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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Consumer Reports ranks top sunscreens for 2018

(Brenda Goodman/ WebMD) — Despite concerns about chemical sunscreens, they protect you better from the sun than “natural” sunscreens, Consumer Reports’ latest sunscreen report finds. No natural sunscreen — products made with titanium dioxide, zinc oxide or both as active ingredients — made its list of 13 recommended products this year. The magazine tested 73 lotions, […]

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Here’s another reason saunas are so good for you

(Jamie Ducharme/ Time) — For many gymgoers, a post-exercise sauna session is the reward for a workout well done. And a new study provides even more evidence that saunas are good for you. A paper published in the journal Neurology found that regular sauna baths were associated with a significant reduction in a person’s risk of […]

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Heavy drinking may change the bacteria In your mouth and raise disease risk

(Jamie Ducharme/ Time) — There’s still quite a bit scientists don’t know about the microbiome: the vast collection of microorganisms living within your body. What is becoming increasingly clear, however, is that your lifestyle habits, from the foods you eat to the medications you take, may influence these bacterial colonies. Even drinking seems to have an […]

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Flu may be spread by just breathing

Stay home at first sign of illness, doctors advise (HealthDay News) — In the midst of an especially tough flu season, here’s more bad news: Researchers say it may be possible to spread the virus simply by breathing. Until now, it was thought that people picked up a flu virus when they touched contaminated surfaces […]

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It’s flu season – here’s what you absolutely need to know

By Dr. Kelsey Bennett, VM-Med It’s that time of year again. Everyone is talking about the flu. The flu and the flu vaccine are always one of the most common topics of conversation in my office during the fall and winter months. What is the flu? Is my illness the flu? Should I be vaccinated? Will […]

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