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  • A New Way to Fight Heart Disease May Also Tackle Cancer

    August 28, 2017 3:53 PM 5

    Researchers say they’ve proven a long-held theory about heart disease: that lowering inflammation may be nearly as important as cutting cholesterol levels. They showed that using a targeted drug to reduce inflammation cut the risk of heart attacks, strokes and other “events” in patients who had already suffered one heart attack – independent of any other

  • These Companies Are Donating Millions to Help Victims of Hurricane Harvey

    August 28, 2017 3:24 PM 5

    If there's one upside to a natural disaster like Hurricane Harvey, it's a reminder that despite the political and cultural differences that divide this country, we can still come together when it counts. The storm's impact on Texas has been devastating and the estimated cleanup costs have already hit $40 billion. That has spurred several major corporations

  • Red Cross volunteers from Charlotte region help Houston

    August 28, 2017 3:17 PM 5

    The American Red Cross has sent 29 volunteers from western North Carolina to help Houston residents cope with flooding from Hurricane Harvey. “We expect many more to go” for a response that’s likely to last for weeks, said Angela Broome Powley, CEO of the western North Carolina region. “We’re trying to meet as many requests for volunteers as possible

  • New research says four cups of coffee a day is okay

    August 28, 2017 11:02 AM 7

    In another boon for coffee lovers, an observational study of 20,000 Spanish residents has found an association between regular coffee consumption and a lower risk of premature death. The research, presented at the ESC (European Society of Cardiology) Congress in Barcelona this week, found the risk of early death was cut by nearly two-thirds among those

  • Major drug study opens up vast new opportunities in combating heart disease

    August 27, 2017 12:58 PM 4

    A landmark drug study has opened up a potent way to lower the risk of heart attacks — beyond the now standard advice of reducing cholesterol — promising new avenues of treatment of Americans' number one killer. The findings, more than two decades after the discovery of powerful cholesterol-lowering drugs, called statins, taken by tens of millions, were announced

  • Dancing can help to combat the effects of ageing on the brain, scientists have found

    August 27, 2017 8:34 AM 5

    Breaking out into your favourite dance moves on a regular basis could help keep your brain healthy, a study has found. Although previous research demonstrates that physical exercise is an effective anti-ageing tool for the brain, the challenge of learning dance routines is especially helpful in combating cognitive decline, scientists say. A regular boogie-session

  • Dance like there's no tomorrow! It can reverse signs of ageing

    August 27, 2017 3:29 AM 3

    WASHINGTON D.C. (USA): You may ask your grandparents to involve in dancing, as a new study has recently shown that older people who routinely partake in physical exercise, particularly dancing can reverse the signs of aging in the brain. As we grow older we suffer a decline in mental and physical fitness, which can be made worse by conditions like Alzheimer's

  • Guard against West Nile

    August 24, 2017 10:37 PM 4

    As the summer begins to wind down, staff at the Brant County Health Unit want to remind people to take steps to protect against West Nile virus and Lyme disease. Recently, there has been a rise in the number of positive mosquito pools for West Nile virus in Ontario, two of which were collected in Brantford and Brant County. Although the current risk of Lyme disease

  • Google Will Now Help You Check If You’re Depressed

    August 24, 2017 5:44 PM 4

    People who search for "clinical depression" using a mobile device will be presented with information and a prompt to check if they're clinically depressed. This will lead to a private questionnaire, helping them to determine if they may be clinically depressed. The goal is to allow a person to determine if they need an in-person evaluation, and if so, provide

  • Vitamin B supplements linked to lung cancer – here’s why you probably don’t need to worry

    August 23, 2017 9:08 AM 3

    Taking vitamin B12 and B6 supplements – previously thought to protect against cancer – is associated with a two to fourfold increase in lung cancer risk, according to a new study. Researchers at Ohio State University found that the risk was increased only in men, and was even higher in current smokers. The researchers asked over 77,000 people how often