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Why is bacon so addictive?

(CNN)If foods were granted awards, bacon wouldn’t rank high for healthfulness, but it might win top prize in the favorite foods category. “Bacon is just that perfect combo of the sweet, the salty, the smoky and the savory character. Within savory, you’ve got the cured meat … the roasted browned fat. … It’s just this perfect combination of ingredients that goes right to the brain, which says, ‘take another bite,’ ” said Linda Papadopoulos, owner of LP & Associates and a sensory and consumer research expert who managed the sensory…

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Student who carried heart in backpack dies from transplant complications

Rebecca Henderson, 24, was believed to be only person in world with total artificial heart as treatment for heart cancer A woman who carried her artificial heart in a backpack after her own was removed has died due to transplant complications. Rebecca Henderson, 24, from Bicester, Oxfordshire, had her entire heart removed and replaced with a total artificial heart (TAH) last year, after being diagnosed with grade 3 heart cancer in 2017. She was put on the heart transplant list in January after scans showed she had been cancer-free for…

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Google Maps lets you search for drug disposal sites

A bag of pills like this from a drug take back event can be dropped off at locations pulled up on Google Maps.Image: Brianna Soukup/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images In response to the opioid epidemic, Google Maps is adding a search feature meant to help people get rid of unwanted drugs. Starting Thursday in a seven-state pilot, the navigation app will pull up drug stores and other sites that will dispose of drugs. You can type in “drug drop off” or “medication disposal” and nearby results from 3,500 nationwide…

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The argument for playing video games with our kids

(CNN)There is, inevitably, a gap between the parents we are and the parents we think we are. Not unlike algorithms, we rely on the past to inform our parenting decisions in the present. But this world keeps on turning, and the parenting present is never quite like the past. “We know abstinence sex education doesn’t work and creates unhealthy sexual relationships. So why are we taking a similar approach with screen time?” Shapiro said. Instead of shying away from the digital bogeyman, he wants parents to embrace it. “Why don’t…

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Doctors who cared for Arizona sexual assault victim no longer working there

(CNN)Two doctors who led care for a woman who gave birth after being sexually assaulted at an Arizona health care facility are no longer treating its patients, Hacienda HealthCare said Monday. The birth has prompted Hacienda to hire a former prosecutor to review what happened. The company is turning over all records of the woman’s treatment and has been ordered to hire a third-party manager to oversee several of its facilities. Monday’s statement provided no details on the doctors. “Once again, we offer an apology and send our deepest sympathy…

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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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