The Man Who Cured Himself of BIID

Part II People with body integrity identity disorder struggle with a desire to amputate their limbs or become disabled. This is the story of someone who followed through with that task — and what happened after.  OK Whatever Sure, he might have half-a-leg less than...

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Why Would You Fake Having Cancer?

A lymphoma survivor investigates disease scamming — a growing trend of faking health tragedies to rake in donations. OK Whatever Most people didn’t know that I had cancer. They didn’t know why I stopped going to school or why I was suddenly absent from basketball...

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How I Keep My ADHD in Check With a Simple Water Fountain

Livestrong Tell me if this sounds familiar: You have something due, and you put it off for days, maybe even weeks. It isn’t until the Saturday before you have to turn it in that you actually sit down to start working on it. Of course, even that part’s easier said than...

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Feeding S.F.’s “Heart-Smart,” Low-Sodium Foodies

Planning daily meals for hundreds of seniors is no easy task. SF Weekly It’s lunchtime at Rhoda Goldman Plaza, an assisted living community in Pacific Heights, and the 45-table dining room is in full swing. Uniformed and name-tagged waiters zig-zag around the L-shaped...

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Knowledge Thirsty

  As if rampant oil consumption and global warming aren't enough to give you anxiety, Irena Salina's impassioned documentary, FLOW, serves as a wakeup call for viewers to check the box next to global water crisis. Through a series of interviews with scientists...

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Community Acupuncture a New Trend in Oakland

The process is simple: a whispered check-in with the patient—How are you feeling? What’s bothering you? Then the needles go in, quick and meticulously positioned, usually for no longer than 10 minutes. Once the practitioner’s role is done—the needles are placed and...

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Young and Healthy? Watch the Cholesterol

Young adults out there, take note: The occasional Big Mac, slice of pizza or ice cream cookie binge may be fine — but you'd be wise not to make a habit out of it. Consistently high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL or "bad") cholesterol throughout early adulthood...

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Heart Risks Start Early in Young Adults

Signs of heart disease -- generally thought to be a disease of middle age -- can be seen even in children, cardiologists now know. But risk factors in children and young adults run the risk of being undetected and untreated, largely because of confusion as to who...

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Effect of Call-Based Counseling Rings True

The therapist-patient relationship is crucial to people battling depression, addiction, weight gain and diabetes. But that relationship might not always have to be in person to be effective. Over the last decade, numerous hospitals and clinics have begun experimenting...

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Stroke Risk May Double in First Hour After Drink

Long day at work? Stressed about paying your bills? How tempting, at such times, to reach for a drink.... If that sounds like you, here's some sobering news from a study published online in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Assn.: The risk of stroke appears to...

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