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Woman Wins Disability Payout for WiFi 'Sensitivity'

She claims that electromagnetic radiation is causing health problems

(Newser) - Electromagnetic radiation has been around since the universe first formed; it is, in its "most familiar form," light, reports the World Health Organization . But as cellphone towers and gadgets proliferate, electromagnetic radiation has increased, and some claim a sensitivity to it. One woman in France is now getting... More »

Parents Losing Both Sons to Rare Brain Disease

There's no cure for Batten disease, and it's fatal

(Newser) - Batten disease, a rare and fatal genetic brain disease marked by blindness, seizures, dementia, and loss of motor skills, gained attention earlier this year when Hollywood producer Gordon Gray and his wife Kristen learned that both their young daughters have it, reported Deadline in June. Now another California couple, Bekah... More »

Colorado Already Has 2 Plague Deaths This Summer

Officials believe the victims were infected by fleas

(Newser) - A Colorado resident died of the plague Tuesday, likely after being infected by fleas from a dead animal. The unidentified adult becomes the second person to die from the infamous disease this year. A 16-year-old star baseball player died of the plague in June. Both victims likely had a rare... More »

Young Dads More Likely to Die Younger

A large study in Finland finds it's riskiest for men to have kids by age 22

(Newser) - The younger men are when they become fathers, the more likely they are to die by their 40s or 50s, according to a large new study out of Finland. Researchers say they've seen this link before, but wanted to test it using brothers who share similar DNA to better... More »

Want to Live Longer? Add Chili Peppers to Your Diet

The study analyzed more than 485K people

(Newser) - People who like a little heat in their meals just might be doing their longevity a favor. So report researchers this week in the British Medical Journal after studying the health, diets, and alcohol consumption of more than 485,000 people in China. Controlling for many variables, including family medical... More »

10K Steps a Day Might Not Get You Fit

The number has its roots in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics

(Newser) - Ten thousand steps. It's easy to remember, and a goal lauded by several wearable fitness trackers, but is it actually a good daily target for fitness? The number is too simplistic and not for everyone, reports the Huffington Post . For instance, for the extremely sedentary, taking 10,000 steps—... More »

Will You Live Until 2020? Ask the 'Death Calculator'

Questionnaire reveals risk factor for short-term life expectancy

(Newser) - The question of when we'll die is a fascinating one, but no one really knows the answer. Thanks to researchers, however, men and women aged 40 to 70 can now learn their risk of dying in the next five years via a simple questionnaire, dubbed the Ubble test . Scientists... More »

Stand Up, Desk Jockeys —for at Least 2 Hours a Day

Guidelines say to eventually bump that to 4 hours to combat sedentary sitting

(Newser) - Office lackeys may spend up to 75% of their workday sitting, which can lead to serious health consequences . That's why an international panel now recommends office workers stand at least two hours a day, eventually bumping that to four hours, per a press release . The new guidelines, published in... More »

Will You Die Young? Answer May Be in Your Grasp

Grip better than blood pressure at predicting health risks: study

(Newser) - Perhaps palm readers are on to something. A massive study of some 140,000 people aged 35 to 70 in 17 countries finds the palms of a person's hands may be better than blood pressure at indicating their risk of heart attack, stroke, or an early death. Specifically, researchers... More »

How Music Helps Hospital Patients Breathe Again

It helps lower anxiety, dyspnea during ventilator weaning: study

(Newser) - Scientists have discovered proof that music is its own kind of medicine, at least when it comes to patients on a ventilator. In a study out of the University of Pittsburgh, 22 males and six females coming off of mechanical ventilation after at least four days were given a "... More »

Breastfeeding Lowers Breast Cancer Deaths

Study finds that both breast cancer recurrence and mortality rates drop

(Newser) - It appears that women who breastfeed are imparting health benefits not just to their children but to themselves as well. So suggests a new study out this week in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute involving 1,636 women with breast cancer; those who breastfed their babies were 30%... More »

Climate Change Will Wreck Our Health: Obama

But Google, Microsoft will help us out, president set to announce today

(Newser) - At Howard University's College of Medicine today, President Obama will ask Americans to think of climate change as a threat not just to the environment, but also to their health. The president is set to announce a series of steps that corporate entities like Google and Microsoft are taking... More »

Why Nuts, Peanuts Are Good for You After All

It's time to turn nuts' reputation around

(Newser) - You may hear that nuts and peanuts are fattening, constipating, and allergy-inducing, but don't worry: They're good for you after all, the New York Times reports. Several large studies —at least two with tens of thousands of participants—found that more nut consumption led to less chance... More »

Let's End the 'War' Against Cancer

It's time to 'lay down our weapons,' writers say

(Newser) - We can "stand up to" it, "fight" it, "beat" it, and even "survive" it, but does this macho language help us deal with cancer? No way, say David Hauser and Richard Wassersug: "Not only has the military motif not led to a cure for the... More »

Health Risks Predicted in 'Loneliness Epidemic'

BYU researchers say isolation affects mortality as much as obesity

(Newser) - Being a loner can ruin your health as much as obesity, say researchers. The new study out of Brigham Young University warns that loneliness and social isolation can affect longevity as severely as more common health risks, reports the Salt Lake Tribune . The effect is more pronounced among young people,... More »

Cook Pitches Apple Watch: 'Sitting Is the New Cancer'

CEO extols health benefits of smartwatch, says people won't want to live without it

(Newser) - If you could use a helper to occasionally tap you on the shoulder and remind you to get up out of your seat, Tim Cook knows just the gadget: the soon-to-arrive Apple Watch , which he talked up yesterday at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference in San Francisco. "... More »

6 Reasons Why You Should Sleep Naked

Ditch the pajamas and reap the benefits

(Newser) - Pack away the flannel pajamas: A handful of studies and surveys show sleeping naked could actually be good for you. Six reasons why you should consider it:
  1. You may like your partner more: A 2014 survey of Brits by Cotton USA (which promotes cotton products that likely include both pajamas
... More »

Feel Younger Than Your Age? You'll Live Longer

Self-perceived age actually alters mortality rates, study says

(Newser) - If you eat well and exercise, you'll probably feel younger than your chronological age. But new research suggests that simply feeling younger than your age—even when accounting for other longevity factors, such as alcohol intake, wealth, illness, education, and smoking—improves longevity, reports Medical News Today . Studying 6,... More »

Obesity Can Knock 8 Years Off Your Life

Severe obesity can slash up to 8 years off a life: researchers

(Newser) - If you haven't yet grasped the danger of obesity, Canadian researchers have attempted to quantify it: Being obese can slash as many as eight years off your life—and leave you in ill health for up to 19 years before that death. Researchers compiled data from roughly 4,000... More »

Midnight Snacks Could Hurt Your Memory

It's not just poor sleep that affects memory—odd eating hours don't help, either

(Newser) - Flying for the holidays? Eating and sleeping on an odd schedule? Jet lag and disrupted sleep have already been shown to impede memory in both humans and mice, and trans fats have also been shown to "eat away" at memory, reports Time . Now UCLA researchers say they're seeing—... More »

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