Smokers up to 80% more likely to be hospitalized with Covid-19

(Linda Geddes/ The Guardian) — Smokers are 60%-80% more likely to be admitted to hospital with Covid-19 and also more likely to die from the disease, data suggests. A study, which pooled observational and genetic data on smoking and Covid-19 to strengthen the evidence base, contradicts research published at the start of the pandemic suggesting that […]

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Here’s how artificial intelligence can help predict breast cancer risk

(Jennifer Kite-Powell/ Forbes) — For Dr. Denis Lacombe, CEO of the European Organisation Research Treatment Cancer (EORTC) to fight cancer you need big data. “Cancer is notoriously complex,” said Lacombe. “Not only is it more than 200 separate diseases, but it can express itself differently in each person and at each stage of its progression.” Lacombe belives […]

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‘MIND’ diet may slow cognitive decline in people with Alzheimer’s

(Deep Shukla/ Medical News Today) –– Even though some recently studied Alzheimer’s disease drugs can reduce the levels of beta-amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles in the brain, the interventions that scientists have studied so far have shown limited success in slowing down the decline in cognitive function. This highlights the importance of identifying lifestyle factors that can […]

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The 15 best meditation podcasts of 2021

(Emma Caplan/ Healthline) –– Meditation is the way of habitually training your mind to redirect its thoughts and focus. It has become increasingly popular because of the many health benefits it offers, like: reducing stress and anxiety improving moods and attitudes increasing clarity, discipline, and concentration Using meditation, you can even achieve a better sleep routine, a calm state, […]

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Breast cancer diagnoses take months, a Quebec foundation is trying to change that

(Canadian Press/ CTV News) — Exasperated by delays, the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation is launching a pilot project to cut waiting times for people expecting a diagnosis. “In Quebec, a woman who suspects she has breast cancer, or has had an abnormal imaging test, can sometimes wait up to 17 weeks before having her diagnosis,” […]

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How mindfulness can bring relief with chronic pain

(Aryanna Denk/ Healthline) — If you live life with chronic pain, you’ve probably gotten some unsolicited advice. “Have you tried meditation?” your hairdresser asks. “Having a positive mindset changes everything,” says your co-worker. Of course, this type of comment usually has the opposite effect. These well-meaning words can make it seem as though the pain […]

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Covid antiviral pill halves hospitalisations and deaths, maker says

(Hannah Devlin/ The Guardian) — An antiviral pill was found to reduce hospitalisations and deaths by half in patients newly diagnosed with Covid-19, according to results announced on Friday. If approved, the drug made by the US firm Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics would be the first simple oral medication shown to be effective against Covid-19, […]

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Tylenol during pregnancy? Here’s why researchers are urging caution

(Jeanine Santucci/ USA Today) –– Researchers are warning that taking Tylenol during pregnancy might have adverse effects on fetal development.  There is growing evidence to suggest that exposure to acetaminophen can cause neurodevelopmental, reproductive and urogenital disorders, but much more research is needed to determine its exact effects, said Ann Bauer, an epidemiologist at the […]

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The #1 best food to eat for calcium, says science

(Jeff Ksatari/ Eat This, Not That) — What food comes immediately to mind when you think of building strong bones? Milk, of course. Mom probably poured you a glass at every meal when you were a kid to help you grow. But you may feel that milk isn’t doing your body as many favors in your older […]

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Always want to sleep in? 7 things your body is telling you

(Emma Lowe/ NBG Health) –– I knew I had a morning problem when I read through my phone’s screen-time report. My most-used app wasn’t Instagram, Photos, or Chrome—it was my clock. “How could that be when I only set two alarms a day max?” I wondered. Then it hit me: It was all those times […]

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