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'Breast milk banks' gain in popularity

A wave of new nonprofit breast milk banks

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A wave of new nonprofit breast milk banks are opening across North America, driven by research that has promoted the use of donated mother's milk for healthy babies.

Five new milk banks are expected to open this year in the United States and Canada, joining four that opened in 2013 and bringing the total number of nonprofit milk banks up to 22, said Kim Updegrove, president of the Human Milk...

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Type 2 diabetes may shrink the brain, study suggests

People with type 2 diabetes may lose more

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People with type 2 diabetes may lose more brain volume than is expected as they age, new research indicates.

Surprisingly, this shrinkage doesn't appear to be linked to the damaging effect of diabetes on tiny blood vessels in the brain, but instead by how the brain handles excess sugar, the researchers noted.

"We have known for a long time that diabetes is not good for the brain," said...

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Study: Higher doses of antidepressants linked to suicidal behavior in young patients

When prescribing antidepressants for teens and young adults,

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When prescribing antidepressants for teens and young adults, doctors should not start with high doses of the drugs because it might raise the risk of suicidal behavior, new research suggests.

The study, which was published online April 28 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, found that younger patients who began treatment with higher-than-recommended doses of antidepressants were more...

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Report: 1 in 13 U.S. schoolkids takes psych meds

More than half of the parents said the

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More than 7 percent of American schoolchildren are taking at least one medication for emotional or behavioral difficulties, a new government report shows.

Apparently, the medications are working: More than half of the parents said the drugs are helping their children, according to the report.

"We can't advise parents on what they should do, but I think it's positive that over half of...

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Could morning sun could be a key to weight loss?

A recent study found that people who got

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Could the key to a lower body mass index (BMI) really be as easy as basking in the morning sunlight?

According to new research from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, yes.

The study found that people who got most of their exposure to sun in the morning hours had a noticeably lower BMI than those who got their exposure in the afternoon.

“The earlier this light...

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Too little sleep may add to teen health problems, study finds

Many teens from lower- and middle-income homes get

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Many teens from lower- and middle-income homes get too little sleep, potentially adding to the problems of some kids already at risk for health issues, new research finds.

The study of 250 high school students found they slept an average of six hours a night, far less than the recommended amount -- about nine hours.

Kids who skimp on sleep are more likely to report feeling hopeless,...

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LIer Jen Selter, social media sensation, lands in Vanity Fair, talks fitness

Social media sensation and Long Island native Jen

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There’s more behind social media fitness sensation Jennifer Selter than just a carefully sculpted figure.

For Selter, 20, of Roslyn, who will be appearing in this month’s edition of Vanity Fair, the grueling daily workout routine -- and hundreds of selfies it’s produced -- is all about positively influencing the lives of others.

“My passion in life is inspiring others,” said Selter,...

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Year of Awareness: Autism

Michele Iallonardi speaks to her son Jackson, 12,

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As a young elementary school teacher in her early 20s, Michele Iallonardi’s knowledge of autism was limited.

“What I knew about autism back then was like, your kid seems fine and then all of a sudden, they have autism.”

For Iallonardi, that limited understanding changed suddenly when her son Jackson was diagnosed with autism; he was just 2 years old.

“At around 12 months, I brought...

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Long Island Olympians talk training, fitness and nutrition

Aidan Kelly, left, John Daly, center, and Matthew

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Sixteen years ago, a vision became clear for Long Island Olympian Matthew Mortensen -- if he was going to succeed in the luge, strength and conditioning was going to become an essential part of his life.

Mortensen, a Huntington Station resident and a sergeant in the United States Army National Guard, entered the U.S. Luge's development program in 1998 -- a preparatory program designed to train...

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Vacation pre-tanning: Does it really help prevent burning?

Self-tanners don't provide any real protection against burns

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As schools let out for spring break and families head to warmer, more tropical beach locales, a popular question arises in pre-vacation planning: to tan or not to tan?

Something of an urban legend, getting a "base tan" before vacation is said, by some, to help you reduce the risk of burning once you are basking in the sun.

The Daily Apple set out to find out whether the idea is based...

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