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Top News: Health

Standing on one leg for 20 seconds can predict stroke risk

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.

New study shows how alcohol interferes with sleep

A number of people admit to using alcohol as a means of getting to sleep. This may work initially, however new research indicates that alcohol interferes with sleep patterns.

A 10-second kiss transfers 80 million bacteria, study says

A research study from institutes in the Netherlands reports that a couple will share approximately 80 million bacteria during a 10-second kiss!

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

Sacramento - 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.

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 finds natural supplements can prevent 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.

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

Sydney - 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.

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.

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

Albany - 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

London - 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.

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?

Mixed results for hospital acquired infections in England

London - 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
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