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‘National Epidemic:’ STDs at Unprecedented High in US, CDC Reports Health 

‘National Epidemic:’ STDs at Unprecedented High in US, CDC Reports

United States (Sputnik) – Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) are at an all-time high in America, with Alaska reporting the highest incidence, according to 2016 data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report states that Alaska has a “disease” score of 484 sexually infected people per 100,000 people, making it the US state with the highest STD rate. Mississippi came second, followed by Louisiana and Georgia. New York, with a population of almost 9 million people, is the 13th-highest-scoring state. Vermont was ranked as the state with the lowest rate of STD infection, followed by West Virginia and Maine. This is the third consecutive year that Read More

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How Many American Women Die From Causes Related to Pregnancy or Childbirth? No One Knows. Featured Health 

How Many American Women Die From Causes Related to Pregnancy or Childbirth? No One Knows.

United States (ProPublica) – Data collection on maternal deaths is so flawed and under-funded that the federal government no longer even publishes an official death rate. The questions are straightforward, with public health implications that would seem impossible to shrug off. How many American women die each year from causes related to pregnancy or childbirth? How many of these deaths are preventable? How does the nation’s current rate of maternal mortality compare to the rate 10 or 20 or 30 years ago? The answers are central to any true picture of U.S. maternal health, and an essential tool in limiting Read More

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Women can be psychopaths too, in ways more subtle but just as dangerous Health 

Women can be psychopaths too, in ways more subtle but just as dangerous

(Conversation) – Hear the word psychopath and most of us think of violent, dominant men. There are lots of male psychopathic monsters from movies to illustrate this point. Think Alex in A Clockwork Orange, or Patrick Bateman in American Psycho. But we do have some female examples: Annie Wilkes in Misery, and who could forget Alex Forrest’s bunny-boiling character in Fatal Attraction? These frightening fictional femme fatales stay with us – I’ve heard the term “bunny boiler” used to signify a woman behaving irrationally and violently – but they are unusual. We largely expect psychopaths to be men. Research Read More

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The science of fright: Why we love to be scared Featured Health 

The science of fright: Why we love to be scared

(Conversation) – Fear may be as old as life on Earth. It is a fundamental, deeply wired reaction, evolved over the history of biology, to protect organisms against perceived threat to their integrity or existence. Fear may be as simple as a cringe of an antenna in a snail that is touched, or as complex as existential anxiety in a human. Whether we love or hate to experience fear, it’s hard to deny that we certainly revere it – devoting an entire holiday to the celebration of fear. Thinking about the circuitry of the brain and human psychology, some Read More

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Are baby advice books making mothers depressed and anxious? Health 

Are baby advice books making mothers depressed and anxious?

(Conversation) – Becoming a new parent certainly ranks up there in the exhaustion and anxiety stakes. Countless parents find themselves questioning at 3am whether their baby is feeding too much, if they should be sleeping through the night by now, and wondering if there is anything else they should be doing differently. Social media posts often boast of sleeping, contented babies while in reality many parents feel unable to put their baby down. Some want a miracle solution – and quickly. Ever since the publication of Dr Benjamin Spock’s multi-million selling baby and childcare title, the Common Sense Book Read More

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Abortion, contraception, pregnancy: how women’s bodies became a battlezone Health 

Abortion, contraception, pregnancy: how women’s bodies became a battlezone

(Mosaic) – Women’s reproductive rights are under attack across the globe. Sophie Cousins investigates the challenges women face in accessing abortion and contraception in two very different countries – India and the USA. Outside, the mid-morning heat is stifling. It’s not humid like the bustling metropolises of Mumbai or Kolkata; here in New Delhi it’s a dry heat, the type of heat that exhausts you, made worse by a thick layer of dust which sticks to your face and stings your eyes. On the maternity ward inside the hospital at Jamia Hamdard University all the metal gurneys are taken, Read More

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Want Better Sleep? Study Says Snoozing in Same Room With Pet Improves ZZZ’s Health 

Want Better Sleep? Study Says Snoozing in Same Room With Pet Improves ZZZ’s

(Sputnik) – If you’re looking for a good night’s sleep, you won’t have to do much if you’ve got a pooch in your home. According to a study conducted by the Mayo Clinic, keeping pets in your bedroom could actually improve your quality of sleep. “Most people assume having pets in the bedroom is a disruption,” Lois Krahn, the lead researcher of the study, said in a statement. “We found that many people actually find comfort and a sense of security from sleeping with their pets.” Published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, scientists examined the sleep habits of 40 adults, who did not have sleep disorders, and Read More

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Do ketogenic diets help you lose weight? Health 

Do ketogenic diets help you lose weight?

(Conversation) – Is a ketogenic diet effective for weight loss? The answer depends on whether it achieves a reduction in total kilojoule intake or not. What is a ketogenic diet? A classical ketogenic diet follows a strict ratio for total grams of fat to combined grams of carbohydrate and protein and typically has 80-90% of total kilojoules coming from fat, which is very high fat. Carbohydrate intake varies from 20 to 50 grams a day, or 5-10% of total energy, while protein intakes are moderate. The difference between a strict ketogenic diet and diets that are described as low-carb Read More

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Sex, Aggression and Brains: Scientists Make Another Mind-Blowing Discovery Health 

Sex, Aggression and Brains: Scientists Make Another Mind-Blowing Discovery

(Sputnik) – Everyone knows that men and women think differently. But scientists have come to an unexpected conclusion that the sex mechanisms controlled by female and male brains work in totally unique manners. Biologists found a connection between sexual desire and aggression and came to the conclusion that differences in the sexual behavior of men and woman can be explained not only by certain levels of sex hormones in a man’s or a woman’s body, but also by other unexpected factors. Sex and aggression are linked at the brain level only in male species, but not in female ones, according to the recent research, published in the journal Nature Neuroscience. It turned out that the Read More

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