Why sitting too much is bad for your health
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(Tyler Wheeler/ Web MD) — Scientists first noticed something was up in a study that compared two similar groups: transit drivers, who sit most of the day, and conductors or guards, who don’t. Though their diets and lifestyles were a lot alike, those that sat were about twice as likely to get heart disease as those that stood.  …

Vitamin D may reduce ovarian cancer’s ability to spread to other organs
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(Allana Akhtar/ Insider) — Vitamin D helped cells outside major organs ward off ovarian cancer cells in a Japanese university lab.

Researchers at Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine in Japan found vitamin D counteracted a process ovarian cancer cells use to spread into different organs.

Dr. William  …

High optimism linked with longer life and living past 90 in women
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(Harvard University School of Public Health) — Higher levels of optimism were associated with longer lifespan and living beyond age 90 in women across racial and ethnic groups in a study led by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

“Although optimism itself may be affected by social structural  …

Exercise can ease osteoarthritis pain
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(Brunilda Nazario/ Web MD) — It may be hard to believe, but experts agree — exercise can help relieve joint pain from osteoarthritis (OA).

People with arthritis should discuss exercise options with their doctors and other health care providers. Most doctors recommend exercise for their patients.  …

Breast cancer drug trial results in ‘unheard-of’ survival
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(Gina Kolata/ New York Times) — The patients had metastatic breast cancer that had been progressing despite rounds of harsh chemotherapy. But a treatment with a drug that targeted cancer cells with laserlike precision was stunningly successful, slowing tumor growth and extending life to an extent rarely seen with advanced  …

Monkeypox can ‘masquerade’ as other conditions, with wide range of symptom severity
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(Lauren Pelley/ CBC News) — As global outbreaks of monkeypox made headlines, Dr. Antoine Cloutier-Blais’s Montreal clinic began seeing patients with unusual — and often painful — bodily lesions.

By early June, the family physician and his colleagues had treated around 15 patients with confirmed infections,   …

Small cancer drug trial sees tumors disappear in 100 percent of patients
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(Kim Bellware/ The Washington Post) — A small drug trial is having a seismic impact in the world of oncology: After six months of an experimental treatment, tumors vanished in all 14 patients diagnosed with early stage rectal cancer who completed the study by the time it was published.

Researchers in the field of colorectal

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Moderate time online may be ‘just right’ for teen mental health, study finds
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(Michael Lee/ CTV News) — Not too little, not too much, but just right.

That middle ground is what researchers say offers adolescents the most optimal well-being when it comes to time spent online.

A recent study of thousands of Irish teenagers found both low and high engagement with digital media compared to their peers   …

Canada took a step toward decriminalizing hard drugs to fight overdose crisis
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(Laura McQuillan/ CBC News) — When British Columbia decriminalizes small amounts of some illicit drugs next year, Canada will join a growing number of countries that have taken strides toward removing penalties for drug use.

But as many Canadian public health experts call on lawmakers to go a step further — and replace  …

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