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Mind-Altering Parasite May Make Infected People More Attractive, Study Suggests

Mind-Altering Parasite May Make Infected People More Attractive, Study Suggests

The brain-hijacking parasite Toxoplasma gondii seems to be almost everywhere. The microscopic invader is thought to infect up to 50 percent of people, and a range of studies suggests it may alter human behavior, in addition to that of many other animals.   The parasite has been linked with a large range of neurological disorders, …

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Flu cases on the rise in Sonoma County, and it has doctors concerned

Flu cases on the rise in Sonoma County, and it has doctors concerned

Dr. Gary Green has been an infectious disease specialist for 25 years. In that quarter century, he has never seen the flu on the rise this time of year — until now. But it isn’t just the strange, unseasonal rise in influenza that has Green, a Sutter Health physician, concerned. The particular strain driving this …

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CDC expresses concern about possibility of undetected monkeypox spread in U.K.

CDC expresses concern about possibility of undetected monkeypox spread in U.K.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expressed concern Tuesday about an unusual outbreak of monkeypox in the United Kingdom, suggesting there appears to be at least some undetected transmission of the virus there and warning of the possibility that the outbreak could spread beyond U.K. borders. “We do have a level of concern that …

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Opinion | How to think about the unexplained cases of severe hepatitis in children

Opinion | How to think about the unexplained cases of severe hepatitis in children

Placeholder while article actions load As if parents don’t have enough to worry about — a global pandemic, a baby formula shortage — there is a new mysterious ailment afflicting young children in the form of severe hepatitis. Here’s the bottom line: This is not reason for panic, but it does deserve vigilance. Parents should …

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The above map shows the proportion of people that are obese by state. The top obesity rates were in Mississippi, West Virginia and Alabama - while the lowest rates were in Colorado and Massachusetts. It is from a report by medical drugs provider NiceRx, and based on figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Mississippi is the fattest place in America, report shows

Mississippi is the fattest state in America, with two in five adults obese or morbidly obese, a report revealed Tuesday amid mounting warnings over the country’s health. Telephone surveys of more than 400,000 people nationwide showed the Magnolia state had the highest rates of obesity followed by West Virginia and neighboring Alabama. At the other …

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SIDS Is Still a Tragic Mystery, Despite Claims the 'Cause' Has Been Found

SIDS Is Still a Tragic Mystery, Despite Claims the ‘Cause’ Has Been Found

Photo: Andrew Wong (Getty Images) Last week, numerous headlines and social media posts declared that scientists had finally found the “cause” of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Unfortunately, the reality is a bit more complicated. While the research could one day lead to important discoveries in predicting or treating this devastating syndrome, the findings aren’t …

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I've followed the Mediterranean diet for 5 years. Here are 11 of my go-to meals.

I’ve followed the Mediterranean diet for 5 years. Here are 11 of my go-to meals.

I’ve been following the Mediterranean diet for years, and I’ve learned a lot of simple recipes.  Lamb souvlaki, baked salmon, and creamy chicken pasta are all in my dinner rotation.  For breakfast, I love shakshuka, and orange, avocado, and shrimp salad is a great lighter meal. Loading Something is loading. I learned to cook for …

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