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Norovirus Named in Washington Lake Outbreak


iStock/Thinkstock(KITSAP COUNTY, Wash.) -- The stomach bug that sickened more than 260 swimmers at a Washington state lake was in fact norovirus, health officials have confirmed.The contagious virus swept through Horseshoe Lake Park in Kitsap County, Washington, earlier this month, causing cramps, nausea, and diarrhea, according to the local health department.The park was closed as officials investigated the cause of the outbreak, which was initially dubbed "norovirus-like." It reopened Saturd

Can Any Animal Be a Therapy Animal?


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Dogs once cornered the market on being therapy pets, but now bunnies, pigs -- even llamas -- are making their way into the laps and hearts of people with a range of conditions. But experts say some animals are more therapeutic than others.“While we know that a wide variety of animals can be wonderful companions or pets, not every animal is suited to therapy work,” said Glen Miller, a spokesman for Pet Partners, a national nonprofit organization that tra

Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes Are Biting into Summer Fun


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- You’ve probably heard of the West Nile virus -- a rare but deadly infection transmitted by mosquitoes. But what about chikungunya and eastern equine encephalitis?All three mosquito-borne diseases are here in the U.S., and depending on where you live, you might be at risk.Read on to learn more about the viruses and find out whether mosquitoes in your state are carrying them:West Nile VirusWhat It Looks LikeMost people who contract the virus show no symptoms at

Woman Takes Selfies to Overcome Struggle with Hair-Pulling Disorder


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Selfies are all the rage, but one young woman has had the tenacity to take one of herself every single day for more than six years. However, the reason she’s been so consistent is not one you’d typically expect.Rebecca Brown, 21, of Essex, England, has taken a picture of herself every day -- from age 14 to 21 -- putting them together in a video montage all to bravely share her battle with depression and her struggle with trichotillomania disorder, the c

Study: Annual HIV Infection Rate Dropped by 33 Percent in a Decade


Wavebreak Media/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A new study indicates that the annual number of HIV diagnoses dropped by 33 percent between 2002 and 2011. The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, analyzed data from the National HIV Surveillance System and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2002, the study found that the rate of HIV diagnosis in the U.S. was 24.1 cases per 100,000 population. That figure fell to 16.1 cases per 100,000 population by 201

Researchers Say Better Schools May Be Remedy for Kids in Poverty


iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles found that higher quality schooling has a significant impact on the ability of children in poverty to improve their academic performance and avoid risky behaviors.According to the study, published in the journal Pediatrics, researchers at UCLA selected 900 economically disadvantaged students, 500 from a charter high school and 400 from a public school, to compare their academic achievement through gradua

Meditation May Reduce Stress in Parents of Children with Developmental Disabilit


amana images/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Mothers of children with developmental disabilities may be able to reduce their increased stress, anxiety and depression by learning to meditate.According a study published in the journal Pediatrics, mothers of children with autism or other neuro-developmental conditions who received "Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction," a program that included breathing, meditation and movement techniques, saw greater improvement in depression, anxiety, sleep and life satisf

Eyes Up Here for Love, Elsewhere for Lust


iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Where the eyes wander is the best way of knowing whether a person feels love or lust.That's the upshot of a study out of the University of Geneva, although its conclusion doesn’t seem all that startling.Lead author Stephanie Cacioppo and her husband, John Cacioppo from the University of Chicago, examined how male and female students looked at one another, and their finding was that when the eyes focus on the face, it's more indicative of romantic love.Ho

Study Claims Lean Beef Can Reduce Hypertension


Hemera/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Red meat to lower your blood pressure? That's what Penn State researchers say, provided that it's lean beef you're eating.The other important factor is that this protein source is part of the larger DASH-diet plan, which stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension.Researcher Penny M. Kris-Etherton says DASH features plenty of fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products, and with the inclusion of lean beef, it becomes the BOLD+diet (Beef in an Optimal Lean

Georgia Education Officials Say Baked Goods Should be Sold in School


iStock/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- Education officials in Georgia want to give schools more opportunities to sell baked goods and other foods that don't meet national guidelines championed by First Lady Michelle Obama.The Georgia state Board of Education, which calls new federal nutrition standards an "overreach," wants to give schools 30 days per school year to sell sweets or fast food during fundraisers.Even though schools have begun serving lunches with more whole grains, fruits, and vegetables,

Georgia Board of Education Wants to Sell Baked Goods in Schools


iStock/Thinkstock(ATLANTA) -- Education officials in Georgia want to give schools more opportunities to sell baked goods and other foods that don't meet federal guidelines championed by First Lady Michelle Obama.The Georgia state Board of Education, which calls new federal nutrition standards an "overreach," wants to give schools 30 days per school year to sell sweets or fast food during fundraisers.Even though schools have begun serving lunches with more whole grains, fruits, and vegetables, s

Busiest Emergency Rooms Have Lowest Death Rates, Study Finds


iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- New research suggests that the busier the emergency room, the better your chances of survival.While it may seem like chaos at a large, busy hospital would increase the risk of error, a University of Michigan study found that practice makes perfect, and that death rates at the nation's busiest emergency rooms are 10% lower than in the calmest.And the numbers aren't just lower for gunshot and stab wounds-- researchers say death rates were 26% lower for sepsis patie

B Robert's Foods Recalls 200 Pounds of Grilled Chicken


iStock/Thinkstock(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- A North Carolina company is recalling about 200 pounds of grilled chicken entrees because they were not properly labeled.B Robert's Foods, based in Charlotte, says the packages contain milk, but that was not declared on the label.The top label of the 10-ounce packages reads "All Natural Grilled Chicken Strips," and the bottom label says "Grilled Chicken Breast with Lemon Spaghettini."The product was distributed in Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North

FDA Urges Consumers to Keep Away from Powdered Caffeine Products


iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned consumers to avoid powdered pure caffeine products which they say can cause accidental overdose.The FDA says it is aware of "at least one death of a teenager who used these products." The products are nearly 100 percent caffeine, a single teaspoon of which is about the same amount in 25 cups of coffee.Some of the side effects of caffeine overdose include erratic heartbeat, seizures and death. The FDA also urges pa

AIDS Conference to Continue Out of Respect for Researchers Lost on MH 17


BananaStock/Thinkstock(MELBOURNE, Australia) -- The day after Malaysia Flight MH 17 was shot down in Ukraine, members of the tight knit HIV/AIDS community are mourning the loss of roughly 100 HIV/AIDS researchers, who were killed en route to the International Aids Society conference in Melbourne, Australia.Despite the immense toll, IAS conference officials said in a statement the conference would continue, “in recognition of our colleagues' dedication to the fight against HIV/AIDS.”A

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