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Omega-3 fatty acid medications can boost cardiovascular health

WT24 Desk As cases of obesity and diabetes are on the rise, so are their complications. One complication that has recently been a point of focus for the American Heart Association (AHA) is high triglyceride levels, MNT reports. Triglycerides are fats in the blood. Some are naturally produced by the liver, while others come from calories that the body doesn’t need to use ...

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More of any physical activity tied to longer life

WT24 Desk Research clearly shows that increasing physical activity, regardless of intensity, relates to a significantly lower risk of dying. Even light exercise, such as walking, can make a difference, MNT reports. Researchers came to this conclusion after analyzing data from published research that had involved the use of wearable trackers to measure the physical activity in adults who were ...

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WHO: More data needed on microplastics’ effects on health

WT24 Desk The World Health Organization on Thursday urged for further research on the effects of microplastics on the environment and human health as a new study highlights the ubiquity of the material in tap, bottled and fresh water, UPI reports. “We urgently need to know more about the health impact of microplastics because they are everywhere — including in ...

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Antibiotics and bowel cancer: Study finds link

WT24 Desk A recent study looking for a link between antibiotics and cancer risk uncovers a complex relationship. The researchers conclude that there is an association between antibiotic use and an increase in colon cancer risk, but a decrease in rectal cancer risk, according to MNT. With the advent of antibiotic resistance, doctors are more conscious than ever before of limiting these ...

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Cancer more common in females with severe sleep apnea

WT24 Desk Some studies have identified links between sleep apnea and cancer. Now, new research reveals that rates of cancer are higher among females with pronounced symptoms of apnea, according to MNT. The recent study, which features in the European Respiratory Journal, analyzed data on 20,000 adults with sleep apnea. About 2% of the participants also had a diagnosis of cancer in their ...

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Brain study probes molecular origins of anxiety

WT24 Desk Scientists have found that increasing the levels of a molecule in a particular part of the brain can reduce anxious temperament in young monkeys, according to MNT. The finding sheds light on the origins of anxietydisorders and how it might be possible to devise early treatments for those at risk. Although there are some effective treatments for anxiety disorders, ...

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Alzheimer’s: Death of key brain cells causes daytime sleepiness

WT24 Desk Extreme daytime sleepiness is often a top symptom of Alzheimer’s disease but what, exactly, causes it? New research finally brings us an answer, according to MNT. Many people with Alzheimer’s disease have a tendency to sleep a lot during the day, even when they have had a full night’s sleep. Based on links between excessive sleepiness and neurodegenerative conditions, researchers ...

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Diabetes overtreatment seriously endangers health

WT24 Desk People with diabetes, particularly those with type 1 diabetes, may have an increased risk of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) if they receive too much glucose lowering therapy. New research now warns that many people with diabetes face that risk, according to MNT. In 2018, Medical News Today reported on a study warning that many people with type 2 diabetes may be overmonitoring their ...

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Simple dietary changes may reduce cancer risk, increase lifespan

WT24 Desk A new study that involved more than 50,000 participants over a period of 2 decades concludes that eating flavonoid rich foods could stave off disease and extend life, according to MNT. A considerable amount of research has focused on the role of nutrition in disease risk and mortality. Despite growing interest, it is a notoriously difficult topic to study for ...

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Rejuvenating brain stem cells may hold key to future MS treatments

WT24 Desk Scientists have found a way to make older brain stem cells in rats more youthful. The discovery could lead to improved treatments for aging-related diseases that degrade the brain and nervous system, according to MNT. The research concerns oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPCs), which are a type of stem cell, or immature cell. OPCs are essential for the healthy functioning ...

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