Month: March 2019

Why ice baths can help you bounce back from tough workouts

Taking an ice-cold bath may sound painful, but some believe it’s one of the easiest, quickest ways to soothe post-workout pains. “Ice baths have been around for a while, and they’re picking up steam and popularity,” says Nick Clayton, programme manager for the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Although ice baths may soothe sore muscles, they aren’t …

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Are you peeing too much — and other things you might need to know about incontinence

How often do you think about peeing? Do you have to go frequently during the day, or rarely? How much water should you really be drinking? You might be wondering… is your pee normal? If you experience the odd leakage of urine when you laugh, cough or sneeze, or simply struggle to make it to …

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Almost half of global cases of childhood cancer go undiagnosed

The actual number of childhood cancer cases worldwide is nearly double the recorded number, a chilling new study finds. “Our model suggests that nearly one in two children with cancer are never diagnosed and may die untreated,” said study author Zachary Ward. He is a researcher at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston.   …

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Parents, don’t be so quick to jump to an ADHD diagnosis

A growing number of US children are being diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. But parents shouldn’t be too quick to get their child checked for ADHD, a child expert says. “The key to determining if your child has the disorder is the consistent demonstration of at least six specific traits for a minimum of six months, …

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You’re eating more sugar than you think and it will affect your heart

On average your heart beats 100 000 times per day, 36 million times a year, which is an average of three billion heart beats during an average lifetime. The blood pumped by the heart provides your body with the oxygen and nutrients it needs to function. A healthy heart is key to longevity. If you …

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Scientists find 5 new genes that make people more vulnerable to Alzheimer’s

The largest study to date of the genetic underpinnings of Alzheimer’s has uncovered five new gene mutations that make people more vulnerable to the memory-robbing disease. The international team of scientists analysed the DNA of more than 94 000 people collected by the four groups that make up the International Genomic Alzheimer’s Project.   The body’s instruction …

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How to get your calcium if you’re lactose-intolerant

With research finding that the body prefers calcium from food, not supplements, it can be a challenge to meet daily requirements if you’re lactose-intolerant. On average, adults need about 1 000 milligrams of calcium a day. Fortunately, there are choices within many food groups that deliver on calcium. Leafy greens are a great calcium source, and at …

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Just a single dose of this cancer drug could help put melanoma into remission

For people with the deadly skin cancer melanoma, one dose of the drug Keytruda before surgery might stop the cancer in its tracks, according to a ground-breaking new study. Keytruda (pembrolizumab) is a PD-1 inhibitor, an immunotherapy drug that triggers the body’s immune response to attack cancer cells. According to results of this study, the drug’s …

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