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Physical activity helps people worldwide
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Boosting physical activity a simple, low-cost global strategy to reduce deaths globally

(CBC News) — Each step we take reduces the overall risk of premature death, a global study reaffirms.

Researchers estimate about one in 12 deaths worldwide would be prevented if everyone exercised at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week.

In Thursday’s issue of The Lancet, researchers in 17 countries reported their findings after asking more than 130,000 participants aged 35 to 70 to fill in questionnaires.  …

Commonly prescribed drugs for back pain often ineffective, review says
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Existing studies do not support use or show benefits for gabapentin

(CBC News) — Doctors are prescribing anti-seizure and nerve pain medications for a common type of chronic low-back pain, a non-licensed use, despite a lack of studies supporting their effectiveness for that purpose, according to a new review.

The drugs, known as gabapentinoids, include gabapentin (originally marketed under the brand name Neurontin) and pregabalin (previously sold as Lyrica alone).  …

It’s not all in your head: different aches need different treatments
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(Healthline) — When there is pressure or pain in your head, it can be difficult to tell whether you are experiencing a typical headache or a migraine. Differentiating a migraine headache from a traditional headache, and vice versa, is important. It can mean faster relief through better treatments. It can also help prevent future headaches from occurring in the first place.  …

Taking hormones for menopause doesn’t raise early death risk: study
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(TCTMD) — Women who choose to take hormone therapy—whether estrogen alone or in combination with progestin—to curb menopausal symptoms have no higher or lower long-term risks of all-cause, cardiovascular, or cancer mortality than women who don’t take the drugs, according to long-term follow-up from the two Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) trials.  …