Micro-needle patch could replace flu shots Health 

Micro-needle patch could replace flu shots

If you are afraid of injections, a small patch might be the solution to dealing with the flu. The resluts of a clinical trial published in The Lancet medical journal, showed the micro-needle patch to be “well tolerated” for possible use. Instead of getting a flu shot with a traditional syringe needle, the small patch, which is outfitted with 100 tiny needles, gets pressed into the skin where it delivers a vaccine. “They’re really small, you can barely see them,” said Dr. Nadine Rouphael, an associate professor at the Emory University…

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Is direct sun exposure good or bad for you? Health 

Is direct sun exposure good or bad for you?

There’s no getting around the fact that damaged skin is often blamed on age and too much sun. While both are known factors for maturing our skin, the relationship between sun exposure and skin cancer is not that straightforward. A Scandinavian study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute (2003) concluded that sun burns during our adolescence are the most dangerous. Yet, the same sunburn-causing UVB wavelengths received throughout your life kick off the chemical and metabolic chain reaction that produces vitamin D3. The human body synthesizes vitamin…

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sexually transmitted-zika-virus International 

Cases of sexually transmitted Zika virus increasing

At least 14 reports of sexually transmitted Zika virus cases are under investigation by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A new health alert from the agency was issued as a “strong reminder” to the public and medical providers that the virus can be transmitted through sexual contact. The new high number of cases led the CDC to acknowledge that “sexual transmission may be a more likely means of transmission for Zika virus than previously considered.” The CDC announced that of the 14 reported cases of sexually transmitted…

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american airlines changes rewards program Travel 

American Airlines is changing how frequent flyers earn miles

Collecting frequent flyer miles on American Airlines will cost more in the new year. The airline giant announced on Tuesday that frequent flyer points will now be based on the price of the ticket rather than the miles traveled. American is the most utilized airline in the United States and is the last major company to switch its flyer program to a payment-based model. Last year, other major carries including Delta, Southwest and United adopted the price-based rewards program. The company also announced it will be reducing the number of…

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swimming equivalent to aerobic exercise say experts Health 

Swimming workouts equivalent to aerobic exercise

As the fourth most popular sports activity among Americans, studies show swimming is an excellent workout. It’s an effective way to get regular aerobic exercise, especially for people with disabilities. People who swim report enjoying water-based exercises more than exercising on land because they can exercise longer in water without muscle or joint pain and without increased effort. People who participate in swimming have about half the risk of death than those of who are inactive. Swimming for only two and a half hours per week can help improve health…

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food colorings Health 

Artificial colors in food causing everything from allergies to migraines

While millions of people do their best to eat healthily, it seems impossible to go even one day without consuming something made with artificial colors. An old tactic of the food industry, adding artificial colors (AFCs) to food and beverages makes them more visually appealing. It’s a tactic that has worked for decades, allowing the food and beverage industry to capitalize on unknowing consumers. There was a time, back in the early 1900s under the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906, when there was next-to-nothing in the way off…

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pumpkin as health food Health 

Pumpkins are a powerhouse for good health

Pumpkins are considered a powerhouse source of health benefits. As with most orange-colored fruits and vegetables, pumpkins are an excellent source of vitamin A. Loaded with nutrients and antioxidants, pumpkins are also low in fat, low in calories and loaded with potassium, vitamin C and beta carotene. Not only is the pulp bursting with essential nutrients, pumpkin seeds are a healthy source of zinc. As a powerhouse of health benefits, it’s no surprise that the pumpkin has also been touted for its ability to reduce the risks of prostate issues to…

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jackie-collins People 

Famed novelist Jackie Collins dies

Famed British-born novelist, Jackie Collins, has died of breast cancer at the age of 77. Her spokeswoman said Collins died in Los Angeles. In a family statement, “It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the death of our beautiful, dynamic and one-of-a-kind mother. “She was a true inspiration, a trailblazer for women in fiction and a creative force. She will live on through her characters but we already miss her beyond words,” it added she lived “a wonderfully full life.” Collins was diagnosed with breast cancer 6.5 years ago…

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