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Google Launches New Feature to Give Better Medical Advice

It doesn't want to keep scaring users with unreliable search results

(Newser) - You know how it is: You wake up with a sore throat, then after five minutes of googling, you're convinced you have super-Ebola. Well, Google wants to do something about that. Consumerist reports the company is launching a "Symptom Search" feature this week to give better medical advice.... More »

They're Desperate for Relief. So They're Ingesting Worms

New York Times explores the 'helminth' movement

(Newser) - The idea of heading to Tijuana and returning with a hookworm infection might sound like a nightmare, but a growing number of people are going out of their way to deliberately inflict that fate on themselves—all in the name of better heath. A feature in the New York Times ... More »

Gaining Weight Between Pregnancies May Harm Baby

A roughly 12-pound weight gain increases risk for all adverse outcomes in newborns

(Newser) - Not only the sins of the father, but the weight of the mother may well also be laid at the feet of the children. So report researchers out of Sweden in the journal PLoS Medicine in finding that women whose BMI increases by two or more units—amounting to a... More »

Food Giant's Unusual Advice: Eat This Less Often

Mars to add 'occasional' label to some sauces

(Newser) - Industry giant Mars Food is out with an unusual suggestion: It wants people to cut back on its pasta sauces. The company says its Dolmio sauces, Uncle Ben's oriental sauces, and some other products containing high levels of salt, sugar, or fat should be consumed only once a week... More »

Instagram Photos Show the Trouble With Food Deserts

Distance to grocery stores correlates with nutritional value of meals

(Newser) - It turns out all those Sunday brunch photos on Instagram aren't just pictures, they're data. Or, at least they were for Georgia Tech researchers looking for a better way to get at the reality of living in a so-called food desert, where access to grocery stores and healthy,... More »

How Citrus and Red Wine Could Improve Your Sex Life

Flavonoid-rich foods come with a lower risk of erectile dysfunction

(Newser) - Up to half of all middle-aged and older men are affected by erectile dysfunction, and the answer may not be a little blue pill. Men who eat foods rich in flavonoids are less likely to suffer from the condition, and that risk is even lower if they also exercise regularly.... More »

Lip Balm to the Stars Hit With Class-Action Lawsuit

Woman alleges that hugely popular lip balm causes flaking, bleeding, rashes

(Newser) - When Rachael Cronin's lips became dry and coarse, she began to apply even more of her gluten-free EOS lip balm "to achieve the results of becoming 'sensationally smooth'" as the packaging promised, only to discover that her lips "began severely cracking on the edges, causing... More »

Exercise DVDs May Actually Be Psychologically Harmful

New study finds 1 in 7 statements are negative

(Newser) - Exercise DVDs are a mostly unregulated industry, and their safety and accuracy haven't been scientifically proven—yet their promises of chiseled, bronzed bodies have us forking over $250 million for them every year. Not only do we not know whether they work, researchers at Oregon State University are going... More »

A Unicorn Is Convincing People to Squat to Poop

Squatty Potty's unicorn ad has gone viral

(Newser) - The Western sitting toilet is, apparently, a crappy design. So say the American developers of the American-made Squatty Potty, which launched in 2011, got Shark Tank funding last November, and is now the subject of a viral video ad that features a unicorn that poops something most viewers can actually... More »

Why We Shouldn't Sleep Late on Weekends

Changes in sleep patterns on days off can lead to health problems, says study

(Newser) - Do you wake up early for work on weekdays? Then we're afraid researchers from the University of Pittsburgh have some bad news for you: You should be waking up early on weekends, too. UPI reports that a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism found changes... More »

You Probably Need to Wash Your Sheets Right Now

Here are some good, and also gross, reasons why

(Newser) - No one likes washing and changing their sheets, but what's the bare minimum you can get away with when freshening up your linens? University of Washington professor Dr. Marilyn Roberts tells Yahoo people should wash their sheets once per week "as long as there's no bodily secretions... More »

Is Crossing Your Legs Actually Bad for You?

Probably not, as long as you don't sit in the same position until your legs are numb

(Newser) - If you sit with your legs crossed on a regular basis, it might be time to stop feeling so guilty about it. While there are a few specific exceptions, crossing one's legs at the knee or the ankle doesn't appear to be as bad for our health as... More »

Going to Bed Late Could Be Making You Fat

Researchers link later bedtimes to increased BMI

(Newser) - Want to lower your chances of gaining weight? Then maybe cut out before Jimmy Fallon's opening monologue, according to a new study published in the October issue of Sleep. The New York Times reports researchers looking at more than 3,300 adolescents between 1994 and 2009 found a two-point... More »

That Annoying Fidgeting Could Be Good for You

Research shows fidgeting could offset negative effects of hours of sitting

(Newser) - Do you have a bad case of jimmy legs? Are you John Bonham with a pencil and a desktop? Do coworkers lack appreciation for your seated dancing? Just tell them you're doing it for your health. A new study out of the United Kingdom published today found fidgeting may... More »

Your Liver Is Younger Than Your Brain

Scientists learn what makes our organs age at different rates

(Newser) - It's well established that our most vital organ, the heart, doesn't necessarily age at the same rate as we do—based in part on lifestyle factors, some of us have hearts that are older or younger than our chronological age. Now researchers are reporting in the journal Cell ... More »

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 »

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