Birth control pills may alter how women perceive fear
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(Katie Dangerfield/ Global News) — Birth control pills may adversely affect the brain’s fear-regulating regions in women, potentially increasing the risk of anxiety and stress-related disorders, according to a recent Canadian study.

The peer-reviewed study out of Quebec and published in Frontiers   …

How to adjust your body to darker days, according to experts
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(Julia Landwher/ Health) — This past Sunday, Americans experienced the first late-afternoon sunset of the season, after the clocks switched from daylight saving time back to standard time.

Beyond the earlier sunset, the clock change also signals wintertime’s shorter days.

Online, people are already bracing for limited  …

Taking estrogen early in menopause could cut dementia risk, study finds
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(Claire Bugos/ Very Well Health) — Nearly two-thirds of the people who develop Alzheimer’s disease are women. For decades, researchers have sought to understand whether the loss of estrogen during menopause could be a major reason and whether hormone therapy could decrease women’s risk for  …

I didn’t want my cancer diagnosis to affect my relationships. But of course it did
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(Hilary Osborne/ The Guardian) — The day after I received my breast cancer diagnosis last year, when I was still unsure whether it had spread and how bad the news really was, my partner opened his mouth to comment on my loading of the dishwasher. I knew what was coming: some clearly mistaken criticism of the positioning  …

The loneliness epidemic: Nearly 1 in 4 adults feel lonely, new survey finds
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(Taylor Nicioli/ CNN News) — If you feel lonely, you’re actually in good company: Nearly 1 in 4 adults across the world have reported feeling very or fairly lonely, a new Meta-Gallup survey has found.

The new survey, taken across 142 countries, found 24% of people age 15 and older self-reported feeling very or fairly lonely  …

Maintaining a stable weight may be key
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(Nancy Schimelpfening/ Healthline) — While human longevity appears to have an upper limit (the oldest age reliably recorded is the 122-year lifespan of a woman from France named Jeanne Calment) there are several things that can affect how likely we are to reach a ripe, old age.

Scientists say that a   …

5 hours or less of sleep raises depression risk in older adults
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(Teddy Amenabar/ Washington Post) — Short sleepers — those who regularly get five or fewer hours of sleep at night — may be at a higher risk of developing depression symptoms, according to a study published Thursday.

Researchers examined the health data of 7,146 individuals, age 50 and older in England, and found

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Breast cancer survivor speaks on the importance of preventative care
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(Andrea Uribe/ KAGS TV) — Roughly one in eight women develop breast cancer over the course of their lifetime.

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, one survivor spoke out about her journey at Baylor Scott & White.

“2020 is when I was first diagnosed with breast cancer, just from a routine mammogram and from there,

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What social media does to the teen brain
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(Catherine Pearson/ New York Times) — Every generation has its moral panic and for Gen Z — teenagers today — it is, undoubtedly, social media.

Recent public health warnings have stoked fears in parents that a generation of kids is doomed because they are always online. Girls, the headlines warn, are   …

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