09/17/2014
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  • NEWS

    The waistlines of Americans keep getting bigger, according to a study released by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). It found that the average waist size grew another inch between 1999 and 2012. Read more


  • NEWS

    According to a new Gallup survey, Panama is the happiest country in the world. Costa Rica ranked second and Denmark third in the poll, based on factors designed to measure their citizens's sense of well-being. Read more


  • NEWS

    A study by researchers at the University of Leeds in the U.K. found that even missing one step of post-discharge care can increase the risk of death for heart attack patients by 74 percent. Read more


  • INFOGRAPHIC OF THE WEEK

    Whether you want to make sure you have energy for a workout or for a festive night out, it helps to know the best foods for the occasion. 

  • QUOTE OF
    THE DAY

    Sickness comes on horseback but departs on foot.

    —Dutch proverb


  • NEWS

    A team of researchers at the Center for BrainHealth at the University of Texas at Dallas has mapped how the brain processes fear, a development that could pave the way for better treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Read more


  • NEWS

    A specific pattern of baldness that often begins developing by age 45 has been linked to an increased risk of aggressive prostate cancer.  The pattern is reflected in loss of hair at the front of the head and significant thinning at the crown. Read more

  • SLICE OF HISTORY

    A self-taught Dutch scientist named Antonie van Leeuwenhoek sends a letter to the Royal Society of London describing his discovery of microscopic “animalcules” living inside his mouth. Van Leeuwenhoek had scraped plaque from between his teeth and put it under a microscope he himself had built.  In his letter, he says that he saw “many very little living animalcules, very prettily a-moving." Van Leeuwenhoek was the first person to observe tiny organisms alive inside humans, microscopic creatures that would come to be known as bacteria. Get the full story.

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