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Drug to be trialed to treat alcoholics

LONDON — British scientists are recruiting volunteers to test whether ketamine, also known as the party drug “Special K,” may be helpful in reducing relapse rates among people with severe alcoholism.

Flint children’s blood lead levels rose in water crisis

DETROIT — Federal health officials on Friday confirmed that the blood lead levels of children in Flint, Michigan, rose after the city switched to the Flint River as the source of its drinking water, exposing residents to dangerously high contamination.

That little sibling may be good for your health

That pesky kid brother or sister who broke your stuff and got you in trouble all the time may have actually done you a favor. A U.S. study suggests that younger siblings might be really good for your health.

Scientists find ‘good’ cholesterol can be bad

LONDON — So-called “good” cholesterol may actually increase heart attack risks in some people, researchers said on Thursday, a discovery that casts fresh doubt on drugs designed to raise it.

Reading from a tablet before bed may affect sleep quality

People who read from an iPad for 30 minutes before going to sleep felt less sleepy and had different electrical activity in the brain during sleep than those who read from a physical book, a recent study found.

Patients with lens implants may develop cataracts

Many patients who get lens implant surgery to correct vision problems may develop cataracts or elevated pressure around the eyes within 10 years after the procedures, a Swiss study suggests.

Place kids on their side if they pass out

Passed-out children who are positioned on their side have lower odds of needing to stay in the hospital, according to a new study from Europe.

Targeting frailty in pre-lung transplant patients might improve survival rates, patient outcomes

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Frailty can affect people of all ages and demographics. Defined simply as “an increased vulnerability to adverse health outcomes,” frailty can affect a patient’s chances of surviving a surgical procedure or needing a nursing home. A new study from physicians at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., published recently in the Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation, is among the first to show a definitive connection between frailty and survival after a lung transplant procedure.

Get some sleep: A weight-loss tip to take seriously

We realize the Internet is flooded with weight-loss tips. And there’s no way you could possibly adhere to all of them, especially considering more than a few contradict each other. Often the more out-there advice monopolizes the conversation (think infrared saunas, cryotherapy, and intermittent fasting), but health and wellness expert Dr. Frank Lipman reminds us that sometimes the simplest tip can have the biggest effect.

Vomiting disease’ on the rise in California

It’s a disease humorist Stephen Colbert once poked fun at in this tweet: “Remember, if you’re in public and have the winter vomiting bug, be polite and vomit into your elbow.”