Sepsis deaths around world ‘twice as high as previously thought’
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(Sarah Boseley/ The Guardian) — Deaths from sepsis around the world are twice as high as previously thought, with babies and small children in poorer countries at greatest risk, a major study has revealed.

There were almost 50m sepsis cases worldwide and 11m deaths in 2017, according to US researchers writing in the Lancet medical journal.  …

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Sleep problems in older adults linked to cognitive decline and dementia
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(Lisa Rapaport/ Reuters) — People who have trouble falling asleep may be at increased risk of developing cognitive problems or dementia than their counterparts who sleep well, a research review suggests.

Researchers examined data on 51 previously published studies that followed middle-aged and older people in North America, Europe  …

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We may be one step closer to a vaccine against Alzheimer’s disease
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(Clary Estes/ Forbes) —Alzheimers is a devastating diagnosis for people suffering from the disease, as well as their families, but a group of researchers feels that they are one step closer to finding a cure.

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) affects about 5.7 million people in the US and is the leading cause of age-related dementia today.  …

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Study finds tongue fat can lead to sleep apnea
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(Kristen Fischer / Healthline) —Losing weight can help your sleep, according to a new study that found tongue fat can increase your risk of sleep apnea.

The study says that losing fat in your tongue can alleviate symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The condition occurs when people stop and start breathing during sleep. Patients  …

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26-year decline in cancer mortality includes largest single-year drop on record, American Cancer Society says
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(Kelly McCarthy/ ABC News) — Deaths from cancer have gradually decreased over the last 26 years, with the largest single-year drop ever recorded in the last decade.

The death rate in the U.S. declined by 29% from 1991 to 2017, according to the annual statistics from the American Cancer Society, which the health organization said  …

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How diet, exercise, and weight management can add a decade to your life
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(George Citroner / Healthline) — We’d all like to live a long time in good health.

Now a recently published study has concluded there are lifestyle factors that can increase your odds of reaching an older age without chronic health issues.

There’s been plenty of research on lifestyle choices, such as smoking, physical activity, drinking  …

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Montreal hospitals, new ‘winter clinics’ packed during flu season
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(Dan Spector/ Global News) — With cold and flu season in full swing, emergency rooms across the island are bursting at the seams.

Quebec’s new winter flu clinics are operational and are supposed to help, but staff at hospitals are still facing a huge influx of patients.

The Lakeshore General Hospital emergency room was operating at more  …

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Seeing red: poor diet, including too much red meat, linked to macular degeneration
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(Ben Renner/ Study Finds) — Everyone knows an unhealthy diet is inevitably going to lead to weight gain, but a new study finds that it may end up being your eyes that pay the price for poor eating habits. According to a study by researchers at the University of Buffalo, individuals who regularly eat a diet with large amounts of red and processed  …

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Make 2020 the Year of Less Sugar
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(Tara Parker-Pope/ The New York Times) — Here’s the last New Year’s health resolution you might ever need: resolve to stop eating added sugar.

While you might think you’re not eating much sugar, chances are you’re eating a lot more than you realize. Added sugar lurks in nearly 70 percent of packaged foods and is found in breads, health foods,  …

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Mediterranean Diet repeats as Best Overall of 2020
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(Kathleen Doheny/ WebMD) — For the third year in a row, the Mediterranean diet has been named the best diet overall in the U.S. News & World Report annual rankings.

In 2018, the Mediterranean diet shared top honors with the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet. Both focus on fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. The  …

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