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Women with Endometriosis at Higher Risk for Heart Disease

April 08, 2016

Women with endometriosis—especially those 40 or younger—may have a higher risk of heart disease, according to new research published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, an American Heart Association journal.
The study may be the first prospective investigation to examine the link between coronary heart disease and endometriosis—the growth of the …

Frozen Section Analysis for Breast Cancer Could Save Time, Anxiety

April 01, 2016

When diagnosed with breast cancer, women may have thousands of questions running through their minds, but one they may not have immediately is: Will my choice of provider save me time and money?
Mayo Clinic researchers have answered this question with what they believe are compelling statistics that may encourage women …

Deadly Persuasion: 7 Myths Alcohol Advertisers Want You to Believe

“Absolut Magic” proclaims a print ad for a popular vodka. “Paradise found,” headlines another. “Fairy tales can come true” says a third.
All these ads illustrate the major premise of alcohol advertising’s mythology: Alcohol is magic, a magic carpet that can take you away. It can make you successful, sophisticated, sexy. …

New Study Finds our Desire for ‘Like-Minded Others’ is Hard-Wired

March 23, 2016

A path-breaking new study on how we seek similarity in relationships, co-authored by researchers at Wellesley College and the University of Kansas, upends the idea that “opposites attract,” instead suggesting we’re drawn to people who are like-minded. The study could lead to a fundamental change in understanding relationship formation—and it …

The Psychology of a Hug

March 17, 2016

Common sense tells us that a hug is good for us. Now a new study confirms just how and why hugs are so beneficial.
A study of 404 healthy adults by experimenters at Carnegie Mellon University examined the effects of hugs on the health of participants, particularly their susceptibility to developing …

Harvard Researchers Discovered the One Thing Everyone Needs for Happier, Healthier Lives

Robert Waldinger, a Harvard psychiatrist, took over the more than 75-year-long Grant Study in 2003, becoming the fourth person to run it. He recently gave a TedTalk on it that has been viewed more than 6.5 million times since November 2015.
Waldinger felt it was important to do it. The federal …

Increased demand for ‘vaginal seeding’ from new parents despite lack of evidence

Doctors are seeing a rise in the number of parents requesting so-called ‘vaginal seeding’ for babies born by caesarean section, according to an editorial in the BMJ.

The practice, which is also known as microbirthing, involves taking a swab from the mother’s vagina and wiping this over the baby’s mouth, eyes, …

Time to Rethink your Vegetable Oil?

March 10, 2016

Risk of heart disease and diabetes may be lowered by a diet higher in a lipid found in grapeseed and other oils, but not in olive oil, a new study suggests.
Researchers at The Ohio State University found that men and women with higher linoleic acid levels tended to have less …

Ancient Viral Invaders in our DNA Help Fight Today’s Infections

About eight percent of our DNA is viral in origin: remnants of ancient battles between infectious viruses and our ancestors. These so-called endogenous viruses are often perceived as a mere oddity with no clear biological significance. But a new study by scientists at the University of Utah School of Medicine …

Healthy Lifestyle Advice Provides Long-Term Benefits

In a recently published study, providing advice over a 5-year period about leading a healthy lifestyle reduced the risk of heart-related deaths over the next 40 years.
Participants were advised to decrease the intake of saturated fats and increase fish and vegetable products. In addition, overweight individuals were advised to reduce …

How Junk Food Primes the Brain’s Food-Seeking Behaviour

March 03, 2016

The current epidemic of obesity in developed countries should be a warning for health officials in the developing world with newly opened markets. Food manufacturers, restaurant franchising companies, food supply chains and advertisers collaborate to create environments in which extremely palatable, energy-dense foods and their related cues are readily available; …

Anxiety in Women May Mask Heart Disease Symptoms

Women with an anxiety disorder may have less blood going to their heart when exercising, according to a new study— and researchers suggest doctors may sometimes miss signs of heart disease in these women.

In women who had never been diagnosed with heart disease, researchers found that those with anxiety were …