Daytime naps once or twice a week may be linked to a healthy heart, researchers say

Some good news for nap fanatics — a new study has found that a daytime nap taken once or twice a week could lower the risk of heart attacks or strokes. Researchers from the University Hospital of Lausanne, Switzerland studied the association between napping frequency and duration and the risk of fatal and non-fatal cardiovascular disease complications. Tracking 3,462 people between the ages of 35 and 75 for just over five years, the report authors found that those who indulged in occasional napping — once or twice a week, for between five…

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Know someone who is suicidal? Here’s how to get help

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people between ages 10 and 24. That’s much higher than the general population where it’s the 10th leading cause of death according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It’s important to recognize the potential warning signs when someone intends to end their life as laid out here from the Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Talking about wanting to die or to kill themselves Looking for a way to kill themselves, like searching online or buying a gun Talking about…

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FDA warns leading e-cigarette maker Juul about its marketing practices

The US Food and Drug Administration on Monday warned leading e-cigarette maker Juul Labs about illegally marketing its product as a safer alternative to cigarettes. The FDA ordered Juul to respond within 15 working days with corrective actions and its plan to comply with federal law. The warning letter noted that failure to comply could result in fines, seizures or injunction. “Regardless of where products like e-cigarettes fall on the continuum of tobacco product risk, the law is clear that, before marketing tobacco products for reduced risk, companies must demonstrate with scientific…

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Soap star, Hallmark Channel host Cameron Mathison has cancer: ‘Doctors think it’s been growing in me for 10 years’

Former “All My Children” star and Hallmark Channel host Cameron Mathison has revealed he is battling renal cancer. Mathison posted about the diagnosis on social media. “I have a health situation that I want to share with you all,” he wrote. “There are many reasons I love social media, staying connected with you all, sharing fun experiences… well this time I’m asking for your help,” he wrote. “About a month ago, I had an MRI for some gut issues I’ve been having, and during that MRI they found a tumor…

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Florida judge denies parents custody of 4-year-old son with leukemia

A Florida judge ruled Monday that the parents of a 4-year-old boy with leukemia lost their bid Monday to regain custody after their struggle with the state over giving him chemotherapy. Noah McAdams was removed from his parents’ custody in April when they skipped a chemotherapy session and left the state in pursuit of alternative treatments. Noah’s parents, Taylor Bland and Joshua McAdams, and their fight for natural cancer treatment garnered national attention after a multi-state police search ensued when they skipped the chemotherapy appointment and took Noah for a…

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Portraits pay tribute to Central Virginia childhood cancer warriors

RICHMOND, Va. – An exhibit in Virginia is raising awareness about childhood cancer while honoring the brave warriors and survivors during National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The 19th annual Kourageous Kids exhibition, a program of the ASK Childhood Cancer Foundation, was unveiled Sunday evening during party at the Children’s Museum of Richmond. Friends and families of the Central Virginia children and teens featured in this year’s exhibit attended the portrait unveiling. Kourageous Kids exhibition portrait unveiling Lancaster County teen with cancer ‘didn’t want anyone to pity him’ Berkley Kellum, who was…

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Oklahoma veteran walks for the first time in years thanks to robotic exoskeleton

OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma veteran is able to walk on her own for the first time in years thanks to the latest medical advancements. A morning visit to the zoo may not seem like a big deal, but for Jennifer Holmes, it’s something amazing. “This is huge, enormous,” Holmes said. For Holmes, this is the first time in over 10 years she has been able to walk on her own in public. Holmes is a Marine veteran; she was paralyzed from the waist down in a car accident. For…

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Special glasses allow North Carolina woman to see for the first time in 25 years

DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — After more than two decades, one North Carolina woman is finally able to see after years of being blind. For 25 years, potter Kerry Wilson has learned to live in darkness. A rare disease took her sight and her ability to watch her children grow up. “I have seven grandchildren and I don’t know what any of them look like,” Wilson said. “It’s like my world was normal again. I could see color and faces, and I can see written words.” eSight, a Canadian company, is…

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Cases of vaping-related lung illness surge, 3rd death reported in Indiana

US health officials announced Friday that they are now aware of at least 450 possible cases of severe lung disease that could be caused by vaping. These cases, which have occurred in 33 states and one jurisdiction, include some cases that are still under investigation by state health officials. A third confirmed death was also revealed in Indiana, and a fourth remains under investigation as a possible case. Two deaths — one in Illinois and one in Oregon — had been previously reported. Also on Friday, two other health departments announced similar deaths. Minnesota health officials…

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