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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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17 gifts for people who don’t drink their daily water requirements

Here are the perfect gift ideas for someone who doesnt reach their daily water quota.Image: memobottle How much water do you drink a day, really? What about your closest pal, or your family? Be honest. If it’s not the two litres recommended, then we’ve got work to do. We all know someone (or are someone) who refuses to reach their daily H2O quota, so perhaps said rebel just needs a little sprucing up of their water receptacle. Plus, with an estimated 8 million tonnes of plastic waste entering the global…

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Pig poop and coal ash a real concern for people in North Carolina floods

(CNN)Even after a hurricane’s immediate threat of flooding goes away, North Carolina residents could face a host of potential health problems from the water brought by Hurricane Florence — and from what that water leaves behind. In addition to the usual physical and mental challenges floodwater can typically bring, there is a potential problem for human health that involves some of the state’s key industries: hog farming and coal power generation. An earthen dam surrounding a hog lagoon was breached by flood waters in Duplin County and in Sampson County,…

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Mississippi Department of Corrections asks FBI to help investigate 15 inmate deaths

(CNN)The head of the Mississippi Department of Corrections is now asking the FBI to help investigate the deaths of 15 inmates who died in August. Hall said Tuesday “the number of deaths the department is reporting is not out of line with the number of deaths in previous months.” The latest DOC figures showed 47 inmates died in 2015, 53 died in 2014 and 71 in 2013. Hall said in a Tuesday statement that the state’s inmate population — 19,425 as of Tuesday — comprises “people from all walks of…

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Tearing our hair out: learning to treat compulsive hair-pulling

The long read: Trichotillomania is a blight on many peoples lives and until now there has been very little understanding of how to tackle this distressing condition Christina Pearson was 14 years old when she started pulling out her hair, creating bald patches on her head. She was taken to a psychiatrist, but in 1970 there was no name for her disorder, and certainly no treatment. The doctor issued a psychiatric discharge that removed Pearson from high school. At first, she felt relief. At school she had lived in dread…

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Modern myths about cancer from chemicals in food to wifi

The idea that lifestyle changes have made the disease more common is a gross exaggeration but increasingly prevalent. We separate fact from fiction Cancer is not up there with one species of dinosaur suffered from blood-vessel tumours and misinterpretations of some small studies and claims by self-styled wellness gurus that cancer is a man-made disease have fed the belief that cancer is modern. While that does not mean anyone concerned about cancer should visit their local natural history museum for information, thinking of cancer as a result of modern life…

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Meet the man bringing Chance the Rapper’s music to the deaf community

(CNN)As A$AP Rocky’s “Praise the Lord” begins blaring through the speaker, Matt Maxey smiles. “Turn it up,” he says, pointing his finger to the sky. Maxey is animated, kinetic. But he isn’t just dancing; he’s bringing the song to life. Every move has meaning. Deaf jam

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