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Study warns THC in marijuana may have major impact on fertility

Study warns THC in marijuana may have major impact on fertility

A newly published study has found that consuming cannabis ("marijuana") or an edible containing its psychoactive compound THC may have a major impact on female fertility. The findings will be presented at the ENDO 2020 event, according to the Endocrine Society, which reported on Thursday that women who consume THC products may struggle to experience a viable pregnancy.

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Coronavirus sneeze: Social Distancing study says 6 feet not far enough

Coronavirus sneeze: Social Distancing study says 6 feet not far enough

Research published this week showed official Social Distancing guidelines given by WHO and the CDC are based on outdated information on coughs and sneezes. Novel coronavirus / COVID-19 guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the USA Center for Disease Control (CDC) suggests that peoople around the world should stay approximately 6 feet apart. Unfortunately, according to MIT associate professor Lydia Bourouiba, "pathogen-bearing droplets of all sizes can travel 23 to 27 feet."

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Asthma studies find plant-based diet benefits and big dairy risks

Asthma studies find plant-based diet benefits and big dairy risks

A new review has looked into the potential effects of different dietary elements on asthma, a common lung condition that can increase one's odds of developing respiratory infections, including COVID-19. A number of treatments are available on the market to reduce asthma severity, but none of them can prevent the condition entirely. According to the new review, cutting certain foods from your diet may be helpful for managing or even preventing the condition.

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Study warns popular type of mouthwash may be putting teeth at risk

Study warns popular type of mouthwash may be putting teeth at risk

Using a common type of mouthwash may be increasing your risk of developing tooth damage, according to a new study out of the University of Plymouth. The reason isn't directly due to the effects of the mouthwash on the teeth, but rather the ways it changes the profile of beneficial bacteria in one's mouth. Over time, a drop in saliva pH levels may increase the risk of damaged teeth.

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Fish oil linked to major heart health benefits, but there’s a catch

Fish oil linked to major heart health benefits, but there’s a catch

It's no secret that a diet high in fish comes with certain heart-health benefits, but questions remain over the benefits of taking various fish oil and omega-3 supplements. A new analysis has found that taking fish oil may have a major protective effect on one's cardiovascular health, but there's a catch: the results were based on taking a highly purified form of fish oil that isn't available over the counter.

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Study details how long coronavirus lasts on different common surfaces

Study details how long coronavirus lasts on different common surfaces

The novel coronavirus behind the growing number of COVID-19 respiratory disease cases around the world is believed to primarily be transmitted through droplets in the air and on surfaces that have been touched by contaminated hands. For this reason, public health officials are advising the public to avoid touching their faces and to regularly wash their hands. A new study sheds light on just how long the coronavirus lasts on the surfaces you often touch.

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Sugar linked to early death, but not for the reason you think

Sugar linked to early death, but not for the reason you think

Eating a diet high in sugary foods may result in an early death, but not for the reasons you think, a new study has found. Researchers with MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences studied fruit flies that were fed a diet high in sugar and found that though they died at younger ages, the reason wasn't due to metabolic issues like obesity or diabetes.

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Plant-based diets may be beneficial, but only if you avoid certain foods

Plant-based diets may be beneficial, but only if you avoid certain foods

It's no secret that eating a plant-based diet can have beneficial heart health effects for some people, but there's a catch. A new study warns that these diets are only potentially helpful for people who avoid certain foods -- the wrong kind of plant-based diet may eradicate the 'heart-healthy' aspect of it, making it just as unhealthy as the average animal-based diet.

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Study warns stealth spread of coronavirus can fuel major outbreaks

Study warns stealth spread of coronavirus can fuel major outbreaks

A newly published study reveals that so-called 'stealth' transmission of the novel coronavirus largely fueled the outbreak that impacted China. The study says that many of the COVID-19 cases in China likely didn't have severe symptoms, meaning infected people may have thought they had a simple cold and went on with their lives. This, in turn, caused the virus to rapidly spread through the Wuhan population.

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Eating one avocado per day has surprising impact on attention

Eating one avocado per day has surprising impact on attention

An avocado a day may help keep the dementia away, at least in older adults suffering from obesity. The findings come from the University of Illinois where researchers looked into the effects of avocados on cognitive function in obese adults. The study involved feeding participants one avocado every day for 12 weeks.

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Caffeine may help creative people, but not in the way you think

Caffeine may help creative people, but not in the way you think

It's a common trope -- the creative person, whether they're a writer or an artist or an actor, is seen drinking large quantities of coffee for their necessary hit of caffeine. This caffeine, the trope goes, is a key part of the creative process, not only helping keep the creator awake and energized, but also engaging their brain and fueling the creative process. The only problem? That's not how it works, at least according to a new study.

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Social isolation and loneliness may have different effects on inflammation

Social isolation and loneliness may have different effects on inflammation

When it comes to excessive inflammation in the body, most people think of factors like eating too much red meat and sugar. A new study out of the University of Surrey, however, has found that not getting enough socialization may also increase inflammation in the body, paving the way for a number of health issues, including memory problems and, farther into the future, problems like cardiovascular disease.

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