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Black Friday psychology: Inside the minds of shoppers

MSNBC Health News - November 21, 2012 - 16:13

An estimated 147 million Americans plan to go shopping sometime this weekend, according the National Retail Federation. But who are these people, what's the psychology driving them to rise before dawn in pursuit of a deal -- and have they really never heard of online shopping?

FDA took 684 days to warn plant tied to meningitis

MSNBC Health News - November 21, 2012 - 14:55
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration took 684 days to issue a warning letter after uncovering serious issues at the pharmacy at the center of the deadly U.S. meningitis outbreak, newly released documents showed.

Surviving Thanksgiving -- and grammy's parenting advice

MSNBC Health News - November 21, 2012 - 13:57

On Thanksgiving, sometimes, along with the turkey and stuffing comes a nice, big helping of unsolicited parenting advice from relatives. Ettiquette guru Anna Post and other parents who've navigated those waters offer tips on how to keep the peace without losing your mind.

And the best beverage to boost brainpower is ...

MSNBC Health News - November 21, 2012 - 00:00

If your brain requires a morning jolt to get going, think beyond a cup of Joe and go green.  That's because green tea can help improve memory and cognition in men, reports a new study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

Birth control pills shouldn't need prescription, docs say

MSNBC Health News - November 20, 2012 - 22:57
Women should be able to buy birth control pills over-the-counter at pharmacies without a prescription, a group of doctors says.

U.N.: End of AIDS 'feasible' as infections fall

MSNBC Health News - November 20, 2012 - 20:55
An end to the worldwide AIDS epidemic is in sight, the United Nations says, mainly due to better access to drugs that can both treat and prevent the human immunodeficiency virus that causes the disease.

Mall of America: Solo teens face Black Friday ban

MSNBC Health News - November 20, 2012 - 18:55

Teens under 16 have to have a parent escort to shop at the nation's largest mall on Black Friday and on other holiday dates this year, the result of a teen ruckus during Christmas week last year.

Long-awaited health reform rules released

MSNBC Health News - November 20, 2012 - 17:33
The Health and Human Services Department released some of the long-awaited rules on Tuesday for health insurance companies that want to offer products on the new state exchanges, where people will be able to buy health insurance starting in 2014.

Coffee helps you see the bright side

MSNBC Health News - November 20, 2012 - 17:12

For some people, it’s somewhere between the third or fourth cup of coffee when they begin feeling human. While people commonly guzzle a cup of joe to perk up, it turns out caffeine can do more than simply wake people.

New push for most in US to get at least 1 HIV test

MSNBC Health News - November 20, 2012 - 15:15
There's a new push to make testing for the AIDS virus as common as cholesterol checks. Americans ages 15 to 64 should get an HIV test at least once — not just people considered at high risk for the virus, an independent panel that sets screening guidelines proposed Monday.

Real-life teen 'Sleeping Beauty' sleeps 19 hours a day

MSNBC Health News - November 20, 2012 - 14:48

It took almost two years for Nicole Delien’s family to find someone who could explain the mysterious illness that was made their little girl sleep for up to 19 hours a day - and often put her in a daze the few hours she was up.

It's Thanksgiving week. How safe is your kitchen?

MSNBC Health News - November 20, 2012 - 13:56

Use these tips to make the heart of your home a healthy haven for cooking your holiday feast.

Most docs don't talk to patients about stress

MSNBC Health News - November 20, 2012 - 00:34
Although stress is common among people with health problems, few primary care doctors take time to discuss ways to reduce stress with their patients, a new study suggests.

New guidelines recommend HIV testing for more people

MSNBC Health News - November 19, 2012 - 23:23
An influential U.S. panel has called for routine HIV screening for all Americans aged 15 to 65, a change that could help reduce some of the stigma about getting tested for the sexually transmitted infection that causes AIDS.

Antibiotics in pregnancy tied to asthma in kids

MSNBC Health News - November 19, 2012 - 21:42
Children whose mothers took antibiotics while they were pregnant were slightly more likely than other kids to develop asthma in a new Danish study.

Losing your job can give you a heart attack

MSNBC Health News - November 19, 2012 - 21:05
Duke University researchers have found that unemployment significantly raises the risk of a heart attack. And that risk goes up with each job loss and with increasing time spent unemployed, according to a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Many seniors sleep as well as younger adults

MSNBC Health News - November 19, 2012 - 20:07
Getting older doesn't necessarily mean you go to bed early, sleep fitfully, rise at the crack of dawn and wander bleary-eyed throughout the day. A new study finds that more than half of people 65 and older actually sleep as well and as long as younger adults.

Little brothers raise your blood pressure

MSNBC Health News - November 19, 2012 - 19:54
Having a younger brother isn't just a drag in childhood, it may also raise your blood pressure into adulthood, suggests a new study on Bolivian adults.

Avoid these 10 bad-mood foods

MSNBC Health News - November 19, 2012 - 16:59

From obvious offenders like ham and potato chips to more "healthy" fare like peanuts and agave nectar, find out which common foods are sapping your energy and making you sad.

Most teen boys – and girls – trying to build muscles

MSNBC Health News - November 19, 2012 - 13:33

All those glossy magazine ads showing men and women with bulging muscles may be having a big impact on America’s youth. Most teens report they're exercising to become more buff, and a small number of boys and girls are turning to steroids to achieve that toned look.