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The health benefits of a random act of kindness

(CNN)This year, “Random Acts of Kindness” Day falls on Monday, but the foundation behind it wants you to consider being kind every day. Studies have shown that putting the well-being of others before our own without expecting anything in return — or what is called being altruistic — stimulates the reward centers of the brain. Those feel-good chemicals flood our system, producing a sort of “helper’s high.” Volunteering, for example, has been shown to minimize stress and improve depression. That’s not all: The same activity can also reduce the risk…

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Women who have general anesthesia during C-sections are more likely to experience postpartum depression, study finds

(CNN)Women who have general anesthesia during C-sections are significantly more likely to experience severe post-partum depression resulting in hospitalization, suicidal thoughts or self-harm, according to a study published last week. General anesthesia increased odds of postpartum depression The researchers used hospital discharge records of cesarean delivery cases from New York state hospitals between 2006 and 2013. Out of the 428,304 cases they examined, 34,356 women — or 8% — received general anesthesia during delivery. General anesthesia induces sleep, meaning that mothers won’t be able to see, feel or remember anything…

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The US has at least 11 confirmed cases of Wuhan coronavirus, which has killed more than 420 people in China

(CNN)While the Wuhan coronavirus keeps spreading within the United States, health officials are trying to rush testing capabilities across the country. “The process is extremely expedited, and our colleagues at (the US Food and Drug Administration) have been working with us closely ever since we made the plan that we were going to do this in this way,” said Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. Her comments Monday came a day after officials confirmed three new cases of infection in California. That…

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China’s unprecedented quarantines could have wider consequences, experts say

(CNN)With Chinese authorities warning the coronavirus outbreak is accelerating, placing millions of people in more than a dozen Chinese cities under intense travel restrictions might seem like a good idea. The shutdown of Wuhan, a city of more than 11 million people where the virus originated, is “utterly incredible,” Howard Markel, professor and director of the Center for the History of Medicine at the University of Michigan, told CNN.

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Its Day of the Triffids for todays Britain, but with antidepressants as the monster

Controversial look at dependence on drugs in sci-fi film by Austrian director Jessica Hausner has divided critics An award-winning science-fiction thriller billed by critics as a modern Day of the Triffids takes a provocative approach to Britains growing dependence on mood-lifting chemicals and antidepressants. Little Joe, released in UK cinemas in February, and starring Ben Whishaw, Emily Beecham and Kerry Fox, has odd, disturbing story of a newly bred plant designed to spread joy. On set in a vast greenhouse laboratory, the acclaimed Austrian director Jessica Hausner first told her…

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From renewables to Netflix: the 15 super-trends that defined the 2010s

It was the decade of austerity, fracking, populism and internet lies. But not everything about the 2010s was terrible The plastics backlash Garbage, including plastic waste, is seen at the beach in Costa del Este, Panama City. Photograph: Luis Acosta/AFP via Getty Images It was once the height of metropolitan chic: the dash into Starbucks for a skinny decaf caramel latte en route for work, the takeaway cup a mark of upward mobility. Those were the days of Sex and the City, when the culture of doing everything on the…

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Uniform Teeth raises $10 million for its teeth-straightening operations

Uniform Teeth, the teeth straightening startup that helped me figure out I needed a root canal, has just raised a $10 million round of funding led by Canaan Partners. This brings Uniform Teeth’s total funding to $14 million. With the new funding, Uniform Teeth plans to open two more locations, one in Seattle and one in Chicago, early next year. Uniform Teeth currently operates two locations in San Francisco. By the end of next year, Uniform Teeth plans to open more locations throughout the U.S. The startup takes a One…

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Animal magic: how my pet saved me

From Wolfy the lurcher to Trixie the hamster, these affectionate animals helped five people get their lives back on track I put myself on peternity leave and we hung out: Kate Spicer, 49, journalist, and Wolfy the dog, 9, London There were a lot of things that were a bit awry about my life. The main problem was that I went out and didnt come home. Id go on these benders that were incredibly destructive to my wellbeing. And then when I was working, Id never leave the house. Id…

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Trump scraps healthcare protections for LGBTQ patients

The Trump administrations Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a new rule Friday scrapping LGBTQnondiscrimination protections for federally-funded health programs. Under the new rule change, HHS grant recipients do not have to comply to nondiscrimination guidelines protecting queer and transgender patients. The National Center for Transgender Equality warned in a press release that the rule will allow anti-transgender discrimination in HIV and STI prevention programs, opioid programs, youth homelessness services, health professional training, substance use recovery programs, among other vital health care programs treating issues with a disparate…

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People Have To Explain Guys Can Have Anorexia Too After A Before-And-After Pic Leaves Some In Disbelief

Andrew G. posted his before and after comparison pics of himself when he was anorexic versus how he looked after he conquered the condition and started looking like an athletic superhero. The internet’s reaction was incredibly supportive and Andrew was an inspiration for many people who were dealing with anorexia. However, when the story hit Tumblr, some internet users felt the need to make fun of Andrew, anorexia-sufferers, and men. andrewg06 Image credits: Image credits: However, some people couldn’t believe that men can have anorexia… libertarirynn Image credits: Image credits:…

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Only children are more likely to be obese, study says

(CNN)Only children may be at a higher risk for obesity than children who have siblings, according to a new study published Wednesday. “Why is that? While this study doesn’t provide the answer to that question, it is helpful in building the body of research that eventually will provide clearer answers,” Muth said. What it means to be an ‘only’ Singletons have long fascinated researchers. Early studies focused on the many negatives society falselybelieved about only children, like the idea that a child would become headstrong, selfish, egocentric, competitive, excessively spoiled…

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Nestl is recalling some cookie dough products because of possible rubber contamination

(CNN)With cookie baking season around the corner, you may want to check your refrigerator first. The recall is limited to the ready-to-bake refrigerated products with batch codes that begin with 9189 through batch codes that begin with 9295. Batch dates are the four digits that follow the “use or freeze-by” date and before the number 5753. So far, no illnesses or injuries have been reported from the recalled products. If you have one of the items affected, the company said to throw it away, but keep your proof of purchase…

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Release of Vaxxed sequel prompts fears dangerous propaganda will spread again

Anti-vaccination film to premiere in theatres as several states have been battling against localised outbreaks of measles Anti-vaccination campaigners are preparing to release the sequel to Vaxxed, the highly contentious film that has been used to spread the unfounded claim that vaccines cause autism and other developmental problems. Vaxxed II: The Peoples Truth will be premiered on 6 November in 50 venues across America. Its producers, led by Robert F Kennedy Jr, are keeping locations secret with tickets sold quietly in advance in the hope of foiling efforts to block…

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STDs are sexist, and women are the losers. Here’s why

(CNN)America is in the middle of an epidemic of sexually transmitted infections, and when it comes to heterosexual transmission, it’s hitting women the hardest. “Chlamydia and gonorrhea, for example, are two of the leading preventable causes of infertility and ectopic pregnancies in the United States, and on Earth.” Easily transmitted, more dangerous One reason STDs are sexist: In heterosexual pairings,they are more readily transmitted from the man to the woman than from the woman to the man. “So at any one exposure, a susceptible woman is more likely to catch…

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Drugmaker reverses course, plans to seek FDA approval for Alzheimer’s treatment

(CNN)In an unexpected reversal, pharmaceutical giant Biogen said it will pursue US Food and Drug Administration approval for aducanumab, an experimental treatment for early Alzheimer’s disease, Biogen and its Japanese partner Eisai announced on Tuesday. On Tuesday, Biogen announced that a new analysis, which included more patients, showed a significant reduction in clinical decline in one trial. Results for some patients in another study support those findings, as well. Sign up here to get The Results Are In with Dr. Sanjay Gupta every Tuesday from the CNN Health team. The…

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