The simplest recipe to cut your risk of heart attack by half: stay fit

The simplest recipe to cut your risk of heart attack by half: stay fit

Poor cardiorespiratory fitness could increase your risk of a future heart attack, even if you have no symptoms of a lifestyle illness today, a new study has found. “We found a strong link between higher fitness levels and a lower risk of heart attack and angina pectoris over the nine...

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Bacteria may be already defending you against flu

Bacteria may be already defending you against flu

Influenza virus, the causative agent of flu, primarily targets the respiratory tract and infects epithelial cells here. The epithelial cells of the nose and throat are enveloped by complex bacterial communities, leading Foxman and colleagues to hypothesize that this respiratory microbiome might interact with the virus – and could play...

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Mother’s stress during the first year of the child’s life is a risk factor for developing overweight in infancy

Mother’s stress during the first year of the child’s life is a risk factor for developing overweight in infancy

Researchers were able to identify mother’s perceived stress during the first year of the child’s life as a risk factor for developing overweight in infancy. According to the study recently published in the BMC Public Health specialist magazine, researchers from the UFZ, the University of Bristol and the Berlin Institute...

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High-fat diet is bad for both younger males and females

High-fat diet is bad for both younger males and females

There’s more evidence that a high-fat diet is bad for both younger males and females, but exactly how it’s harmful may differ between the sexes, scientists report. While they hypothesized that high-fat fare would be harder on males, they found that in just four weeks both young male and female...

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A high proportion of older people with hearing aids still report having trouble hearing

A high proportion of older people with hearing aids still report having trouble hearing

A high proportion of older people with hearing aids, especially those with lower incomes, report having trouble hearing and difficulty accessing hearing care services, according to a study from researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Two-thirds of U.S. adults over the age of 70 experience hearing loss,...

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10 percent of adults in the US have food allergy, and almost twice as many people believe they do

10 percent of adults in the US have food allergy, and almost twice as many people believe they do

More than 10 percent of adults in the United States—over 26 million—are estimated to have food allergy, and almost twice as many people believe they do, according to new research. “While we found that one in 10 adults have food allergy, nearly twice as many adults think that they are...

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Bottle feeding infants is associated with left-handedness

Bottle feeding infants is associated with left-handedness

Bottle feeding may play role in whether kids are left-handed, according to a new study. The study finds that the prevalence of left-handedness is lower among breastfed infants as compared to bottle-fed infants. The researchers identified this finding in about 60,000 mother-infant pairs and they accounted for known risk factors...

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Housing insecurity extends throughout all urban areas of the US

Housing insecurity extends throughout all urban areas of the US

The majority of renters in 25 US metropolitan areas experience some form of housing insecurity, research shows. The study, published in Housing Policy Debate, uses a new housing insecurity index with measures in four key dimensions: overcrowding, unaffordability, poor physical conditions, and recent experience of eviction or a forced move....

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A genetic variant predisposes people who have it to tuberculosis, maybe you have it yourself.

A genetic variant predisposes people who have it to tuberculosis, maybe you have it yourself.

Scientists have discovered a genetic variant that predisposes people who have it to tuberculosis. It’s surprisingly common—but if you carry it, you likely will never know. The research also revealed genetic mutations that rob the immune system of its ability to combat more ubiquitous germs of the same bacterial family,...

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Hair growth products? The hair follicles you have as an adult are the ones you were born with

Hair growth products? The hair follicles you have as an adult are the ones you were born with

Researchers have discovered how hair follicles emerge from seemingly uniform skin cells during embryonic development. The discovery could lead to strategies for regenerating lost hair follicles in adults. To gain insight into early hair follicle development, the researchers combined the study of genetically engineered mouse models with single-cell RNA methods...

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