Coconut oil: are the health benefits a big fat lie?
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(The Guardian) — It wasn’t that long ago that the closest most Britons got to a coconut was at the fairground or on the inside of a Bounty bar. Yet in the past three years, this hard, hairy drupe (that’s the official term) of the coconut palm tree has emerged as the latest “superfood” extolled by celebrities and health food shops for its nutritional,  …

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Chlamydia testing for young women declines after Pap test guidelines revised
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(CBC News) — After Pap tests became less frequent in Canada, testing for chlamydia also decreased, say researchers who recommend that young women should ask their doctors about testing for the sexually transmitted infection.

In May 2012, guidelines from Cancer Care Ontario recommended less frequent Pap tests for routine cervical  …

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Green, yellow, or brown phlegm: What does it mean?
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(Medical News Today) — Phlegm is a type of mucus that is produced in the lungs and nearby lower respiratory tract airways. This kind of mucus has a crucial role in preventing germs and materials from entering the airways and lungs and potentially causing an infection.

Other areas of the body, including the upper respiratory tract (nose,  …

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Health Canada seeks feedback on modernizing fertility act
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(CBC News) — Health Canada is inviting people to comment on its proposed changes to reimbursing egg donors, and surrogates as well as other updates of its assisted reproduction regulation.

Health Canada said July 12 that it wants to strengthen the 2004 Assisted Human Reproduction Act by writing regulations to:

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What you can do to prevent Alzheimer’s
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Alzheimer’s doesn’t have to be your brain’s destiny, says neuroscientist and author of Still Alice, Lisa Genova. She shares the latest science investigating the disease — and some promising research on what each of us can do to build an Alzheimer’s-resistant brain.

In this TED talk, She shares the  …

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Does drinking more coffee lead to a longer life?
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(CNN) — Greater consumption of coffee could lead to a longer life, according to two new studies published Monday.

The findings have resurfaced the centuries-old conversation on coffee’s health effects.

One study surveyed more than 520,000 people in 10 European countries, making it the largest study to date on coffee and mortality,

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Are generous people happier? Study says yes!
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(US News & World Report) — The key to feeling happy may be as simple as being a little generous – or even vowing to be more so, according to new research.

Researchers studied the communication between brain areas and found that those concerned about their fellow humans are happier compared to those who tend to care more about

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‘Superbug gonorrhea’ is emerging, WHO warns
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(CBC) — Untreatable cases of “superbug gonorrhoea” have occurred, the World Health Organization says, as it calls for new drugs to treat the bacterial infection.

WHO and a global team of researchers published a study in the journal PLoS Medicine July 6 highlighting increases in drug-resistant gonorrhea, calling it   …

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Patients with emergency surgery delays have higher risk of dying, study finds
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(Canadian Press) — Patients whose emergency surgeries are delayed due to a lack of operating room resources have an increased risk of death or a need for extra recovery time in hospital, a Canadian study suggests.

Researchers at the Ottawa Hospital found surgical delays for patients with serious injuries or life-threatening conditions  …

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Does night shift work hurt DNA repair?
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(Amy Norton, HealthDay News) — When people work the night shift, their bodies might have less capacity to repair everyday damage to cells’ DNA, a small study hints.

The research found that people excreted lower levels of a chemical called 8-OH-dG when they worked at night. That might be a sign that the body’s ability to repair  …

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