Victoria Herrera

Obese fathers increase breast cancer risk in their daughters

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A lot of focus has been placed on a woman’s health before and during pregnancy and subsequent health of her children. Well the same goes for fathers too, and an increasing number of studies are proving it. Being obese worsens the health of genes inside sperm. Men pass on these unhealthy sperm to their future children who are then at …

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Chemical in plastic may harm developing embryos

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Bisphenol A is a component of some plastic with well known hormone disrupting properties. It is referred to as an endocrine disruptor because it changes the way hormones behave in your body. It has a particular affinity for estrogen, thus exposure is linked with increased risk of breast and prostate cancer. Interestingly, exposure to this chemical also seems to negatively …

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The flu vaccine fails again

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How effective was the 2015-16 flu vaccine? To quote Dr. Danuta Skowronski of the BC Centre for Disease Control, “It’s an improvement over the previous year, because it couldn’t be worse, frankly”. The vaccine was less than 45 to 50 percent effective in protecting against the flu. The 2014-15 flu shot offered virtually no protection because the wrong strain of …

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Don’t worry about making your bed – it’s bad for your health

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Leaving your bed unmade can be good if you’re an allergy sufferer. Making your bed each morning is probably a habit that you don’t even think about. Sure it makes your house look tidy, but it may be healthier to leave it looking messy. Research has shown that dust mite numbers are higher in beds that are made each morning …

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Potential new therapy for restless legs syndrome

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An adjustable foot wrap that puts pressure on two foot muscles may ease the symptoms of restless legs syndrome. A recent study showed the device to be 1.4 times as effective as standard drug therapy. Before getting too excited, it’s important to remember that standard drug therapy is not very effective for restless legs syndrome. It’s a condition that causes …

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Changes in intestinal bacteria linked to sclerosing cholangitis

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Sclerosing cholangitis is a severe autoimmune liver disease. It has the potential to cause serious harm to the bile ducts of the liver, and a small fraction of patients end up requiring a liver transplant. An autoimmune disease is where a person’s own immune system produces antibodies and inflammatory chemicals that attack their own body. In time, this damage can …

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Common household chemical linked to thyroid disease

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This is according to a new study conducted by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and shows that post menopausal women are most at risk. The study was published in the journal Environmental Health and linked the flame retardant to an increased risk of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, goiter, hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. The specific flame retardant is called polybrominated …

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Being busy is good for your brain

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Next time you feel overwhelmed with your workload, just remember it’s good for your brain. Research has shown that busy people have better cognitive function and are less likely to develop dementia in later life. Specifically, when they get older they tend to have a better memory; better reasoning ability and a higher vocabulary. This research was published in the …

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Vitamin B12 slows down brain aging

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People with higher blood levels of vitamin B12 experience a slower rate of brain aging as they get older. As you age, your brain gets smaller; this is referred to as loss of volume. This happens more rapidly if you are low in vitamin B12. Your doctor can order a vitamin B12 blood test for you, but another way of …

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Anxiety drug overdoses in USA hit record high

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The number of Americans overdosing on prescription anxiety drugs has quadrupled in the past 2 decades! In recent years a lot more Americans are taking drugs for anxiety, and they are taking higher doses. This finding was reported in the American Journal of Public Health. The most commonly used anxiety drugs are Xanax and Valium. These drugs are known as …

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