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

This app turns your smartphone into an ultrasound to measure heart health
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(Danielle Kirsh/ Medical Design) — Engineers at the California Institute of Technology have turned a smartphone camera into an ultrasound to non-invasively give detailed information about someone’s heart health.

Ultrasound scans take 45 minutes using the machine. Using the Caltech-developed app, the procedure is cut down  …

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Cancers linked to excess weight make up 40% of all U.S. diagnoses, study finds
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Two out of every three Americans now considered overweight, CDC says

(Jessica Glenza/ The Guardian) — Cancers associated with being overweight or obese account for 40% of all diagnoses of the disease in the United States, an increasing share of all cancer diagnoses nationwide.

Although new cases of cancer have fallen since the  …

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Just 42% of women know the signs of breast cancer, so here’s a recap
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(Miranda Larbi/ Metro UK) — A few days ago, Julia Louis-Dreyfus revealed that she has breast cancer.

The disease, it seems, doesn’t care about social standing, celebrity or wealth – if you get it, you get it. And if you miss the signs early on, it becomes an increasingly difficult battle to fight.

Despite the large numbers of women  …

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When breast cancer struck early, I didn’t lose hope
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(Nichola Precious/ HuffPost Canada) — Three years ago, I had no hair and had just begun my first of 20 rounds of radiation.

Up to that point I thought I was living a fortunate and happy life in Halifax. I had married my best friend and the love of my life. Once our careers were underway we had two amazing children. When the  …

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Sports and energy drinks unhealthy for kids and teens, pediatricians say
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  Children influenced by advertising for unhealthy food and drinks

(CBC News) — Most children and teens shouldn’t consume sports and energy drinks, and the products should no longer be marketed to them, the Canadian Paediatric Society says.

In a new position statement released Tuesday, the society said sports drinks are  …

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The shorter your sleep, the shorter your life: the new sleep science
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Leading neuroscientist Matthew Walker on why sleep deprivation is increasing our risk of cancer, heart attack and Alzheimer’s – and what you can do about it

(Rachel Cooke/ The Guardian) — Matthew Walker has learned to dread the question “What do you do?” At parties, it signals the end of his evening; thereafter, his new acquaintance  …

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Hard to watch patients succumb to the ‘secret powers’ of alternative therapy
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Jess Ainscough’s tragic death is all too familiar for oncologists. We’ve all lost patients to the ‘secret powers’ of alternative therapy

(The Guardian/ Dr. Ranjana Srivastava) — The consultation is over and I stand to escort her out. Through the open door, I notice the waiting row of patients staring drearily at the television.

“But   …

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75% of Canadians diagnosed with thyroid cancer don’t need aggressive treatment, new study suggests
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Overdiagnosis likely due to improvements in imaging technology and overtesting, say researchers

(CBC News) — Three out of four Canadians diagnosed with thyroid cancer don’t require the aggressive treatment they get, an overdiagnosis likely due to the increased use of ultrasound imaging, suggests a new study published by   …

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Physical activity helps people worldwide
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Boosting physical activity a simple, low-cost global strategy to reduce deaths globally

(CBC News) — Each step we take reduces the overall risk of premature death, a global study reaffirms.

Researchers estimate about one in 12 deaths worldwide would be prevented if everyone exercised at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week.  …

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