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Smoking, even socially, is linked to an increased risk of brain bleeding, according to a new study reported in the journal Stroke. That seems to be especially true for women, who are known to have a higher risk for brain bleeding than men.

The study involved data from 65,521 people in Finland who answered survey questions for an average of 45 years...

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No Comments on Summertime Sweat: Get Fit with This Stand-Up Paddleboarding Workout

By now you’ve undoubtedly heard of, if not tried, stand-up paddleboarding.

After all, U.S. participation in SUP has nearly tripled in the past few years, with 2.8 million people paddling away each year, according to The Outdoor Federation’s 2015 Special Report on Paddlesports.

And, if we had to guess, we’d say your SUP experience went something like this: You paddled around, about 10 feet out from the shore, for 20 minutes...

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No Comments on Are You Too Sore to Work Out? (Plus Recovery Tips)

That soreness you experience after a tough workout often feels like a badge of honor, right? You upped the intensity on leg day or you tacked on a few more miles to your long run and you’re feeling strong. Until one day, you push it too far and that hurts-so-good sensation turns into muscle pain that makes it excruciating to even sit down on the toilet. You’re feeling the burn—but there’s no reason you can’t hit it just as hard tomorrow, right? Not so fast...

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No Comments on What You Really Need to Know About Brain-Eating Amoebas

Health officials in North Carolina report that Lauren Seitz, an 18-year-old Ohio woman who died on Sunday after a rafting trip with her church earlier this month, had contracted primary amebic meningoencephalitis (PAM).

PAM is an almost always fatal infection caused by Naegleria fowleri, aka the “brain-eating amoeba.” There’s no denying it’s terrifying. But here’s what experts who have encountered the parasite want you to know:

Infection is super rare...

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No Comments on What to Know About the ‘Heat Dome’ Settling Over Much of the U.S.

Move over, heat waves; there’s a new weather phenomenon in town. Meteorologists (with some generous help from the media) have dubbed 2016 the summer of the “heat dome,” a scary-sounding buzzword that’s set to affect much of the country this week.

A “heat dome,” according to the New York Times, is a “bubble of high pressure that sits in the mid- to upper atmosphere and pushes warm air down toward the ground...

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No Comments on First Penis Transplant in the U.S. Performed in Man Who Had Cancer

A man who had his penis removed due to cancer is the recipient of the first penis transplant in the United States.

Thomas Manning, 64, underwent the 15-hour procedure at Massachusetts General Hospital last week and is recovering well with blood flow occurring to the transplanted organ and no signs of bleeding, rejection, or infection, according to the hospital’s news release. The organ came from a deceased donor.

A penile cancer diagnosis in 2012 led to the par...

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No Comments on Zika: Florida Is Investigating Possible Local Infection

Florida is investigating a case of Zika virus that may have been transmitted locally, the state’s health department has announced.

The Florida Department of Health says it’s looking into a non-travel associated case of the virus in the Miami-Dade County region. The health department, which is collaborating with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), did not provide details about the person infected.

The agency says it will be distribut...

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No Comments on Here’s the House Obama Will Live in After He Moves Out of the White House

President Barack Obama has said that he and his family will remain in Washington, D.C., after they leave the White House in January so that his youngest daughter, Sasha, can finish school. And it looks like the Obamas have settled on a neighborhood.

Obama and first lady Michelle will lease an 8,200-square-foot mansion in the Kalorama neighborhood of D.C., according to Politico...

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No Comments on Hydration and Exercise: How to Get It Right

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No Comments on 6 Big Myths About Hydration

Stay hydrated

The heat is on, so you’ve probably got your water bottleout. And that’s a good thing. “Every single cell in your body needs fluid to function properly,” says Angie Eakin, MD, a family medicine physician at Barnard Medical Center in Washington, D.C. “That’s why even milddehydration can make you irritable, foggy-headed, and headachy...

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