These are the 8 types of migraines – which one do you have?

(Jessica Migala/ Reader’s Digest) — A migraine doesn’t necessarily mean you have head pain. Weakness, flashing lights, even belly pain can be a sign you’re suffering from this debilitating illness. Here’s how you can take control of your symptoms. Your head hurts—that much you know. But what sets a migraine apart from other types of headaches […]

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Colour X-ray scanner uses CERN tech to see all your innards

Fat, bone, metal. It’s all there in 3D (Amanda Kooser/ C|Net) — The familiar black-and-white X-ray could soon be replaced with detailed 3D colour scans that show everything from fat and bone to metal and soft tissue. Phil and Anthony Butler, a father-and-son scientist team in New Zealand, created the MARS spectral x-ray scanner by adapting […]

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Exposure to cleaning products can affect lung health in women but not men: study

(Agence France-Presse/ Relax News) — New European research has found that women who regularly use cleaning products and sprays, either at home or in their work, are more likely to experience a decline in lung function than men, or women who do not clean. Carried out by researchers at the University of Bergen in Norway, […]

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Carcinogens in BBQ smoke absorbed more by skin than lungs

(Tim Newman/ Medical News Today) — By monitoring a group of people enjoying a barbecue, Chinese researchers discover that the carcinogens in barbecue smoke are more likely to enter our bodies through our skin than our lungs. Air pollution is a massive global problem, but, for most of us, there is little we can do to […]

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How scientists are testing cancer drugs to slow down aging

(Alice Park/ Time) — Aging is a perfectly natural process, but that doesn’t mean that humans won’t try everything in their power to slow it down. In recent years, researchers who study aging have become intrigued by the idea of slowing the march of time by ridding the body of its population of older cells. […]

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Diabetes risk increased in women who work long hours

(Monica Beyer/ Medical News Today) — Women who work 45 hours or more each week may be upping their risk of diabetes, new research finds. Men who work the same number of hours, however, are not affected. While prior research has suggested a link between a long work week and an increased risk of diabetes, most […]

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HPV test should replace Pap test for cervical cancer screening, study suggests

(Nicole Ireland/ CBC News) — The Pap test that has been used for decades as the standard in cervical cancer screening for Canadian women should be replaced by a test that detects high-risk types of human papillomavirus (HPV), a new study says. The virus is associated with the vast majority of cervical cancers. Whether they receive […]

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There’s no such thing as a ‘normal’ vagina, and that’s a good thing

(Blake Bakkila/ Health) — When the researchers behind a new study decided to determine what constitutes a “normal” vulva, they recruited more than 600 female study subjects who each consented to having their external vaginal area measured—including the clitoris and inner and outer labia. What did the study conclude? That there’s so much variety when it […]

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High body fat in young women linked to a lower risk of breast cancer

(Joana Carvalho/ Breast Cancer News) — High body fat in younger women is associated with a lower risk of premenopausal breast cancer, according to new data from a large-scale study co-led by the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. The findings from the study, “Association of Body Mass Index and Age With Subsequent Breast […]

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Artificial ovary could help cancer patients conceive

(Rebecca Ochs/ European Scientist) — Researchers in Denmark have developed a potential new option for women seeking to preserve their fertility after undergoing aggressive therapies for conditions such as cancer. The so-called “artificial ovaries” could also help women with multiple sclerosis and the blood disorder beta thalassaemia, which require therapies that can affect fertility. A team […]

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