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Depression blood test may reveal those at risk of lifelong mental illness, researchers sayA new study from Cambridge University says a simple biological test may accurately predict who is at the highest risk of developing severe depression later in life, and make it possible to intervene earlier to save lives.[Photo illustration by Greg Southam/Postmedia News files]

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Depression blood test may reveal those at risk of lifelong mental illness, researchers say
A new study from Cambridge University says a simple biological test may accurately predict who is at the highest risk of developing severe depression later in life, and make it possible to intervene earlier to save lives.
[Photo illustration by Greg Southam/Postmedia News files]

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Marijuana-induced ‘munchies’ explained: Food cravings are rooted in heightened sense of smell, study findsIt turns out that the number of cannabinoid receptors in your olfactory (smelling) system may be the root cause of why you get hungry after fasting for a while — and why pot causes hunger cravings, too, a new France study has found. And the results are intriguing, they say, because they may pave the way for novel treatments of binge-eating and obesity.[Christopher Furlong/Getty Images files]

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Marijuana-induced ‘munchies’ explained: Food cravings are rooted in heightened sense of smell, study finds
It turns out that the number of cannabinoid receptors in your olfactory (smelling) system may be the root cause of why you get hungry after fasting for a while — and why pot causes hunger cravings, too, a new France study has found. And the results are intriguing, they say, because they may pave the way for novel treatments of binge-eating and obesity.
[Christopher Furlong/Getty Images files]

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What does cancer eat? Sugar, mostlyThat the roots of cancer are found in its hunger for glucose was only one of the lessons Jane Macdougall learned during a dinner conversation with a pathologist recently.[Illustration by Sarah Lazarovic]

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What does cancer eat? Sugar, mostly
That the roots of cancer are found in its hunger for glucose was only one of the lessons Jane Macdougall learned during a dinner conversation with a pathologist recently.
[Illustration by Sarah Lazarovic]

Tagged with:  #health  #diet  #sugar  #cancer
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Debunking three diet myths athletes fall for: Put down that protein bar and pick up some toast after trainingI am constantly surprised by the lack of credible information promoted about sports nutrition, supplements, how to lose body fat, gain muscle mass and “get cut.” I am fortunate to work with sports nutritionist Carrie Mullin Innes, who helps to set the record straight. She has a master’s degree in science in nutrition and is one of the few dietitians in Canada who has completed the intensive International Olympic Committee Diploma in Sports Nutrition …[Rod MacIvor/Postmedia News files]

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Debunking three diet myths athletes fall for: Put down that protein bar and pick up some toast after training
I am constantly surprised by the lack of credible information promoted about sports nutrition, supplements, how to lose body fat, gain muscle mass and “get cut.” I am fortunate to work with sports nutritionist Carrie Mullin Innes, who helps to set the record straight. She has a master’s degree in science in nutrition and is one of the few dietitians in Canada who has completed the intensive International Olympic Committee Diploma in Sports Nutrition …
[Rod MacIvor/Postmedia News files]

Tagged with:  #health  #fitness  #diet
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Cooler temperatures may help shed excess weight, Holland study saysIf you find yourself shivering on a bus or in that cold pocket of your office? Take some solace in new research released this week that suggests spending time in lower temperature areas may help shed excess weight and fend off obesity.[Spencer Platt/Getty Images files]

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Cooler temperatures may help shed excess weight, Holland study says
If you find yourself shivering on a bus or in that cold pocket of your office? Take some solace in new research released this week that suggests spending time in lower temperature areas may help shed excess weight and fend off obesity.
[Spencer Platt/Getty Images files]

Tagged with:  #health  #weight loss  #obesity
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Beyond cardio and resistance training: The three pillars of physical fitness most people ignoreGetting on the treadmill or track and then hitting the weight room are fine places to start your workout regimen, but don’t forget these three other major areas that contribute to your physical health, kinesiologist Rob Williams advises in his column.[Photodisc]

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Beyond cardio and resistance training: The three pillars of physical fitness most people ignore
Getting on the treadmill or track and then hitting the weight room are fine places to start your workout regimen, but don’t forget these three other major areas that contribute to your physical health, kinesiologist Rob Williams advises in his column.
[Photodisc]

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Couple in their 60s set world record after running a marathon every day for a whole year
A couple in their 60s have finished running a marathon each day, every day, for the past year.
The pair ate up to 30 bananas each a day as they completed a trek of almost 16,000 kilometres around Australia.
The couple, both raw vegans from New Zealand, ended their journey with an extra marathon to their home in Melbourne at 5 a.m. on New Year’s Day to set the world record.
Janette Murray-Wakelin, 64, and Alan Murray, 68, rose at 4 a.m. each day and ran 366 consecutive marathons with no days off. Ms. Murray-Wakelin said she was looking forward to a break and planned to sleep in, do some gardening and spend time with her grandchildren — and then go running the next day.
“You don’t stop doing something that works,” she told Fairfax Media. (Photo: Facebook)

Couple in their 60s set world record after running a marathon every day for a whole year

A couple in their 60s have finished running a marathon each day, every day, for the past year.

The pair ate up to 30 bananas each a day as they completed a trek of almost 16,000 kilometres around Australia.

The couple, both raw vegans from New Zealand, ended their journey with an extra marathon to their home in Melbourne at 5 a.m. on New Year’s Day to set the world record.

Janette Murray-Wakelin, 64, and Alan Murray, 68, rose at 4 a.m. each day and ran 366 consecutive marathons with no days off. Ms. Murray-Wakelin said she was looking forward to a break and planned to sleep in, do some gardening and spend time with her grandchildren — and then go running the next day.

“You don’t stop doing something that works,” she told Fairfax Media. (Photo: Facebook)

Tagged with:  #news  #running  #marathon  #health  #Australia  #vegan
One in two hundred American women report having virgin births — but researchers think it’s no miracle
A tiny slice of modern day Americans are reporting having had virgin births, according to a new paper published in a respected medical journal Tuesday.
In the longitudinal study of adolescent health, 0.5% of the 7,870 female respondents consistently affirmed their status as virgins, yet reported a virgin birth without the use of reproductive technologies.
“It wasn’t a programming error, that is how they responded,” said the professor of biostatistics in the university’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. “They did say, ‘I am a virgin,’ and they did say ‘I have had a pregnancy.’” (Photo: DAN JANISSE/The Windsor Star/Files)

One in two hundred American women report having virgin births — but researchers think it’s no miracle

A tiny slice of modern day Americans are reporting having had virgin births, according to a new paper published in a respected medical journal Tuesday.

In the longitudinal study of adolescent health, 0.5% of the 7,870 female respondents consistently affirmed their status as virgins, yet reported a virgin birth without the use of reproductive technologies.

“It wasn’t a programming error, that is how they responded,” said the professor of biostatistics in the university’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. “They did say, ‘I am a virgin,’ and they did say ‘I have had a pregnancy.’” (Photo: DAN JANISSE/The Windsor Star/Files)

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'Stop wasting money': Most vitamin pills are useless, top doctors say in unusually blunt editorial
One in two adults takes a daily vitamin pill, and Americans spend tens of billions of dollars each year on supplements. Now, a small coterie of physicians writing in the Annals of Internal Medicine has offered this blunt advice: “Stop wasting money.”
The authors made an exception for supplemental vitamin D, which they said needed further research. Even so, widespread use of vitamin D pills “is not based on solid evidence that benefits outweigh harms,” the authors wrote. For other vitamins and supplements, “the case is closed.”
“The message is simple,” the editorial continued. “Most supplements do not prevent chronic disease or death, their use is not justified, and they should be avoided.” (Photo: Getty Images)

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'Stop wasting money': Most vitamin pills are useless, top doctors say in unusually blunt editorial

One in two adults takes a daily vitamin pill, and Americans spend tens of billions of dollars each year on supplements. Now, a small coterie of physicians writing in the Annals of Internal Medicine has offered this blunt advice: “Stop wasting money.”

The authors made an exception for supplemental vitamin D, which they said needed further research. Even so, widespread use of vitamin D pills “is not based on solid evidence that benefits outweigh harms,” the authors wrote. For other vitamins and supplements, “the case is closed.”

“The message is simple,” the editorial continued. “Most supplements do not prevent chronic disease or death, their use is not justified, and they should be avoided.” (Photo: Getty Images)

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From Russia, with liver disease: Real-life James Bond would be an impotent drunk, U.K. doctors say
He may have a license to kill, but is he sober enough to shoot?
British doctors who carefully read Ian Fleming’s series of James Bond novels say the celebrated spy regularly drank more than four times the recommended limit of alcohol per week. Their research was published in the light-hearted Christmas edition of the medical journal BMJ on Thursday: natpo.st/JfxJ4j

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From Russia, with liver disease: Real-life James Bond would be an impotent drunk, U.K. doctors say

He may have a license to kill, but is he sober enough to shoot?

British doctors who carefully read Ian Fleming’s series of James Bond novels say the celebrated spy regularly drank more than four times the recommended limit of alcohol per week. Their research was published in the light-hearted Christmas edition of the medical journal BMJ on Thursday: natpo.st/JfxJ4j

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For anyone who’s having trouble losing weight, even on a diet, or with ample exercise, new research may hold out some hopeLosing weight is not as simple as ‘calories in, calories out’ as we may all have different capacities for shedding pounds, Jennifer Sygo writes this week while noting several studies that support different cohorts of people losing weight at varying rates.[Postmedia News files]

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For anyone who’s having trouble losing weight, even on a diet, or with ample exercise, new research may hold out some hope
Losing weight is not as simple as ‘calories in, calories out’ as we may all have different capacities for shedding pounds, Jennifer Sygo writes this week while noting several studies that support different cohorts of people losing weight at varying rates.
[Postmedia News files]

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Public-health advocates pushing for graphic, cigarette-style health warnings on wine, beer and liquor containers

For millions of Canadians, alcohol in its various forms is one of life’s great pleasures, its appeal often enhanced by artful packaging.

It is also, according to the World Health Organization, the second biggest source of death and disease, causing accidents, violence, chronic illness, birth defects and terminal cancers.

Those alcohol labels tend to dwell on the enjoyment, while ignoring the pain, but public-health advocates in Canada and elsewhere are pushing to change that, calling for graphic, cigarette-style health warnings on wine, beer and liquor containers — or even just bottles in plain-brown wrappers. (Photos: European Alcohol Policy Alliance)

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Eating healthy costs more than eating processed, unhealthy foods. How much more? About 2,000/year more for a family of fourA new Harvard study suggests that the $1.50 gap between eating healthy and unhealthy foods every day is a smaller one than many thought and could be overcome, but is still a substantial barrier for poorer families.[Photo credit: Tyler Anderson/National Post files]

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Eating healthy costs more than eating processed, unhealthy foods. How much more? About 2,000/year more for a family of four
A new Harvard study suggests that the $1.50 gap between eating healthy and unhealthy foods every day is a smaller one than many thought and could be overcome, but is still a substantial barrier for poorer families.
[Photo credit: Tyler Anderson/National Post files]

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Skin molecules that cause baldness, unwanted hair identified as U.S. researchers discover ways to stop both processes at cellular levelIt turns out that when it comes to growing hair that’s stopped growing, and stopping hair from growing where people don’t want it, the same molecules in the human body are at play[Fotolia]

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Skin molecules that cause baldness, unwanted hair identified as U.S. researchers discover ways to stop both processes at cellular level
It turns out that when it comes to growing hair that’s stopped growing, and stopping hair from growing where people don’t want it, the same molecules in the human body are at play
[Fotolia]

Tagged with:  #bald  #baldness  #hair  #health
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Do any vitamin supplements really help prevent a cold? A point by point evaluation of echinacea, garlic, zinc, vitamin D and moreSupercharging our immune systems with supplements seems to have become an obsession, with millions of dollars spent annually on vitamin C alone, according to recent surveys. But which supplements — if any — can help keep us healthy in the winter months?[Bruce Stotesbury/Postmedia News files]

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Do any vitamin supplements really help prevent a cold? A point by point evaluation of echinacea, garlic, zinc, vitamin D and more
Supercharging our immune systems with supplements seems to have become an obsession, with millions of dollars spent annually on vitamin C alone, according to recent surveys. But which supplements — if any — can help keep us healthy in the winter months?
[Bruce Stotesbury/Postmedia News files]