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Health and Wellness

Angela Ponce makes history as first transgender Miss Universe contestant

LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA/AFP/Getty Images(BANGKOK) — Miss Philippines Catriona Gray took home the crown at the 2018 Miss Universe pageant on Sunday night in Bangkok, Thailand, but she wasn’t the only winner of the night. Miss Spain’s Angela Ponce became the...

Survey: Teen vaping on the rise as use of other substances remains steady or declines

sestovic/iStock(NEW YORK) — Cigarettes and other drugs have taken a backseat to vaping as more teens partake in the activity, making it second only to alcohol in substances used, according to a new survey. The National Institute of Drug Abuse-funded Monitoring the Future...

Frequent sex associated with greater enjoyment of life for men, but not women: Study

tetmc/iStockBY: Dr. Edith Bracho-Sanchez (NEW YORK) — Frequent sexual activity leads to greater enjoyment of life for men — but not for women, a new study has found. For women, frequent kissing, petting, fondling, and feeling emotionally close to their partner was...

Scientists are getting ahead of Rift Valley fever after learning from the Zika epidemic

nechaev-kon/iStock(NEW YORK) —  The Zika virus epidemic of 2015 resulted in thousands of Brazilian babies being born with severe brain defects after the virus was transmitted to pregnant mothers from mosquitoes. It became a public health emergency around the world...

More schools are starting classes later to let students sleep: Why good sleep is important

maroke/iStock(NEW YORK) — The Seattle school district joined dozens of school districts around the country in the fall of 2016 by delaying the start of school. Under the new rules, instead of beginning at 7:50 a.m., class began at 8:45 a.m. This gave researchers at the...

E. coli outbreak in romaine lettuce connected to a single water reservoir, CDC says

undefined undefined/iStock(ATLANTA) — The E.coli outbreak in romaine lettuce has been linked to a single water reservoir on a farm in California. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration identified sediment from a farm as being the...

‘Young miracle’: Newborn girl recovers from Ebola in world’s 2nd deadliest outbreak

Nixxphotography/iStock(BENI, Democratic Republic of the Congo) — A baby who was admitted to an Ebola treatment center in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo just six days after she was born is now recovered from the lethal virus, according to health officials who...

Tennessee doctor charged with ‘massive opioid fraud distribution and healthcare fraud scheme’

iStock/Thinkstock(CLARKSVILLE, Tenn.) — A Tennessee doctor has been charged in connection with “a massive opioid distribution and healthcare fraud scheme,” authorities said, accusing him of preying “upon an already addicted population” and engaging...