Everything You Need to Know About HPV

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We usually think of HPV as the cause of cervical cancer and most of us are familiar with HPV screenings as part of the pap smear process. But head and neck cancers are increasingly becoming a concern because studies show that they are actually on the rise, especially oropharyngeal cancer in men. Rates have been increasing about 2.9% per year in men and have remained relatively stable in women. And now, the number of cases of HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer in men is now about the same as the number of cases of cervical cancer in women.

This begs the question why and a new study out this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine is getting a lot of attention because it attempts to uncover an explanation for this phenomenon.
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The Cheerleader and the Hitman: Is It Ever Okay to Kill?

 

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After 30 years, infamous cheerleader Cheryl Pierson Cuccio is finally breaking her silence about why she committed this horrific crime.

In 1986, Cheryl was a 15-year-old popular teenage cheerleader who was being sexually abused by her father. No one, not even her boyfriend, now husband Rob Cuccio, knew about the abuse she was subjected to daily. Cheryl suffered in silence in fear that her father would make good on his threats and kill her if she ever told anyone.

“My father used to threaten me on a daily basis. He would say he’d kill me and kill anybody I ever told. I believed him”, she says.

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Deadly Texts: Can Words Kill?

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Conrad Roy was just 18 years old when he took his own life. His suicide sparked a nationwide conversation because a court found his girlfriend, 17-year-old Michelle Carter guilty of manslaughter. Her weapon? A series of text messages urging Conrad to kill himself. The text messages recovered by police from Michelle Carter’s phone filled 317 pages which now contain the whole tragic story.

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O.J. Simpson’s Life After Parole: What Happens Next?

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He’s America’s most infamous inmate. From all-star football player to convicted felon, OJ Simpson is set to walk free after serving nine years in prison.

It’s a defining cultural tale of modern America – a saga of race, celebrity, media, violence, and the criminal justice system. O.J. Simpson became one of the most controversial and polarizing celebrities in pop culture history. He had first skyrocketed to fame and fortune as a gridiron icon with Hollywood looks, who transitioned from athlete to actor with ease. But his fall from grace would prove equally stunning when he was accused of murdering his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. With underlying themes of race and police corruption, it became the “trial of the century”, transfixing and ultimately dividing the country when Simpson was acquitted on all counts. A subsequent civil trial would find Simpson liable for the death and order him to pay a total of $33.5 million to the families of his two victims.

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What You Need to Know About Maternal Mortality

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We have the most technologically advanced healthcare in the world, but you may be shocked to learn that when it comes to maternal mortality, our statistics look more like those of a less developed nation than a world leader. In fact, our rate of death for recent or expectant mothers is the absolute worst among developed nations, in North America and Europe. To make matters worse, rates have risen over the past 25 years, while they have fallen in many other places.  

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The #1 Lifestyle Change to Improve Your Brain

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Written by: Wendy A. Suzuki Ph.D.Professor of Neural Science and Psychology, New York University.

Doctors often recommend a long list of lifestyle changes to help protect your brain from the damaging effects of aging, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. A model described at the most recent Alzheimer’s Conference in London in 2017, identified nine lifestyle changes that could help prevent one in three cases of Alzheimer’s Disease. That’s truly impressive, but how could we hope to tackle so many life changes all at once? Should I start that Mediterranean diet today? Or should I try to get 8 hours of sleep in tonight? Should I finally learn how to meditate to decrease my stress? We clearly need a better strategy and as a neuroscientist who has studied the brain and the effects of exercise on the brain for over 25 years (think of me as your exercise doctor), I suggest to start with the single lifestyle change that packs the strongest punch: adding more aerobic exercise into your life.

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Are Your Shoes Making You Sick?

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Around the world, it is customary for many households to require you to remove your shoes upon entering the home, and with good reason! As we find ourselves back to work and back to school, those sparkling new shoes or the kids’ new kicks can quickly become a source of contamination. After a day of contact with the outside world, we may be tracking some nasty bugs back home without realizing it.

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Why You Should Add a Dose of Gratitude to Your Day

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Practicing gratitude has been clinically proven to have a profound and positive impact on a person’s health and quality of life — and it’s free! No co-pays, no time spent at appointments, no needles, no prescriptions. However, the fast-paced lifestyle that many of us have become accustomed to makes practicing gratitude difficult if we do not make a concerted effort to work it into our daily routines.

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An Inside Look at How Houston Is Dealing With Hurricane Harvey

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Written by Jon P. Spiers, MD JD

I was near the epicenter of both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Katrina, and they share many characteristics. Storms are unique, and I want to be clear that a disaster is a disaster – no matter its name.

I was in a suburb of Biloxi, MS when Katrina made landfall. The winds and storm surge were immense. We had a surge inland for miles. At my own home on the shore we took about 20 feet of water. Most of my neighbors lost their homes, and those that did not were left with shells of homes. Read more  »

5 Benefits of Having a Fitness Family

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Having a fitness family can do a world of good. First, let’s start by explaining what does not constitute a fitness family. It could be your regular biological family but often it is not. If you are dragging these members kicking and screaming to join you for a morning walk, I am sorry but that doesn’t count. If these individuals invite you to meet them at the gym but never show or they often change their plans for Zumba or yoga, they aren’t likely to become a part of your fitness family either.

These organizational units are usually created organically. When you least expect it, someone appears on your morning walk for the second time in a row at the same time. Maybe you share a laugh in Zumba class or a smirk because you both avoid certain moves involving the pelvic area. Your fitness family forms exactly where you are. You meet them because they are heading your way or share the same club. You are striving for the same goals and you enjoy the same activities. Your fitness family can become a very supportive part of your life and help you achieve your wellness goals! Additionally, there are myriad benefits from being a part of a like-minded group! Here are the top five benefits of a fitness family.

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