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Sick Venezuelans flee to Colombia in mounting refugee crisis

Sick Venezuelans flee to Colombia in mounting refugee crisis

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In a cramped hospital near Colombia's border with Venezuela, migrants fill stretchers bearing the wounds of the deteriorating nation they left behind. An 18-year-old woman rubbed her swollen belly after fleeing with her infant daughter when the wounds from her C-section began to ooze pus. A young man whose femur had torn through his skin in a motorcycle crash needed antibiotics for an infection. An elderly retiree with a swollen foot arrived after taking a 20-hour bus ride from Caracas because doctors there told his family the only treatment they could offer was amputation — without anesthesia or antibiotics. "If you want to sign, sign. But we are not responsible for the life of your father," Teresa Tobar, 36, quoted the doctors in Venezuela as telling her when they handed over the papers
Brain imaging shows memory loss differs by age

Brain imaging shows memory loss differs by age

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March 7 (UPI) -- High-resolution brain imaging can be used to show memory proficiency between older and younger adults, according to University of California researchers.Using magnetic resonance imaging, researchers at the University of California, Irvine, found patterns in memory loss during two tests of memory, an object memory task and a location one."This suggests that not all memory changes equally with aging," lead author Zachariah Reagh, who participated in the study as a graduate student at UCI and is now a postdoctoral fellow at UC Davis, said in a press release. "Object memory is far more vulnerable than spatial, or location, memory -- at least in the early stages."As people get older, they often wonder whether its part of the normal part of aging or signs of early stages of a se...
Teens using e-cigarettes show evidence of same toxic chemicals as smokers: Study

Teens using e-cigarettes show evidence of same toxic chemicals as smokers: Study

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Using e-cigarettes has been promoted as a way to help adult smokers cut back or quit smoking, or at least to minimize the health damage that smoking causes. Teens, even middle schoolers, have taken up e-cigarettes as well. But as researchers continue to study their safety, a new report in Pediatrics shows vaping could lead to the presence of concerning levels of toxic chemicals. Almost 100 teens from the San Francisco Bay area were examined in the University of California-San Francisco study: 67 teens used e-cigarettes only, 16 used both e-cigarettes and conventional cigarettes and 20 didn't smoke or vape at all. Urine and salivary gland testing looked for breakdown products of toxic chemicals that have been associated with cancer -- and found them in both smokers and vapers -- but not ...
Is McDonald's New Burger With Fresh Beef Actually Any Healthier?

Is McDonald's New Burger With Fresh Beef Actually Any Healthier?

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McDonald’s announced today that it has replaced frozen beef with fresh, cooked-to-order patties for its Quarter Pounder and Signature Crafted Recipe burgers at approximately 3,500 restaurants in select markets. According to a company press release, the upgrade will be available at all participating restaurants in the contiguous United States by early May.The fast-food giant says that customers in test markets have loved the “hotter and juicier” fresh-beef quarter-pound burgers and that the company “saw a 90% customer satisfaction from customers who ordered the burgers and 90% intent to repurchase.”Clearly, there are some taste and temperature advantages to having a burger “cooked right when ordered, and not a second before,” as Mickey D’s website states. But what we really want t
21 Ways to Get More Protein Without Eating Meat

21 Ways to Get More Protein Without Eating Meat

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There are lots of wholesome ways to increase your protein intake without resorting to meat. fThese days, protein seems to be the superstar nutrient – and for good reason. Gram for gram, it’s more satisfying than carbohydrates or fat – meaning it keeps you fuller, longer. Protein is also essential for repairing and building muscle and keeps your metabolism humming along.The daily recommended dietary allowance is 0.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight. For most adult men and women, that translates to 46 to 56 grams of protein each day. For reference, a 3-ounce, fist-sized hamburger delivers 24 grams of protein.Some say Americans get adequate or even too much protein; others argue we could safely eat more than what’s recommended (and perhaps should).I