. Read More »

CDC: Alzheimer's disease, dementia cases to double by 2060

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World Alzheimer's Day, on 21 September, is a focal point for charities and research organisations to raise awareness of all forms of dementia, as well as Alzheimer's . Dementia is over 40 percent more common in women. Hispanic Americans are the group expected to see the largest jump in the next few decades given the trends in their population growth. Read More »

Women Die In Flooded Van Driven By South Carolina Deputies

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Bryan Stirling, director of the department, chose not to move inmates despite prison evacuations in Virginia and North Carolina. Horry County Deputy Tom Fox told WPDE-TV that the victims were mental health patients being transported from one facility to another. Read More »

Cold spell is near, get the flu shots

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Sharon Reed with Bon Secours Ghent Medical Associates . Experts advise everyone older than 6 months should get vaccinated annually. Also, children who are being vaccinated for the first time are supposed to get two doses about four weeks apart, so it's important to get that going soon. Read More »

Research: Only Greek yogurt passes the 'low sugar' test

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Organic yogurts contained an average of 13.1 grams of sugar per 100 grams, which is roughly equivalent to three sugar cubes, while children's yogurts averaged 10.8 grams. "Many portion sizes for children's yogurts were identical to adult portion sizes". Considering the rising epidemic of childhood obesity , this is particularly worrisome. Read More »

DOJ clears Cigna's acquisition of Express Scripts

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The companies said, to date, that they had obtained clearances from departments of insurance in 16 states, and are working with regulators in the remaining jurisdictions to obtain clearances for the merger. Approval by the Justice Department smooths the way for the deal to wrap up by the end of the year, the companies said Monday in a joint statement. Cigna's stock was trading upward at $199 by mid-morning Tuesday, and Express Scripts' was trading at $95.59. Read More »

Daily aspirin offers no benefits for over-70s

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Significant bleeding-a known risk of regular aspirin use-was also measured. A large study led by Australian researchers has found that taking Aspirin tablets regularly to does not really prolong life or reduce the risk of a first heart attack or stroke. Read More »

Children Could Be Overweight From Frequent Exposure To Household Cleaning Products

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The association was found in the new study too since the infants who had higher levels of Lachnospiraceae also had a higher body mass index (BMI) by the time they were three years old. What is clear, however, is that adults can help protect infant gut microbiome and cut risk of weight gain and obesity by eliminating disinfectant agents in household cleaning regimes, concludes Kozyrskyj. Read More »

Think twice before starting to take daily aspirin

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However, the cases of major bleeding were 38 per cent more with aspirin. The disappointing findings come from an extensive, randomised and controlled study that first began in 2010, known as the ASPirin in Reducing Events in the Elderly (ASPREE) trial. Read More »

Apple unveils premium iPhone XS, health features for watch

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While the shape is roughly the same, the design is a little softer and taller, with Apple calling it a "fundamental redesign". Therefore, 38mm bands will fit on the new 40mm size and 42mm will fit on the 44mm. Apple, it seems, is quietly backing away from the luxury watch market. The readings are recorded in the iPhone's Health app and can be shared with your doctor. Read More »

Aspirin doesn't lower heart attack and stroke risks and can increase bleeding

However, experts warned last night that tens of thousands of healthy people may be self-medicating with the over-the-counter drug on the basis of flawed belief as to its benefits. There was little difference in these measures between the 9589 patients in the placebo group and the 9525 in the aspirin group. "In age 50, there's a clear benefit in people who have high risk for heart disease that's greater than 10 percent chance, and there's a benefit on cancer, particularly colon cancer , in ... Read More »

State health officials issue threat declaration against West Nile virus, EEE

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The infection is transmitted by mosquitoes, with symptoms including fever, headaches, tiredness, an aching body, nausea and vomiting, as well as skin rashes and swollen lymph glands. The three horses are unrelated and from different parts of the county and represent a recent spike in confirmed cases in Wyoming. Locally, the health unit's surveillance program has shown that West Nile virus activity remains within local and historical norms. Read More »

'Relentless rains' continue as Florence almost stalls over Carolinas

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WILMINGTON, N.C., Sept 15 (Reuters) - Tropical storm Florence lumbered inland on Saturday, knocking down trees, flooding rivers, and dumping sheets of rain in the Carolinas where five people have died. More than 800,000 customers in North Carolina were without power and 21,000 people were being housed in 157 shelters across the state. "Don't drive across standing or moving water", the governor said, urging people to heed evacuation orders. Read More »

A tricked-out iPhone XS Max costs more than a MacBook

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The iPhone 9 is expected to be the entry-level model to the 2018 lineup with a fullscreen 6.1-inch LCD display and Apple's FaceID sitting on a notch on top. The screens on the iPhone XS and XS Max have 60% greater dynamic range than the iPhone X. The iPhone XR features a larger screen than the iPhone 8 Plus while retaining an overall smaller body, this thanks to the edge-to-edge design and lack of a home button. Read More »

West Nile fever virus claims four more lives in Serbia

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Officials have confirmed that a 68-year-old woman tested positive for the virus and are now working with the Camden County Mosquito Control Commission to conduct additional spraying and mosquito testing in the area. These are located in East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Richmond Hill and Vaughan. Colby noted only about one in 150 infected with West Nile get seriously ill. Read More »

IPhone Xs Max: 5 Reasons Why to Go to the Max

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Overall users get a viewing and interactive area that is up to 30 per cent larger thanks to the bigger screens and narrower device borders. Apple also introduced a fourth generation of Apple Watch with a major redesign - and a series of features created to improve its performance as a medical and health device. Read More »

Tobacco Stocks to Gain on FDA E-Cig Crackdown

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A former Trump campaign strategist says the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner has "lost his mind" after he threatened to take all flavored e-cigarettes off the US market if retailers don't do more to control use among teens. Read More »

Supermarkets cited in crackdown on e-cigarettes

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The five brands account for 97 per cent of e-cigarette sales in the United States. "If young adults go online and buy 100 units of a product to sell to teens, that activity ought to be easy for a product manufacturer to identify", said Gottlieb. Read More »

Feds take action against retailers in e-cigarette 'epidemic'

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Gottlieb called the action the largest coordinated enforcement effort in the agency's history. Makers argue that e-cigarettes can help adult smokers transition away from burnt tobacco products. Gottlieb reiterated his belief that certain e-cigarette liquid flavors - including sweet ones such as mango and cucumber, popular among teenage Juul users - are particularly enticing and even marketed directly to children. Read More »

West Nile Virus case confirmed in Shaker Heights resident

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The 10th human case of the virus was announced Friday in a man in his 60s from Essex County. "Even though it will be getting cooler in the evenings, it is still important to protect against mosquito bites during the fall months until there is a significant frost event", he continued. Read More »

US blood-testing startup Theranos to fold

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Theranos claimed its technology was revolutionary and that its tests required only about 1/100 to 1/1,000 of the amount of blood that would ordinarily be needed and cost far less than existing tests. The pair has denied the charges and faces potential decades in prison and massive fines. She carefully crafted her image as well, often wearing black turtleneck sweaters that led some in Silicon Valley to describe her as "the next Steve Jobs", a reference to the Apple founder. Read More »

Passengers Get Sick After Flying Into Philadelphia International Airport

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In a statement , Port Authority Executive Director Rick Cotton said the CDC will "provide further updates as they become available". Passengers traveling on two separate American Airlines planes were quarantined in Philadelphia on Thursday afternoon after becoming sick with flu-like symptoms, airport officials said. Read More »

And they’re all at risk of serious diseases

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According to the new Global Action Plan on Physical Activity target, physical inactivity is to be reduced by 10 percent by 2025 and by 15 percent by 2030, write the researchers. Nearly one in three women (32%) were physically inactive in 2016, compared to just one in four (23%) men. Overall, Australian women are less physically active than Australian men - which reflects worldwide trends. Read More »

What Parents Should Know About the Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine

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Children between 6 months and 8 years of age require two doses the first time they are vaccinated against flu . The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the injectable flu vaccine as the primary choice for infants and children. Flu vaccines are offered in many locations including clinics, health departments, doctors offices, college health centers, and pharmacies. The program effectively decreases the number of student absences, according to a study of the program in 2012-2013 ... Read More »

First official look at Brie Larson as Captain Marvel

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Indeed, EW reveals that when Captain Marvel begins, Brie Larson's Carol Danvers is living on the planet Hala and is part of the specialized military team known as Starforce , which is described as the SEAL Team Six of space. It's already September, and the film will premiere on March 8th in the US. In one image, they are walking out of the ocean, led by Talos ( Ben Mendelsohn ). Read More »

After floods, rat fever hits Kerala; water-borne diseases claim 7 lives

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Overall, nine deaths from the disease have been confirmed, but the number may rise to over 40 pending full medical reports, the ministry spokesman said. This apart, five other deaths recorded on Sunday, were suspected due to leptospirosis. PV George, 62, retried panchayath secretary from Kadanad and MR Divakaran, 60, Thalayolaparambu native, too died of the suspected fever. Read More »

Health Minister Motsoaledi says South Africa listerosis outbreak is over

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He also said that despite concerted efforts, investigators have not been able to pinpoint exactly where the outbreak originated. A total of 12 million South African rand ($810,000) was spent to deal with the outbreak. While the department has identified an Enterprise Foods facility in Polokwane as the source of the outbreak, the cause of the listeria bacteria is still unknown. Read More »

Theranos: Scandal hit blood-testing firm to shut

The company will be liquidated over the next six to 12 months, and plans to dole out its estimated $5 million in remaining cash to its unsecured creditors, according to the email sent out by Theranos General Counsel and CEO David Taylor. "We are now out of time", Taylor wrote in the email, a copy of which was published by the WSJ (paywall ). "Holmes and Balwani knew that many of their representations about the analyzer were false", the Justice Department said when the charges were ... Read More »