Insomnia and diabetes up risk of early death: study
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(Dave Yasvnski/ Healthing) — People who struggle to get a good night’s sleep are more likely to suffer an early death, particularly if they have diabetes, according to a new study.

The research, which appears in the Journal of Sleep Research, found that people with diabetes who have trouble falling or staying asleep  …

What types of memories are forgotten in Alzheimer’s disease?
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(Emile Delage/ The Conversation) — Alzheimer’s disease, a type of neurodegenerative dementia that affects memory, is well known in Canada, where more than half a million people live with it. This number is expected to double in the next 10 years as the population ages.

Alzheimer’s disease strikes fear in people.  …

Delta variant as contagious as chickenpox, CDC says
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(Thompson Reuters/ CBC News) — The war against COVID-19 has changed because of the highly contagious delta variant, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said, proposing a clearer message, mandatory vaccines for health workers and a return to universal masking.

An internal CDC document said the variant, first  …

Simone Biles’s withdrawal from Olympic event could ‘normalize’ mental health conversations
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(Benjamin Blume/ CBC News) — The decision of U.S. Olympic gymnast Simone Biles to withdraw from the women’s team final to look after her mental health could go a long way toward dispelling stigmas around the issue in sports, experts said.

“There has always been, within the athletic world, the emphasis on appearing  …

How can menopause affect sleep?
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(Daniella Pacheco/ Sleep Foundation) — Going through menopause and can’t sleep? You’re not alone. Menopause is a time of major hormonal, physical, and psychological change for women — and all that change can wreak havoc on their sleep.

On average, around 12 percent of women experience sleep complaints. As women age into  …

Heart failure tied to increased cancer risk
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(Nicholas Backalar/ The New York Times) — People with heart failure may be at increased risk for cancer.

Cancer patients are usually monitored for heart failure because some cancer drugs can damage the heart. Now a new study suggests that heart failure patients, who may live for many years with the condition, might benefit  …

‘It’s too late’: Alabama doctor shares final moments of Covid patients
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(Antonio Planas/ NBC News) — A doctor in Alabama pleaded on Facebook this week for Covid-19 skeptics to get vaccinated — unlike some of her patients who paid the ultimate price.

Dr. Brytney Cobia’s impassioned and sobering Facebook post from Sunday has been widely circulated on social media. The Birmingham physician said  …

Severe menstrual cramps linked to air‑pollution exposure: study
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(Saumya Kalya/ The Swaddle) — Long-term exposure to air pollutants can greatly increase the risk of developing dysmenorrhea, a condition in which people experience severe cramps and period pain, according to a new, important study that decodes the role air pollution plays in menstrual cycle function.

Dysmenorrhea is  …

The four most urgent questions about long COVID
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(Michael Marshall/ Nature) — When Claire Hastie fell ill in March of last year, she reacted the way she usually would to a minor ailment: she tried to ignore it. “It started off incredibly mild,” she says. “I would normally have paid no attention to it whatsoever.”

But within a week she was flattened. “I had just never felt ill  …

The pandemic made science more accessible than ever – let’s keep it that way
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(Jackie Flynn-Mogesen/ Mother Jones) — In early January 2020, weeks before the World Health Organization officially uttered the word “pandemic,” the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center, a hospital associated with Fudan University, received a sample of a mysterious virus that had sparked a cluster of pneumonia   …

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