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You may no longer be more likely to go into cardiac arrest on Monday morning, study says

(CNN)The most common time to experience sudden cardiac arrest could be changing, according to new research. Chugh, Price Professor and associate director of the Heart Institute and director of the Heart Rhythm Center at Cedars-Sinai, and his co-authors used the Oregon Sudden Unexpected Death Study to look at 2,631 cases of sudden cardiac arrest. Sign up here to get The Results Are In with Dr. Sanjay Gupta every Tuesday from the CNN Health team. The American Heart Association says that there are more than 35,000 incidences of cardiac arrest outside…

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When parents of same-sex couples refuse to attend their wedding, this mom steps in

(CNN)Four years ago, when Sara Cunningham came home from a pride festival in Oklahoma City, she was covered head to toe in glitter. She had spent the day offering free mom hugs or high-fives (“Not everybody’s a hugger,” she says) to passersby, and the love and joy she felt was palpable. In July 2018, that spark of support and celebration became a flame. Cunningham, frustrated with continued stories of parents rejecting their gay children, sometimes during the most important times in their lives, wrote a simple Facebook post. “PSA. If…

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NASA provides first image from record-setting flyby of Ultima Thule

(CNN)The new year on Earth began with a record-setting space mission 4 billion miles away — a first look at an object on the edge of our solar system. “We’ve just accomplished the most distant flyby,” mission operations manager Alice Bowman said. “This science will help us understand the origins of our solar system.” New Horizons has also sent back a first look at Ultima Thule — taken from half a million miles out, so pardon the pixels. This is the best look scientists have ever had at Ultima. Before,…

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Doctors question medical care given to migrant boy who died Christmas Eve

(CNN)Days after a Guatemalan boy died in US custody on Christmas Eve, infectious disease experts say it appears Felipe Alonzo-Gomez likely had the flu, a potentially deadly illness that can often be treated if caught early enough. Muñoz and another pediatric infectious disease expert contacted by CNN said they would have tested Felipe for the flu if he had been their patient, given that it’s flu season and he had symptoms of influenza. “Flu can be a relatively mild illness, but it can also kill children very quickly,” said Dr.…

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FDA sends warning to company at center of heart medication recall

(CNN)The US Food and Drug Administration issued a warning letter to the Chinese maker of an ingredient in popular heart drugs and said it continues to test the ingredient for cancer-causing chemicals. Tests this summer found that cancer-causing contaminants was accidentally added tocertain drugs that are used to prevent heart problems and high blood pressure. The contaminants first showed up in drugs that contained valsartan, but subsequent tests have found them in others made by the company, like losartan and potassium and hydrochlorothiazide. Since July, several companies that use Zhejiang…

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Abortion rates in US reach a decade low, CDC reports

(CNN)Abortion rates in the United States have dropped to their lowest level in 10 years, according to a report released Wednesday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Compared with the previous year, 2014, there was a 2% decrease in abortions across the three measures. Because reporting is voluntary and requirements for reporting vary across the country, the CDC acknowledges that the findings have limitations. The number of abortions reported to the CDC, for example, is 68% to 71% of the number established in a census of abortion…

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Do what you love and live longer, the Japanese ikigai philosophy says

(CNN)What if you could live longer just by doing more of what you love to do most? The answer is probably a combination of factors that include the usual suspects: diet, movement/exercise and having friends and community. What these “blue zone” areas of longevity and happiness around the world have in common are residents who curate a simple life with few possessions, plenty of time outdoors, staying active with friends, getting enough sleep, and eating lightly and healthily. What the long-lived Japanese add to this list is ikigai, a concept…

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A girl died before she could run a race with her mom. On Sunday, the mother will run the NYC Marathon in her daughter’s honor

(CNN)In January of 2017, Jennifer Swenson and her daughter, Marit, were training for a half-marathon. By August, Marit was dead. Now, Swenson’s understanding of the disease is almost encyclopedic. Beyond being able to define, let alone pronounce, all of those multisyllabic words no parent should ever have to learn, she rattles off facts about the form of cancer with ease. “Neil Armstrong’s daughter died of a DIPG tumor 40 years ago and nothing as far as treatment has changed in 40 years, despite people’s efforts,” she noted. What’s more, she…

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Obesity, low BMI linked to increased risk of death, study reveals

(CNN)Excessively high or low body mass index measurements have been linked to an increased risk of dying from nearly every major cause except transport accidents, new research says. “We have filled this knowledge gap to help researchers, patients and doctors better understand how underweight and excess weight might be associated with diseases such as cancer, respiratory disease and liver disease.” BMI is determined by dividing a person’s weight in kilograms by the square of their height in meters. The study authors say they discovered that maintaining a BMI in the…

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Database details drugmakers’ contributions to Congress

Before the midterm elections heated up, dozens of drugmakers had already poured about $12 million into the war chests of hundreds of members of Congress. As voters prepare to go to the polls, they can use a new database, “Pharma Cash to Congress,” tracking up to 10 years of pharmaceutical company contributions to any or all members of Congress, illuminating drugmakers’ efforts to influence legislation. Sign up here to get The Results Are In with Dr. Sanjay Gupta every Tuesday from the CNN Health team. A previous investigation by Kaiser…

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Internet User Waiting For Tumor Surgery Gets Advice From Alternative Medicine Advocate, But Someone Shuts It Down

Much better to trust health professionals, who have undergone rigorous education and training to give you the best and most up-to-date knowledge that medical science has so far uncovered. This poster certainly thinks so, after being shocked by someone suggesting that apple cider vinegar, lemon and olive oil will ‘get rid’ of a tumor growing inside of a gallbladder. Recognizing the danger of such a statement, Redditor PastyDeath decided enough was enough, and decided to set the record straight. The response to the dangerous and outrageous claim has since gone…

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Six cases of rare ‘polio-like’ illness diagnosed in children in Minnesota

(CNN)Six children in Minnesota have been diagnosed with a rare “polio-like” disease since mid-September, state health officials said. Minnesota typically sees less than one case a year, the state Department of Health reported. The disease typically affects children; all the recent cases in Minnesota were in children younger than 10. Sign up here to get The Results Are In with Dr. Sanjay Gupta every Tuesday from the CNN Health team. Treatment focuses only on alleviating symptoms. AFM cases first spiked in the United States in August 2014. By the end…

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British surgeons warned not to perform Brazilian butt lift surgery

(CNN)UK surgeons were strongly warned this week by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons to stop performing Brazilian butt lifts. “This risk has galvanised the BAAPS to distribute a recommendation to all members, suggesting they refrain from performing BBLs, at least until more data is available,” the association said in a statement Thursday. Sign up here to get The Results Are In with Dr. Sanjay Gupta every Tuesday from the CNN Health team. The most sought-after destination, with a quarter of patients traveling there for low-cost procedures, was Turkey,…

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uBiome is jumping into therapeutics with a healthy $83 million in Series C financing

23andMe, IBM and now uBiome is the next tech company to jump into the lucrative multi-billion dollar drug discovery market. The company started out with a consumer gut health test to check whether your intestines carry the right kind of bacteria for healthy digestion but has since expanded to include over 250,000 samples for everything from the microbes on your skin to vaginal health — the largest data set in the world for these types of samples, according to the company. Founder Jessica Richman now says there’s a wider opportunity…

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Blood, spit and swabs: can you trust home medical-testing kits?

Is posting off your bodily fluids to a DIY health-testing company the future of healthcare or just too much information? On a dark February morning, I wake grainy with sleep and head to the kitchen. Before making toast or coffee, I unscrew the cap from a tiny test tube and spit into it. Over and over, but its surprisingly difficult to fill up a whole vial. It takes 10 minutes before my frothy deposit reaches the marked minimum line. My housemate sips her coffee. Are you ill? she asks. No,…

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