Health and Living

Mediterranean diet boosts endurance

A Mediterranean diet can improve athletes’ endurance exercise performance after just four days, a study shows. A small found that participants ran a 5K six percent faster after eating a Mediterranean diet than after eating a Western diet.

Mar 21 2019

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New form of male birth control

For decades, women have shouldered most of the burden of contraception. However, long-term use of female birth control pills could increase the risk for side effects such as blood clots or breast cancer. Now, inspired by cocktails, researchers have developed a medium-term, reversible male contraceptive.

Mar 21 2019

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Cannabis linked to psychosis

People who use cannabis every day run a significantly higher risk of developing the serious mental illness psychosis, especially if they use more potent forms of the drug, such as skunk.

Mar 21 2019

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When snakes strike, lives shatter

On June 15, 2015, four-year-old Chepchirchir Kiplagat’s life changed forever. Bitten by a snake as she slept, she permanently lost the use of the left side of her body.

FRANCOIS AUSSEILL, Mar 21 2019

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Social media addiction is not natural or normal—but is it really a disease?

Is social media addictive? The issue is complex, and probably generational.It’s obvious that what social media does to us, especially those of us who are heavy users, is not natural, or normal.

Roisin Kiberd, Mar 21 2019

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Beer or wine, either might not be fine

The old adage that drinking beer before wine prevents hangovers turns out to be a myth, German researchers say. In a formal study, they found the order in which one consumes alcohol is irrelevant to how one feels the morning after.

Mar 14 2019

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Hip exercises may improve walking

Patients with arthritic knees can add hip-strengthening exercises to their workout to improve the ability to walk and maybe reduce pain, according to a research review.

Mar 14 2019

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Why do we yawn?

People yawn when they’re tired, but also when they wake from a night’s sleep. We yawn when we’re bored, but also when we’re anxious, or hungry, or about to start a new activity.

Mar 14 2019

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Is porn making young men impotent?

There is an ad campaign adorning the tunnels of the London Underground bearing the slogan “ED IS DEAD” next to a photograph of a wholesome-looking man in his prime. “Don’t worry,” it says in smaller writing beneath.

AMY FLEMING, Mar 14 2019

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Colon cancer screening can save your life

Although I usually refrain from writing columns linked to national health observances, I believe that Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, in March, is too important to ignore.

Jane E. Brody, Mar 14 2019

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Treating depression with nasal spray

Over 300 million people globally live with major depressive disorders, and the incidence of attempted suicide in people with this condition is about 20-fold higher than that among those without the disorder.

Mar 07 2019

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Advice on salt gets specific

It can be hidden in bread, pizza, soup and other packaged foods and restaurant meals. Now, advice to watch out for salt is coming with a more specific reason.

Mar 07 2019

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Helping someone through panic attack

If you know someone who suffers from panic attacks frequently, it can be helpful to better understand what they are.

Mar 07 2019

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AIDS in key dates

AIDS emerged as a mysterious disease in the 1980s to spread across the world and claim millions of lives. For only the second time a patient has now been found in long-term remission—and most likely cured—from HIV, the virus that causes the disease.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, Mar 07 2019

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Living with hepatitis B

When I was 18, I tested positive for the hepatitis B virus. My diagnosis came when my late brother had a motorcycle accident and the resulting operation revealed to us that he had the virus.

SIJAN SHARMA, Mar 07 2019

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