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Age of First Stroke Is Getting Younger, Study Finds

Strokes are striking people in the U.S. at younger ages, a new study finds. Overall, the rates of stroke in the U.S. have gone down in the past few decades, said Chengwei Li, an epidemiologist at the University of Michigan School of Public Health and the lead author of the study. A decline in the average age of people having strokes can have big implications for public health, according to the study.


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Denver to Allow Marijuana in Bars: What's the Health Impact?

The city of Denver will soon allow people to smoke or consume marijuana in some bars and restaurants, thanks to the passage of a new initiative in the 2016 election. The new law, called Initiative 300, mandates a four-year pilot plan in the city that allows bar and restaurant owners to apply for permits to allow marijuana use on their premises. The measure — which could start becoming implemented in 2017, according to the Denverite — has won praise from some in the tourism industry, given that tourists and renters in Denver often have few places to go to use the pot they can legally buy in Colorado.


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Leonard Cohen's Death: What Causes Falls in the Elderly?

Legendary singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen died after falling in his home, his manager has now revealed, but can falls signal poor health in older adults? "There's usually not just one thing that’s causing the problem," said Dr. Tanya Gure, a specialist in geriatric medicine at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. "[Falls] are often a sign of a medical condition, or several things that may have run amok," she said.


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Work at a Desk Job? This Trick Could Boost Your Energy

Here's another reason not to sit all day: Getting up from your desk for a few minutes at a time throughout the day may boost your mood and energy levels, a small new study suggests. The researchers noted that their study included only healthy people in the normal weight range, and so more research is needed to see if the findings apply to other populations, such as people who are obese.


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Spoil Sprouts: How Little Greens Can Make You Sick

"Sprout contamination continues to pose a serious public health concern," the researchers from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wrote in their report. The arm of the FDA that wrote the new report focuses on investigating outbreaks and finding ways to prevent them. The findings on sprouts were presented on Oct. 28 at IDWeek 2016, a meeting in New Orleans of several organizations focused on infectious diseases.


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Bright Idea: Glow-in-the-Dark Dye Could Power Cars

If the world one day sees a boom in electric cars and renewable energy, people will need more efficient batteries than are currently available. The chemical is boron-dipyrromethene, otherwise known as BODIPY, and it consists of a set of carbon rings linked to a boron atom and two fluorine atoms. In the new study, a team of chemists at the University at Buffalo tested BODIPY's power-generating abilities with a special type of battery called a reduction-oxidation battery (or redox).


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Teen Depression on the Rise in US

Depression is on the rise in U.S. teens, a new study finds.


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Santa's Sweltering: North Pole Soars 36 Degrees Above Normal

Santa may need to take off some of his jolly layers this Christmas: The North Pole — the northernmost point on the globe (where Mr. Claus lives) — is more than 36 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) warmer than it has been in past decades, a new report finds. Moreover, the entire Arctic, a region that includes the North Pole, is almost 13 F (7.2 C) warmer today (Nov. 18) than in past years, the report found. Birkel calculates his forecast temperature anomaly maps for the Arctic by comparing the current day's values against a 1979 to 2000 climate baseline period for the same day of the year.


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