27-year-old shares painful reality of living with endometriosis
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(Huffpost Canada) — Endometriosis is a painful disorder that affects one out of every 10 women, yet the condition is still rarely talked about. That’s why one Instagram user has shared intimate photos of what the disease really looks like, to remind others with the condition that they are not alone.

In July, Thessy Kouzoukas, the  …

$417 million awarded in suit tying Johnson’s Baby Powder to cancer
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(New York Times) — In what may be the largest award so far in a lawsuit tying ovarian cancer to talcum powder, a Los Angeles jury on Monday ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $417 million in damages to a medical receptionist who developed ovarian cancer after using the company’s trademark Johnson’s Baby Powder on her perineum for decades.  …

The Case for a Breakfast Feast
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(New York Times) — Many of us grab coffee and a quick bite in the morning and eat more as the day goes on, with a medium-size lunch and the largest meal of the day in the evening. But a growing body of research on weight and health suggests we may be doing it all backward.

A recent review of the dietary patterns of 50,000 adults who are Seventh Day  …

Binge-watching your favourite TV shows could make you feel like a zombie!
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(Daily Mail Online) — Binge-watching TV can make you feel like a zombie, according to a recent study.

Researchers at the University of Michigan and the Leuven School for Mass Communication Research in Belgium found that higher binge-viewing frequency leads to poorer sleep quality, more fatigue and increased insomnia. The researchers  …

Australian researchers report breakthrough in treatment of peanut allergy
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(Agence France-Presse) — Australian researchers have reported a major breakthrough in the relief of deadly peanut allergy with the discovery of a long-lasting treatment they say offers hope that a cure will soon be possible.

In clinical trials conducted by scientists at Melbourne’s Murdoch Childrens Research Institute,   …

Cases of HPV-related oral cancers have risen significantly in Canada, study finds
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(Canadian Press) — The proportion of oral cancers caused by the human papillomavirus has risen significantly in Canada, say researchers, who suggest the infection is now behind an estimated three-quarters of all such malignancies.

In a cross-Canada study, published Monday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, the researchers  …

Study finds 1 in 8 Americans struggles with alcohol abuse
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(CNN) — Americans are drinking more. A lot more. According to a new study published in JAMA Psychiatry, an estimated one out of every eight Americans struggles with an alcohol disorder.

The study tracked drinking patterns among 40,000 people between the years of 2002 and 2003, and then again from 2012 to 2013 to create a long-term picture  …

Loneliness will kill you faster than obesity, study says
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(New York Post) — Loneliness is deadlier than obesity and should be considered a public health risk, experts have warned.

Those with bad social connections have a 50 percent increased risk of early death compared to those with good social connections, a review of studies on loneliness suggests.

Researchers in the US looked at 218 studies  …

The many ineffective ways we treat nocturnal leg cramps
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(Science-Based Medicine) — If you’ve ever experienced the pain of a charley horse, then you’ll have an idea of what about half of all adults over the age of 60 experience – nocturnal leg cramps. A nocturnal leg cramp can occur in the leg or foot, and is a painful and sudden tightening of a muscle that can last from seconds to minutes, and can   …

Scientists edit pig genome with goal of human organ transplants
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(CNN) — Pigs may someday provide organs for human transplant surgeries, yet more than a few obstacles must be overcome first.

Using the genome-editing technology CRISPR, scientists deactivated a family of retroviruses within the pig genome overcoming a large hurdle in the path to the transplant of pig organs into humans.

Transplantation  …