Do any weight loss pills really work?
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(MaryAnn de Pietro/ MedicalNewsToday) — When it comes to weight loss, there is no shortage of pills, drinks, and supplements claiming to help the weight fall off. But do weight loss pills help, and are they safe?

The best weight loss pills may contain one or more active ingredients intended to increase fat burning, decrease appetite,  …

Cycling won’t sabotage a man’s sex life: study
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(Maureen Salamon/ HealthDay) — Men who are avid cyclists needn’t worry that hours spent on the bike will translate into problems in the bedroom or bathroom, new research claims.

Reportedly the largest study of its kind involving bikers, swimmers and runners, the findings buck prior reports that cycling could harm sexual  …

Studies overestimate prevalence of depression, analysis shows
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(Wency Leung/ Globe and Mail) — Studies regularly overestimate the prevalence of depression, using inaccurate measures of the disorder, according to a new research paper. As a result, they may give doctors and policy makers a distorted picture of the actual demand for treatment and health-care resources, the authors warn.  …

Pseudo-science based Blue Monday delivers unintended advantages, expert says
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‘Blue Monday’, the so-called saddest day of the year, falls on Jan. 15 in 2018

(CBC News) — The third Monday of every January has long been crowned the saddest day of the year, but while the science behind the unflattering title has been scoffed at by experts, some say the day has unintended value.

“Blue Monday”  …

*Best diets 2018: Weight Watchers
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(U.S. News & World Report) — We put together a panel of health experts every year to evaluate the most popular diets in the U.S.

This year, our experts assessed 40 diets, ranking them from lowest to highest in seven categories, including the best diets for weight loss, diabetes, and heart health.   …

E. coli outbreak linked to romaine lettuce apparently over, Ottawa says
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Although the outbreak appears to be over, the Public Health Agency of Canada says Canadians should ‘always follow safe food handling tips for preparing lettuce.’ (CBC News)

(Nicole Ireland/ CBC News) — An outbreak of E. coli infections linked to romaine lettuce “appears to be over,” the Public Health  …

Working night shift could raise cancer risk
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(Alice Park/ Time) — Working the night shift is linked to a number of health issues, from heart disease to obesity to sleep disorders—and even cancer. Now, in a new report, researchers in China have found that women who work the night shift have a 19% increased risk of developing cancer compared to women do not work at night.

The  …

What are the best diets for 2018?
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(Honor Whiteman/ Medical News Today) — When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, eating better is at the top of our list. But which diet plan is the best? A panel of health experts — on behalf of U.S. News & World Report — reveal the top-rated diets for 2018.

It is estimated that around 45 million people in the   …

Sleeping less than eight hours linked to depression and anxiety in new study
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(Dana Dovey/ Newsweek)  — Lack of sleep may cause more than just dark circles under your eyes. New research found that people who sleep less than the recommended eight hours are also more likely to have repetitive negative thoughts, a finding that could explain the link between sleep and mental health.

Sleep-deprived individuals  …

What are the most common highly contagious diseases?
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(Norene Anderson/ Livestrong.com) — The most common contagious diseases are categorized as bacterial, viral, fungal and protozoan. Bacteria are tiny organisms that are pathogenic (cause infectious diseases) or beneficial (aid in digestion). Viral diseases originate from a virus, a sub-microscopic agent that requires  …

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