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5 Ways to Be Happier Today

5 Ways to Be Happier TodayBrrr, its cold outside! These cold, grey winter days can send even the most positive people into a downward funk. Now that winter is truly upon us, what can you do to keep your spirits up? Here are five ways to be happier TODAY:1. Start a gratitude list or journal. Concentrating on what you are thankful for in your life is a sure-fire way…

Posted on 31 January 2015 | 4:20 am

Do You Have Metabol-Envy?

Yesterday, I sat with a friend, and she said if she could have one wish it would be to be able to eat whatever she wanted and not gain weight. I clarified, “You mean instead of your family being healthy or world peace?” She said, “Well one wish or thing I could change about myself.” I think I believe that last part. The truth is, I hear all…

Posted on 31 January 2015 | 3:21 am

Heat Up Your Intimacy by Cooking Together

Heat Up Your Intimacy by Cooking TogetherThere is no escaping it — Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and those chalky candy hearts staring at you in the drug store are proof of it. In this world of mass-produced love, it can often be hard to find that feeling of authentic romance. This year, instead of packing yourself into an overstuffed restaurant filled with irritated…

Posted on 31 January 2015 | 2:58 am

Second California patient tests negative for Ebola hours after first

By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Reuters) – Two patients hospitalized in Sacramento, California, and tested for possible Ebola infection were found to be free of the deadly virus within hours of each other on Friday. The first patient, whose case came to light on Thursday, was transferred that day to the University of California-Davis Medical Center from a smaller hospital after having traveled recently in West Africa and exhibiting Ebola-like symptoms, officials said. Health authorities would not say whether they believed the two cases to be related or whether the second patient had traveled recently in West Africa, epicenter of the worst Ebola epidemic on record, as had the first. The back-to-back Ebola inquiries came five months after another person in Sacramento was hospitalized for testing and also found free of the disease.

Posted on 31 January 2015 | 1:31 am

More measles cases found in California

LOS ANGELES (AP) — More measles cases have been found in California, health officials said Friday.

Posted on 31 January 2015 | 1:13 am

More than 100 cases of measles now confirmed in U.S

By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – More than 100 people in the United States have been confirmed as infected with measles including 91 in California, most of them linked to an outbreak that began at Disneyland in December, public health officials said on Friday. The California Department of Public Health said at least 58 of the cases of the highly infectious disease in the state have been epidemiologically linked to the Disneyland cluster. No deaths have been reported in connection with the outbreak, which public health officials suspect began when an infected person from outside the United States visited Disneyland in Anaheim between Dec. 15 and Dec. 20. The White House on Friday urged parents to heed the advice of public health officials and scientists in getting their children vaccinated.

Posted on 31 January 2015 | 1:12 am

Spain uses stem cell therapy to treat damaged hearts

A Spanish hospital has successfully used stem cells, like those pictured here, culled from healthy donors to treat heart attack victimsA Spanish hospital has successfully used stem cells culled from healthy donors to treat seven heart attack victims, in what officials said was a world first. Madrid's Gregorio Maranon hospital plans to treat 55 patients in all with the technique in a clinical trial, the regional Madrid government which runs the hospital said in a statement. "Seven patients have already been operated on and they have progressed very well despite having suffered serious damage to their heart tissue," it added. It is the first time that allogeneic cells — stem cells that come from another person — have been used to repair damage to a heart caused by a heart attack, the statement added.

Posted on 31 January 2015 | 12:53 am

Ohio postpones all 2015 executions as it secures new drugs

By Kim Palmer CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Ohio will postpone all six executions scheduled for 2015 because it needs more time to prepare for a new execution procedure and to secure a new supply of execution drugs, the state’s prison department said on Friday. Earlier this month, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction halted use of the two-drug lethal injection combination of the sedative midazolam and painkiller hydromorphone after the protracted death of an inmate last year. The state prison system wants to add a drug, thiopental sodium, previously used for lethal injections from 1999 to 2011, and pentobarbital as the two drugs permitted for lethal injections in the future. Ohio and other states with the death penalty are seeking new execution drug formulations after some pharmaceutical companies stopped supplying products because they no longer wanted to be associated with capital punishment.

Posted on 31 January 2015 | 12:35 am

Pivotal time for trans people as rigid notion of gender challenged

By Maria Caspani NEW YORK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – For Kate Bornstein, the American author and pioneer gender activist, this is a pivotal time in history for transgender people as the rigid concept of two sexes is challenged by a growing number of individuals who don’t conform to either. “That’s very different from their parents or even their older siblings,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation in a phone interview. “In the early 1990s, there might be one ‘trans’ student in six or seven colleges and now the audience is filled with female to male…or really cool gender queer (people),” Bornstein, who does not identify as male or female, says in a new film about her life. In the United States and beyond, a growing movement views gender as a complex, mainly psychological phenomenon in which a person’s external anatomy is no longer the defining factor.

Posted on 31 January 2015 | 12:33 am

Chimerix to stop participation in clinical studies of Ebola drug

(Reuters) – Drug developer Chimerix Inc said it would stop participation in clinical studies of its Ebola drug, brincidofovir, citing a significant decrease in the number new cases for the virus in Liberia. The decision was announced after the company’s discussions with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Brincidofovir was given to the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States, Thomas Eric Duncan, who later succumbed to the infection.

Posted on 31 January 2015 | 12:02 am

Health – Physical, mental and sexual health coverage

Get the latest health news and wellbeing advice from the Telegraph, including family health, diet and fitness.

The letters NHS stand for a litany of blame, waste and pessimism

Far from being the envy of the world, our health service is one of our great post-war failures, writes Charles Moore

Posted on 30 January 2015 | 10:01 pm

Only a fool would want to be a GP these days

No one grows up wanting to spend the rest of their life filling in forms, writes Tony Daniels

Posted on 30 January 2015 | 4:30 pm

A&E crisis: more 12 hour trolley waits in January than whole of 2013/2014

More patients endured 12 hour waits on trolleys in January than the whole of the last two years

Posted on 30 January 2015 | 3:05 pm

Telegraph health advice: Prostate cancer

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the UK, with over 40,000 new cases diagnosed every year. Learn more about the condition and treatment

Posted on 30 January 2015 | 2:34 pm

Hospital patient beat estranged wife over head with wheelchair

Court hears Robert Piacentini, 61, attacked his wife Dina at Barnet Hospital, in north London, leaving her with 27 severe head injuries

Posted on 30 January 2015 | 1:24 pm

There’s something wrong with my vagina, but I’m too scared to see the doctor. Help

Dr Petra Boynton, the Telegraph’s sex and relationships expert, offers advice to a reader concerned about visiting the GP with an intimate problem

Posted on 30 January 2015 | 1:00 pm

Bryony Gordon on her treatment for OCD and depression

How the other half lives: having visited a doctor, Bryony Gordon has new prescriptions to help with her OCD and depression

Posted on 30 January 2015 | 9:00 am

If as many women killed themselves as men, we’d never hear the end of it

It is too simplistic to blame the shocking rise in male suicide on men being unable to open up about their problems, says Neil Lyndon

Posted on 30 January 2015 | 8:31 am

‘Jack collapsed in Thorpe Park and was trampled underfoot – but Roots keeps him safe’

Sarah Downing used to constantly worry about her diabetic husband and son, but the family’s medical detection dog is now on hand to sniff out signs of danger

Posted on 30 January 2015 | 7:05 am

Find out what your child’s BMI score is

Use this BMI healthy weight calculator to gauge if child’s healthy weight

Posted on 30 January 2015 | 7:00 am

BBC News – Health

VIDEO: Patients ‘at risk if training cut’

The British Medical Association (BMA) has criticised plans drawn up by an independent review to shorten the length of medical training for doctors across the UK.

Posted on 30 January 2015 | 9:54 pm

Churches oppose three-person babies

Senior church figures call on the government to block the creation of so-called three-person babies, but scientists urge MPs to back a law change.

Posted on 30 January 2015 | 6:26 pm

Training cuts ‘could harm patients’

Proposals to shorten in-job training for doctors in the UK could seriously compromise patient care and safety, leading doctors warn.

Posted on 30 January 2015 | 5:26 pm

NHS Winter 2014-15: Weekly A&E tracker

How is your local hospital coping?

Posted on 30 January 2015 | 2:45 pm

‘Cold plasma’ kills off norovirus

Norovirus, the most common cause of gastroenteritis in the world, can be killed with “cold plasma”, scientists report.

Posted on 30 January 2015 | 2:03 pm

Bedtime ‘has huge impact on sport’

Our internal body clock has such a dramatic impact on sporting ability that it could alter the chances of Olympic gold.

Posted on 30 January 2015 | 5:28 am

Stress balls ‘cut surgery anxiety’

Watching a DVD or using a stress ball during minor surgery can reduce a patient’s anxiety levels, suggests a study from the University of Surrey.

Posted on 30 January 2015 | 2:46 am

Child obesity rates ‘levelling off’

The rise in childhood obesity, which has left one in three children overweight, may be beginning to level off in the under-10s, a study suggests.

Posted on 30 January 2015 | 12:04 am

Labour peer backs private role in NHS

Former Labour health minister Lord Darzi tells BBC’s Newsnight it is irrelevant whether NHS care is delivered by the private or the public sector.

Posted on 29 January 2015 | 10:39 pm

Students use porn for sex education

More than half of university students are using pornography to help them find out about sex, a NUS survey has shown.

Posted on 29 January 2015 | 5:36 pm