Health and Wellnesss

Teenager with Tourette Syndrome Says She Was Asked to Leave Theater Before Start of Avengers

When 15-year-old Emily Womack visited her local AMC theater to finally catch Avengers: Endgame on opening night, she never imagined she would leave before the action even began. Emily has Tourette syndrome, a neurodevelopment disorder that causes uncontrolled repetitive movements or vocal tics, and has coped all her life with the rude reactions she receives …

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This Brand Is Being Slammed For Their Horrific Plus Size Clothing Ads Using Thin Models

Plus Size Baby, an online clothing retailer that specializes in larger sizes, is being slammed for its advertising tactics. The site uses thin models to showcase its products, including lingerie, swimwear, and ready-to-wear—and one shopper is voicing her frustrations. According to the Daily Mail, Kristin Russell, a 31-year-old mom from Falls City, Nebraska, was shopping …

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Does Having Your Appendix Removed Cause Parkinson’s? Here’s What You Need to Know

There’s a link between appendicitis and Parkinson’s disease, according to a study published this week. The new research, set to be presented at a conference next weekend, says a person is nearly three times as likely to develop Parkinson’s disease if they’ve had their appendix removed. Appendicitis, or inflammation of the appendix, is a common condition that causes abdominal …

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Low-Dose Aspirin May Lead to Bleeding in the Skull, Study Says

For years, many patients have been advised to take low-dose aspirin daily to protect against cardiovascular problems like heart attack and stroke. But a growing body of research has also served as a reminder that aspirin is not a cure-all—and that it also comes with its own risks. Now, a new review of previously published …

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How to Prevent Dementia, According to New WHO Guidelines

You can reduce your chances of suffering from dementia by following a few healthy living guidelines, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement yesterday. The guidelines are simple and also support other areas of personal health. They include regularly exercising; controlling your weight; eating healthy foods; refraining from smoking and drinking excessively; and controlling your blood pressure, blood sugar, …

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This 58-Year-Old Woman Had a Huge Tailgut Cyst Removed Because of a Decades-Old Health Problem

An operation that one woman had as an infant caused complications and necessitated surgery when she was 58, according to a new report in BMJ Case Reports. The case report explains what happened to a 58-year-old who had what’s called a tailgut cyst removed. As an infant, the patient had a presacral mass removed. Presacral is the area inside the …

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Vitamin B12 Deficiencies Can Lead to ‘Reversible Dementia.’ Here’s How

A woman struggled with a vitamin B12 deficiency for five years before doctors correctly diagnosed her condition, a new case report from the BMJ says. The woman, who was 61 when doctors evaluated her, has a condition called Addison’s anemia. The condition is also called pernicious anemia, and it’s caused by a decrease in red blood …

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Is It a HIPAA Violation if a Doctor’s Office Tells a 24-Year-Old’s Parents That She’s Pregnant?

Understanding HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996) laws is no easy feat—but in some situations, it can be crucial to understand the rights this act grants you. In a story posted to Reddit’s r/legaladvice on Wednesday, a 24-year-old woman inquired about her HIPAA rights after a surgery assistant in her doctor’s office told …

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4 Moms Show Off Their Postpartum Bodies in Photo: ‘If It Helped Even One Woman, We Would Be Happy’

Four mom bloggers are on a mission to change the way society views postpartum bodies. Desiree Fortin, Katie Crenshaw, Meg Boggs and Bethanie Garcia knew each other online before meeting in person for the first time in April. That was when they decided to pose for an honest and unfiltered photo showing how their bodies had …

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This 11-Year-Old Accidentally Lodged a Sharpened Pencil Into Her Neck at School

A recess break at school nearly turned fatal for an 11-year-old girl, whose injury and recovery is featured in a new case report from the BMJ. The girl was playing outdoors when she fell, and a sharpened pencil accidentally became lodged into her neck. She was taken to a hospital for evaluation, but the pencil wasn’t …

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