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How to help a friend with negative body image

It’s common to feel uncomfortable with different aspects of our bodies or to want to make small changes here and there. However, sometimes this dissatisfaction with our bodies can start to become a burden. Here are some tips for helping a friend who may be struggling with negative body image and where to find support.

Alcohol use disorder: A step toward better treatment?

A doctor diagnoses alcohol use disorder (AUD) when an individual’s use of alcohol becomes compulsive. Someone with AUD feels intense cravings for alcohol and, when none has been consumed, experiences symptoms of withdrawal. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, there are around 16 million people in the United States with AUD.

Infectious diseases: When a kiss is more than a kiss

Often referred to as the “kissing disease,” mononucleosis is a common ailment caused by the Epstein-Barr virus that is transmitted through saliva. While you can get the virus through kissing, you also can be exposed through a cough or sneeze, or by sharing cups or utensils with someone who is infected. According to the Centers

A Shocking Number of Americans Have Never Experienced Intimacy

The concept of intimacy is tangled and complex. When some hear the term, they think of sex (and only sex) while for others, intimacy is a feeling. It is about closeness and connectedness — a sense of companionship and affection. And it is this deep, emotional relationship many Americans are missing: according to a new study,

A reservoir of bacteria—sink drains next to toilets in patient rooms may harbor dangerous organisms

Sinks situated next to patient toilets in hospital rooms may be reservoirs for Klebsiella pneumoniae carbapenemase (KPC), increasing the risk of dangerous germ transmission, according to new research published in the American Journal of Infection Control (AJIC), the journal of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. The study found a high prevalence

My day on a plate: Frock Hudson

Cabaret comedienne Frock Hudson, 40, shares their day on a plate. Frock Hudson is the alter ego of cabaret comedian Dean Arcuri. 7.30am A piece of buttered multigrain toast with a very generous amount of Vegemite, and a glass of orange juice. 8.15am A mixed bowl of cereal – one-quarter Coco Pops, one-quarter Corn Flakes

Are Forests Now Playing a Role in Pollution?

FRIDAY, Feb. 1, 2019 — Forests are changing in ways that could mean they emit more gases that contribute to smog, acid rain and respiratory problems, a new study suggests. “This study has profound implications for future air quality. Human activities, such as fire suppression, fertilizer use and climate change, are causing forest populations to

A Complete Ranking of the Best Girl Scout Cookie Flavors

You can tell a lot about a person by their preference for… Girl Scout Cookies. Yep, when it comes to character-defining foods, these sweet treats peddled by entrepreneurial girls pretty much top the list. And make no mistake; the battle to determine which cookie is best basically stretches back to the early 1900s — that’s

A ‘compelling call’ for pediatricians to discuss firearm safety

Paradoxically, as overall firearm ownership decreased in U.S. households with young children from 1976 to 2016, the proportion of these families who owned handguns increased. This shift in firearm preferences over decades from mostly rifles to mostly handguns coincided with increasing firearm-mortality rates in young children, researchers report Jan. 28, 2019, in Pediatrics. “Almost 5

Cancer has a biological clock and this drug may keep it from ticking

A new drug shows potential to halt cancer cells’ growth by stunting the cells’ biological clock. The findings from scientists at the USC Michelson Center for Convergent Bioscience and Nagoya University’s Institute of Transformative BioMolecules (ITbM) advance a burgeoning area of research: turning the body’s circadian rhythms against cancer. Their study, conducted on human kidney

A new hope in treating neurodegenerative disease

Korean researchers have identified the inhibition of autophagy in microglia, brain immune cells. It is expected to help develop treatments for Alzheimer’s disease which occur due to the inhibition of autophagy. Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most representative degenerative brain disease, accounting for 60 to 80 percent of all dementia cases. In search for new

A Robot May Soon Be Cleaning Spills at Your Grocery Store

Grocery shopping is a fairly dull experience. Unless there are samples, there is nothing particularly exciting about squeezing avocados or feeling up fruits. But if you shop at Giant, things are about to get a whole lot better: The supermarket chain just unveiled spill-cleaning robots, and these bad boys have googly eyes! The robot —

MANF identified as a rejuvenating factor in parabiosis

Older mice who are surgically joined with young mice in order to share a common bloodstream get stronger and healthier, making parabiosis one of the hottest topics in age research. Publishing in Nature Metabolism, researchers from the Buck Institute report that MANF (mesencephalic astrocyte-derived neurotrophic factor) is one of the factors responsible for rejuvenating the