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You Won't Be Seeing This Kind of Ad on Facebook Anymore

Social media giant bans anti-vaccination ads

(Newser) - First Facebook banned political ads after the polls close on Nov. 3. Now the social media giant is targeting an entirely different set of promotions: anti-vaccination ads, which will no longer be allowed on the platform, the Guardian reports. "We don't want these ads on our platform,"... More »

Experts Halve Recommended Alcohol Limit for Men

It's now 1 drink a day, same as for women

(Newser) - If you decide to have an alcoholic drink, limiting yourself to one a day is best—whether you’re a man or woman. That’s the new advice experts are recommending for the US Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which are scheduled to be updated later this year for the first... More »

Official Advice for Dutch Singles: Find a 'Seksbuddy'

National Institute for Public Health updates its pandemic advice

(Newser) - The Netherlands' public health institute is suggesting that singles safely seek out a "seksbuddy" amid the coronavirus pandemic. Yep, that means exactly what it sounds like. The institute came under fire for its initial recommendation that home visitors, up to a maximum of three, stay at least five feet... More »

CDC May Change Advice on Face Coverings

DIY masks are becoming more popular

(Newser) - Last month, the surgeon general issued an all-caps plea to Americans: "STOP BUYING MASKS!" But as the coronavirus outbreak worsens, a more nuanced debate is unfolding about whether Americans should be wearing masks, or some type of face covering, in public. Nobody is suggesting that people wear surgical... More »

US Life Expectancy Rises for First Time in 4 Years

Cancer, overdose deaths fell in 2018

(Newser) - Life expectancy in the United States is up for the first time in four years. The increase is small—just a month—but marks at least a temporary halt to a downward trend. The rise is due to lower death rates for cancer and drug overdoses, the AP reports. "... More »

98.6 Isn't Our Normal Temperature Any More

Study suggests the new average is 97.5 degrees as humans have changed

(Newser) - Carl Reinhold August Wunderlich may not be a household name, but everyone knows the figure associated with him: 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit, which he determined in the mid-1800s to be the average human body temperature. A slew of studies has since threatened to upend Wunderlick's work, with research suggesting... More »

We May Be at 'Transition Point' on Fasting Diets

Study sees benefits, though hurdles of adopting the practice are high

(Newser) - The idea of intermittent fasting is gaining popularity, and newly published research will please advocates. A review of existing studies in the New England Journal of Medicine finds evidence that fasting can lead to a range of health benefits, from decreased stress to lower blood pressure to improved cognition and... More »

This State Just Made Harshest Anti-Vaping Move Yet

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker bans sale of all vaping products for 4 months

(Newser) - One state just got extra-tough on vaping. Gov. Charlie Baker has put a complete kibosh on the sale (either online or at brick-and-mortar stores) of all nicotine and marijuana vaping products throughout Massachusetts, from now until Jan. 25, USA Today reports. The ban, which was given the green light by... More »

This Is the Healthiest City in America

Rochester, Minnesota, is No. 1 in new ranking by 24/7 WallSt

(Newser) - A new ranking of the healthiest cities in America gives bragging rights to Rochester, Minnesota. 24/7 WallSt crunched data on a number of factors, including the rate of deaths before age 75, access to health care, obesity, percentage of people who get flu shots and other preventative measures, and a... More »

Study Finds Alarming Changes in Suicide Rates

Rate of young girls killing themselves is climbing

(Newser) - Boys are still more likely to kill themselves than girls are, but a new study has found a change in the established patterns, CNN reports. Suicide rates among girls are climbing faster. An analysis of a database run by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention found that, starting in... More »

They Defied NYC's Vaccination Order. Now, Consequences

Parents of 3 kids could face $1K fines

(Newser) - Parents of three children from separate Brooklyn households found to be in violation of a mandatory measles vaccination order face the first fines over such a case in at least a century, reports the Washington Post . New York City health officials issued summonses to the parents Thursday after finding the... More »

Research Compares Effects of Pot, Cigarette Smoking

Public health officials consider fallout of changing marijuana laws

(Newser) - As more states make it legal to smoke marijuana, some government officials, researchers and others worry what that might mean for one of the country's biggest public health successes: curbing cigarette smoking. Though there are differences in health research findings on tobacco and marijuana, AP reports, the juxtaposition strikes... More »

What's a Threat to Our Health Worldwide? WHO's Top 10

Climate change, a pushback on vaccination, and dengue all make the list

(Newser) - The World Health Organization has a five-year plan—one that it hopes will help billions of people obtain universal health coverage, be taken care of in health emergencies, and enjoy better health overall. To that end, the WHO has whittled down the world's biggest health challenges, coming up with... More »

Cancer Deaths in US Reach a Milestone

Rate has been declining for 25 years now

(Newser) - The US cancer death rate has hit a milestone: It's been falling for at least 25 years, according to a new report. Lower smoking rates are translating into fewer deaths, and advances in early detection and treatment also are helping, per the AP . But it's not all good... More »

New US Life Expectancy Statistics Are 'Sobering'

Life expectancy has fallen for a 3rd year in a row

(Newser) - In 1918, the double whammy of World War I and the worldwide flu pandemic drove down American life expectancy for a third year in a row. A century later, another triple-year decline has been recorded—and this time, suicide and drug overdoses are major causes. According to the Centers for... More »

Rat Disease Jumps to Human for Second Known Time

Hong Kong woman had rat hepatitis

(Newser) - Health officials are closely watching developments in Hong Kong, where the second known case of rat hepatitis jumping to humans has been recorded. Researchers first identified a case of rat hepatitis E in a 56-year-old man last month. The second case involves a woman who lived about a mile away... More »

CDC: Don't Eat Romaine Lettuce, Period

No matter where it's from

(Newser) - One thing you'll want to avoid on Thanksgiving—or at any time in the near future—is romaine lettuce. The CDC issued an alert two days before the holiday warning that no romaine is safe to eat as an E. coli outbreak spreads, reports NBC News . It doesn't... More »

Kentucky's Medicaid Work Rule Blocked by Federal Judge

The new requirements were scheduled to take effect Sunday

(Newser) - A federal judge has blocked Kentucky's work requirements for Medicaid and has ordered the Trump administration to reconsider the program, reports the AP . US District Judge James E. Boasberg ruled the Trump administration did not adequately consider whether the work requirements and other changes would help the state give... More »

Are You Doing This Often Enough? Probably Not

A CDC report found that just 23% of Americans are getting enough exercise

(Newser) - Here’s some bad news, but don’t take it sitting down. A new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report has found that only 23% of Americans are getting enough exercise. For adults 18 to 64, US guidelines recommend 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise per week (half that... More »

Deadly Virus in India Could Cause Global Epidemic

The outbreak started with a fruit bat

(Newser) - The Nipah virus has now killed at least a dozen people in southern India and health workers fear it could become a global epidemic if it isn't tightly monitored. More than 40 other people have been infected with the virus, which has a mortality rate of around 75%, Fox... More »

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