How to keep your family and pets safe in a heat wave
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(Nicole Spector/ NBC News) — Experts predict that this year’s heat waves are going to be frequent and severe. We’ve already seen some scorching temperatures blister across the country of late, and it’s likely that, unless and until climate change is forcefully addressed, heat waves will continue to worsen, threatening the lives of   …

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A new study that ties common medications to dementia highlights the need for early detection
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(Katherine Ellen Foley/ Quartz) — Researchers still don’t know all the reasons people go on to develop dementia, and why. What they do know, however, is that 5% to 8% of the world’s population over 60 suffers severe cognitive decline with age, with some 10 million new cases every year.

Last week, researchers from the University of Nottingham  …

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Gut bacteria may be eating our medication and making it ineffective, study suggests
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(Rosie McCall/ IFL Science) — The microbes in our guts may interfere with medication – by eating it.

Harvard researchers writing in Science describe one of the first clear-cut examples of the microbiome impeding a drug’s progress through the body by exposing the bacteria responsible for weakening the medication for Parkinson’s  …

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Parkinson’s breakthrough could help to catch the disease decades before symptoms appear
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(Ben Taub/ IFL Science) — One of the biggest barriers to treating Parkinson’s disease is the fact that the disorder has no known cause, meaning it can’t be diagnosed until symptoms begin to appear. Yet that could be about to change, thanks to new research that has identified a key early warning sign that could allow doctors to identify those  …

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Coffee could help you burn fat, new study finds
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(David Morgan/ CBS News) — New research indicates that a cup of coffee, or three, could help you lose weight. A new study out Monday morning in the journal Scientific Reports finds coffee can stimulate “brown fat” — the fat in your body that keeps you warm by burning calories.

On CBS This Morning, Dr. David Agus explained what  …

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Nutrition: even identical twins respond differently to food
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(Ana Sandoiu/ Medical News Today) — The largest ongoing study of its kind finds that people’s responses to food vary depending on a wide variety of factors. The findings suggest that the future of nutrition lies in personalized dietary advice.

Despite repeated public awareness campaigns and official dietary recommendations,  …

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Vaccine mistrust leaves populations vulnerable, global study shows
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(Thomson Reuters) — Trust in vaccines — one of the world’s most effective and widely used medical products — is highest in poorer countries but weaker in wealthier ones where skepticism has allowed outbreaks of diseases such as measles to persist, a global study found on Wednesday.

France has the least confidence of any country  …

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Montreal researchers find link between gut bacteria and fibromyalgia
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(Nicole Bogart/ CTV News) — A Canadian study has revealed a link between fibromyalgia and alterations in gut bacteria—a discovery researchers say could lead to faster diagnosis for patients grappling with the chronic pain condition.

Researchers at McGill University identified 19 species of gut bacteria that were either increased  …

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Widely prescribed anxiety drugs linked to 26% rise in suicide risk, study shows
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(Alex Matthews-King/ The Independent) — People taking a widely used class of medication prescribed for anxiety, nerve pain or epilepsy are up to 26 per cent more likely to die by suicide, a study has warned.

British researchers, led by Oxford University, have called for a review on the use of gabapentinoid drugs in treating young people  …

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Ottawa releases long-awaited national dementia strategy
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(Wency Leung/ Globe and Mail) — The federal government has released a long-awaited national dementia strategy, providing a road map for the first time for how it intends to address a costly and rapidly growing public health concern.

But while dementia experts welcomed the strategy as an important initial step, some emphasized the government  …

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