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Study finds concerning link between air pollution and heart attacks

Study finds concerning link between air pollution and heart attacks

A new study out of the Yale School of Public Health has found that air pollution may be able to trigger non-fatal heart attacks, making the ultrafine particles found in this pollution a ‘serious public health concern.’ The research was recently published in Environmental Health Perspectives; it warns that the heart attack risk is particularly high in the first few hours after exposure.

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Coronavirus spreads in 3 main ways: This one worries the CDC most

Coronavirus spreads in 3 main ways: This one worries the CDC most

As the number of cases of coronavirus COVID-19 grows worldwide, the US CDC has detailed the primary ways in which the SARS-like illness could be spread, and which routes it is most concerned with. The first person-to-person infection in the US was confirmed at the end of January 2020, and since then the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have held several briefings to outline exactly what people should - and shouldn't - be worried about.

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Green tea extract may target common liver issue, but exercise is key

Green tea extract may target common liver issue, but exercise is key

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is a common health problem with no single standard treatment option. If allowed to progress unchecked, the condition may lead to liver damage, making it important to address whatever health issue resulted in the disease. Obesity is a major factor in the development of this condition, which may be reduced by combining exercise with commonly available green tea extracts.

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Oxford study finds gut bacteria may influence your social life

Oxford study finds gut bacteria may influence your social life

The diversity of one's gut bacteria may influence how social they are, a new study has found. The research comes from the Oxford University Department of Experimental Psychology's Dr. Katerina Johnson, who conducted a large human study on the subject of gut microbiome composition and how it relates to personality. In addition to influencing sociability, gut bacteria may play a role in how neurotic someone is.

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CDC confirms 15th US coronavirus case: Here are the symptoms

CDC confirms 15th US coronavirus case: Here are the symptoms

In a statement on Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed that a 15th case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been identified in the United States. The case involves a person who is under federal quarantine in Texas after having arrived in the US on a flight chartered by the State Department. This is the first time a person under quarantine at JBSA-Lackland has developed the disease.

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China coronavirus “surge” was a change in counting method [UPDATE]

China coronavirus “surge” was a change in counting method [UPDATE]

Yesterday reports suggested that there was a relative "surge" of cases of infection and death at the hands of novel coronavirus COVID-19. This news originated in the Hubei province of China, where government health authorities made the mistake of announcing new cases and deaths without taking proper care to specify why their numbers appeared to explode compared to their otherwise most recent report. It's not so much an explosion of cases, but a modification of the way in which said cases are counted.

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CDC COVID-19 update: Agency prepares for more cases in the US

CDC COVID-19 update: Agency prepares for more cases in the US

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention has issued an update on the ongoing novel coronavirus outbreak, revealing that it has screened more than 30,000 passengers from China at airports across the US. The agency confirmed in a telebriefing with reporters today that it preparing for coronavirus to have a bigger impact in the United States by making sure necessary supplies are available to health care workers.

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Scientists find compound that may reverse aging fertility in women

Scientists find compound that may reverse aging fertility in women

For women, fertility begins to decline throughout one's 30s, ultimately reaching a point where pregnancy may no longer be possible in one's 40s. This loss of fertility is due to poor egg quality, something that has become particularly concerning in developed nations where women are waiting until older ages in order to get pregnant. According to a new study, reversing the clock on aging eggs may be as simple as taking an oral compound.

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Study links two types of exercise with ‘substantial’ brain benefits

Study links two types of exercise with ‘substantial’ brain benefits

Many people are taking supplements that claim to boost brain plasticity, but a new study out of Australia has found that partaking in one of two different types of workouts -- or both, if you're particularly energetic -- may be more effective. In addition to identifying two beneficial types of exercise, the study also found that a different type of activity may block the brain benefits by increasing cortisol, the stress hormone.

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Having an optimistic partner may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease

Having an optimistic partner may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease

Having a happy partner may be a key aspect of preventing the development of dementia or Alzheimer's disease later in life, according to a new study from Michigan State University. Lifestyle factors are believed to play a big role in whether someone will develop dementia; having a healthy, happy partner was found to increase the odds of someone improving their lifestyle risk factors for the condition, decreasing their odds of suffering from the disease.

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AI predicts which patients may benefit from common antidepressant

AI predicts which patients may benefit from common antidepressant

Researchers have created a machine-learning algorithm called SELSER that analyzes EEG data to determine whether a patient is likely to respond well to the popular antidepressant called sertraline, according to the National Institute of Health. The algorithm works by looking for a particular neural signature involving complex brain activity patterns linked to positive outcomes from taking this medication.

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Coronavirus test starts shipping – but there’s a big catch

Coronavirus test starts shipping – but there’s a big catch

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced that it is ready to ship its coronavirus testing kit, which will enable health officials to determine if someone has contracted the virus within four hours. The test will drastically speed up the time it takes to make a diagnosis and will reduce the testing burden; however, it won't be available widely, at least to start with.

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