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Today β€” September 18th 2019Health

Virtual Reality Video Games That Double as Exercise

By Signe Brewster

Virtual reality is still niche, but a growing crop of VR games with a fitness element may inspire people to pick up a headset. Here’s what to know before you get started.

There are already signs the US may be in for a nasty flu season

By Erika Edwards

The best time to get a flu shot is now, doctors say.

  • September 17th 2019 at 23:26

USDA Offers Pork Companies A New Inspection Plan, Despite Opposition

By Dan Charles
An employee handles sides of pork on a conveyor at a Smithfield Foods Inc. pork processing facility in Milan, Mo.

Under new federal rules, pork companies can hire workers to do some tasks currently reserved for federal inspectors in hog slaughterhouses. Critics say it's a move toward privatization.

(Image credit: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

  • September 17th 2019 at 22:29
Yesterday β€” September 17th 2019Health

Alex Trebek Says He’s in a New Round of Chemotherapy

By Laura M. Holson

The “Jeopardy!” host revealed in March that he had Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

Alex Trebek gives sobering update about pancreatic cancer treatment

By A. Pawlowski

“Please keep me in your good thoughts and prayers," the "Jeopardy!" host said. "It really means a lot.”

  • September 17th 2019 at 18:15

Women Poop. At Work. Get Over It.

By Jessica Bennett and Amanda McCall

Why must the bathroom continue to be fraught?

Antibiotics Tied to Heart Valve Problems

By Nicholas Bakalar

The class of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones (Cipro, Levaquin and others) may increase the risk of heart valve problems.

Meat Is Murder. But You Know That Already.

By Mark Bittman

In his new essay collection, “We Are the Weather,” Jonathan Safran Foer turns his attention to the climate crisis. Mark Bittman weighs in.

Al Roker reveals he'll undergo hip replacement surgery

By Yael Federbush and A. Pawlowski

The number of hip replacements among baby boomers has grown because they want to stay active as they age.

  • September 17th 2019 at 14:52

General Mills recalling bags of flour over potential E. coli contamination

By Drew Weisholtz

No illnesses have been reported in connection with the recall.

  • September 17th 2019 at 14:25

Richard Engel on difficulty of watching baby son 'pass' by big brother with Rett syndrome

By Scott Stump

The NBC News chief foreign correspondent says it's been "tough" to watch baby son Theo's development compared to their older son with Rett syndrome.

  • September 17th 2019 at 14:22

The Spirit Of Innovation Still Thrives In The Good Old Kitchen Hack

By Nina Martyris
Illustration from a 19th-century edition of Robinson Crusoe, a novel by Daniel Defoe first published in 1719. It relates the story of Robinson Crusoe, stranded on an island for 28 years and his subsequent fight for survival. Out of desperation, he became a master of innovation, especially at preparing meals.

What would Robinson Crusoe have done with a watermelon cuber? His spirit of ingenuity lives on in the kitchen, as inventive cooks still think beyond the norm of conventional kitchen tools.

(Image credit: Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

  • September 17th 2019 at 13:00

As Texas Cracks Down On Abortion, Austin Votes To Help Women Defray Costs

By Ashley Lopez
A group gathers at the state capitol in Austin, Texas, in May to protest abortion restrictions. In defiance of the state

The Austin City Council is defying Texas state legislators, setting aside $150,000 in city funds to help local women who seek abortions pay for attendant costs, such as transportation or child care.

(Image credit: Eric Gay/AP)

  • September 17th 2019 at 11:09

Why We Feel Compelled to Say β€˜Bless You’ When Someone Sneezes

By Judy Mandell

Attributing divine blessing to a sneeze may serve various functions when ordinary explanations are lacking.

Try these easy hacks for healthier mornings when you’re short on time

By Stephanie Mansour

Fitness expert Stephanie Mansour has 11 easy ways to hack your morning routine for better health.

  • September 16th 2019 at 21:23

Rod Stewart reveals he had prostate cancer: 'I caught it early'

By Drew Weisholtz

Stewart is now urging men to get checked.

  • September 16th 2019 at 20:02

Vaping addiction sent this teen to rehab: What he wants parents to know

By Luka Kinard and A. Pawlowski

"Whenever I was awake, I was vaping. It was just such a habit that I didn’t even understand how much I was doing it."

  • September 16th 2019 at 18:56

Al Roker reacts to Bill Maher's comments about fat-shaming: 'It scars people'

By Scott Stump

Al Roker responded to Maher's comment that "fat-shaming needs to make a comeback" by saying Maher "doesn't know what he's talking about."

  • September 16th 2019 at 16:29

5 weird things we do in our sleep

By Diane Mapes

From sleep paralysis to exploding head syndrome, there's a lot going on in our brains while we sleep.

  • September 16th 2019 at 16:06
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