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Health & Fitness
health
Mental health factors like loneliness, and sensory factors like hearing loss, can matter more to someone’s well-being and risk of death than traditional measures like cancer and high blood pressure, a new study suggests. Particularly in caring for older adults, doctors should consider more than just physical health, the researchers say. “We’re a mosaic of...
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microbes health
We share our bodies and our surroundings with teeming communities of microbes that are crucial to the health of people and the planet, and now the Obama administration is beginning a major project to better understand those invisible ecosystems – even control them. The National Microbiome Initiative being announced by White House science officials Friday...
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cell phone health
Parents who turn to smartphones and tablets to break up the tedium of caring for an infant around the clock may be teaching their babies to have a short attention span, a small study suggests. That’s because when parents stop focusing on playtime with their baby to concentrate on other things like tiny screens, their...
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global medicine prices
France will press its G7 partners this month to launch an “irreversible” process to control the prices of new medicines, part of a global drive to make life-saving drugs more affordable, three sources told Reuters. President Francois Hollande said in March he would push for the international regulation of drugs prices when he meets other...
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prostate cancer sex
Men who ejaculate often may have a lower risk of prostate cancer than their peers who don’t do it as frequently, a U.S. study suggests. Researchers followed about 32,000 men starting in 1992 when they were in their 20s and continuing through 2010. During this period, almost 4,000 of the men were diagnosed with prostate...
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trouble sleeping
The old adage about sleeping with one eye open in an unfamiliar place may not be too far off the mark. A new study suggests that one half of the brain remains on high alert during the first night of sleep in a new space. Over the course of three experiments on 35 young, healthy...
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medicine
Commonly used drugs for problems like colds, allergies, depression, high blood pressure and heart disease have long been linked to cognitive impairment and dementia. Now researchers have some fresh evidence that may help explain the connection. The drugs, known as anticholinergics, stop a chemical called acetylcholine from working properly in the nervous system. By doing...
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Dengue vaccine
The World Health Organization’s expert group on immunization said on Friday it recommended that countries consider introducing Sanofi’s dengue vaccine Dengvaxia in areas where prevalence of the virus was 50 percent or higher. Vaccination should be done between the ages of nine and 11, but efficacy improved as people got older, Jon Abramson, chairman of...
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Ian Burkhart
An Ohio man paralyzed in an accident while diving in waves can now pick up a bottle or play the video game Guitar Hero thanks to a small computer chip in his brain that lets his mind guide his hands and fingers, bypassing his damaged spinal cord. Scientists on Wednesday described accomplishments achieved by 24-year-old...
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vegetable oil health
Cooking with vegetable oil to reduce saturated fats can lower cholesterol, but it may not help curb the risk of heart disease or add years to your life, U.S. researchers say. Plenty of previous research has linked polyunsaturated fat in vegetable oil, nuts and seeds with a lower risk of heart disease. Based on these...
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old suite
With the push of a button, a perfectly healthy 34-year-old museum-goer named Ugo Dumont was transformed into a confused 85-year-old man with cataracts, glaucoma and a ringing in his ears known as tinnitus. Dumont had volunteered at Liberty Science Center on Tuesday to don a computer-controlled exoskeleton that can be remotely manipulated to debilitate joints,...
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zika
Top Zika investigators now believe that the birth defect microcephaly and the paralyzing Guillain-Barre syndrome may be just the most obvious maladies caused by the mosquito-borne virus. Fueling that suspicion are recent discoveries of serious brain and spinal cord infections – including encephalitis, meningitis and myelitis – in people exposed to Zika. Evidence that Zika’s...
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superbug
“Stop the spread of superbugs,” “15 superbugs and other scary diseases” and “Superbug bacteria found in tested hotel rooms” are headlines we often read or hear about. But what do we mean when we say “bugs”? The term is used to describe viruses, bacteria and parasites. While they can all make us sick, they do...
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autism mexico
President Enrique Peña Nieto said that Mexico, every day, must move toward the goal of being an inclusive nation offering opportunities to everyone, including those with autism. In his Twitter account @EPN the president said that “On World Autism Awareness Day, we encourage everyone’s efforts to provide health, education, work and recreation”. In the blog...
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zika virus
Researchers around the world are now convinced the Zika virus can cause the birth defect microcephaly as well as Guillain-Barre syndrome, a rare neurological disorder that can result in paralysis, the World Health Organization said on Thursday. The statement represented the U.N. health agency’s strongest language to date on the connection between the mosquito-borne virus...
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