The drug-resistant fungus that is putting health officials on alert
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(Elizabeth Payne/ Ottawa Citizen) — A Winnipeg resident returned from India seriously ill with a brain abscess and a chronic ear infection. The unidentified patient, who had undergone dental surgery in India, was infected with a drug-resistant form of bacteria.

And that was not all.

The 64-year-old is now recognized as Canada’s Patient  …

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Why science can’t seem to tell us how to eat right
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(Theresa Tamkins/ WebMD) — Eggs once fell from grace, going from the sunny breakfast staple of choice to a hard pass if you wanted to avoid heart attacks. Then, like all disgraced celebrities, they seemed to make a comeback — in the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Health experts said we could stop worrying about the cholesterol  …

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Skipping breakfast tied to higher risk of heart-related death, study finds
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(Jacqueline Howard, CNN) — Whether you eat breakfast might be linked with your risk of dying early from cardiovascular disease, according to a new study.

Skipping breakfast was significantly associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular-related death, especially stroke-related death, in the study published in the Journal  …

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Recall of blood pressure drug losartan expanded
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(Jen Christensen/ CNN) — If you take blood pressure medicine, you’ll want to double-check your bottle. Torrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd. has expanded its recall of losartan potassium and losartan potassium/hydrochlorothiazide tablets.

Tests found trace amounts of a potentially cancer-causing impurity called N-methylnitrosobutyric  …
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The right way to use a public bathroom (to avoid getting sick)
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(Melinda Wenner Moyer/ New York Times) — There are a handful of things in this world I’m extremely thankful for, yet also quite grossed out by. Public bathrooms are one of them. (Also: colonoscopies.) My disgust peaks around this time of year, when everyone around me seems to be coughing or sneezing or both — sometimes in the next stall.  …

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Wake up, people: You’re fooling yourself about sleep, study says
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(Sandee LaMotte/ CNN) — Hey, sleepyheads. What you believe about sleep may be nothing but a pipe dream.

Many of us have notions about sleep that have little basis in fact and may even be harmful to our health, according to researchers at NYU Langone Health’s School of Medicine, who conducted a study published last Tuesday in the journal  …

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Just a strip of bacon a day ‘increases cancer risk,’ U.K. study finds
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(Cillian O’Brien/ CTV News) — People who eat just moderate amounts of red and processed meat are still at risk of bowel cancer, according to a new study.

Scientists found that colorectal cancer risk rose 20 per cent with every 25 grams of processed meat people ate per day, equivalent to a strip of bacon or slice of ham.

Those who ate   …

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Hospital privacy curtains could be breeding ground for germs
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(Robert Preidt/ HealthDay) — Privacy curtains in hospital rooms might offer patients some personal dignity, but they can also harbor dangerous, drug-resistant bacteria.

That’s the claim of a new study where researchers took more than 1,500 samples from privacy curtains in 625 rooms at six skilled nursing facilities in Michigan.  …

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If you want to keep the weight off for good, here’s the deal with diet vs exercise
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(Juna Xu/ Body and Soul) — Weight loss is 80 per cent diet and 20 per cent exercise, right? Well, that’s where we’re wrong. According to a world first study published in the journal Obesity, abs aren’t made in the kitchen, and in actual fact, physical activity actually does more to maintain substantial weight loss than diet.

Researchers  …

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New test could help diagnose depression or bipolar disorder in an hour: University of Manitoba researchers
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(Megan Benedictson/ CTV News) — A new test designed by researchers with the University of Manitoba could help ensure patients suffering from debilitating mood disorders don’t end up with a treatment that makes matters worse.

The diagnostic test is simple and involves sitting in a chair with electrodes that measure electrical  …

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