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    Florida lawmakers declare porn a public health risk - but shut down a vote on banning assault weapons

    Florida lawmakers voted to declare porn a public health risk but refused to discuss a bill to ban assault weapons yesterday.The resolution on porn, which passed in the state's House of Representatives on Tuesday, claims that porn puts young people at risk of developing sexual dysfunctions and violent tendencies.During the same session of the House, lawmakers voted against discussing a bill that would ban the assault rifles like the one that 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz used to shoot and kill 17 people at his former high school just last week.The pair of decisions have sparked fury in Florida and across the ...

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    Human brains age up to 15 years faster than previously thought and become 'old' at just 25, study finds

    The human brain becomes 'old' at just 25, new research suggests.Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), which is found in the brain and spinal cord, changes its speed of movement in people older than mid-20s, a study found.These movements are linked to breathing and heart rates, with CSF changes previously being associated with conditions such as multiple sclerosis and high blood pressure.Study author Professor Aneta Stefanovska from Lancaster University said: 'Preliminary results showed evidence of a decline in participants over the age of 25, indicating that brain ageing may begin earlier than expected.'Future studies could provide further insights into various neurodegenerative and ageing-related diseases.' It ...

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    Binge-watching a TV show doubles the risk of a fatal blood clot, reveals analysis

    Binge-watching your favourite series on Netflix almost doubles the chance of fatal blood clots, an analysis suggests.Those who answered they 'very often' sit down in front of the TV screen face a 1.7 times higher risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE).This is the umbrella term for deep vein thrombosis, a clot in the legs, and pulmonary embolism, when the clot travels to the lungs.Prolonged sitting can in some cases lead to blood clots because normal circulation of blood through the legs and feet is impaired.However, researchers discovered exercising may not even counter the damaging effects of sitting down for such long ...

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    'FaceTime saved my life': Woman, 58, was in the middle of a video call with her sister who noticed she was having a stroke after her face dropped and she slurred her words

    A 58-year-old woman claims FaceTime saved her life after her sister spotted she was having a stroke while on a call.Opokua Kwapong, who lives alone in New York, has been left paralysed on her left side after suffering a stroke, but escaped death.Her sister Adumea Sapong, from Manchester, noticed her face was 'drooping' and she was slurring her words - both signs of stroke.Ms Sapong then dialled in one of their other sisters, who is a doctor. She echoed the concerns and urged Ms Kwapong to seek medical help immediately.Tests in hospital later revealed she had a blood clot in ...

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    Heavy drinking can treble the risk of getting dementia: 39% of patients diagnosed with the disease before 65 show signs of alcohol-related brain damage

    Drinking too much can treble the risk of developing dementia, a major study shows.Academics for the first time have established alcohol as the single biggest way that people can raise their dementia risk.Their study of 32million patients, of whom 1.1million had dementia, found a particularly strong link between alcohol and the early-onset form of the condition.An astonishing 39 per cent of patients diagnosed with dementia before the age of 65 had signs of brain damage linked to alcohol, the scientists found.For those diagnosed at a later age the risk was smaller, with 3 per cent of cases linked to alcohol. ...

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    Forget butts - BELLY BUTTONS are the new plastic surgery craze: Surgeon reports huge surge in patients wanting a 'hooded oval' like Emily Ratajkowski

    People are nipping and tucking just about everything nowadays. There's been a huge surge in the plastic surgery in recent years, with men and women spending $16 billion to adjust their appearance in 2016 alone.Now, plastic surgeons say umbilicoplasty, or belly button surgery, is the latest trend.Speaking with Celebrity Rave Online, experts say more and more people are requesting navels like Emily Ratajkowski and Jessica Simpson. Plastic surgeon Dr Matthew Schulman said many of his patients want a hooded, oval-shaped belly button like Emily Ratajkowski's navel Plastic surgeons said people are more likely to do something about their belly buttons right before ...

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    Herbal opioid kratom blamed for salmonella outbreak in 20 states as Americans turn to alternative highs

    The herbal opioid substitute kratom has been linked to 28 salmonella infections in the US, the CDC warned today.Kratom is marketed as a plant-based supplement to treat pain, anxiety and depression but its similarities to opioids have raised concerns that it can be addictive and dangerous.The substance has also been blamed for the deaths of at least 36 people, according to warnings issued the Food and Drug Administration in November.Now, the CDC is urging Americans to steer clear of all forms kratom which they say is the culprit in salmonella infections in 20 states. Kratom has sickened people in 20 ...

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    Top medical officials slam Trump for focusing on mental illness as they insist guns are the real public health crisis

    Gun violence is a bigger public health crisis than mental illness, top medical officials say.In the wake of the mass shooting at a Florida high school on Valentines Day, experts have been quick to remind the Trump administration that mental health is not the real problem.The American Psychiatric Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics and four other medical associations issued a joint statement Friday urging Trump and Congress to stop blaming mental illness and focus prevention efforts on increasing research and decreasing access to guns.'The families of the victims in Parkland and all those whose lives have been impacted by ...

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    Toddler who battled 11 heart defects has defied the odds and is now thriving, eight months after her parents were told to take her to a hospice to live out her final days

    A toddler who battled 11 heart defects has defied the odds to survive and now never stops smiling.Sophia Marshall, from Wychbold, Worcestershire, was just 18 months old when doctors suggested that her devastated parents, Chantelle and Samuel, both 30, take her to a hospice to live out her final days in comfort.Determined not to give up on their only daughter, they made the difficult decision to have Sophia, who suffered her first cardiac arrest at just two days old in her father's arms, undergo a risky operation last July.After four weeks in hospital with doctors not expecting her to make it, ...

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    Zaps to the ankle may boost a woman's libido more than foreplay: Sending electrical signals from the foot to the base of the spine can cause arouse in less than 30 minutes

    Zaps to the ankle may boost women's libido more than foreplay.Sending electrical signals from the foot to the base of the spine could increase women's sex drive by sending a surge of blood to their genitalia, according to researchers.In less than 30 minutes, women experience a tickling tingle that may leave them more aroused.Study author Professor Tim Bruns from Michigan University, said: 'If stimulation is repeated over three months, it could lead to better blood flow and nerve connections to the vagina.'It would improve symptoms of genital arousal disorder.'Studies are in development to analyse the impact of such zaps on ...

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    Sweet truth: Are any of the trendy alternatives to jam actually GOOD for you?

    Peanut butter is set to overtake jam as the nation’s favourite spread in a backlash against sugary foods — and you may have noticed a lot more options on supermarket shelves, other than the old favourites jam and Nutella. Manufacturers have been tweaking recipes to make them more virtuous, but do they live up to their promise? Here, we assessed a selection of spreads. Strong almond flavour, but claggy texture Pleasantly sweet, strong blackcurrant flavourPip & Nut honey almond butter (225g, £3.99, ocado.com)Per (15g) tbsp: Calories, 93; saturated fat, 1.4g; sugar, 1.5g; salt, 0.1gThe sugar and salt in this spread is modest. ...

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    Why putting a red light in your bathroom could help you sleep better (and other ingenious tips from experts to get your eight hours kip!)

    Did you know? Installing a red light can make it easier to fall back to sleep after any nocturnal bathroom breaksWe all know that lack of sleep is a major health concern — sleep deprivation can have a knock-on effect on all kinds of processes in our bodies and is linked to problems including weight gain, type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s.Even just one night of poor sleep is enough to have an impact on memory, according to a recent Swedish study which found that volunteers who slept badly couldn’t remember a list of numbers as well as they did ...

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    Women with ovarian cancer who think they are just bloated are more likely to change their diet than seek medical help

    Laura Everley, 38, dismissed her bloating as IBS and even tried going gluten-free before she received her diagnosisWomen are more likely to change their diet than seek medical help when suffering from a key symptom of ovarian cancer, a charity has warned.Despite persistent bloating being one of the main signs of the disease, half of women say they would try measures such as eating more probiotic yoghurts or going gluten-free before visiting a doctor.Only a third of women said they would visit their GP if they were concerned, according to the survey of more than 1,000 women by Target ...

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    Running helps preserve your memory by fighting stress that weakens signals in your brain

    Jogging may be the answer to jogging your memory as new research reveals it strengthens signals in the brain.Exercise has long been known to help combat stress, but a study by Brigham Young University suggests that it can also help combat forgetfulness.The researchers found that running helps protect against the negative effects of stress on the hippocampus - the part of the brain responsible for learning and memory.'It's empowering to know that we can combat the negative impacts of stress on our brains just by getting out and running,' the study's senior author Jeff Edwards, PhD, said. A new study ...

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    Women are TWICE as likely to develop fatal heart complications from mental stress than men

    Women are twice as likely to develop fatal heart complications than men, new research warns.The study found mental stress such as public speaking was more likely to cause myocardial ischemia, inadequate blood flow to the heart muscle, in young women who have had a heart attack compared to their male peers.  While previous studies showed a higher heart risk from mental stress for women, it wasn't clear to what extent.The new research, published today by the American Heart Association, offers clearer evidence than ever that women may need more intensive care after a cardiac event than men, and mental stress may affect ...

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