Antibiotic resistance: Old Irish ‘soil cure’ tackles major superbugs
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(Catharine Paddock/ Medical News Today) — Traditional folk medicine could help solve the growing threat that antibiotic resistance poses to public health.

Scientists at Swansea University Medical School in the United Kingdom drew this conclusion after studying samples of Irish soil with a long healing tradition.

They   …

How does yo-yo dieting affect our heart health?
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(Tim Newman/ Medical News Today) — Sticking to a strict diet can be challenging, so our eating patterns can fluctuate wildly. A new study looks at how these changes might impact cardiovascular health.

As we roll into 2019, many people will be trying out new diet regimes.

For many of us, sticking to a nut-filled, burger-free, fish-heavy  …

Longer vacations could extend your life
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(Nicole Lyn Pesce) — Taking more time off can give you more time.

Longer vacations could extend your life, according to a study from the European Society of Cardiology.

The research, which was conducted by the University of Helsinki, Finland over 40 years, followed 1,222 middle-aged male executives born between 1919 and 1934 who had  …

Quebec hospitals overflowing as province hit with widespread flu
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(CBC News) — Emergency rooms in Quebec hospitals are overflowing this holiday season as the flu spreads across the province.

The Public Health Agency of Canada is reporting a steady rise in influenza cases throughout the country and Quebec is no exception. Earlier this month, the agency described the flu as being “widespread”  …

Six surprising foods you should avoid on certain medications
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(Philip Crilly/ The Conversation) — As the population grows older, more and more people are using a combination of drugs to treat multiple conditions. This can lead to interactions and side effects that we all need to be aware of.

Not only can drugs interact with each other, they can also interact with food and drink, as well as   …

Why you really, really shouldn’t sleep in your contacts
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The CDC is reminding the one in three contact wearers who leave their lenses in overnight that doing so raises your risk of infection dramatically

(Amanda Gardner/ — If anyone has any doubts about whether or not to sleep–or even nap–in contact lenses, consider this cautionary tale: A man who wore his contact   …

Talking turkey: To rinse or not to rinse that Christmas bird
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(Cathy Kearney/ CBC News) — From Master Chef Julia Child, to the kitchen bible The Joy of Cooking, home cooks have been told for decades to rinse the inside and outside of Christmas turkeys before putting them in the oven.

Proponents of turkey rinsing apparently did so to wash away any imagined germs and bacteria. But it turns out,  …

Energy drinks may make you five times more likely to have a stroke
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(Lynne Walls/ Daily Mail) — Juggling a busy job and family life, Mark Horsman relied on a daily combination of eight cups of coffee and three cans of Red Bull to keep him going.

For three years, the construction manager from Brighton thought nothing of it. But one day, after downing two cans in a row, he was suddenly struck by a terrifying  …

Chronic fatigue: Overactive immune system ‘may trigger ME-like symptoms’
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(Laurel Ives/ BBC Health) — An overactive immune system may help explain the cause of chronic fatigue syndrome, scientists from King’s College London have suggested.

Many sufferers of CFS, or ME, say their condition began with a challenge to their immune system like an infection.

The scientists studied 55 patients   …

19% of women, 13% of men report workplace harassment in StatsCan survey
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Health-care workers, who interact with public frequently, report highest level of abuse

(CBC News) — About 19 per cent of Canadian women and 13 per cent of men reported being harassed in the workplace, with the highest level of harassment in health-care jobs, according to Statistics Canada.

Verbal abuse was the most common   …

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