Flavanol-rich diet could help lower blood pressure

(Science News) — Consuming a high-flavanol diet was associated with a significantly lower systolic and diastolic blood pressure and was inversely associated with blood lipids in a new study published in the journal Scientific Reports. “Previous studies of large populations have always relied on self-reported data to draw conclusions, but this is the first epidemiological […]

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Why do we sleep? The answer may change right before we turn 3

(Nicoletta Lanese/ LiveScience) — Humans spend about a third of our lives sleeping, and scientists have long debated why slumber takes up such a huge slice of our time. Now, a new study hints that our main reason for sleeping starts off as one thing, then changes at a surprisingly specific age. Two leading theories […]

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New guidelines call for fundamental shift in obesity treatment

(Ben Cousins/ CTV News) — A new guideline to treat obesity in Canada recommends a fundamental shift in how doctors and physicians address people living with the condition. The new guideline, published Tuesday in the Canadian Medical Association Journal and in partnership with Obesity Canada, suggests doctors begin focusing on goals that patients consider to […]

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Mediterranean diet increases gut bacteria linked to healthy ageing in older adults

(Paul O’Toole/ The Conversation) — As our global population is projected to live longer than ever before, it’s important that we find ways of helping people live healthier for longer. Exercise and diet are often cited as the best ways of maintaining good health well into our twilight years. But recently, research has also started […]

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One big coronavirus challenge is how to stop touching your face

(Faith Karimi/ CNN) — It took a coronavirus outbreak to remind us that we touch our faces way too many times. And cutting down on that will help stop the spread of the virus, health officials say. In 2015, a Sydney university observed medical students on video and recorded how many times they touched their […]

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Canadians being told to prepare for a possible novel coronavirus pandemic

(Elizabeth Payne/ Ottawa Citizen) — As novel coronavirus outbreaks spread across a growing list of countries, Canadians are being warned to prepare for a possible pandemic. In a shift from previous messages, Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Theresa Tam acknowledged Monday that Canada may no longer be able to contain and limit the virus […]

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The biology of coffee, one of the world’s most popular drinks

(Thomas Merritt/ The Conversation) — You’re reading this with a cup of coffee in your hand, aren’t you? Coffee is the most popular drink in many parts of the world. Americans drink more coffee than soda, juice and tea — combined. How popular is coffee? When news first broke that Prince Harry and Meghan were […]

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WHO warns that pipeline for new antibiotics is running dry

(Andrew Jacobs/ New York Times) — With the pipeline for new antibiotics slowing to a trickle and bankruptcies driving pharmaceutical companies from the field, the World Health Organization on Friday issued a fresh warning about the global threat of drug-resistant infections. Some 700,000 people die each year because medicines that once cured their conditions are […]

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Can you get the cold and flu at the same time?

(Adam Townsend/ MedicineNet Health News) — Getting a cold and the flu at the same time is possible. And while it sounds awful, it hardly ever happens, according to a new study from the UK. Rhinoviruses that cause colds and influenza viruses that cause flu are locked in a death struggle for your respiratory real […]

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New study puts aspirin’s health benefits in question: daily dose may do more harm than good

(John Anderer/ Study Finds) — Aspirin has been considered a cure all among Americans for decades. Aside from acting as an anti-inflammatory and pain reliever, it’s long been considered useful for people dealing with heart problems by helping prevent blood clots, which are the leading cause of heart attacks and stroke. Aspirin use is so […]

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