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    New painkiller could tackle pain without risk of addiction

    Scientists at Stanford University may have discovered a new, and potentially safer, painkiller. The doctors have been researching links between alcohol consumption and heart health when they realized an enzyme they’d been working with may play a critical role in pain reduction. The work is still preliminary and done using lab mice. But the researchers say the compound appears to be non-addictive and now carry the same heart and bleeding risks that other painkillers do.    

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    Study’s findings concern parents of teens

    A new Australian study suggests teenagers don’t need to be underweight to be struggling with anorexic behaviors. Researchers say rapid weight loss, even if a person still had normal body mass index, can lead to serious health problems. They found the number of normal weight teens who meet all other criteria for anorexia had skyrocketed over the past ten years. These finding are concerning because adolescents with this type of eating disorder can more easily fly under radar. But these […]

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    Study: Popular video game may help improve MS patients’ balance

    A popular video game may help improve balance and movement in patients with multiple sclerosis. The Nintendo Wii’s balance board allows users to shift their weight as they simulate actions like skiing, soccer or hula hoop. Researchers used MRI scans to track brain activity in MS patients who used the balance board for a 12-week period. They noticed the significant changes in nerve tracts linked to balance and movement led to physical improvements in these areas.

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    Popular airline looks to lure top fliers with revamped first-class meals

    A popular airline is hoping to win over their customers’ stomachs. United Airlines is upgrading first-class food options and replacing snacks with full meals on some of its shortest flights. The changes, announced Thursday, mean that instead of potato chips, chocolate chip cookies and bananas, passengers on flights of at least 800 miles will get meals such as chicken and mozzarella on a tomato focaccia roll and turkey and Swiss cheese on a cranberry baguette. Currently meals are only served on […]

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    Bizarre: Inmate dies after eating fellow prisoner’s underwear; you’ll never guess what killed him

    JESSAMINE COUNTY, Kentucky – A bizarre murder investigation is underway after an inmate reportedly died following an incident involving a pair of underwear. According to the jailer, while 55-year-old Michael Jones was out on his furlough, he soaked a pair of his underwear in liquid methadone and wore them back to the jail. According to his criminal citation, Jones tore up the underwear and shared pieces with his cell mates. One of them, 33-year-old Corey McQueary, somehow ingested some of the […]

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    Hewlett-Packard recalls nearly 6 million power cords over fire hazard

    A fire hazard prompts the recall of nearly six million Hewlett-Packard power cords. The recall comes after nearly 30 reports of cords melting or charring, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. The LS-15 AC power cord was distributed with Hewlett-Packard and Compaq notebook and mini notebook computers. “Customers should immediately stop using and unplug the recalled power cords and contact Hewlett-Packard to order a free replacement,” the commission said in a statement. The cords were sold worldwide from September […]

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    Do you have sleep drunkenness?

    If you wake up so confused that you answer the phone instead of turning off the alarm, you may have a sleep disorder called “sleep drunkenness.” A study of nearly 20,000 adults suggests the condition could affect as many as 1 in 7 people. Sleep experts say symptoms can range from the benign, like answering the phone when you wake up, to even violent or inappropriate behavior upon waking. The Stanford University School of Medicine study says 84 percent of […]

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    Animal attack at zoo blamed on human error

    DALLAS, Tx. – An animal attack in Dallas is being blamed on human error after a lioness bit a zookeeper. The attack happened at the Dallas Zoo over the weekend. The zookeeper is reportedly in good condition after his shoulder was bitten and he was scratched over the weekend. Emergency workers transported the keeper to a hospital where he was kept overnight. The zoo says a door was not secure and suddenly the keeper found himself alone with the lioness. […]

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    Study: Could marijuana lead to drop in overdose deaths?

    Within the past decade, prescription drug use has turned into an epidemic with more and more people overdosing. A new study finds that fewer people in certain states are dying from pills. Researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center found overdose rates were about 25 percent lower in states where medical marijuana is legal. Although the reasons aren’t 100 percent certain, experts think it’s because there are fewer patients taking powerful […]

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    Construction worker impaled in the chest with blade, rushed to hospital

    HOUSTON, Texas – A construction worker was taken to the hospital after he was impaled in the chest by a blade that was detached from a power saw. According to Houston firefighters, the worker was putting on a new facade on a building near the Galleria when a saw blade shattered and a piece went into his chest. Paramedics arrived and lifted him from the roof of the center using a Houston Fire Department ladder truck. The worker was going […]

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    Famous giant tortoise ‘Pepe the Missionary’ dies at age 60

    One of the Ecuador’s most famous reptiles had died. A giant tortoise known as “Pepe the Missionary” died of natural causes at his home in the Galapagos National Park on Thursday. Pepe, who was from the rare Chelonodis Becki species, was around 60-years-old. He was one of the most photographed tortoises in the Galapagos and had become a symbol of the islands that helped inspire Charles Darwin’s ideas on evolution. Pepe was found by fishermen in the 1940s. In 1967, […]