Flu, flu-like illnesses raise risk of suffering neck artery tears, stroke
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(Ben Renner/ Study Finds) — When we think about the flu, we think about the high fever, runny nose, and brutal body aches that come with the illness. But new research gives us something far more alarming to think about: contracting the flu and flu-like illnesses increases one’s risk of suffering a stroke and neck artery tears.

Researchers  …

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The air quality on cruise ships is so bad, it could harm your health, undercover report says
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(Susan Scutti/ CNN) — Cruise ships generate high levels of air pollution that could endanger the health of passengers, staff and port communities, according to an undercover report released Jan. 24.

On the decks of the four Carnival Corp. cruise ships studied over a two-year period, concentrations of particulate matter measured  …

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Alcohol triggers DNA changes that increase cravings
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(Todd Bates-Rutgers/ Futurity) — Binge and heavy drinking may trigger a long-lasting genetic change, resulting in an even greater craving for alcohol, according to a new study.

“We found that people who drink heavily may be changing their DNA in a way that makes them crave alcohol even more,” says senior author Dipak K. Sarkar,  …

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Staying thin and avoiding obesity could be helped by genes, study finds
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(Nina Avramova/ CNN) — If you diet and hit the gym regularly but are not seeing the results you hope for, it could be down to your genes.

In a new study, thin people were shown to have specific gene regions in their DNA keeping them slim, while also having fewer gene variants that have been linked to being overweight.

“We’ve  …

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Study suggests most people are wrong about their food allergies
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(Michael Normandin/ The Richest) — Have you ever heard one of your friends complaining that they had an allergy to a certain food item but they never got an allergy test to clarify? Well, chances are they’re wrong about it.

According to a study published by the medical journal JAMA Network Open, Almost one in five U.S Adults  …

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Hundreds of genes might decide whether you’re an early bird or night owl
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(Susan Scutti/ CNN) — Some people are genetically programmed to be early birds, others night owls. The amount of DNA influencing this natural preference is dramatically larger than the 24 genes identified in the past, new research indicates.

“Using data from 700,000 individuals, we’ve found 351 genetic factors  …

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How your brain makes you overeat
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(Derek Beres/ Big Think) — As if losing weight wasn’t hard enough. A new study from researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research reveals that we’re rewarded twice when eating. The first dopamine kick occurs when tasting food; the second, when the food reaches your stomach.

Making this process   …

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Misophonia: eating habits that drive couples up the wall
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(Natalie Reilly/ Newscom.au) — I CAN’T eat in front of my husband. It’s not me, by which I mean it’s not my eating habits or anything.

It’s him. Well, it’s really me. Actually, it’s both of us.

Let me explain.

The sounds he makes when he eats — the smacking of his tongue against the roof of his mouth, the sloppy noises as the mush of food   …

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Quebec doctors decry the province’s high rate of prescribing ADHD drugs to children and teens
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(Isaac Olson/ CBC News) — A group of Quebec doctors is sounding the alarm about the high rate of prescribed medication used to to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in teens in the province.

Patients between 13 and 17 are prescribed ADHD drugs at more than twice the rate of any other province, the doctors say.  …

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Drinking soda after exercise could damage kidneys
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(Tim Newman/ Medical News Today) — Downing a cool soft drink after a hot workout can feel refreshing. However, according to the latest research, it may cause further dehydration and interfere with kidney function.

Caffeinated soft drinks that are high in fructose are hugely popular worldwide. They need no introduction.

The   …

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