A reason to wake up helps us sleep better

A reason to wake up helps us sleep better

The secret to a good night’s sleep is having a reason to wake up in the morning, say scientists. A team of researchers, including a team from Northwestern University in the US, has said that older adults who felt their lives had meaning were 63% less likely to have sleep apnoea – a disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. According to the researchers, these people were also 52% less likely to have the restless leg syndrome, and had moderately better sleep quality. Although the participants in the…

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Every meal triggers inflammation that may protect us

Every meal triggers inflammation that may protect us

Every time we eat food, it may trigger an inflammatory response that acts as a protective mechanism to fight the bacteria consumed along with the food, a study has found. The findings showed that this inflammatory response, which acts as a protective mechanism, fails in overweight individuals leading to diabetes. On the other hand, in healthy individuals, short-term inflammatory responses play an important role in sugar uptake and the activation of the immune system. The study, led by researchers at the University of Basel in Switzerland, showed that depending on…

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US Cancer Death Rate Drops 25 Percent Since 1991

US Cancer Death Rate Drops 25 Percent Since 1991

The cancer death rate in the United States has dropped 25 percent from a peak in 1991, mainly due to a steady decline in smoking and advances in early detection and treatment of tumors, new research released Thursday shows. The rate decrease means there were about 2.1 million fewer deaths between 1991 and 2014, according to an annual report by the American Cancer Society (ACS). “The continuing drops in the cancer death rate are a powerful sign of the potential we have to reduce cancer’s deadly toll,” ACS chief medical…

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US News ranks best diet plans for 2017

US News ranks best diet plans for 2017

An estimated tens of millions of Americans will hit the gym and purge their pantries this month in hopes of slashing pounds and improving their health for the new year. But the diet plan they pick may influence their success. That’s where U.S. News & World Report’s Best Diets list aims to help. The consumer advice website has released its annual report on what it deems the 38 best diet plans across nine categories, including those programs that are ideal for fast weight loss and healthy eating, as well as…

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Antibiotics sales for use in US farm animals rose in 2015, FDA reports

Antibiotics sales for use in US farm animals rose in 2015, FDA reports

LOS ANGELES –  U.S. sales and distribution of antibiotics approved for use in food-producing animals increased 1 percent from 2014 to 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a report on Thursday. The report comes as scientists warn that regular use of antibiotics to promote growth and prevent illness in healthy farm animals contributes to the rise of dangerous, antibiotic-resistant “superbug” infections, which kill at least 23,000 Americans each year and pose a significant threat to global health. An estimated 70 percent of antibiotics used to fight human…

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Study Says Cheese Keeps Us Healthy

Study Says Cheese Keeps Us Healthy

Things are pretty weird in the world right now, but when all else fails we can always count on cheese. It’s even more comforting now that scientists have given us some of the best news we’ve read all month: Cheese is actually a superfood. We’ve always known this deep down in our souls, but the constant haters out there really made us doubt ourselves. We’ll never make that terrible mistake again, now that experts say cheese can actually make you live longer. Go ahead and read that sentence again. A…

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E-Cigarettes a ‘Major Public Health Concern’: US Surgeon General

E-Cigarettes a ‘Major Public Health Concern’: US Surgeon General

E-cigarette use is exploding among young people and is now “a major public health concern,” the US Surgeon General warned Thursday, sparking disagreement from experts in Britain where the devices are seen more favorably. The battery-powered devices heat a liquid containing nicotine into a vapor that is inhaled, and some experts worry that a new generation of smokers is becoming addicted. About one in six US high school students say they have used e-cigarettes in the past month. “E-cigarette use has increased considerably in recent years, growing an astounding 900…

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US Smoking Hits Record Low, But Cancer Deaths Still High

US Smoking Hits Record Low, But Cancer Deaths Still High

The number of Americans who smoke has dropped to a record low, but 40 per cent of cancer cases in the country are still linked to tobacco use, a US government report has found. A report released this week by the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) showed that each year between 2009 and 2013, about 660,000 people in the US were diagnosed with, and about 343,000 people died from a cancer related to tobacco use, Xinhua news agency reported. The agency noted that smoking does not just…

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Some Breastfeeding Advice Worth Ditching: US Task Force

Some Breastfeeding Advice Worth Ditching: US Task Force

A review of scientific evidence on breastfeeding out today found that some long-held advice is worth ditching, including that babies should avoid pacifiers and moms should breastfeed exclusively in the first days after birth. Individual interventions to help expectant and new moms breastfeed are still recommended, but systematic or hospital-wide policies tend to show little benefit, said the report by the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), an independent panel of experts. The benefits of breastfeeding include providing optimal nutrition and an immune system boost for babies, while helping mothers…

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Massive US Health Tab For Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals

Massive US Health Tab For Hormone-Disrupting Chemicals

Exposure to tiny doses of hormone-disrupting chemicals is responsible for at least $340 billion (310 billion euros) in health-related costs each year in the United States, according to a report published Tuesday. So-called endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are found in thousands of everyday products, ranging from plastic and metal food containers, to detergents, flame retardants, toys and cosmetics. Neurological damage and behavioural problems, including attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism and loss of IQ, accounted for at least four-fifths of these impacts, researchers said in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, a medical journal….

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