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The 'Magic' in 'Shrooms Could Really Help You

New study says it can serve medicinal purposes

(Newser) - Want to quit smoking or alleviate depression? In a few years you might be taking the psychedelic "magic" in magic mushrooms—if the FDA ever agrees, the New York Times reports. Researchers from John Hopkins University suggest the FDA should reclassify psilocybin—the psychedelic drug in hallucinogenic mushrooms—to... More »

You Might Avoid Surgery for Appendicitis

New study says antibiotics are an option for some

(Newser) - A new study says surgery isn't always needed for appendicitis and that antibiotics instead can often do the trick, the AP reports. The results from Finland contradict decades of thinking about the best way to treat an inflamed appendix. The condition has long been thought to be a medical... More »

Airport Health Study Finds Surprise Risk

Those airport security trays are germ-laden

(Newser) - Those plastic airport security trays—so convenient, so light ... so filled with germs and bacteria. So says a new study by British and Finnish scientists who found that plastic checkpoint trays harbor more viruses than any other Helsinki Airport surface, including toilet surfaces, reports the New York Times . The top... More »

Trial Involving Pregnant Women, Viagra Ends With Deaths

11 babies died

(Newser) - The research had been borne out in rats, and so the next step was humans: Some 93 pregnant Dutch women whose placentas weren't operating optimally were given sildenafil, the drug better known as Viagra. The condition sharply limits a fetus' growth, and the hope was that the drug's... More »

Fish Oil Pills, Good for the Heart? Not in This Life

Omega-3 supplements fall short in major scientific review

(Newser) - Want to prevent heart disease? Those fish oil supplements may not be worth the money after all, the BBC reports. A review of roughly 112,000 people across 79 trials found that people using supplements of omega-3—a fat that's prominent fish oils like cod liver oil—experienced little... More »

Landmark Study of Mediterranean Diet Was Flawed

2013 study retracted, though updated version reaches similar conclusion

(Newser) - The repute of the Mediterranean diet, considered one of the world's healthiest, took a hit this week: Citing methodology errors, authors retracted a landmark 2013 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine that found people who consumed the diet of fruits, veggies, nuts, fish, and olive oil... More »

She'd Vaped for Just 3 Weeks. Then, a Trip to the ER

Teen spent 5 days on ventilator after she suffered respiratory failure

(Newser) - News of one scary vaping experience follows another. Days after authorities confirmed a Florida man died when his vape pen exploded , sending projectiles into his brain, a study published in the journal Pediatrics tells of an 18-year-old Pennsylvania woman who ended up in an emergency room with a cough and... More »

Bathroom Hand Dryers Spew Pretty Nasty Thing

Poo bacteria gets 'aerosolized' in bathrooms: study author

(Newser) - Hand dryers are great environmentally friendly inventions, right? That's the word, but a new study by University of Connecticut scientists finds they spread fecal matter onto people's hands, CNET reports. "The more air ya move? The more bacteria stick," study author Peter Setlow tells Business Insider... More »

A Midlife 'Wealth Shock' May Lead to Your Death

Study finds Americans who suffered a financial blow were more likely to die

(Newser) - A big financial loss may shorten your life, a new study suggests. Middle-aged Americans who experienced a sudden, large economic blow were more likely to die during the following years than those who didn't. The heightened danger of death after a devastating loss, which researchers called a "wealth... More »

Tylenol, Advil Work Just as Well as Opioids

Study finds they're not much better than over-the-counter meds for pain relief

(Newser) - Even after overdose and addiction risks became known, opioid prescriptions continued on the belief that the drugs were more effective at relieving pain than other medications. New research suggests that may not be the case. In a study in JAMA , scientists say opioids appear to be no better at treating... More »

Moms Can Lower Kid's Peanut Allergy Risk From First Meal

2-step process involves mom eating peanuts while breastfeeding

(Newser) - New moms can lower their child's risk of developing a peanut allergy in the kids' very first meals, according to Canadian researchers. A study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology suggests that children breastfed by peanut-eating moms are less likely to develop a nut allergy later, reports... More »

Report Reveals Good News on the Breast Cancer Front

Deaths have plummeted—but there's still a disparity based on race

(Newser) - Some good news to share this week: Deaths from breast cancer have plummeted over a 26-year period. A report released Tuesday by the American Cancer Society shows a 39% decline in breast cancer-related deaths between 1989 and 2015, reports the Washington Post . The report notes 322,600 deaths were prevented... More »

Mediterranean Diet Has a Downside

The rich, well-educated benefit the most, study says

(Newser) - Despite its many purported advantages , the Mediterranean diet might not be all it's cracked up to be. According to a new study in the International Journal of Epidemiology , its effects depend largely on socioeconomic status. Researchers surveyed 19,000 people ages 35 and over in Italy, giving each a... More »

General Rule About Antibiotics Might Be Wrong

Finishing courses of antibiotics may boost resistance risk: experts

(Newser) - You've heard the spiel: Always finish your course of antibiotics, even if you feel better sooner. The idea is that even though you may feel better, the harmful bacteria in your body needs to be completely wiped out to keep it from developing antibiotic resistance. But that might be... More »

Mass-Produced or Artisan Bread? Results May Surprise

Researchers find that it may depend on your gut microbiome

(Newser) - Is it better to eat whole-grain sourdough bread made traditionally, or a slice of industrially mass-produced white bread? The answer arrived at by a recent study might surprise you: Researchers looked at major metabolic markers, with most of them related to the risk of type 2 diabetes, and found no... More »

There's a Major Misconception About Dairy

It's not linked to increase in cardiovascular disease: study

(Newser) - Gouda news for cheese lovers: Despite claims that the fatty treat does damage to your cardiovascular health, a review of 29 studies has found no evidence that full-fat dairy products like cheese and milk boost one's risk of death, heart attack, or stroke. While many dairy products are high... More »

Study Offers Good News for Cat Owners

Owning a cat doesn't boost risk of mental illness: study

(Newser) - New research is sure to get cat owners purring: Despite suggestions that cats may boost one's risk of psychiatric disorders and other mental illnesses , a new study finds people who grow up in a house with cats are no more likely to suffer from mental illness than those who... More »

Want to Burn More Fat? Fast 18 Hours a Day

Preliminary study suggests it could work

(Newser) - A new preliminary study reveals a way to burn more fat—but you have to be willing to restrict all your daily eating to a 6-hour window. Researchers found that participants who took in all their daily calories between 8am and 2pm burned 6% more fat than those who spread... More »

How Stress Turns Into a Physical Heart Attack

It involves a signal from your brain to your bone marrow

(Newser) - Scientists have long cautioned that stress is bad for the heart, and a new study provides insight into precisely why. In the Lancet , researchers lay out a chain of events: When people feel stress, the amygdala area of the brain—it processes emotions such as fear and danger—fires up... More »

Too Busy for Daily Workouts? That's OK

Study finds that 'weekend warriors' still reap benefits

(Newser) - Hate having to drag yourself to the gym after work? A new JAMA study suggests people who exercise only on the weekend enjoy much of the same benefits as weekday gym-goers. Researchers at Loughborough University in the UK who reviewed data on more than 63,500 mostly white adults found... More »

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