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It's true: the sound of nature helps us relax

1 hour ago from Science Daily

Playing 'natural sounds' affects the bodily systems that control the flight-or-fright and rest-digest autonomic nervous systems, with associated effects in the resting activity of the brain, new research shows.

Getting dengue first may make Zika infection much worse

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Experiments in cells and mice suggest that a previous exposure to dengue or West Nile can make a Zika virus infection worse.

Meditation's Calming Effects Pinpointed in Brain

2 hours ago from Scientific American

A new mouse study reveals a set of neurons that may point to physiological roots for the calming effects of breathing control -- Read more on

Los Angeles Angels P Matt Shoemaker using protective headwear

2 hours ago from UPI

When Angels starter Matt Shoemaker takes the mound next week seven months after brain surgery, he will be wearing a protective headwear piece for protection.

North Korea government-in-exile supporters meet in U.S.

5 hours ago from UPI

A group of North Korean defectors seeking to create a government-in-exile held its inaugural assembly in Los Angeles.

Twitter eases 140-character limit in replies

5 hours ago from Physorg

Twitter has found more creative ways to ease its 140-character limit without officially raising it.

Larger doses of vitamin C may lead to a greater reduction in common cold duration

5 hours ago from Science Daily

The relationship between vitamin C dosage and its effects on the duration of the common cold symptoms may extend to 6-8 grams per day.

Blood thinner use disclosure vital for EMS care

6 hours ago from UPI

A recent study suggests requiring emergency medical services personnel to ask about a patient's use of blood thinners could be vital to life-saving treatment.

3Q: J. Phillip Thompson on revitalizing Central Brooklyn

6 hours ago from MIT Research

In early March, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced an ambitious $1.4 billion state plan to revitalize Central Brooklyn — a zone that experiences chronically high rates of unemployment, obesity, and murder....

'Let's Talk', WHO says, as depression rates rise 18% in a decade

6 hours ago from CBC: Health

Lack of support for mental health combined with a common fear of stigma means many do not get the treatment they need to live healthy, productive lives.

UN sends 3.5M emergency yellow fever vaccines to Brazil

7 hours ago from AP Health

LONDON (AP) -- The World Health Organization said it and partners have shipped 3.5 million doses of yellow fever vaccine to Brazil to...

Majority of middle-aged Canadians not using condoms, survey suggests

7 hours ago from CBC: Health

When it comes to safe sex, a new study suggests middle-aged Canadians have something to learn from the younger generation.

Ben Affleck returns to red carpet after rehab stint

8 hours ago from UPI

Batman actor Ben Affleck promoted "Justice League" with Henry Cavill and Jason Momoa at CinemaCon after announcing he sought treatment for alcohol addiction.

Blind tadpoles learn visually with eyes grafted onto tail, neurotransmitter drug treatment

8 hours ago from Science Daily

Blind tadpoles were able to process visual information from eyes grafted onto their tails after being treated with a small molecule neurotransmitter drug that augmented innervation, integration, and function of...

U.S. Air Force staff sergeant dies of 'natural causes' in Syria

8 hours ago from UPI

The Pentagon has announced the death of a U.S. airman in Syria, saying the staff sergeant died in a non-combat related incident.

Pittsburgh Steelers' Martavis Bryant to be reinstated

9 hours ago from UPI

Deep threat Martavis Bryant is returning to the NFL.

Pedestrian deaths in U.S. spike 11% in study, but precise impact of mobile devices unclear

9 hours ago from CBC: Health

Pedestrian deaths are climbing faster than motorist fatalities, reaching nearly 6,000 deaths last year — the highest total in more than two decades, according to an analysis of preliminary state...

Deadly pathogen to cure itself?

10 hours ago from Physorg

A Massey professor of microbiology has led new research that could yield a vaccine against an emerging deadly pathogen that has proven resistant to various treatments.

'Time After Time' canceled after five episodes

10 hours ago from UPI

The freshman, sci-fi drama "Time After Time" has been canceled after five episodes, due to low ratings.

American Airlines co-pilot dies after medical issue during landing

10 hours ago from UPI

American Airlines said first officer William "Mike" Grubbs died after a medical issue during landing at New Mexico's Albuquerque International Sunport.

Milwaukee Bucks knock off Boston Celtics

11 hours ago from UPI

BOSTON -- Back on Feb. 8, Jabari Parker of the Milwaukee Bucks suffered a torn ACL and was lost for the season, taking his 20.1 points and 6.2 rebounds per...

For kids, daily juice probably won’t pack on the pounds

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An analysis of existing studies suggests that regular juice drinking isn’t linked to much weight gain in kids.

Millions Stand to Lose Addiction Treatment

11 hours ago from NY Times Health

Treatment for addiction grew with the Medicaid expansion under Obama’s health care act, but millions may lose coverage if the House approves a measure to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Op-Ed Columnist: The Trump Elite. Like the Old Elite, but Worse!

11 hours ago from NY Times Health

Republicans behind a health care bill found a new way to ignore regular people.

Going Under the Knife, With Eyes and Ears Wide Open

11 hours ago from NY Times Health

More people are rejecting general anesthesia for procedures, prompting doctors to narrate their steps as they deal with alert patients asking questions.

Watching My Surgeon Cut Into My Knee

11 hours ago from NY Times Health

A reporter finds that being operated on without general anesthesia has its benefits, but that her surgeon’s taste in music is not one of them.

The New Health Care: Training Your Brain So That You Don’t Need Reading Glasses

11 hours ago from NY Times Health

A monthslong regimen can compensate for what eye muscles no longer can do.

Global Health: As Cholera Spreads, Somalia Begins Vaccination Campaign

11 hours ago from NY Times Health

There are few options for treating cholera in this desperately poor country. Vaccination may be the only way to contain the outbreak.