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Yoga, breathing exercises have long-term impact on clinical depression

Yoga, breathing exercises have long-term impact on clinical depression

Practicing yoga and a special type of breathing exercise may have a long-term impact on clinical depression, anxiety, and sleep quality, according to new research. It's known that yoga is linked to changes in the severity of depression, but the new study indicates just how little effort it takes to experience long-term positive changes.

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Vaping may be worse on cholesterol and blood flow than smoking

Vaping may be worse on cholesterol and blood flow than smoking

Electronic cigarettes may have a similar effect on 'good' cholesterol levels as smoking traditional cigarettes, plus they may cause an increase in one's level of LDL 'bad' cholesterol, according to a new study. Joining the research is a second study that has also linked vaping with worrisome effects on the body's ability to pump blood -- ones that are even worse than the troubles experienced by tobacco smokers.

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Ebola vaccine approved by WHO for first time ever

Ebola vaccine approved by WHO for first time ever

Ebola is now officially preventable and treatable. Today the World Health Organization (WHO) prequalified an Ebola vaccine for the first time in the history of the world. The Ervebo vaccine is now recommended by the WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) as a key tool in treating Ebola, as it's been officially shown to be effective in protecting humans from the Ebola Zaire virus.

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Specific diet habits have been linked to depression in adults

Specific diet habits have been linked to depression in adults

Certain specific dietary habits have been linked to an increased risk of suffering from depression in middle age, according to a new study. It's no secret that poor diet has a big impact on the body, including one's gut bacteria, which paves the way for a variety of physical and mental issues. The latest study highlights some specific aspects of one's diet that may increase their depression risk.

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Running once per week has surprising impact on health and lifespan

Running once per week has surprising impact on health and lifespan

Going for a run only around once per week has a surprising effect on one's overall death risk, according to a new study out of Victoria University's Institute for Health & Sport. The findings were based on a review of existing literature that shed light on the link between running and one's risk of dying; more than 232,000 participants were tracked for up to 35 years.

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Unique type of meditation boosts the brain’s ability to spot mistakes

Unique type of meditation boosts the brain’s ability to spot mistakes

If you frequently make small mistakes, a unique type of meditation may help change that. According to a new study out of Michigan State University, open monitoring meditation -- as opposed to mindfulness meditation -- triggers neural activity changes in the brain when it comes to the signal that occurs when someone notices that a mistake has been made.

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Replacing some salt with MSG can help protect blood pressure levels

Replacing some salt with MSG can help protect blood pressure levels

Monosodium glutamate, more commonly called MSG, is the often maligned food additive used to enhance flavor and make dishes more savory without making them too salty. This same ingredient may be key to reducing dangerous sodium consumption in nations that are eating too much salt, according to researchers, who say that replacing some salt with MSG may help reduce blood pressure and protect heart health.

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CDC reveals the familiar ingredient that may cause vaping lung disease

CDC reveals the familiar ingredient that may cause vaping lung disease

The CDC has announced the potential cause of EVALI, the lung injury that has appeared in people who report recent vape use. The concerning ingredient is vitamin E acetate, the compound previously leaked as a finding under the agency's investigation. Though the CDC had advised, at the time of the leak, that it was too early to implicate the compound, it is now back warning that vitamin E acetate may be deadly when inhaled.

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Two popular supplements taken for inflammation probably aren’t helping

Two popular supplements taken for inflammation probably aren’t helping

Two popular supplements taken for their supposed effect on systemic inflammation may not be as effective as consumers had hoped. Neither omega-3 fatty acids -- which are commonly sold in the form of fish oil -- nor vitamin D was found to reduce inflammation in the body in most cases, according to a study out of Brigham and Women's Hospital. In fact, there was some evidence that taking one of these supplements may increase systemic inflammation.

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Juul stops selling mint flavor after studies link it to teen vape use

Juul stops selling mint flavor after studies link it to teen vape use

Vaping company Juul has announced that it has stopped selling mint-flavored pods, one of the remaining flavors it was still offering to customers in the US. The decision comes shortly after the publication of studies that found mint is one of the most popular flavors among teenagers who vape. Juul has already faced scrutiny over what some have alleged as the targeting of minors with some of its past marketing.

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Modern test finds new HIV strain in old virus sample

Modern test finds new HIV strain in old virus sample

American drug company Abbott Laboratories has announced the discovery of a new HIV strain. Called HIV-1 Group M, subtype L, this strain is the first subtype of the Group M virus discovered since the year 2000 when guidelines were established for identifying new strains. According to Abbott, the third and last known sample of the 'L' subtype was collected in 2001.

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CDC warns childhood abuse can cause chronic illness and career issues

CDC warns childhood abuse can cause chronic illness and career issues

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published a new advisory stating that the United States can improve overall public health by reducing the number of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), which include everything from having a parent in prison to witnessing traumatic events and being abused. These experiences have been linked to increased risk of health issues, including chronic illnesses.

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