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Permanent hair dyes and straighteners may increase breast cancer risk

Permanent hair dyes and straighteners may increase breast cancer risk

Using permanent hair dye and/or hair straightening products may increase one's risk of developing breast cancer, a new study claims. The risk was found to particularly impact black women based on data from more than 46,700 women who participated in the Sister Study. All of the women were likewise at genetic risk of developing breast cancer, which is itself a risk factor.

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Most flu drugs are no substitute: FDA recommends one shot

Most flu drugs are no substitute: FDA recommends one shot

The FDA posted their latest updated guidance for "Influenza (Flu) Antiviral Drugs and Related Information" for public awareness, current for the tail end of the year 2019. The Federal Drug Administration (FDA) noted that there are "a number of drugs" of which they approve of for "the treatment and prevention of influenza" but that NONE of them are "a substitute for yearly vaccination." They might stop your cough, but the FDA still recommended (and continues to recommend) that all people get their yearly flu vaccine ASAP.

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Popular 14:10 fasting protocol found to help protect long-term health

Popular 14:10 fasting protocol found to help protect long-term health

A popular intermittent fasting protocol may protect one's long-term health by helping reverse many issues caused by metabolic syndrome. According to a new study from the Salk Institute and UC San Diego School of Medicine, following a common 14:10 eating schedule was found to reduce body weight, abdominal fat, cholesterol, improve blood sugar, and more.

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Vaping may cause lung scarring commonly found in metal workers

Vaping may cause lung scarring commonly found in metal workers

A new case study out of Europe is warning that electronic cigarettes and other vaping devices may cause lung scarring commonly only found in metal workers. The research has been published by the European Lung Foundation, which says hard-metal pneumoconiosis -- a rare lung disease that results from inhaling hard metal particles -- has been identified in a person who used vaping devices.

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Birth control study links the pill to brain change and mood issues

Birth control study links the pill to brain change and mood issues

The development of oral contraceptives, more commonly called birth control pills, was an incredible milestone for society, revolutionizing women's healthcare and changing lives. However, these same contraceptives are known to come with a number of potential downsides, not the least of which is the possibility of mood and hormone disruption. A new study sheds light on those issues, revealing that women who take the pill may experience significant shrinkage in a key brain region.

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Study details diet protocol that may revolutionize diabetes treatment

Study details diet protocol that may revolutionize diabetes treatment

Researchers with Tel Aviv University have identified an eating protocol that may revolutionize the treatment of type-2 diabetes for many people. Rather than eating half a dozen small meals spread throughout the day -- the current traditional diet given to diabetics -- the new study found that eating three specific types of meals daily may balance blood sugar and help keep it under control.

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Heart health may be at risk in people who only brush teeth once daily

Heart health may be at risk in people who only brush teeth once daily

Past research has linked poor oral hygiene with an increased risk of developing certain chronic health conditions, but a new study warns that brushing once or twice a day may not be adequately protecting your heart. According to a new study published by the European Society of Cardiology, you may need to brush your teeth at least three times every day in order to noticeably reduce your risk of developing certain cardiac issues.

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Superbugs found in most makeup products: Study sounds the alarm

Superbugs found in most makeup products: Study sounds the alarm

The majority of makeup products currently in use may contain dangerous superbugs, according to a new study out of Aston University. The products are varied and include everything from tubes of mascara and lip gloss to blenders like sponges. These superbugs may pose a particular risk to people who have compromised immune systems and/or small scratches or breaks in the skin on their face.

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Large study warns sleep deprivation impacts every aspect of life

Large study warns sleep deprivation impacts every aspect of life

One of the largest sleep studies ever conducted has been published by researchers with Michigan State University's Sleep and Learning Lab. The team found that sleep deprivation is more dangerous than past research on the topic had found; it impacts every part of life, increasing the risk of wrecking one's car, messing up at work, struggling to maintain attention during class, and more.

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Inflammation triggered by obesity may cause brain damage

Inflammation triggered by obesity may cause brain damage

A study scheduled to be presented next week has found evidence of brain damage linked to obesity in teenagers. The damage impacts the parts of the brain responsible for cognitive functions, as well as emotions and appetite, and may be caused by the inflammation that results from obesity. The damage was identified using MRIs of both healthy and obese teenagers ages 12 through 16.

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Another company gets FDA designation to treat depression with psilocybin

Another company gets FDA designation to treat depression with psilocybin

The Food and Drug Administration has granted the ‘Breakthrough Therapy’ designation to the treatment of major depression disorder (MDD) using psilocybin, the psychoactive compound found in many mushrooms collectively referred to as ‘magic mushrooms.’ The designation was granted to Usona Institute, enabling it to proceed with an investigation into psilocybin-based treatment for MDD.

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WSU study shows cannabis cuts migraine pain in half, beating common OTC pain killers

WSU study shows cannabis cuts migraine pain in half, beating common OTC pain killers

A new study out of Washington State University has found that inhaling cannabis (“marijuana”) may drastically reduce the pain caused by headaches and migraines. The study, which was recently published in Journal of Pain, assessed the potential pain-relieving effects of cannabis for migraine sufferers by soliciting feedback in real-time during an episode of head pain. The research into this topic remains rare.

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