WHO launches initiative to boost insulin access for diabetics

Credit: CC0 Public Domain The World Health Organization on Wednesday said it had begun an initiative that would cut prices and dramatically increase insulin access for diabetics. The UN health agency voiced alarm ahead of World Diabetes Day Thursday at the soaring prevalence of diabetes in the world, with nearly three times more diabetics today than 35 years ago. There […]

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Blood-flow-restricted training: A new way to boost muscle performance

Strapping a band tightly around your limbs to reduce blood flow while training may seem like an odd way to boost athletic performance, but our latest study suggests that it does just that. In our study, we show that if you do interval cycling with reduced blood flow by strapping nylon cuffs around your legs, you become markedly better at […]

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Everyday stress may boost blood vessel dysfunction in people with depression

Long-term stress has been linked with cardiovascular disease, but for people with depression, researchers say small, everyday stressors may be enough to diminish blood vessel function in otherwise healthy adults. A team of researchers led by Penn State found that among adults with depression, those who had experienced stress in the previous 24 hours had worse endothelial function—a process that […]

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Healthy meal kits can boost children’s long-term health

A scheme that helped parents plan well-balanced family dinners for three months kept their children healthier for years after, a study has found. Low-income families who were given simple recipe kits to cook five healthy meals a week decreased their children’s body mass index (BMI) compared with peers who continued their normal eating patterns. Another initiative that encouraged families to […]

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AHS finds Calgary Booster Juice location used surface sanitizer on fruits, vegetables

A Booster Juice location in Calgary was ordered to change its sanitization routine for fruits and vegetables after an Alberta Health Services (AHS) investigation found chemicals, cleansers and other agents were being handled improperly, among other issues. Health inspectors visited the Booster Juice at 20 Crowfoot Crescent N.W. on Dec. 30, following a complaint from the public. They found that […]

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Brain Performance Institute launches app to boost brain power

The Brain Performance Institute at the Center for BrainHealth has launched a new game-based app to help people of all ages maintain and strengthen their cognitive abilities. The free Brain Performance Challenge app leverages an evolving game-based structure to give users a snapshot of their strategic thinking abilities at any given time, provide tips for boosting brain performance and allow […]

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How establishing a baking ritual helped boost my wellbeing

It was a photograph of perfectly turned out sourdough on my Instagram feed that inspired me to have a go at making my own bread. "It's just flour and water," the caption read, inviting me and thousands of other followers to give the art of breadmaking a crack. With great anticipation I prepared a starter, a balanced mixture of water […]

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