23andMe launches new consumer test service to check for genetic disorders

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NEW YORK/CHICAGO –  Genetics company 23andMe announced the launch of a new consumer genetic test service on Wednesday that will show whether an individual carries genes associated with 36 different disorders, such as cystic fibrosis. The launch is a major step

Some doctors and midwives don’t know postpartum diabetes risk

11 November, 2015 No Comments

Some doctors and midwives may underestimate the risk for postpartum diabetes among women who develop a version of the disease during pregnancy, a small British study suggests. Researchers focused on the risk of what's known as type 2 diabetes, which is linked

Memory complaints linked to dementia diagnosis many years later

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In a U.S. study that followed older women for nearly 20 years, those who complained of memory lapses were more likely than others to later be diagnosed with mild thinking problems or dementia. The subjective sense that one has more memory lapses than peers

Judge orders Louisiana to continue funding Planned Parenthood

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A Louisiana judge issued an order on Thursday blocking attempts to defund Planned Parenthood clinics in the state, finding that more than 5,000 low-income patients would lose access to healthcare including cancer screenings and gynecology exams. U.S. District Judge John deGravelles issued a preliminary injunction that

Tai chi can help build strength, relieve pain

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For people with chronic illnesses ranging from cancer to arthritis, tai chi exercises may improve walking, build strength and reduce pain, according to a new analysis of past research. The slow and gentle movements of tai chi, a modified form of an ancient Chinese

Study reveals a double standard about anger in the office when it comes to women

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Guys can blow a fuse and be respected for it, but women? Not so much, according to a new study that reveals an apparent double standard in the way we react to angry people, Pacific Standard reports. "Our results lend scientific support to a

‘Health’ supplements send 23,000 to emergency rooms in US each year

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Dietary supplements - those "all natural" products people consume for weight loss, extra energy or to self-treat various conditions - send 23,000 people, many of them children, to the emergency room in the U.S. each year, according to a new estimate. Just

Stressful jobs tied to small increase in stroke risk

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Up to one in four jobs are "high strain," and people in these lines of work may be at increased risk of stroke, according to a new analysis of past research. Based on studies that included nearly 140,000 participants, researchers found an overall 22

More evidence marriage may be bad for your waistline

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Need another reason to blame weight gain on your marriage? When one spouse becomes obese, the other's risk of obesity almost doubles, a U.S. study suggests. "Normal weight people whose spouses went from being normal weight to obese were more likely to become obese,"

Fewer women know heart attack risks or get ideal treatments

11 November, 2015 No Comments

Young women may be less aware than men of risk factors for cardiovascular disease and less likely to receive procedures needed after the deadliest type of heart attack, two U.S. studies suggest. The first study focused on adults up to age 55 and found