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ALS Ice-bucket Challenge

(WebMD) August 25, 2014 -- John Jerome has never been so happy to be so cold. The day he joined hordes of other Americans and got a bucket of ice water dumped on his head for charity, his hometown of Auburn, AL, was sweltering under temperatures in the high 90s. So the frosty soak felt pretty good, he says It also just felt good to be alive.

I really thought I’d be dead by now,” says Jerome, who is 52.

Eleven years ago, a doctor diagnosed him with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The average life expectancy for someone with ALS -- also called Lou Gehrig’s disease after the famous baseball player who succumbed to the disorder -- is 2 to 5 years after diagnosis...READ MORE


Menopause: What you should know

(CNN) August 20, 2014 -- Menopause: the permanent end of fertility (and periods!) that commonly happens to women in their late 40s and 50s. For many women, just saying the word "menopause" can increase anxiety levels.

Change is never easy, especially as we get older. And although menopause symptoms -- night sweats, mood swings, sleep problems, weight gain -- make it seem like a daunting time in a woman's life, there are many things that your gynecologist can do to help you through this transition...READ MORE


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Are Spray Sunscreens Safe?

(NYT) August 22, 2014 -- The short answer is that for now, not even the Food and Drug Administration knows. In 2011, with the number of sunscreen sprays “greatly increasing,” the agency asked their makers to demonstrate their safety and efficacy. Little was known about sprays compared to rub-on sunscreen products like lotions. It was unclear, for instance, how much sunscreen spray consumers typically use, or what amounts effectively get on the skin.The F.D.A. also proposed adding a warning to package labels to address the possibility that inhaling aerosolized particles could be unhealthy: “When using this product, keep away from face to avoid breathing it.”...READ MORE