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Feeling election anxiety? So is America

Published: Oct 14, 2016

By Lisa Greene


Maybe it’s not surprising, given how bizarre this year’s presidential election has become, that the American Psychological Association has said the election may actually be bad for your health.

More than half of Americans say the election is a very or somewhat significant source of stress. And as divisive as this campaign season has been, the Washington Post reports this is a bipartisan phenomenon: Democrats and Republicans are equally likely to feel election stress.

If you take calcium supplements, you should check out this new study. It found that people who take these pills are more likely to build up plaque in their arteries, reports NBC News.

Here in Florida, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have found another neighborhood in Miami where the Zika virus is spreading. At least five people have contracted the Zika virus in Miami’s Little River neighborhood, reports the Miami Herald.

On Friday, surgeons in New York announced that they had separated 13-month-old twins Anias and Jadon McDonald, who were born joined at the head. Surgery to separate them took 27 hours at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore Medical Center, reports CNN.

Children of mothers who used a popular class of antidepressants while pregnant may be at greater risk of developing speech and language disorders, suggests a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry. However, researchers noted that the overall risk of developing such disorders remains very small.

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