Yoga and meditation on the rise among US adults and kids

Watch Video More Americans are turning to forms of complementary medicine such as yoga, meditation and chiropractors, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, part of the National Institutes of Health, says in reports released Thursday that more than 30% of US adults and about 12% of children use “healthcare approaches that are not typically part of conventional medical care or that may have origins outside of usual Western practices.” Complementary medicine is when these…

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High blood pressure, smoking raise heart attack risk more in women, study says

High blood pressure, smoking and diabetes raise women’s risk of a heart attack more than these factors raise men’s risk, according to a new study published in the BMJ. The rate of heart attacks in men remains three times higher than in women, according to the researcher Elizabeth Millett, an epidemiologist at the University of Oxford’s George Institute for Global Health. But the study identified that those three individual factors — smoking, diabetes and high blood pressure — are more likely to be linked to heart attacks in women, showing the need for…

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She drank kratom tea while pregnant. Then her newborn went into withdrawal

The woman had used oxycodone for almost a decade but told her doctors she had been sober for two years. She never touched narcotics during her pregnancy, she said, and had completed rehab. But her newborn son was in withdrawal: jittery, screaming and requiring an infusion of morphine to stay alive. The infant craved drugs, but why? Amid an opioid epidemic, the boy’s doctors didn’t blame heroin, fentanyl or other illicit substances. Instead, they said, the infant had grown dependent on a controversial herbal supplement: kratom. ‘A false sense of safety’…

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Woman wakes up from back surgery to find her kidney had been removed

WELLINGTON, Fla. – Imagine going to the hospital to have back surgery, only to wake up and learn one of your major organs was mistakenly removed. That nightmare was a reality for one West Palm Beach woman at Wellington Regional Medical Center, according to WPTV. “It was an ordinary day,” described Maureen Pacheco, who was 51 when it happened back in April 2016. Pacheco was suffering from back pains from a car accident and after a lengthy process and diagnosis from her doctors, she was checked into Wellington Regional to have back…

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‘Meat taxes’ would save many lives and cut health care costs, study says

It would drive up the price of your barbecue but a global “meat tax” could save 220,000 lives and cut health care bills by $41 billion each year, according to a new study. The numbers are based on evidence that links meat consumption to increased risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes. Three years ago, the World Health Organization declared red meat such as beef, lamb and pork to be carcinogenic when eaten in processed forms, including sausages, bacon and beef jerky. Health officials have also declared that unprocessed red…

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CBS 6 employees connect, share their past and present battles with breast cancer

RICHMOND, Va. — Every bit of TV news is all about connecting. More than you might think. Two co-workers work two different shifts but share a forever connection. Breast cancer. “Everyone said, ‘Have you talked to Yvonne? Do you know Yvonne?” said Tara Daudani, an associate producer with Virginia This Morning. “She’s in the morning. I’m in the evening,” WTVR audio operator Yvonne Libron said. “It’s always nice to hear someone who’s been through it and has made it to the other side,” Daudani said Tara Daudani Before Tara Daudani…

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Women who are early risers have lower risk of breast cancer, says new study

Watch Video GLASGOW, Scotland — Women who are naturally early risers were found to have lower risk of developing breast cancer than evening types in a new study. One in 100 women who considered themselves morning people developed breast cancer, compared with two in every 100 women who called themselves evening people. Cancer risks associated with a person’s body clock and sleep patterns have been reported in previous research and the UK researchers wanted to explore sleep traits in more detail, as well as any genetic factors underlying this. Self-reported…

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Pediatricians strengthen stance against spanking kids

The American Academy of Pediatrics has hardened its stance against spanking children as a form of parental discipline. In a new policy statement, published in the journal Pediatrics on Monday, the pediatricians’ group recommends that adults caring for children use “healthy forms of discipline” — such as positive reinforcement of appropriate behaviors, setting limits and setting expectations — and not use spanking, hitting, slapping, threatening, insulting, humiliating or shaming. The policy statement updates guidance published in 1998 that recommended “parents be encouraged and assisted in developing methods other than spanking in response to undesired…

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How Juul’s plan to teach students about vaping went up in smoke

The leading maker of e-cigarettes, Juul Labs, attempted to roll out an anti-vaping curriculum in schools earlier this year, offering school districts thousands of dollars and new technologies to implement it, according to documents and emails obtained by CNN. The company abandoned these efforts in May, not long after its initial outreach, in response to a backlash from health and education advocates. “Under no circumstance should anybody from the tobacco, nicotine, vaping industries be involved in or implementing tobacco prevention programs,” said Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, professor of pediatrics in Stanford University’s…

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