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Opioid Overdose Rates in America Are Still Increasing
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Emergency room visits for suspected opioid overdoses increased by about 30% across the United States between June 2016 and September 2017, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The figures, included in the agency’s monthly Vital Signs report, suggest that the ravages of the opioid crisis, which clai...

Should You Drink Matcha Tea?

While green tea has long been a recommended part of a healthy diet, another brighter shade is becoming increasingly popular: matcha. Here’s what you should know about the beverage.

What is matcha tea?

Matcha is a type of green tea made by taking young tea leaves and grinding them into a bright green powder. The powder is then whisked with hot water. This is different from regular green tea, where the leaves are infused in wate...

Weekend Recipe: A Delicious and Gluten-Free Banana Bread
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There is something magical and comforting about banana bread served lightly warm or toasted alongside your favorite latte. What I love about this recipe is its simplicity and the use of delicious ingredients that are good for you. On my website, I always discuss using high-quality ingredients in your meals. Cooking to me is about quality foods that are lovingly prepared in order to nourish your body.

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FDA Approves DNA Test to Spot Cancer Genes — But With Warnings
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(WASHINGTON) — U.S. regulators have approved the first direct-to-consumer breast cancer gene test.

But the Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday it will require warnings about the limitations of the genetic information from California-based 23andMe.

The test, which analyzes DNA from saliva, can only detect three out of more than 1,000 known inherited BRCA gene mutations. It cannot determine a person...

Using Your Phone At Dinner Isn’t Just Rude. It Also Makes You Unhappy

Elizabeth Dunn and Ryan Dwyer, two researchers from the University of British Columbia in Canada, couldn’t help but notice a trend.

“You see people in restaurants all the time who are sitting across the table from each other, and instead of staring at each other, they’re staring at their phones,” says Dwyer, a doctoral candidate in psychology. “We were really curious: Is it having an impact on people’s social interactions, how much they’re enj...

Bothered By Noisy Eating? It May Affect Your Ability to Learn
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If you’re bothered by the sounds of other people chewing, your pet peeve may wreck more than mealtime.

In a new study published in the journal Applied Cognitive Psychology, researchers set out to determine how misophonia — extreme sensitivity to the sound of people chewing, coug...

Florida Vows to Remove Monkeys From State Park After Report They Carry Deadly Herpes
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Many of the rhesus macaque monkeys at a Florida state park carry a dangerous herpes virus that could potentially spread to humans through their excrement, according to a new study.

As a result, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission has said it plans to remove the monkeys, which are native to South and Central Asia, from the park.

Macaques were introduced to Florida’s Silv...

Flu Season in the U.S. Is Getting Worse
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(NEW YORK) — The flu season in the U.S. is getting worse.

Health officials last week said flu was blanketing the country but they thought there was a good chance the season was already peaking. But the newest numbers out Friday show it grew even more intense.

“This is a season that has a lot more steam than we thought,” said Dr. Dan Jernigan of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

One measure of the season is how ...

Weekend Recipe: Sweet Potato Hash
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There is something so comforting about eating sweet potatoes. I regularly make this hash as a warm 30-minute meal when the weather is cold outside and I need that extra bit of nourishment. This is a particularly good recipe that can be enjoyed as a fast meal during the week or during a weekend get together with friends. Any leftovers can be enjoyed as a salad the next day tossed with baby rocket (arugula) and drizzled with a generous amount of balsam...

This Food May Help You Sleep Better
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Forget warm milk. A new study from the University of Pennsylvania says that fish may be the key to a good night’s sleep.

The paper, published Thursday in Scientific Reports, found an association between regular fish consumption and high sleep quality among Chinese schoolchildren, likely thanks to the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish. Largely