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If you are unable to stand on one leg for more than 20 seconds, it can be a sign that you are at heightened risk of stroke, brain damage or reduced cognitive functioning.

Yoga could help with cardiac risk factors says new study

A review conducted in the Netherlands of 37 studies involving close to 2800 people found that yoga can help cardiac health.

Study: Ibuprofen could add 12 extra years of healthy life span

A new study finds that Ibuprofen, a common over-the-counter drug taken by millions, could significantly extend health and life span. According to the study, regular doses of the drug could have broad anti-ageing properties.

Study finds selenium levels in blood linked to colorectal cancer

Scientists in Great Britain have found a link between the levels of selenium in our blood and a decreased risk of cancer.

Early care-giving may have influence into adulthood

How you were treated as a child by your parents can have a long-lasting impression on one's academic performance and social life and may last into adulthood, according to a new study.

E-cigarette use up among teens, US drug survey finds

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) reports that the use of cigarettes, alcohol and the abuse of pain relievers by teenagers all declined during 2014 even as marijuana usage remained stable.

Op-Ed: When you lose fat, it turns into CO2? New study ends myths

Yes, folks, you literally breathe out all that fat. That’s the new finding from an Australian study which has basically rewritten the whole theory of weight loss. There’s a catch, of course.

NECC pharmacy fungal contamination owners arrested

Two co-founders along with 12 other former employees of a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy, linked to a fungal meningitis outbreak that killed 64 people, have been arrested. One charge is second-degree murder.

Citing health concerns, New York state bans fracking

New York state's environmental commissioner announced on Wednesday that he will ban hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, due to health concerns associated with the controversial fossil fuel extraction technique.

New tips for keeping healthy on cruise ships

With the festive season fast approaching and the drop in temperatures, many people look forward to winter sun holidays, including cruises. Some new advice has been issued to help people stay healthy while enjoying a cruise ship holiday.

Mixed results for hospital acquired infections in England

The number of cases of hospital acquired infection in English hospitals has slowed down, meaning fewer people are contracting pathogens like MRSA from the clinical setting. However, rates of C. diff are up.

WHO reveals high risk TB countries

The estimated rate of tuberculosis (TB) per 100,000 people, compiled from World Health Organisation (WHO) data for each country (2013), shows a rise. There are some interesting geographical findings.

Rob Ford's cancerous tumor has shrunk by more than half

Since Rob Ford was diagnosed and began treatment for a rare stomach cancer his tumor had not shrunk despite four rounds of chemotherapy. Until now. Latest tests indicate that during the current round, his fifth, the tumor has shrunk, and considerably.

Op-Ed: How is addiction different for men and women?

The way men and women react to drug addiction can be markedly different, and with more gender-specific rehab centers opening each year, this has never been more discernible. But what exactly is responsible for these nuances — hormones or something more?

Canada's bid to end home-grown medical marijuana goes up in smoke

A Canadian federal appeals court ruled on Monday that medical marijuana users who grow their own pot can continue to do so. The government was appealing an injunction that allowed home-grown medical pot until next year's court case.

Allowing alcohol in homeless shelters: A new model emerges

A new experiment in Washington State suggests that allowing homeless shelter residents to consume alcohol on the premises–an uncommon practice in the U.S.–may be superior to the traditional abstinence-only approach.

Is cure for men's infertility as simple as fixing overall health?

A study released last week has found that infertility in men is often linked to other health issues. Study authors say "semen deficiencies" is why half of infertile couples don't achieve pregnancy and it can be connected to curable health issues.

Move over Ebola- Malaria next big health crisis

The World Health Organization recently reported the number of people dying from Malaria has dropped 47 percent in Sub-Saharan Africa since 2000. WHO attributed the success in reducing the number of deaths, in large part, to better diagnosis and treatment.

'Super-bug' found in Rio de Janeiro's Olympic waters

The quality of the water in Rio's Guanabara Bay is a continuing embarrassment, With promises by Brazil to clean up the sewage-filled waters and little to nothing being done, the problem has gotten worse. Researchers have found a "super-bug" in the waters.

Saskatchewan dog whose frozen feet came off gets prosthetic paws

A dog in Saskatchewan, Canada, whose hind feet got frozen to the ground last year while a newborn, and came off when his mom picked him up, has now got new paws back there. And he's getting around with them just fine, thank you.

Exercise key factor of 5 to reduce risk of Alzheimer's Disease

A charity in the U.K. has reviewed previous studies on Alzheimer's Disease and concluded that five lifestyle choices are key to significantly reducing the risk of getting Alzheimer's. Exercise is likely to do the most benefit.

Man wakes from 2 year catatonic state, phones home

A man in a minimally conscious state (MCS) suddenly reawakened and started chatting with hospital staff and relatives after a routine medication was administered.

Researchers find shift work triggers obesity and ill-health

New research has found that there are higher rates of obesity and ill-health in shift workers when compared with the general population.

San Francisco to pay nearly $3 million to family of lost patient

San Francisco has agreed to pay nearly all of a $3 million legal settlement with the family of a woman who was found dead 17 days after disappearing from a room at the city's main hospital last year.

More B.C. poultry farms hit in latest outbreak of Avian Flu

An eight country has joined the list of those restricting Canadian poultry due to the ever-growing Avian flu outbreak on B.C. poultry farms. In total now 9 farms have been affected, but officials say there may be more.

Meditation may physically alter regions of the brain

Harvard researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital reported that the practice of mindfulness meditation can physically alter regions of the brain associated with memory, sense of self, empathy, and stress.

Beneficial bacteria help fight malaria

Specific bacterial components in the human gut can help trigger a natural defense mechanism that guards against malaria transmission. This has come from a new study.

Which is worse: Sugar or salt?

Which is worse for you: sugar or salt? Conflicting information is presented to consumers year-on-year. A new row has erupted on this issue within the scientific community.

Thousands sign up to Antibiotic Guardians

Across the U.K., over 8,100 healthcare professionals and some 3,600 members of the public have pledged to do their own part to help reduce antibiotic resistance by becoming “antibiotic guardians.”

Canada Health body calls for legal sex-trade, health regulations

The Canadian Public Health Association released a paper Friday calling for legalized prostitution that is regulated to improve the health and lives of sex-trade workers. Current occupational health and safety regulations should be used, it said.

Are X-rays safe for kids?

Unnecessary chest x-rays for children are the most recent diagnostic tests that are being questioned for necessity and safety, according to researchers at Mayo Clinic.

Mylan Relay for Hope to help Canadian AIDS society Special

At the 7th annual World AIDS Day Gala held in Ottawa, the Canadian AIDS Society and Mylan Canada put forward plans for an event called the Mylan Relay for Hope. This is a cross-Canada run in support of people living with or at risk of HIV/AIDS.

Op-Ed: A 40 million war with germs for iron — Immunity and stealth

Just when you think you’ve got a grip on a subject, along comes a bit of news like this — one of the strategies the body uses to fight disease is to make sources of iron invisible to invading germs.

Did Columbus bring syphilis back from the New World?

Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492. But on returning home, his sailors unknowingly were carrying a disease never before known in Europe, syphilis. By 1495, the disease, called the "Great Pox," had spread across Europe, killing five million people.

Antipsychotic drug warning

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an alert about an antipsychotic drug called ziprasidone. The drug is associated with a serious skin reaction that can progress to affect other parts of the body.

Flying could be bad for your health

Air travel is one of the safest ways to travel. However, what impact does it have on your health? What are you breathing in when you kick back and eat the free peanuts?

Quitting smoking provides Obamacare incentives

A company called has published a study which found that Obamacare enrollees who have quit or reduced their smoking could see their premiums cut by as much as one-third with a non-tobacco rate.

Powdered caffeine presents a serious risk

An investigation into the death of high school senior has highlighted the dangers of students taking powdered caffeine as a study or workout stimulant.

'The Uber of medicine' brings experimental drugs to terminal patients

If you are diagnosed with cancer and given six months to live, having to wait years for a new treatment to hit the market is not an option.

Cucumbers at Jimmy John's blamed for E. coli outbreak in Denver

It took a year of detective work, but authorities have finally tracked down the cause of an E. coli outbreak last year at Jimmy John's restaurants in Colorado. Cucumbers, it turns out, are the guilty party.

Counting down a global disease to zero

The global Guinea worm eradication program is proving to be successful and a possible zero case count is in sight. A special event is being prepared for January to show the considerable progress made during 2014.