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Stretching beats walking when it comes to lowering blood pressure

Stretching beats walking when it comes to lowering blood pressure

Stretching is more effective than brisk walking when it comes to lowering blood pressure, according to a new study from the University of Saskatchewan. This isn't the first time a study has found that stretching can benefit those who have high blood pressure or who are at risk of developing it, but this is the first study that has compared the activity to brisk walking.

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Study finds only one daily alcoholic drink may jeopardize heart health

Study finds only one daily alcoholic drink may jeopardize heart health

The European Society of Cardiology has published a new study that found people who consume one alcoholic drink per day may be at greater risk of developing a type of abnormal heart rhythm called atrial fibrillation (afib). The findings join a large body of research on alcohol consumption and its potential health impacts and benefits.

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CDC warns new COVID-19 variant is in US and spreading fast

CDC warns new COVID-19 variant is in US and spreading fast

A new and more contagious variant of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus strain is spreading quickly in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is urging the public to follow prevention guidelines. The agency warns that this variant may 'increase the US pandemic trajectory in the coming months.'

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Vaccination card group includes Microsoft, Mayo, Epic, Oracle, and more

Vaccination card group includes Microsoft, Mayo, Epic, Oracle, and more

A Vaccination Credential Initiative (VCI) was created for the near future in which COVID-19 vaccination checks are imperative. The VCI is a coalition of public and private partners that include Evernorth, Mitre, SAFE, SalesForce, Change Healthcare, CARIN, The Commons Project, Epic, Mayo Clinic, Oracle, and Microsoft. Cards will allow individuals to access and display their vaccination records "based on open, inoperable standards."

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Workaholics may be at high risk of depression and sleep troubles

Workaholics may be at high risk of depression and sleep troubles

If you're a self-described workaholic, you may be putting your mental and physical health at risk, according to a new study from HSE University. The reasons one may have a work addiction -- defined as working seven or more hours than everyone else, the study notes -- include everything from pressure from supervisors to a desire to avoid home life or earn more money.

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CDC mandating negative COVID-19 test for air passengers entering the US

CDC mandating negative COVID-19 test for air passengers entering the US

It was really wishful thinking that 2021 would magically be better when it came to the COVID-19 pandemic. While the availability of vaccines definitely gives some hope, new variants of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus threaten to throw us into a loop again. Never having really gotten a hold of the situation, the US is now facing the threat of these new variants coming from countries. In an effort to at least stem the tide, the CDC is now requiring that everyone entering the US via air transportation prove to be negative from COVID-19 or else be denied even getting on a plane.

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Dog and cat food recall expands after more pet deaths reported

Dog and cat food recall expands after more pet deaths reported

Midwestern Pet Foods has expanded a previously announced recall of dog and cat food over the potentially high levels of a toxin produced by a naturally-occurring mold. This expanded recall covers all cat and dog food that has corn as an ingredient that expires on or before July 9, 2022. According to a separate alert from the FDA, more than 70 dogs have died after eating this food, though not all of the deaths were confirmed to result from aflatoxin poisoning.

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FDA says more than 10,000 containers of ice cream recalled over metal

FDA says more than 10,000 containers of ice cream recalled over metal

More than 10,000 containers of ice cream have been recalled in multiple US states over the risk of contamination, according to a recall recently highlighted by the FDA. The issue is the potential for small pieces of metal in the ice cream, with the recall noting that the metal pieces are from filling equipment parts.

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COVID-19 study finds most hospitalized patients suffer long-term issues

COVID-19 study finds most hospitalized patients suffer long-term issues

A newly published cohort study reports that the majority of COVID-19 patients who were hospitalized due to the disease suffer at least one long-term consequence months after 'recovery.' The findings were recently published in The Lancet, where researchers report that muscle weakness and fatigue are the most common long-term issue.

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Chronic vaping may cause leaky gut and chronic inflammation

Chronic vaping may cause leaky gut and chronic inflammation

Vaping may lead to a condition called leaky gut, the ramifications of which are chronic inflammation and related diseases. The findings come from the University of California - San Diego, where researchers found that the chemicals in nicotine-free vape liquids may disrupt the gut barrier. The study joins a growing body of research finding potential health consequences associated with electronic cigarettes.

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Study finds it only takes a bit of junk food to spoil a healthy diet

Study finds it only takes a bit of junk food to spoil a healthy diet

Healthy diets come with a variety of potential benefits, including everything from less brain fog to a lower risk of developing certain diseases and chronic conditions. If you generally eat healthily but occasionally indulge in some junk food, you may be sabotaging the benefits you'd otherwise get from your healthy diet, according to a new study from Rush University Medical Center.

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Study finds many medical marijuana users experience withdrawal

Study finds many medical marijuana users experience withdrawal

Many people report experiencing symptoms of withdrawal in-between use of medical marijuana, according to a new study from the University of Michigan Medicine. In addition, around 10-percent of the participants reported negative effects from the substance, including changes in things like energy levels, appetite, and sleep quality.

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