Health

  • House conservatives will try to kill Michelle Obama’s surprisingly successful anti-obesity campaign

    Michelle Obama has a strikingly successful record of fighting the obesity epidemic and improving nutrition — both symbolically and through legislation. At the time, it seemed likely that Hillary Clinton would be president, and that the next White House would only build on the current first lady’s legacy. There’s been no sign that Melania Trump is up for digging for carrots in the White House garden.

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  • George H.W. Bush, wife Barbara, recovering from illnesses

    HOUSTON (AP) — Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, continued to improve Saturday as they recover from illnesses at Houston Methodist Hospital, a family spokesman said.

    Associated Press
  • Women’s March on Washington: What makes someone a feminist?

    Juliet Miller has no qualms calling herself both pro-life and a feminist.

    Christian Science Monitor
  • A robotic implant that hugs your heart could help it keep beating

    A soft robotic sleeve made of silicone could help a human heart keep beating, according to a new report published Wednesday. For the millions suffering from heart failure and other cardiac issues, that could mean a beating heart without the blood clotting complications of the current mechanical heart pumps called ventricular assist devices, or VADs, according to a statement from the National University of Ireland Galway. The research, published in the journal Science Translational Medicine , was led by Ellen Roche of that university. It took place at Harvard and at Boston Children's Hospital. SEE ALSO: This Albert Einstein robot can help you learn science Made of soft fibers including silicone, the robotic sleeve bonds itself to the heart by wrapping around it, essentially becoming part of the beating organ as it moves in synch with it. In doing this, it provides circulatory support for hearts not functioning properly, supporting blood flow through a sleeve that manages to not come in contact with blood, as explained in the study. This design marks a departure from the way VADs support heart function, as those devices must interfere with blood flow in order to assist in healthy pumping of the heart. "Using current VADs, the heart and one or both of the great vessels are cannulated, blood is removed from the heart, and blood is then pumped into the aorta or pulmonary artery," the researchers write. "In this scenario, the VAD assumes the function of one or both of the failing ventricles of the heart." But clotting complications that can require potentially risky blood thinners make VADs a less than ideal solution for those suffering heart failure.  A) How muscle fibers are oriented right outside the heart inspired the design of the VAD. B) The soft fibers of the robotic sleeve can compress and twist along with the motion of the heart. C) Silicone casting was used to produce the new implantable device. D) 3-D printing was also used to construct the implantable robot. E) These are areas of the heart which the robotic sleeve can wrap around. Image: American Association for the Advancement of Science Researchers tested out the new robotic sleeve using a pig heart to examine how effectively it supports heart function. "The soft robotic sleeve we describe took inspiration from native heart muscle and was designed to augment cardiac function by closely replicating it, instead of disrupting it," the researchers wrote. In this way, soft robotic techniques were used to "replicate the heart’s motion." The study explains that the broader field of robotics is facing new developments as softer materials are being used in innovative new ways. "However, the field is being transformed by a new wave of soft robots that are constructed using a combination of elastomers, fibers, and other filler materials," the study explains. "This approach provides opportunities to create robots that are well suited for intimate interactions with humans and with tunable material properties to match biological tissues." Such designs in medical robots can provide patients with more options, such as with the sleeve that wraps around the heart. "The sleeve can be customized for each patient," Dr. Roche said in the statement. The parts of the heart involved, and the strength of the pressure the sleeve uses, can be adjusted according to a patient's individual case. Robots have been used for a lot of things, from being a personal writing machine to delivering food to your doorstep, but helping a person's heart pump makes them even more useful.

    Mashable
  • If Obamacare Is Repealed, I Don't Know if I'll Live to See the Next President

    How can a college student pay for $50,000 a year in life-saving medication? Oh, right: She can't.

    Seventeen
  • Pro-cannabis group hands out thousands of free joints in Washington

    Hundreds of people dispersed through the streets of Washington on Friday during the inauguration of Donald Trump to hand out thousands of free joints and raise public awareness about cannabis consumption. Amsterdam, who looks rather like a biker, said his main hope is that the new administration will keep its hands off the city's legalization of cannabis. Trump's nominee as attorney general, Jeff Sessions, is a critic of legalization.

    AFP
  • Here’s How to Get in on the Beer Yoga Trend

    Here’s a fitness trend that could make your usual tough and demanding yoga class go by a lot faster: beer yoga.

    The Daily Meal
  • It’s a Girl! 4 Hero New Jersey State Troopers Deliver Baby in Barracks’ Parking Lot

    Four New Jersey state troopers jumped into action Thursday morning to help deliver a baby girl. The newborn’s mother, 20-year-old Deshyamma Dayton, was brought to New Jersey’s Port Norris barracks in a passenger van, because she wasn’t sure she would make it to the hospital on time. Troopers Bryan Blair and Tyler Dornewass, along with Detectives Matthew Hanlin and Andrew Abdill, ran to the barracks’ parking lot, immediately attending to the mother to help deliver the baby.

    People
  • The 78 Most Delish Sandwiches (72 photos)

    You deserve more than a boring salad for lunch. On-the-go? Try these healthy and delicious work lunches . From Delish

    Delish
  • Depression may prevent infertile women from seeking treatment

    By Shereen Lehman Infertile women who are depressed are less likely to proceed with fertility treatments, a small U.S. study suggests. Fertility specialists should consider screening patients for depression, the authors write, to help these patients improve their quality of life and not miss out on the chance of pregnancy. Of 416 women in the study, 41 percent screened positive for depression, researchers found.

    Reuters
  • The Latest: George H.W. and Barbara Bush improving

    HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the hospitalization of George H.W. Bush and wife Barbara Bush (all times local):

    Associated Press
  • How to Actually Make Time for Fitness This Year

    As a professor, wife, mother, chauffeur, cook, laundress, maid, coach, community organizer, blogger and physical therapist, I get it when people tell me there are never enough hours in the day. The thought of spending even more time sleeping, eating right and exercising is understandably daunting. Exercise wherever you are.

    U.S.News & World Report
  • Warriors embrace/struggle through yoga

    Draymond Green: "Yoga isn't for everybody"

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  • GOP governors who turned down Medicaid money have hands out

    DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Republican governors who turned down billions in federal dollars from an expansion of Medicaid under President Barack Obama's health care law now have their hands out in hopes the GOP-controlled Congress comes up with a new formula to provide insurance for low-income Americans.

    Associated Press
  • Heartburn pills tied to serious bacterial infections

    By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - People who take popular heartburn pills known as proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) may be more likely to develop intestinal infections than people who don’t take these medications, a Scottish study suggests. Researchers examined data on about 188,000 people who used these drugs and about 377,000 similar individuals who didn’t take PPIs. In addition, PPI users had a 4.5 times greater risk of getting Campylobacter infections, a common form of food poisoning, if they were hospitalized and a 3.7 times higher risk when they weren’t hospitalized.

    Reuters
  • Prostate biopsies could be avoidable with MRIs: study

    A quarter of men suspected of having prostate cancer could avoid invasive and potentially dangerous biopsies with the help of MRI scans, researchers reported Friday. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) could also reduce the number of men over-diagnosed with the disease by five percent, they detailed in a study published in The Lancet. In the case of prostate cancer, "over-diagnosed" includes relatively benign cancers that do not cause any harm during a man's lifetime.

    AFP Relax News
  • 5 Ways to Improve Your Body Image

    For instance, research from the University of California--Santa Barbara suggests that poor body image is detrimental to both mental and physical health. Unfortunately, the average American's body image isn't exactly rooted in health, or even reality, explains Dr. Ovidio Bermudez, chief clinical officer of Eating Recovery Center in Denver, Colorado.

    U.S.News & World Report
  • Bristol-Myers lung cancer delay slams shares, keeps Merck in lead

    Bristol-Myers Squibb Co shares fell 11 percent on Friday following Thursday's announcement that it would not seek accelerated approval of its immunotherapy drug combination in first-line lung cancer, further solidifying Merck & Co Inc's leading position in the burgeoning immuno-oncolgy field. Lung cancer is by far the biggest oncology market and a handful of companies have been battling to become dominant in initial, or first-line, treatment, and to provide much-needed combination therapies. Merck shares rose 3.6 percent to $62.53, while Bristol fell to $49.23.

    Reuters
  • Pfizer CEO: This is what Trump doesn’t understand about the pharma industry

    Pfizer says the solution to high drug prices is increase competition.

    CNBC
  • Bristol-Myers shares drop after company says it will not seek fast-track drug approval

    The lung cancer treatment is still expected to receive approval in the second half of 2018.

    CNBC