Student, 24, diagnosed with breast cancer after partner told her to stop dismissing her lump

Alyssa was 23 in early 2018, studying film in Boston, when she first felt a lump in her breast.  She dismissed it. She was enjoying feeling confident and care-free after an adolescence dealing with bullies and grappling with her faith growing up in New York.  But one night in June that year, a friend she’d met on an app months before looked at her in shock.  He couldn’t shake his concern for her that it could mean something sinister. ‘I was surprised,’ Alyssa told DailyMail.com, who was sure that, at her…

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Skin cancer rates have soared by 45% in 10 years ‘because of package holidays and cheap flights’ 

Rates of the deadliest form of skin cancer have soared by 45 per cent in ten years. The jump of melanoma cancer has been recorded in all ages, rising from the eighth most common cancer in Britain to the fifth most common cancer. It’s also the second most common cancer in young adults, with rates increasing by 70 per cent since in 25 to 49-year-olds since the 1990s.   Experts at Cancer Research UK said package holidays, which have become more popular since the 1970s, and cheap flights may be to…

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Obesity should be classified as a DISEASE because it is ‘not always patients’ fault’, scientists say

Obesity should be classified as a disease because it isn’t always a patient’s fault they are fat, scientists have argued.  Labelling it as a chronic condition, similar to asthma or epilepsy, could encourage people to come forward to get treatment rather than relying on fad diets. Experts said it could be the key to tackling the obesity crisis, which has almost a third of British adults dangerously overweight. They added the view that obesity is entirely self-inflicted reinforces negative views of overweight people and makes it more difficult for them…

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104-year-old woman whose relatives have all lived well into their 90s shares secrets to a long life

Some say the secret to a long life is staying physically active, others say that it’s maintaining a healthy diet. But 104-year-old Virginia Leitner, of St Charles, Missouri, says the real key is keeping up-to-date with the changing world and being creative. ‘I always say: “Just don’t tell me to be good, because I want to dance and have fun”,’ she wrote in a first-person piece for STAT News. Leitner has taken classes to learn how to use a computer, sews, showcases her paintings and has even competed in a…

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Happy people seek out strangers while sad people seek out friends, study finds

Perhaps counterintuitively, when we are happy, we seek out strangers and new people to interact with, new research suggests. When we’re feeling glum, on the other hand, we are more likely to find ourselves reaching out to close friends, relatives and companions.   Humans are by nature social creatures, and need interactions and relationships in order to feel fulfilled and for the benefit of our mental health.  But, as the Harvard University study found, we find happiness in different kinds of interactions depending upon how happy we are to begin with. …

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Nearly 90 types of hummus recalled nationwide after listeria was detected

Hummus shipped across the US and to the United Arab Emirates has been pulled from shelves over fears it contains Listeria. Pita Pal Foods, LP, based in Houston, Texas, recalled 87 different types of hummus that were distributed in May and June after traces of bacteria were detected in the factory. The company, one of the biggest hummus manufacturers in the country, produces a variety of blends for various brands – including edamame hummus for Lantana, roasted red pepper hummus for Harris Teeter, and a ‘hummus quartet’ for Lidl.  Eighty-seven…

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Woman accidentally breaks ‘cancer-free’ bell in excitement over defeat of breast cancer 

A Texas woman was so excited to finish treatment for breast cancer that she broke the ‘cancer-free’ bell. Darla Jaye, from The Woodlands, was diagnosed with breast cancer in February and immediately began radiation treatment.  Monday, July 15, marked her final radiation appointment at Harris Health Systems in Houston, which meant Jaye could finally ring the bell, reported ABC 13. A hospital worker filmed her joyously ringing the bell, until the clapper breaks off and goes flying through the air. Darla Jaye (left and right), from The Woodlands, Texas, was diagnosed…

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Human trials for the first ever HIV vaccine will start this year

Human trials of the world’s first HIV vaccine will begin this year after it proved a success in trials on monkeys. The serum, derived from the herpes virus, cleared 60 percent of rhesus macques of SIV, the monkey version of HIV. And 75 percent of the monkeys exposed to SIV again were resistant to the virus for up to three years.  The findings, published today, are the breakthrough Dr Louis Picker, an immunology researcher at Oregon Health & Sciences University, has been working towards for 30 years – motivated by…

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US drug overdose deaths fall for the first time since 1990, CDC data reveal

Drug overdose death rates are down for the first time since 1990, new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data reveal.  Halfway through 2018, the overdose death rate was 21.9 per every 100,000 deaths, a nearly seven percent drop from the year before.  Driven by the opioid epidemic, drug overdoses claimed the lives of more than 70,200 and health officials have questioned when the tide would finally turn.  Now, overdose deaths may at last be slowing down after years of efforts to cut prescription painkillers and distribute naloxone, the overdose…

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Father who lost the ability to speak after a stroke gives a speech to 200 people

A father-of-two who lost the ability to speak after suffering a stroke has regained his voice after an intensive speech therapy course. Tom Bulatovic, 50, from Chiswick, was barely able to say his own name or those of his family due to a condition called aphasia. Affecting 350,000 people in the UK, Aphasia is caused by damage to the brain and leaves people struggling to communicate and understand language. Mr Bulatovic, a university audio visual expert, had barely any improvement on the routine therapy offered by the NHS after his stroke…

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