What sleep docs want you to know about turning the clocks back

(Lauren Bedosky/ Everyday Health) — Before heading to bed on October 31, many North Americans will set their clocks back one hour to prepare for the end of daylight saving time (DST). In the states … Read More

You’re never going to look at a rubber duck the same way again
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(Tom Hale/ IFL Science) – Rubber ducks might look sweet and innocent, but beneath their glazed-over smile, they harbor a terrible secret. Despite spending half of their lives in a soapy bath, their insides are filthy and pretty damn gross.

New research by the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology, ETH Zurich,  …

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How much hair loss is normal ? And what you probably don’t know
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(Bellatory) – If your feel that your hair is dropping in handfuls and you feel that you are starting to look more like your balding uncle than curly-haired beauty or hunk, then read on and do something about it! First of all, calm down! If you are a woman, then bear in mind that 90 per cent of women’s hair loss is only temporary; it is probably   …

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Global antibiotic use soars as resistance fears rise
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(HealthDay News) — Overuse of antibiotics is one of the main causes of the dangerous health threats posed by antibiotic resistance — when the drugs are no longer effective against the diseases they were designed to fight.

Yet new research finds that antibiotic use by people rose 39 percent worldwide between 2000 and 2015,  …

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Liberal MPs, advocates want to legalize fees for surrogate moms and sperm donors
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(Kathleen Harris/ CBC News) — A Liberal MP, backed by his party’s women’s caucus, is pushing for a legal change to allow surrogate mothers and sperm donors to be paid for their services.

Anthony Housefather, chair of the House of Commons justice committee, said Canada’s current law is out of step with modern  …

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Making time to really listen to patients
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(Rana L.A. Awdish and Leonard L. Berry/ Harvard Business Review) — Modern medicine’s true healing potential depends on a resource that is being systematically depleted: the time and capacity to truly listen to patients, hear their stories, and learn not only what’s the matter with them but also what matters to them. Some health  …

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The many ways your house is killing you
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(Richard A Lovett/ Cosmos) — We may not think of our living rooms and offices as chemical factories, but reactions occurring within them can produce a dangerous array of toxic air pollutants, scientists say.

In some cases, these chemicals are formed by the same reactions that produce urban smog, says Sasho Gligorovski, a physicist  …

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Promising new test for common uterine cancers has Montreal connection
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(Charlie Fidelman/ The Gazette) — Early detection. Faster, safer, better. Aggressive ovarian cancer is more often than not detected when it’s so advanced that survival is limited; there is no reliable screening test.

Now researchers at Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Centre and McGill University say they’ve developed a genetic-based  …

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A big breakfast could aid weight loss, glucose control
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(Honor Whiteman/ Medical News Today) — You may have heard that breakfast is “the most important meal of the day,” and a new study helps to support this. It found that eating a big breakfast and reducing lunch and dinner size may be key for people looking to lose weight and improve their blood glucose levels.

Led by researchers  …

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Our latest weapon against antibiotic resistance? Platypus milk
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(Kristen Houser/ Futurism) — The platypus is, frankly, a weirdo. It’s one of the last surviving species of egg-laying mammals. It has venomous flippers. And that furry body combined with the duck bill? Looks like it belongs on evolution’s blooper reel.

And now another strange element of its biology is intriguing scientists:   …

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