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Addicts Turning to Diarrhea Medication As Opiate Alternative

It is no big secret that opioid abuse is a big problem in the United States, but you might not know that some addicts have been turning to the diarrhea drug Imodium as an alternative to painkillers like Oxycontin and Vicodin. Of course, this has nothing to do with bowel issues; apparently the key ingredient in Imodium is loperamide which, apparently, can lead to some feelings similar to those associated with opiates. “People looking for either self-treatment of (opioid) withdrawal symptoms or euphoria are overdosing on loperamide with sometimes... 
 

Lip Augmentation is Popular Trend in Plastic Surgery

Americans in record numbers had lip augmentation procedures during 2015, which made it the second most popular facial procedure across the U.S., showed new data released by ASPS or American Society of Plastic Surgeons. The amount of lip enhancement procedures grew by 5% during 2015, and is up over 50% from just 2000, which ASPS members said is a profound increase. Over 27,000 lip enhancement procedures were performed in 2015, which amounted to one for every 20 minutes. One plastic surgeon said that lip implants have existed for quite some time,... 
 

Study: BPA Present in Over 60% of Cans Used in U.S.

Health advocacy organizations and non-profit campaigns have devoted many years to letting the public know about Bisphenol A the chemical known as BPA, which might cause the disruption in hormones making it a big concern in particular for pregnant women and young children. Now thanks to the campaigns many companies in the food industry have announced they are removing that chemical from cans they use to hold their foods. However, a just released report from another non-profit group shows that a number of cans on shelves of U.S. grocery stores still... 
 

Scientists at Wake Forest Print Body Parts That are Living

A team of scientists from Wake Forest University has used the combination of a special gel and living cells to print human body parts that are alive, including jawbones, ears and muscles. It is an advance on other previous attempts, which either involved the making of a scaffold of plastic and attempting to get cells to grow on or around it, or the printed out organ shapes which ended up dying or being too floppy. This new approach is a mix of live cells with the gel that begins as liquid but quickly hardens into a consistency of living tissue,... 
 

Overactive Thyroid Might Cause Higher Risk of Developing Breast Cancer

A just published study has found that women with an overactive thyroid known as hyperthyroidism, have an increased risk of 11% for developing breast cancer in comparison to women who have thyroid glands that are functioning properly. In contrast, the opposite condition hypothyroidism where the gland produces low levels of hormones. Women with hypothyroidism have a 6% reduction in a risk for breast cancer compared to women with thyroids glands that are functioning normally. A team of researchers from Denmark analyzed data for nearly 80,000 women... 
 

Could Future Flu Vaccines Use Estrogen To Build Immune Response?

Another flu season has come and gone, but it will soon be upon us again; and while doctors are going to advise that everyone should get their flu shot, a new study suggests that men may be more in need of it than women. The study showed that female sex hormone estrogen can actually help improve the body’s resistance to the flu virus. Studies also show that the flu seems to affect men more severely than women so the results of this new study could serve to explain it. In addition, then, Sabra Klein—of Johns Hopkins University—notes that... 
 

Could Higher Intake of Leafy Greens Help Prevent Glaucoma?

It is no big secret that leafy green vegetables are good for you. Studies show that it is important to regularly include these in your dietary decisions as leafy green vegetables—like kale, chard, spinach, and collard greens—can be hefty source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Eating them, then, has long been believed to help reduce risks for several conditions including both heart disease and diabetes. But a new study suggests that leafy green vegetables may also help to reduce risk for glaucoma. As lead study author Jae Kang says, “We... 
 
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