The remarkable history in your cereal bowl

August 13, 2017

(CNN)This morning, more than 350 million people devoured a bowl of Kellogg’s Corn Flakes. All told, more than 128 billion bowls of Corn Flakes are consumed each year. While perusing the cereal box, peering over the bowl and gripping a spoonful of the stuff, few of these sleepy diners know that two men created those famously crispy, golden flakes of corn. John Harvey Kellogg, one of America’s most famous physicians,…

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Ohio doughnut shop closes during norovirus investigation

August 11, 2017

(CNN)An Ohio doughnut shop has voluntarily closed as public health workers investigate a norovirus outbreak affecting 266 people, according to county health officials. Calls to Mama C’s Donuts and Coffee were not returned Thursday. According to Moore, the doughnut shop will remain closed until after the cleaning and after it is reinspected by the health department. Norovirus causes around 20 million cases of gastrointestinal illness in the United States each…

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Study finds 1 in 8 Americans struggles with alcohol abuse

August 11, 2017

(CNN)Americans are drinking more. A lot more. According to a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry, an estimated one out of every eight Americans struggles with an alcohol disorder. Women, minorities, older people among most affected For the JAMA Psychiatry study, researchers used the DSM-IVdefinition laid out by the American Psychiatric Association in 1994. This definition combines factors of alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence like: Drinking interfering with home, family,…

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Nashville mayor Megan Barry back at work after son’s death

August 8, 2017

(CNN)Nashville Mayor Megan Barry returned to work Monday, more than a week after her 22-year-old son died. The mayor began her first day back at work by greeting children who were on their first day back to school, according to CNN affiliate WKRN. She handed out supplies and backpacks to the young students.

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Couple fosters 13 children left by addicted parents

August 7, 2017

Dayton, Ohio (CNN)When Cyndi and Jesse Swafford were certified to become foster parents 10 years ago, they were told to expect to wait for a baby up to two or three years. Fast forward to today — with a foster license, a new baby can be placed with them within a week. Walk into the Swafford home and you’ll find it filled with baby bottles, cribs and framed family portraits….

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‘Fairy tale’s’ end: Life beyond the Kingdom of the Little People

July 28, 2017

(CNN)Huang Xuejing broke away from the kingdom he once called home six years ago. At just 130 centimeters — a little over 4 feet — Huang’s height permitted him entry into the kingdom in 2009. After studying graphic design at a school for the disabled in China, Huang found his talents to be of use in the Kingdom of the Little People, a small theme park where about 100 people…

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Ohio boy takes his first steps with the help of prosthetic legs

July 26, 2017

(CNN)At the age of 9, Gabe Davis has walked for the first time. He was born with a rare congenital disability that left his legs underdeveloped and limited his motor skills. But now, after his 14th surgery in six years, Gabe is finally able to pursue his dream on the baseball field in his new hometown of Berea, Ohio. Gabe has never been easily deterred from pursuing his passions, his…

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Police: Parents gave newborn daughter drugs to hide infant’s addiction

July 26, 2017

(CNN)A couple in Utah told police they gave their newborn daughter a pain medication in the hospital to cover up the fact that the child was born addicted to drugs. Investigators learned that Christenson had been using heroin and prescription pain medication heavily during her pregnancy, leading to the child being born addicted to the drugs, the press release said.

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North Carolina police chief helps addicts beat opioid addiction

July 24, 2017

Nashville, North Carolina (CNN)He’s only 24 years old, but he struggled with addiction for more than a decade. Thomas Spikes now owes his sobriety to none other than the chief of police in this small eastern North Carolina town. That program, called the HOPE initiative, is a collaboration between Nashville’s town manager, Hank Raper, and Chief Thomas Bashore. As deaths from opioids continue to dramatically rise across America, topping the…

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Oxygen therapy brings ‘remarkable’ turnaround for toddler who fell in pool

July 22, 2017

(CNN)Eden Carlson’s story might be one in a million. “We’re stimulating growth of tissue and inhibiting inflammation and stopping cell death,” said Dr. Paul G. Harch, clinical professor and director of hyperbaric medicine at LSU Health New Orleans School of Medicine. See the latest news and share your comments with CNN Health on Facebook and Twitter. Ultimately, Sempsrott said, Eden’s story is “remarkable” and one he hopes can be reproduced,…

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Local news report finds asbestos in makeup from tween store Justice

July 17, 2017

Be careful!Image: Shutterstock / Ganka Trendafilova Yikes. Justice, or the Store Formerly Known as Limited Too, has something dangerous happening with its makeup. A North Carolina local news report about the tween clothing mall staple found that a highlighter sold by the brand tested positive for asbestos. Just Shine Shimmer Powder was found to contain the dangerous material, which can cause cancer and mesothelioma. SEE ALSO: This genius gadget is…

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Why are these countries the most obese? Walking is just one reason

July 14, 2017

(CNN)The world is in the middle of a major obesity epidemic, and current trends indicate that it’s only going to get worse. There are, however, pockets of the global population who remain somewhat unaware of this public health crisis, despite the growth of waistlines all around them, and this lack of awareness is just one of the underlying problems, according to Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the…

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When a woman took sick days for mental health, her email sparked a larger discussion

July 13, 2017

(CNN)Madalyn Parker sent an email to her team at work saying she’d be out of office for a few days to focus on her mental health. Parker, 26, lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She’s a software developer or “empathy engineer” — a title she chose for herself — for Olark, a Michigan-based live-chat platform that helps businesses talk to customers. It has a staff of about 40. She told CNN…

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Apps that help moms keep track of their babies

July 13, 2017

Image: pixabay/Fred974 When youre a new mom, your smartphone can be a saving grace. With new information hitting the web all the time, a concerned mom no longer has to wait for her doctors office to open to find out if that weird sound coming out of your babys mouth is normal. (Hint: it probably is.) In addition to providing information and an outlet to post the cutest pictures smartphones…

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‘Spiritual care board’ is answer to patients’ prayers

July 12, 2017

New York (CNN)Gene LoCastro was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis in August 2013. The painful disease causes scar tissue to grow inside the lungs, making it difficult to breathe. Still, 48-year-old LoCastro says, he felt “more or less OK” until August of last year, at which time he was assured by his pulmonologist that his disease was progressing “normally” and there was no cause for concern. See the latest news and…

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‘Pierced’ baby picture sparks outrage among parents

July 8, 2017

(CNN)Enedina Vance was fed up. She felt like other parents didn’t understand her message. She felt like they weren’t listening to her. Vance, a strong advocate against piercing or circumcising children, posted the edited picture to Facebook, where it had more than 13,000 shares as of Thursday afternoon.

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Opioid Opana ER to be pulled by pharmaceutical company

July 7, 2017

(CNN)One month after the FDA asked it to remove an opioid from the market, pharmaceutical maker Endo has announced it will pull the drug. The FDA said the request was the first time it had asked that an opioid pain medication be pulled because of “the public health consequences of abuse.” See the latest news and share your comments with CNN Health on Facebook and Twitter. Endo sold $35.7 million…

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This STD is becoming ‘smarter’ and harder to treat

July 7, 2017

(CNN)Gonorrhea is becoming harder and in some cases impossible to treat with antibiotics, the World Health Organization said. Each year, about 78 million people worldwide are infected with gonorrhea, the WHO said. In the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates there are 820,000 new gonorrhea infections each year.

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Life after losing everything in the Grenfell fire

July 6, 2017

London (CNN)The tower looms over West London, a stark reminder of the tragedy that took place three weeks ago. For her, religion and friends have been key in helping with the events of the past few weeks. Rosary beads, which she uses three times a day, sit by the bed in her hotel room. Research has found strong evidence linking religion to better mental health, not due to any specific…

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Mom’s sweet tooth may be linked to child’s allergies, study says

July 6, 2017

(CNN)Women who consume too many sugary foods and drinks during pregnancy may be increasing their children’s risk of developing an allergy or allergic asthma, according to a study published Thursday in the European Respiratory Journal. Researchers from Queen Mary University of London used data gathered from nearly 9,000 mother-child pairs in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, an ongoing research project that tracks the health of families with…

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Hillary Clinton Trolls GOP Over Disastrous Health Care Bill

July 6, 2017

They lashed out at Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (D), who promptly responded. Clinton, who has spent decades fighting for affordable health care access, tweeted a link to her 2016 campaign promise to defend the Affordable Care Act while expanding and improving certain aspects of the plan, like lowering costs for co-pays and deductibles. Unsurprisingly, folks on Twitter loved it….

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Patient prescription fines ‘double in a year’ – BBC News

July 5, 2017

The NHSBSA said it was the patient’s responsibility to ensure they were entitled to claim free-of-charge prescriptions. Mistakes ‘cost millions’ The health body issued 13,277,877 in fines to people in England in 2016-17, up from 8,601,349 in 2015-16. The data – obtained by the BBC under the Freedom of Information Act – has only been recorded since 2015 because responsibility for checks moved from local NHS trusts to the central…

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Is there institutional racism in mental health care? – BBC News

July 5, 2017

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionEche explains how he was Tasered when sectioned under the Mental Health Act Black people are being failed by the UK’s mental health services because of “institutional racism”, it has been warned. How does this affect those who experience it? When Eche Ogbuono, who has bipolar disorder, was sectioned under the Mental Health Act, he should have been taken to a safe…

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Republicans Asked For Obamacare Horror Stories. It Didnt Go Well.

July 5, 2017

Indiana Republicans called for people to share Obamacare horror stories on social media, but the only horror many people expressed was at the idea of losing it if the GOP repeal plan passes Congress. Instead, they recounted how the Affordable Care Act had helped them, and urged Republicans to keep it in place. Obamacare means that my baby who fought leukemia and won cant be denied coverage for a pre-existing…

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Will Neera Tanden’s call not to let Trump’s tweets distract penetrate Keith Olbermann’s bunker?

July 5, 2017

Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress, is making a concerted effort to keep Obamacare in place, though the tactics such as forming a human chain around the Capitol in protest seem about as productive as “Handsmaid’s Tale” (or zombie) cosplay get-togethers or queer dance protests outside Mitch McConnell’s house. On Saturday, however, Tanden gave some cogent advice that her field army in the mainstream media is unlikely…

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