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Fatal police shootings 40% more likely in states with higher gun ownership

BY. DR. TAMBETTA OJONG (NEW YORK) -- The U.S. Constitution’s second amendment gives us the “right to bear arms,” but what if having a gun for protection is actually putting you more at risk of harm? A new study finds that a person’s chances of being involved in a fatal…... Read More

Screen time overload: How media multitasking can affect our impressions of new people

BY. COLETTE POOLE-BOYKIN (NEW YORK) --  In the 21st Century, multiple media devices, such as smartphones, computers and television, constantly compete for our attention. Using them all at once is known as media multitasking, and it forces our brains to work overtime to process all the information — often inefficiently.…... Read More

Hurricane Michael, other disasters can take lasting toll on children's mental health

BY: DR. COLETTE POOLE-BOYKIN(NEW YORK) -- Windows boarded and emergency plans in place, with gallons of water and canned goods stocked. As people who are rushing to prepare for an impending natural disaster check items on to-do lists, it is possible to overlook a less visible need -- the mental…... Read More

Tech addiction clinic in India treating its first Netflix-related case

(NEW YORK) -- A mental health institute in India admitted its first patient for Netflix addiction.The 26-year-old man is being treated by Dr. Manoj Kumar Sharma, a professor at the National Institute of Mental Health & Neurosciences in Bengaluru, who said the man was watching Netflix to obtain a "feeling…... Read More

'The View' hosts get candid about 'going through it' on World Mental Health Day

(NEW YORK) -- On World Mental Health Day, "The View" co-hosts had an open conversation about their own experiences and discussed the role of social media in the growing mental health crisis.Meghan McCain spoke about working through the death of her father in August, on her third day back at…... Read More

Six ways to prioritize your mental health

(NEW YORK) -- In a year that has taken us from the #MeToo movement to the Supreme Court nomination fight to mass shootings and more — not to mention the stressors of our own daily lives — it's clear that we could all be better by taking time to care…... Read More

Acute flaccid myelitis partially paralyzes children in Minnesota

BY: DR. TAMBETTA OJONG(NEW YORK) -- Recently making headlines is a rare complication occurring from some viruses called acute flaccid myelitis (AFM). It affects the spinal cord and causes partial paralysis.There were three new cases of suspected AFM reported in children on Tuesday in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The children are being…... Read More

29-year-old chef with terminal cancer describes how she plans to live out her final days

(NEW YORK) -- You may know Fatima Ali from her time on "Top Chef," but after a candid, witty and heartbreaking essay she recently penned for Bon Appetit, you'll quickly realize that the best way to describe this New York City chef isn't as a TV star, but with words…... Read More

Second person dies from allergic reaction after allegedly eating food at Pret a Manger in the UK

(NEW YORK) -- A second person believed to have died from an allergic reaction after eating a Pret a Manger product has been identified as 42-year-old dental nurse Celia Marsh.Marsh died at Royal United Hospital in Bath, England, after allegedly ingesting a dairy product in a “super-veg rainbow flatbread” on…... Read More

Makers of LaCroix hit with lawsuit alleging their sparkling water contains 'synthetic' ingredients, including a 'cockroach insecticide'

(COOK COUNTY, Ill.) -- The makers of the wildly popular sparkling water LaCroix, which has become a phenomenon over the past year, were hit with a lawsuit alleging the beverage contains "non-natural flavorings," including an ingredient said to be used as a "cockroach insecticide."The lawsuit, which is seeking class action…... Read More

Some fruits evolve to smell stronger when ripe and attract animals that eat them

(NEW YORK) --  Fruit scents tell animals when a fruit is ripe, but they also help the plant reproduce, as it's seeds are moved from one place to another. In a new study, researchers show that certain fruits growing in areas with large lemur populations have evolved to smell stronger…... Read More

Flu season is here: What you need to know

(NEW YORK) -- It’s the start of fall, which means flu season is here.Last year, flu hospitalizations were the highest they’ve ever been; 106 out of every 100,000 people were hospitalized for the flu in the 2017-18 season, with people over age 65 accounting for 58 percent of those hospitalizations…... Read More

Recent Salmonella outbreaks have made hundreds ill

BY: DR. TAMBETTA OJONG(NEW YORK) -- At least 57 people in 16 states have been reported with Salmonella infections after consuming some of the more than 6.5 million pounds of contaminated beef produced by an Arizona company, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Services said.Over the past…... Read More

6.5M pounds of ground beef recalled after salmonella outbreak sickens 57 in 16 states

(PHOENIX, Ariz.) -- An Arizona-based company is recalling more than 6.5 million pounds of raw beef that may be contaminated with salmonella -- after 57 people in 16 states have gotten sick, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Thursday.The raw beef items from JBS…... Read More