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Drinking diet soda can’t save you from gaining extra fat

Many people have let down their guards against drinking sugary soda drinks because of the siren calls of “diet soda”—I have done this myself too. The marketing message of zero calories and zero sugar seems as if it should be automatically transformed to be “safe” for your body and your figure. But is it true? […]

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May is for mental health

Did you know that May is Mental Health Month? This year’s theme is #B4Stage4—”before Stage 4.” Mental Health America, a national community-based non-profit organization founded in 1909, is promoting May as a time to think about preventing mental illness. Their website raises the following points: When we think about cancer, heart disease, or diabetes, we […]

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Humanity VS. Ebola

“You can’t hold your children the way you would in this situation.” “You can’t bury your relatives.” 2 months ago, Ebola was escalating and spread in a wide geographical area. This virus popped up in Nigeria, as a result, this disease aroused international concern. Although lots of NGOs and governments came to assist and to […]

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“Epidemic Bad Laws” vs. Human Rights

What is “an epidemic of bad law?” According to Global Commission on HIV and the Law, the “bad law” punishes and discriminates people living with HIV. For instance, HIV travel restriction allows to detain or deport foreigners who pose risks to the economy, the security, the public health, or the morals. At present, there are 50 […]

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Everyone’s a Health Expert

These days, it’s not uncommon for people to connect via a variety of media and communication channels – websites, blogs, Facebook, Tumblr, Google+, Instagram – tools that allow people to not only network with each other, but spread ideas and exchange information. This system of “user-generated content” is a progressive way for people to make […]

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“And They Called It Puppy Love…”

As an addendum to Jeanette’s earlier post on dogs as effective stress relievers, I’d like to mention a study recently published in Science on the biology behind why they’re so doggone special. It turns out that there is a reason you don’t want to look away from those puppy-dog eyes. A team of Japanese scientists observed […]

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Epidemics after Natural Disasters

The earthquake hit Nepal a couple of days ago was reportedly killed more than 2000 people. But for survivors, there is also concern of possible epidemic outbreaks. In 2010, Haiti faced an outbreak of cholera after being hit by a 7.0 earthquake. Would the same situation happen to Nepal? What can people do to avoid […]

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Pro-sanity Sundays: Pets are good for you

Final exams are imminent at universities all across the country. Stress levels are skyrocketing, so students are turning to… pets. At the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Park Library is scheduled to be a stress relief center on Wednesday, April 29 and Friday, May […]

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New bird flu not dangerous to human

Seven million birds were killed because of the most widespread bird flu outbreak in North America in more than three decades. But an official from CDC confirmed that the most recent strain of bird flu that was identified in 12 U.S. states was different from the H5N1 bird flu that has spread from birds to […]

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Who are the victims of misinformation on indoor tanning?

Yesterday, Eric T. Schneiderman, the New York State attorney general, filed lawsuits against two indoor tanning salon chains. He accused them for not playing up the hazardous consequences, instead playing down the hazards of indoor tanning. The adverse consequences of Indoor tanning are not questionable including premature aging of the skin and several types of […]

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