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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‘Demand has skyrocketed’ for seasonal flu shots in Quebec amid COVID-19

(Brayden Jagger Haines/ Global News) — Quebec regional health authorities and pharmacies are bracing for a record year as demand for the seasonal flu shot is at a never-before-seen high. “Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we anticipate greater demand from the population for influenza vaccination,” a spokesperson for the West Island CIUSSS said in a […]

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‘Superbugs’ hang out on hospital patients

(Robert Preidt/ HealthDay) — If you weren’t already worried enough about what germs lurk in hospitals, a new study shows ‘superbugs’ are common on patients and the things they touch. Even worse, these bacteria are resistant to multiple antibiotics, the researchers added. “Hand hygiene narrative has largely focused on physicians, nurses and other frontline staff, […]

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Quitting smoking is easier when couples try together

(Daniel Allar/ CardiovascularBusiness) — When couples attended smoking cessation programs together, their odds of quitting were nearly six times higher than for people who attempted to kick the habit alone, according to preliminary research presented April 12 at EuroPrevent 2019. The study enrolled 222 current smokers and their significant others—99 of whom were current smokers, […]

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Canada’s chief health officer takes aim at misinformation in measles outbreak

(Canadian Press) — The country’s chief public health officer is urging her fellow doctors to answer questions from concerned parents about vaccinating their children to head off the spread of measles. Dr. Theresa Tam says that some parents have come to fear the prevention of measles more than the disease itself, citing seeds of doubt […]

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Weight lifting 1 hour a week lowers heart attack risk by 70 percent

(Emily Cappiello/ Readers Digest) — You no doubt know that aerobic exercise like walking, cycling, and swimming can help your heart. But now it looks like strength training may be just as important for your ticker, according to research from Iowa State University. The best part? You only need to do it for about an hour […]

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Probiotics might not help your gut microbiome and could prevent return to healthy state, studies say

(Australian Broadcasting Corporation) — Is there much benefit in the average person taking over-the-counter probiotics? Research released last week says no — and suggests that in some cases, it could even cause harm. Our guts are home to colonies of bacteria, collectively known as a microbiome, that aid digestion and help keep us healthy. Probiotics are […]

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Think you’re too old for the HPV vaccine? Think again, say experts

(Leslie Young/ Global News) — If you’re a little too old to have received the HPV vaccine in school, should you still get it? Probably, says the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada. Most provinces vaccinate children against HPV (human papillomavirus) in late elementary or middle school. Some provinces, like B.C., also provide it for […]

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Here’s what happened when one unvaccinated NYC kid got measles

(Dennis Thompson, HealthDay News) — A new report details how a measles outbreak tore through two Orthodox Jewish communities in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 2013, ignited by an unvaccinated teen who brought the highly contagious disease home from a trip to London. Before it was over, 58 people came down with the measles, out of more than […]

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HPV vaccines help prevent cancer… so why don’t more teens get vaccinated?

Researchers examined two dozen past studies and concluded HPV vaccines can help prevent cervical cancer without producing any serious side effects (Jessica Wakeman/ Healthline) — Researchers say there’s no doubt. HPV vaccines successfully prevent women from developing the abnormal cells that can lead to cervical cancer. In addition, the inoculation doesn’t cause serious side effects. So, […]

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