Just one pill for all your heart health needs? It’s on the way

(Dennis Thompson/ HealthDay News) — Imagine a single pill loaded with a battery of heart medications that you take once a day to cut your chances of heart attack, stroke and heart failure. A new … Read More

Massive meta-study finds most vitamin supplements have no effect on lifespan or heart health
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(Rich Haridy/ New Atlas) — A massive umbrella study, encompassing 277 clinical trials, into the effects of nutritional supplements and dietary interventions has concluded almost all vitamin and mineral supplements play no role in protecting from cardiovascular disease, or extending one’s lifespan.

The new study gathered  …

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Your Facebook posts could reveal a future medical condition
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(Health 24) — Social media is constantly evolving, and many users post tips and information on a broad range of subjects, much of which is misleading and sometimes even dangerous.

As far as medical information is concerned, a number of doctors are trying to drown out health misinformation on social media by recruiting more medical  …

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This common sugar substitute can be deadly for dogs, FDA warns
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(Rachel Rettner/ Live Science) — You should always be careful about what you let your dog eat — case in point, a common sugar substitute found in everything from chewing gum to peanut butter can be deadly for man’s best friend, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Last week, the FDA warned pet owners about the   …

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How do I get water out of my ears?
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(Debbie Clason/ Healthy Hearing) — Playing in the water can be fun for people of all ages. While summer is a great time to enjoy swimming to its fullest, all of the splashing around can occasionally lead to water getting trapped in your ears. Symptoms include a feeling of fullness in the ear canal and a sensation that water is jostling around  …

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Skin cancer: having a close relative with the disease ‘raises someone’s chance of getting melanoma by 74 per cent’
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(Sam Blanchard/ The Daily Mail) — People whose relatives have had skin cancer may be more likely to get the illness themselves, according to a study.

Researchers suggest the genetic risk of the disease may be higher even if people have better sun-care habits than others in their family.

The risk of getting melanoma, the fifth most common  …

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Why do mosquitoes love biting some people more than others?
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(Cody Cottier/ Discovery) — As I slept unaware beneath the stars one night in early July, what I can only assume to be a legion of mosquitoes declared war against my forehead.

I’ve been a mosquito magnet as long as I can remember, so I should have foreseen the itchy misery they would deliver upon my face. I offered them an exposed patch of flesh,  …

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We asked five experts: is walking enough exercise?
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(Alexandra Hansen/The Conversation) — We humans need to exercise in order to stay healthy. Exercise protects against disease and early death, and keeps us mobile and able to perform daily tasks.

Walking is an easy, free and enjoyable form of exercise. But is a nice stroll enough to confer the life-saving benefits we know come from exercise?  …

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What to know about alcohol and brain damage
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(Zawn Villines/ Medical News Today) — Alcohol begins affecting a person’s brain as soon as it enters the bloodstream. In a healthy person, the liver quickly filters alcohol, helping the body get rid of the drug.

However, when a person drinks to excess, the liver cannot filter the alcohol fast enough, and this triggers immediate  …

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Exercise may increase lifespan ‘regardless of past activity levels’
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(Ana Sandoiu/ Medical News Today) — New research examines the relationship between trends in physical activity levels over time and mortality risk among adults in middle age and older. The findings suggest that it is never too late to start exercising, as becoming more active may lengthen lifespan “regardless of past activity  …

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