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Happiness is viral, thanks to social media

smartphonesNew research from the University of California in San Diego, and published in the journal PLOS One, suggests that happy status updates encourage happy updates from other users.

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Better sleep linked with higher omega-3 levels in new study

organic foodOmega-3 fatty acids are most commonly derived from fish oils, including tuna and salmon, and they have been linked to numerous health benefits. But now, a new study suggests that having higher levels of omega-3 DHA is associated with better sleep.
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Cooking meat 'may be dementia risk'

hamburgerBrowning meat in the oven, grill or frying pan produces chemicals which may increase the risk of developing dementia, US researchers suggest. Advanced glycation end (AGE) products have been linked to diseases such as type-2 diabetes.

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High stress levels 'increase frequency of headaches'

migrenaWhether a result of our work, home or social lives, all of us go through stressful periods. Now, new research has linked high stress levels to increased occurrence of headaches - an association that has long been suspected. 

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New smartphone apps 'detect epilepsy and improve stroke care'

smartphonesIn these modern times, there is practically a smartphone app for all aspects of life. Now, new research has detailed two new apps that could help people detect epileptic seizures and receive better treatment for stroke. 

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Poor sleep tied to widespread pain and fibromyalgia

somnNew research from the UK finds that among adults over the age of 50, non-restorative sleep - the sort where you wake up feeling tired and worn out - is strongly tied to onset of widespread pain, a hallmark of fibromyalgia.

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Miscarriage risk 'reduced by lifestyle changes'

gravida 2The lifestyles of 91,427 pregnant women in Denmark were analysed for the study. More than a quarter of first-time miscarriages could be prevented by making a combination of lifestyle changes, research in Denmark suggests.

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Lung disease patients may no longer require biopsies for diagnosis

plaman tuberculozaPeople who are suspected to have the lung disease idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis may not have to undergo biopsies, as clinical and radiological results should provide a confident diagnosis, according to a new study published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine journal.

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Vitamin C linked to reduced risk of stroke

vitaminsA study due to be presented at a conference later this year suggests that eating foods containing vitamin C, such as oranges, peppers, strawberries, papaya and broccoli, may be linked to a reduced risk for hemorrhagic stroke.

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Vitamin C may boost chemotherapy

vitamineA new study suggests giving some cancer patients high doses of vitamin C intravenously - as opposed to orally - alongside conventional chemotherapy, may help kill cancer cells and also reduce some of its toxic side effects.

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Seven new genetic regions for type 2 diabetes found

diabetesThe largest study ever to examine the genetic basis of type 2 diabetes has uncovered seven new regions of the genome linked to the disease. The study is also notable because it includes DNA from Asian and Hispanic groups.

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Endometriosis: new findings may lead to better treatment and care

ecografie abdominalaAccording to the Endometriosis Foundation of America, more than 176 million women and girls worldwide suffer from endometriosis. But the exact cause of the condition is unknown. Now, researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology say they have uncovered cellular activity that may provide a better understanding of the mechanisms behind the condition.

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Smoking causes earlier menopause in some white women

fumatorScientists have given us many reasons not to smoke, but now, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania provide evidence that, in white women with specific genetic variations, smoking causes early signs of menopause - up to 9 years earlier than average.

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'Mammograms every 2 years, not annually,' suggest scientists

cancer san palpareIn 2009, the US Preventive Services Task Force created guidelines recommending biennial mammography screening for women between the ages of 50 and 74. And now, scientists suggest that following this guideline would be equally effective and save the US health care system $4.3 billion a year.

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Another Win for the Mediterranean-Style Diet

dieta pesteYet another study finds that eating a Mediterranean-style diet rich in fish, nuts, vegetables and fruits is good for your heart, your weight and your overall health.
Researchers followed nearly 800 U.S. firefighters, asking how closely they followed a Mediterranean-style diet.

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Having a baby after fertility problems 'strengthens relationship'

bebe biberonFor most couples, going through fertility problems can put a strain on the relationship. But new research suggests that women who have a baby after experiencing fertility issues are more likely to stay in a relationship with their partner.

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Sweet tooth linked to heart attacks

dulciuriEating too many sugary drinks, desserts and sweets could increase your risk of having a heart attack, the findings of a large US study suggest.

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Mouthwashes 'can raise risk of heart attack and strokes': Antiseptic gargles kill good bacteria that help keep blood pressure down

apa-de-guraUsing mouthwash is a ‘disaster’ for health, increasing the risk of heart attacks and strokes, scientists are warning.Swilling kills off ‘good’ bacteria that help blood vessels relax – so increasing blood pressure.

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Metabolic syndrome linked to poor breakfast habits in childhood

obezitateResearchers in Sweden report a link between incidence of metabolic syndrome in adults and the kind of breakfasts those adults ate as children.

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Total smoking bans effectively help smokers quit, study shows

fumatorTo protect nonsmokers, many cities have banned smoking in public places, but a recent study shows that total smoking bans - in the home or public places - help smokers to cut back or quit completely.

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IVF success rate 'could be doubled'

gravidaMapping the genetic code of fertilised eggs could double the success rate of IVF, researchers claim.The new screening method to detect healthy embryos could raise the success of IVF to 60% or more, according to a Peking University and Harvard University team.

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Older women spend almost 10 hours a day sedentary

sedentarism-femeiePrevious studies have suggested that a lack of regular physical activity during older age can increase the risk for adverse health outcomes. Now, new research has revealed that older women may spend two-thirds of their waking time sedentary.

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Multivitamins 'waste of money,' say medical experts

vitamins"Enough is enough: stop wasting money on vitamin and mineral supplements," say medical experts in an editorial of a leading journal that has just published three new studies examining whether routine use of vitamin and mineral supplements brings health benefits.

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Drug addicts 'can quit smoking' with additional therapy

fumatorNew research from the National Institute of Drug Abuse, a part of the National Institutes of Health, suggests that people who are addicted to cocaine or methamphetamine are able to quit cigarette smoking while being treated for their substance addictions, and that quitting will not hinder their treatment.

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Sleep deprivation and increasing age linked to diabetes

InsomniaAging mice who are deprived of sleep displayed cellular stress in the pancreas. Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania claim that this disrupts glucose homeostasis and is associated with type 2 diabetes.

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FDA to phase out non-therapeutic use of antibiotics in food animals

analize laboratorIn a bid to stem the growing problem of antibiotic resistance in humans, the US Food and Drug Administration has announced it is taking steps to phase out non-medicinal use of antibiotics in animals used for food production.

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Gene deficiency in males 'could cause diabetes and liver cancer'

diabetesScientists have discovered a genetic deficiency in males that could prompt the development of the most common type of liver cancer - hepatocellular carcinoma - and type 2 diabetes. This is according to a study published in the journal Cancer Cell.

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Treating Sleep Apnea May Lower Hard-to-Control Blood Pressure

somnPeople with sleep apnea and hard-to-control high blood pressure may see their blood pressure drop if they treat the sleep disorder, Spanish researchers report.

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Ulcer drugs linked to vitamin B12 deficiency

medicamenteMedication used to treat stomach ulcers may cause potentially harmful vitamin B12 deficiency, say experts. A US study of 200,000 people in the Journal of the American Medical Association found the link.

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Meditation changes gene expression, study shows

meditatiePractitioners have been attesting to it for years, and now medical science is waking up to the idea that meditation really does have health benefits. A new study, published in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology, has discovered specific molecular changes in the body after a period of mindful meditation.

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