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Rare case of bubonic plague reported in Idaho
This week, the case of a young boy contracting plague has been in the news. Here, we cover the details and offer advice for those who are concerned. (Medical News Today)

Religious belief may extend life by 4 years
A new study of over 1,500 obituaries finds that religious affiliation is linked with a 4-year longevity boost. Social conformity may play a role. (Medical News Today)

What to know about Freon poisoning
Chemicals used as cooling agents in refrigeration and air-conditioning units can be deadly if inhaled. This rarely occurs by accident, but some people inhale these chemicals, commercially known as Freon, to get high. Read on to find out about the dangers and what to do if someone shows signs of refrigerant poisoning. (Medical News Today)

Frozen orange juice may be more healthful than fresh
Contrary to popular belief, frozen orange juice defrosted to room temperature may be a better source of healthful nutrients, shows a new study. (Medical News Today)

Nutrition 2018: New data confirm health benefits of plant-based diet
A raft of new studies presented at the recent Nutrition 2018 conference sing the praises of a vegetable-based diet. The evidence keeps on mounting up. (Medical News Today)

'Millions' prescribed wrong dose of common drugs
By updating old cardiovascular risk analyses, researchers alter the guidelines for prescribing statins, aspirin, and blood pressure drugs. (Medical News Today)

How do you know if you have a cracked tooth?
Cracks in teeth vary in severity. Some are mild and invisible, while others are significant and cause a lot of pain. Dentists judge the extent of damage by inspecting the tooth and taking X-rays. Here, we describe how to tell if a tooth is cracked and when one needs removing. We also explore other treatment options. (Medical News Today)

Are humans still evolving?
Have humans stopped evolving? Has modern life side-stepped natural selection? In this Spotlight, we provide evidence for modern human evolution. (Medical News Today)

How much should seniors exercise to improve brain function?
A new review analyzed several randomized controlled studies to figure out what is the ideal number of hours needed to improve thinking skills in seniors. (Medical News Today)

What is the difference between heatstroke and heat exhaustion?
Heatstroke and heat exhaustion are two conditions caused by spending time in extremely hot weather. If left untreated, heat exhaustion can lead to heatstroke, which is more serious and can be life-threatening. Learn about the differences in symptoms and treatments here, and how to prevent heat-related illnesses. (Medical News Today)

Causes and treatment of pimples on the legs
Pimples on the legs may arise for several reasons, including clogged pores, keratosis pilaris, or skin infections. Some pimples may be painful, red, or white, and may produce pus. They can be caused or worsened by shaving. Treatments depend on the cause of the bumps. Learn how to identify and treat leg pimples here. (Medical News Today)

Heart health: Supplements don't work, with one exception
A new meta-analysis of existing studies finds that, with one exception, the most commonly used supplements do not protect against heart disease or stroke. (Medical News Today)

When should I use a cold compress?
A cold compress is a chilled or frozen object, often a piece of cloth. A person can apply one to the body to relieve pain, swelling, and fever. In this article, learn how to make a cold compress and when to consider using one. We also examine risks and what to keep in mind when trying this form of home care. (Medical News Today)

What causes pale gums?
The gums can turn pale for several reasons. Pale gums around the teeth may indicate anemia, which is often caused by a lack of iron, folate, or vitamin B-12. If the gums are painful and the paleness is patchy or web-like, the cause may be more severe. Here, learn about underlying conditions and when to see a doctor. (Medical News Today)

What to know about otomycosis
Otomycosis is a fungal infection in the outer ear canal, usually caused by the Aspergillus fungus. It can be painful, causing inflammation, flaking skin, and ear discharge. Otomycosis usually responds well to antifungal eardrops or creams. Learn about otomycosis here and how it can become chronic. (Medical News Today)

What is the difference between a cyst and a tumor?
While cysts and tumors may look and feel similar, there are key differences. Hearing the word “tumor” may be frightening, but many tumors are benign, and while some cysts are harmless, others can cause problems. In this article, learn the difference between cysts and tumors. We also describe conditions that cause them. (Medical News Today)

How do I stop my hair from being dry?
Many people have problems with their hair becoming brittle or dry. Medical conditions may be the cause, but it is often down to lifestyle or personal hygiene habits. Potential remedies are diverse and often simple, and we give 12 here, including oils and plant products that make good conditioners and hair masks. (Medical News Today)

Which foods might stop your brain from shrinking?
Our brains tend to shrink with age, which can affect our cognitive functioning. But following the right kind of diet may help to preserve brain volume. (Medical News Today)

How job strain may impair mental health
A new study examines the link between high job strain and the risk of developing common mental health issues such as anxiety and depression. (Medical News Today)

'Largest' microbiome study weighs in on our gut health
'The largest crowd-sourced' project to ever have studied the human microbiome has published its first results. They drop new clues about our gut health. (Medical News Today)

High physical activity at work may increase death risk
Exercise is good for health, but is this always true? A new systematic review suggests that high levels of occupational physical activity may be harmful. (Medical News Today)

What should you eat when you are sick?
Depending on whether a person feels nauseous or has a cold or fever, the best foods to eat vary. In this article, we describe recommended diets for different types of sickness, and we examine the evidence for every suggestion. Learn which foods to avoid and which can help to combat illnesses and ease symptoms here. (Medical News Today)

Type 2 diabetes: Sexual orientation may influence risk
A major 24-year-long study finds that lesbian and bisexual women tend to develop type 2 diabetes at a much higher rate than heterosexual women. (Medical News Today)

Which drugs pose the biggest threat to public health?
A brand new, up-to-date report, collecting data from large organizations worldwide, sheds light on which substances threaten public health the most. (Medical News Today)

What happens to the body after death?
After death, the body enters a long process of decomposition, as its organic elements split into simpler components. What happens, and why learn about it? (Medical News Today)

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