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Just One Minute of Intense Exercise Produces Health Benefits

June 22, 2016

Researchers at McMaster University have found that a single minute of very intense exercise produces health benefits similar to longer, traditional endurance training.
The findings put to rest the common excuse for not getting in shape: there is not enough time.
“This is a very time-efficient workout strategy,” says Martin Gibala, a …

4 Ways Dogs Might Be Able to Sniff Out Disease

Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks? With 40 times as many receptors in their noses as humans have, dogs are being trained to detect a myriad of diseases. We’re not anywhere close to drafting canines as medical assistants, but they are showing promise in some arenas. …

This New Device Claims to ‘Switch Off’ Period Pain

It’s estimated that nine out of 10 women suffer from period pain each month, and an unfortunate 10 percent of those will get it so bad, they could be incapacitated for up to three days.
Other than using contraceptives to skip their period altogether (just like astronauts do), menstruating women have …

GPs Now Able to Prescribe Duodart

GPs are now able to prescribe the dutasteride–tamsulosin combination (Duodart) for symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia.
As of June 1, the PBS will no longer require a urologist to initiate the medication, meaning GPs could prescribe the medication only by private script.
The combination was PBS listed in 2011, but a recent Drug Utilisation …

Arthritis in the Knee: What You Need to Know

Arthritis of the knee can make taking a step painful. Swelling, pain, and stiffness in the joint are just some of the symptoms that can occur when a person has this condition.
The knee joint is a hinge joint, named for its movement that’s similar to the opening and closing of …

Mayo Clinic First to Implant Device to Solve Fecal Incontinence

A clinical team on Mayo Clinic’s Florida campus is the first to offer four patients with long-term fecal incontinence a new and potentially long-lasting treatment—a small band of interlinked magnetic titanium beads on a titanium string that successfully mimics the function of the anal sphincter.
At this point, Mayo Clinic is …

Why you Don’t Sleep Well the First Night in a New Place

June 15, 2016

To most scientists, discarding data is like throwing money in the trash. But for sleep researchers, it’s routine to get rid of half of the findings from every experiment.
That’s because most people sleep badly their first night in a new place, whether it’s in the closely monitored hush of a sleep …

Women and People Under the Age of 35 at Greatest Risk of Anxiety

Women are almost twice as likely to experience anxiety as men, according to a review of existing scientific literature, led by the University of Cambridge. The study also found that people from Western Europe and North America are more likely to suffer from anxiety than people from other cultures.
The review, …

One-Third of Children in Low- and Middle-Income Countries Fail to Reach Developmental Milestones

June 13, 2016

In developing countries, one third of children 3 and 4 years old don’t reach basic milestones in cognitive and/or socio-emotional growth, according to a new study from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, funded by the Government of Canada through Grand Challenges Canada.
The study authors estimate that 80.8 …

This New Blood Test Could Personalise Depression Treatments for the First Time

Scientists have developed a new blood test that could finally lead to personalised depression treatments for patients, giving doctors a tool that can identify which antidepressants are likely to work for patients the first time around, instead of relying on trial and error.
This could make a huge difference, because the …

Many with Migraines have Vitamin Deficiencies, Says Study

A high percentage of children, teens and young adults with migraines appear to have mild deficiencies in vitamin D, riboflavin and coenzyme Q10—a vitamin-like substance found in every cell of the body that is used to produce energy for cell growth and maintenance.
These deficiencies may be involved in patients who …

Research Suggests Diabetes Drug Acts Differently From Previous Theories

June 08, 2016

A Mayo Clinic study suggests laboratory findings do not tell the whole story of how the diabetes drug metformin works to limit the level of glucose in the blood. The researchers found that metformin does not limit the action of the hormone glucagon, specifically glucagon-stimulated glucose production from the liver. …