Heart health: are women getting incorrect treatment?

(Fiona Sally Miller/ Medical News Today) — A review published in Nature Medicine reveals an alarming failure to successfully treat cardiometabolic disorders, such as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke, in women. The authors urge health … Read More

No bread in bed: study suggests refined carbs can trigger insomnia
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(John Anderer/ Study Finds) — Sleep seems to happen almost instantly on some nights, while others are spent endlessly tossing and turning in pursuit of some rest. Insomnia can be caused by a variety of factors, but it is indisputably a common occurrence nowadays. In fact, an estimated 30% of adults experience insomnia regularly.  …

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New vaping advertising limits coming, but no further restrictions on nicotine yet
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(Catherine Cullen / CBC News) — With government figures showing a spike in the number of young people vaping, the federal government is preparing to place stricter limits on advertising and make health warnings on vaping products mandatory, CBC News has learned.

However, Ottawa is not yet ready to go as far as many health advocates want  …

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Deep-brain stimulation gave a renowned scientist with alcoholism his life back
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(Wency Leung/ The Globe and Mail) — Frank Plummer’s research has helped save the lives of countless others. Now, the microbiologist and infectious-disease expert is helping scientists test an experimental treatment that may save his own.

Dr. Plummer, an Officer of the Order of Canada whose work, particularly in HIV/AIDS, has shaped  …

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Breast cancer drug found effective nearly six years after treatment
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(UPI HealthDay News) – Nearly six years after stopping a five-year regimen of the breast cancer drug anastrozole, women at high risk for breast cancer were 50 percent less likely to have been struck by the disease, new research shows.

The trial included more than 3,800 postmenopausal women at high risk for breast cancer. They were deemed  …

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Exercise advice on food labels could help to tackle the obesity crisis
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(Nicola Davis/ The Guardian) — Labelling food and drinks with how much walking or running is needed to burn them off could help tackle the obesity crisis, researchers say.

While all packaged food must display certain nutritional information, such as calorie content, there is limited evidence that the approach changes what people buy  …

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High-intensity exercise improves memory and wards off dementia
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(Jennifer J Heisz/ The Conversation) — For the first time in human history, older people outnumber younger people. This has created unique health challenges. Dementia may be one of the scariest — a debilitating condition that erases memories; a condition without a cure.

But dementia does not have to be your fate. Exercise protects our  …

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Lawsuit claims Apple and Samsung’s phones exceed radiofrequency radiation safety levels
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(Tyler Lee/ Ubergizmo) — A good majority of our electronic devices give off radiation, especially our phones.

Presumably, they have all been tested and approved by regulatory bodies before they are put on sale, although there was a report from back in August that suggested that phones made by Apple could be exceeding those limits.

Now  …

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How many head and neck injuries does cell phone use cause?
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(Ana Sandoiu/ Medical News Today) — Some have dubbed texting “the new drunk driving” — and for good reason. New research suggests that texting while walking can also be dangerous, as it rounds up all the head and neck injuries that occurred due to cell phone use over a 20 year period.

According to the United States Department  …

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Nightmares may be good for you
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(Russell Deeks/ Science Focus) — Having nightmares may help to prepare us for potentially frightening situations, a study at the University of Geneva and University Hospitals Geneva, and the USA’s University of Wisconsin, has found.

There’s a huge amount science still doesn’t know about dreaming. It’s not even clear if everyone does  …

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