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Push to better track living kidney donors' long-term health

The big unknown when someone donates a kidney: The long-term health consequences. Now the U.S. is taking a step toward finally tracking how living donors fare over decades — just as candidates are getting some new cautions to consider. Specialists insist the surgery seldom brings serious complications for the donor. What happens later in life is less certain. British researchers reported Monday that living kidney donors are more likely to develop later kidney failure than non-donors — and female donors may experience a pregnancy complication, problematic high blood pressure Overall,…

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Italy OKs living wills amid long-running euthanasia debate

Italy’s Senate has given final approval to a law allowing Italians to write living wills and refuse artificial nutrition and hydration, the latest step in Roman Catholic Italy’s long-running debate over euthanasia and when it’s morally appropriate to pull the plug. The law’s passage Thursday comes as the Vatican itself has taken up the issue of end-of-life care anew, with a series of conferences emphasizing the need for palliative care and reinforcing Catholic doctrine that requires only “ordinary” care be provided to the dying, not “extraordinary” care that extends life…

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We should be grateful not to be living Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop-y existence

​I’m in Los Angeles at the moment, where Californian wildfires are raging with such intensity that a short trip down the freeway has started to resemble the opening sequence of a disaster movie. Residents are being evacuated, beloved pets are being put into shelters and firefighters are working day and night. But, as always in this topsy-turvy town, some people have more pressing things on their minds – namely, losing 14lb in four weeks. Let’s think how lucky we are not to have jobs that require us to drink bone…

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My life was a living hell says Wiggins after investigation dropped

Sir Bradley Wiggins said his life was “a living hell” during an investigation into allegations of wrongdoing at British Cycling and Team Sky. On Wednesday, UK Anti-Doping said there would be no charges over a ‘mystery’ medical package delivered for Wiggins at the Criterium du Dauphine in 2011. Wiggins, 37, said the investigation “felt nothing less than a witch hunt”. He added: “Being accused of any doping indiscretion is the worst possible thing for any professional sportsman.” Wiggins won five Olympic gold medals and the 2012 Tour de France before…

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Thousands living with advanced cancer, says Macmillan

Thousands of people in England who have the most advanced cancers are surviving for several years after diagnosis, according to new research. Macmillan Cancer Support said it was down to new treatments but warned that living longer with advanced cancer can bring its own difficulties. Emma Young, 39, was diagnosed with breast and bone cancer at 35. “The not-knowing is the hardest, from scan to scan you don’t know how it will be,” she says. “From the time you have the scan until you get the results is really hard…

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Korean singer Paul Kim says music is his reason for living

[unable to retrieve full-text content] There are those life-changing events that are beyond any words or logic. And for rising singer-songwriter Paul Kim, the most striking moment of his nondescript 20s came one ordinary night at an Army base while serving his mandatory military service. Flipping through the booklet of his favourite singer Lee So-ra’s fifth album, Kim encountered a […] Music –

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College enshrines healthy living in bricks and mortar

Pledges by college students to abstain from drugs and alcohol are nothing new. Now some students are meditating, working out, practicing yoga, eating healthfully. And at the University of Vermont it’s become a bona fide lifestyle. In UVM’s Wellness Environment, known as WE, students live in a new, big substance-free dorm and take a required class in what affects the health of their brains and bodies. They’re given incentives to stay healthy like access to a free gym membership, nutrition and fitness coaches and an app that tracks their activities….

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