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Can New Drug Reverse the Effects of Hereditary Blindness?

While researchers are reluctant to call idebenone a cure for blindness, the drug has restored the vision of some people who suffer from hereditary blindness in a recent clinical study.

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Porsche-Designed Hookah Draws Criticism from Health Experts

The hookah has been around for hundreds of years, invented by ancient doctors who thought passing tobacco smoke through water first would purify it.

Noble lineage aside, though, today it’s commonly referred to as a water-bong and used for tobaccos both legal and not-so-legal.

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McDonald’s Happy Meals to Get Healthy Makeover

In an effort to help stave off childhood obesity, McDonald’s announced Monday that its iconic Happy Meals are getting a healthy tune-up.

Traditionally, the meals included a burger or chicken nuggets, fries and a soda. But starting this fall, a fruit or vegetable will also be in the shiny box.

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Britain May Increase Recommendations for Healthy Alcohol Consumption

The Commons Science and Technology Committee in the United Kingdom is considering increasing its guidelines for healthy alcohol consumption, which currently state men shouldn’t routinely drink more than four units of alcohol a day — about two pints of beer — and women should limit themselves to three units — a large glass of wine.

Doctors have cast doubts on the recommendations, put in place by the Royal College of Physicians in 1987.

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Sunday Brunch Bonus- An Excellent Life- Mean Girls

There will always be people out there who try to pull you down, slow you down and downright insult who you are for the silliest of reasons.  What about the ones who kick you- and kick you hard- while you are down? There will always be someone out there judging who you are and what you stand for, always

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Vegetarians Can Sue for Being Served Meat

A judge has ruled that a restaurant can be sued for serving meat to unsuspecting vegetarians.

The 16 plaintiffs, who are Hindus, had a party catered by Edison, New Jersey eatery Moghul Express. Instead of getting the vegetarian samosas they ordered, however, meat-filled samosas were delivered.

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New ‘Superbug’ Strain of Gonorrhea Resists Antibiotics

Gonorrhea, a bacterial sexually transmitted infection, used to be easily treated with antibiotics. But now, a "superbug" strain of the STD has been found in Japan and scientists fear it could become a global public health threat.

"Since antibiotics became the standard treatment for gonorrhea in the 1940s, this bacterium has shown a remarkable capacity to develop resistance mechanisms to all drugs introduced to control it," said Magnus Unemo of the Swedish Reference Laboratory for Pathogenic Neisseria, who discovered the strain with Japanese colleagues.

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Stop-Smoking Drug Chantix Kills You Just Like Smoking Does

The folks at Gawker made me giggle yet again, with another sadly true bit of news:

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PGA Tour Pro Sean O’Hair’s Errant Golf Shot May Have Fan’s Saved Life

Chris Logan wasn’t feeling so lucky when he was struck in the temple by an errant shot from pro golfer Sean O’Hair as he watched the AT&T National at Aronimink Golf Club last Fourth of July.

The West Chester, Pennsylvania man wasn’t seriously injured by the blow, but was checked for a concussion as a precaution. And that’s when this tale takes a fortunate turn.

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Exercise Like a Horse With ‘Horsebic’ Fitness Routine [VIDEO]

Have you ever seen an overweight horse? Of course you haven’t. Horses know how to stay in shape; it’s in their nature. Strange then, that with all the weight-loss programs and fad diets that have come and gone over the years, no one ever thought to create an exercise program based on horse fitness…until now. Enter Horsebic, a Finnish workout routine comprised of exercises like trotting, cantering and show jumping in the field. With 15 new lessons coming down the pike every six months, how could you not sign up?

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Research: Sitting Can Be as Deadly as Smoking [VIDEO]

If you're going to light up, at least make sure to stand up.

New research has found that sitting for long periods of time can be just as dangerous as smoking.

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Food Pyramid Gets a Makeover

The food pyramid, which since 1992 has demonstrated the proper amount of grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy and meat a person should consume per day, is no more.

On Thursday, the USDA rolled out the government's new foo

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