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The giant Medusavirus turns its hosts into 'stone' and may offer clues about evolution
iStock/Perseomed BY: DR. ASHLEY KNIGHT-GREENFIELD (NEW YORK) -- If you’ve read up on Greek mythology, then you might remember that Medusa, with her venomous snake hair and ability to turn her enemies to stone at a glance, was killed by the swift sword of Perseus. But researchers at the Kyoto University of Science have discovered a way in which she lives on: through a giant virus that lives in hot springs and turns its hosts into “stone.” The Medusavirus — real name Medusaviridae — is the first of its kind to be discovered in such a hot environment, where temperatures...
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Teen screen time linked to feelings of loneliness: The importance of spending time with friends
ABC News (NEW YORK) -- We’ve all heard the clichés “kids these days” or “back in my day.” But while our immediate response might be to tune out or roll our eyes at those who came before us, new research suggests that maybe we should listen — at least when it comes to teens’ use of technology.That’s because a new study has found that as digital media use has increased among teens who are part of Generation Z, aptly dubbed iGen, so have their feelings of loneliness and depression. Young people are considered to be people born in 1995 and...
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Kentucky governor's comments about vaccines adding to misinformation, experts warn
Scott Olson/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- The governor of Kentucky isn’t the only notable politician to question the necessity of vaccines, but experts warn that such comments are not happening in a vacuum, and could be exacerbating the confusion. Gov. Matt Bevin said during a recent radio interview that he and his wife decided to take their nine children to so-called 'pox parties' to expose them to the chicken pox rather than having them vaccinated for the disease, and questioned why such vaccines are mandatory. "Why are we forcing kids to get it?" Bevin said of the chicken pox vaccine...
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Fentanyl deaths in the US spiked 1,000 percent over 6 years: Report
(NEW YORK) -- Deaths from the drug fentanyl in the United States climbed more than 1,000 percent from 2011 to 2016, according to a report released Thursday.The number of fatalities involving the powerful synthetic opioid was relatively stable in 2011 and 2012, with roughly 1,600 deaths each of those years. The number began to increase in 2013, reaching just over 1,900 deaths.Then the death rate doubled each year, skyrocketing to 18,335 overdoses in 2016, according to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The findings come just three months after another report published by the...
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Doctors debunk five common birth control myths
crankyT/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Birth control is used by millions of women but the questions around it are never ending for women -- from whether it will cause cancer or help prevent cancer to whether it can be taken forever or should not be taken at all.Search “birth control pill” in particular online and you’ll get more than 100 million results. Since it is a pill taken every day by women, women want and deserve clear answers.ABC News' Good Morning America spoke to three leading women’s health experts to debunk the most common myths about the birth control pill.All three...
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Daily consumption of marijuana may have serious mental consequences: Study
Nastasic/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Marijuana -- still illegal under federal law -- is now fully legal in 10 states and Washington, D.C. Some cities have stopped prosecuting people for possession of marijuana in small amounts.Some states that have legalized it have everything from medical marijuana to on-demand recreational cannabis delivery. But new research published in Lancet Psychiatry is a bit of a buzz kill.Researchers looked at over 900 people with first-time psychotic episodes, the mental health conditions in which people lose touch with reality, across Europe and Brazil. They compared them to people without psychotic disorders, and the results were...
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Esophageal cancer risk higher in people who drink really hot beverages: Study
Uniquestock/iStock (NEW YORK) -- Hot drinks like coffee or tea get us going every morning, and when you’re tired from just waking up, they can’t go down fast enough. A new study, however, suggests that we might want to let them cool a bit before guzzling them down.The study, published on Wednesday in the International Journal of Cancer, found that people who drank more than three cups of tea at a temperature over 140 degrees increased their risk of developing squamous cell esophageal cancer by about 90 percent. This type of cancer affects the cells lining the esophagus and causes...
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"Game of Thrones" star Emilia Clarke suffered two aneurysms: What you should know
Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images (NEW YORK) -- Actress Emilia Clarke, better known as Daenerys Targaryen on the hit HBO show Game of Thrones, revealed that she had survived two brain aneurysms while filming the show’s early seasons in an essay published in The New Yorker on Thursday.She said that in 2011, after wrapping up the first season of the show, she had been working out at the gym when she suddenly developed a headache. She said it was “as though an elastic band were squeezing my brain.” Although Clarke tried ignoring it, she said that it persisted and that she eventually...
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Plank with a puppy: Fitness group celebrates National Puppy Day
Puppies & Planks (LOS ANGELES) -- To celebrate National Puppy Day, fitness instructors are pairing pups with a sweat session for the first-ever Puppies and Planks fitness festival."Dogs help with emotional health and fitness helps with physical and mental health, so I wanted to create an event that could celebrate all the things that make us happy and healthy,” YouTube fitness guru Cassey Ho of Blogilates told ABC News' Good Morning America.Her love of fitness and for her own pup, Sir George The Magnificent, inspired the event.The outdoor extravaganza in Los Angeles features fitness classes, a doggie carnival, food trucks,...
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Mom of 5 donates uterus to another woman after years of infertility setbacks
Baylor Scott & White Health (BOSTON) -- Aprill Lane suffered through years of infertility struggles in the process of becoming a mom to five kids, ages 7 and under.Late last year, Lane, 39, donated her own uterus so that another woman could have the ability to conceive and carry a child.“Infertility really, aside from the physical effects of it, it emotionally and socially affects you in a huge way,” Lane said. “If I could help one other person be relieved of some of that, I would.”Lane, who lives outside of Boston and works for a biotech company, adopted her oldest...
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Woman sues after discovering hospital kept one of her embryos frozen since 2004
ABC (NEW YORK) -- Massachusetts resident Marisa Cloutier-Bristol said she found out she and her late husband had a frozen embryo when she received a letter in 2017 about paying for its storage. “I thought this is a crazy mistake, this has to be a mass mailing because I don’t have a frozen embryo,” Cloutier-Bristol recalled of receiving the letter about billing for storage of frozen embryos from Women & Infants Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island. Cloutier-Bristol is now suing the hospital, seeking unspecified damages.“I felt like I was now grieving a child I didn’t even know existed, a child...
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Second US jury finds Roundup weed killer caused cancer
NoDerog/iStock (SAN FRANCISCO) -- A federal jury in California found that a Monsanto's Roundup weed killer caused a 70-year old man's cancer, the second major blow for the company in a year.The six-member jury in San Francisco federal civil court unanimously concluded on Tuesday that glyphosate -- Roundup's key ingredient -- was a "substantial factor" in Sonoma resident Edwin Hardeman’s non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.The jury's verdict is the second out of a long list of future lawsuits. Approximately 11,200 plaintiffs, who claim they were exposed to glyphosate, are suing the company as of Jan. 28, according to the company's annual report filed...
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