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Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus: Ethiopian wins top WHO job

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus from Ethiopia will be the next director general of the World Health Organization (WHO). He will be the first African to head up the UN agency, after winning the most votes from 186 member states. He replaces Margaret Chan, who will step down from her 10-year post at the end of June. During her tenure, the WHO’s ...

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Literally 471 Sex Tips You'll Wish You Read Sooner

Sex advice that’s fun, informative, and actually useful. Sometimes that’s a sex therapist or a sexual health provider. Other times it’s a sex-having adult who can tell you first-hand what worked for them. We’ve shared a lot of great sex advice over the years, so we decided to pull a few gems together in one list. Behold, the big list ...

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30 Super Honest Stories About Watching Queer Porn For The First Time

“I felt like I was walking into Narnia.” Everyone remembers their first time — watching porn, that is. Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed It’s no secret a ton of people enjoy watching porn . But for people within the LGBT community, watching (or accidentally stumbling upon) queer porn for the very first time can be educational and affirming — or it ...

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The FBI And Defense Department Are Investigating America's Biggest Psychiatric Hospital Chain

The UHS-owned Shadow Mountain Behavioral Health facility in Oklahoma. Rosalind Adams / BuzzFeed News America’s largest chain of psychiatric hospitals is the target of a multi-agency federal investigation into whether it systematically holds patients longer than necessary to maximize revenues — an allegation two nurses at one of its facilities raised following a protest at its headquarters last week. According ...

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Why Americans Are So Damn Unhealthy, In 4 Shocking Charts

Stand by for another round of partisan warfare, as Senate Republicans grapple with a replacement for Obamacare. You can expect to hear a lot about access to health insurance and coverage for preexisting conditions. Those are important issues, for sure. But there are much deeper problems with health in America, which the current fight will do little to address. Americans ...

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Flint Isn’t Ready To Trust Anyone Yet

In the 1,000-plus days since Flint, Michigan, had (federally acceptable) potable water, a lot more than the pipes has eroded. Trust, like dependably clean water, is not easy to come by in this slightly careworn city of just under 100,000 people. For residents, the knowledge that a toxic cocktail of contaminants had been inadvertently released into their water supply is ...

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FDA Clears First Cancer Drug Based on Genetics of Disease, Not Tumor Location

By Natalie Grover and Bill Berkrot Merck & Co’s immunotherapy Keytruda chalked up another approval on Tuesday as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said the cancer medicine can be used to treat children and adults who carry a specific genetic feature regardless of where the disease originated. It is the first time the agency has approved a cancer treatment ...

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A Loud Warning: Millions of People Do Not Protect Their Ears

Modern life can be deafening. Yet even though many people know that they should use earplugs or earmuffs when mowing the lawn or partying at the club, they do not do so, according to a sweeping analysis by Harrison Lin, an ear surgeon at the University of California, Irvine, Medical Center and his colleagues. They also found that a large ...

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What Does the Food and Drug Administration Do?

Last week the president of the United States met with a group of CEOs from pharmaceutical companies and promised to drastically cut regulations instated by the Food and Drug Administration (the FDA) by 75-80%.   The president has also issued anexecutive order , applicable across all federal agencies, stating that for every new regulation issued, at least two existing regulations must be ...

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Chocolate Linked to Decreased Risk of Irregular Heart Rhythm

By Andrew M. Seaman Eating a small amount of chocolate every week or so may decrease the risk of a common and serious type of irregular heart rhythm, according to a new study of people in Denmark. People who ate chocolate one to three times per month were about 10 percent less likely to be diagnosed with atrial fibrillation than ...

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