How universities can help scale back the ‘Freshman 15’

Students typically gain weight in their first year of university. There are expressions to reflect this knowledge, such as the “freshman 15” in North America (which assumes students gain 15 pounds, or around 8kg) and “freshman fatties” or “fresher five” in Australia and New Zealand. Studies have confirmed the weight gain as fact, although the amount gained is, on average, […]

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Antibiotic use can increase nerve damage risk

Research from the University of Dundee has shown that a commonly used class of antibiotics may increase a patient’s risk of suffering a serious and potentially permanent form of nerve damage by almost 50 percent. Peripheral neuropathy has long been recognised as a potential side effect of fluoroquinolone antibiotics but it was not known how strong this association was and […]

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Following DASH diet can reduce heart failure risk in people under 75

A diet proven to have beneficial effects on high blood pressure also may reduce the risk of heart failure in people under age 75, according to a study led by researchers at Wake Forest School of Medicine, part of Wake Forest Baptist Health. The observational study of more than 4,500 people showed that those individuals under 75 who most closely […]

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When doctors and nurses can disclose and discuss errors, hospital mortality rates decline

The diffusion of a culture of openness in hospitals is associated with lower hospital mortality, according to a study conducted among 137 acute trusts in England by Veronica Toffolutti (Bocconi University and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine) and David Stuckler (Bocconi University) published in Health Affairs. Hospital openness, defined as an environment in which staff freely speak up […]

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Can the Keto Diet Ease Your Worst PMS Symptoms? We Asked an Expert

It’s easy to see why the ketogenic diet continues to be so trendy. It can lead to weight loss, and followers get to eat the high-fat foods just about every other eating plan discourages. (A refresher: The keto diet restricts your daily intake of carbohydrates to about 5% and increases fats to about 75% of your daily calories, with the rest coming […]

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Study shows that artificial neural networks can be used to drive brain activity

MIT neuroscientists have performed the most rigorous testing yet of computational models that mimic the brain’s visual cortex. Using their current best model of the brain’s visual neural network, the researchers designed a new way to precisely control individual neurons and populations of neurons in the middle of that network. In an animal study, the team then showed that the […]

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You can now do pilates with miniature pigs

The class will be led by pilates teacher Harry Parkes, who explains: ‘While there is plenty of fun to be had, Pilates has many benefits including improving posture, movement quality, mobility, flexibility, mental cognition and core strength.’ Little pigs will be free to roam around during the session, so guests should be ready for curious piglets to stroll over for […]

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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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Vernon to consider two more pot shop proposals, including a government store

After green-lighting seven cannabis store applications in late March, Vernon city council is considering two more on Monday. The applications include a proposal for a private store in the former Flaman Fitness location on Highway 97 in Vernon and one for a provincial BC Cannabis Store in a north end-strip mall, next to Liquor Depot and Penningtons. Three people wrote […]

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Q&A: Functional dyspepsia can significantly affect quality of life

Dear Mayo Clinic: I thought I had an ulcer, but my doctor ruled that out and wants to run tests. He said it could be functional dyspepsia. What causes this, and is it treatable? A: Functional dyspepsia (also called nonulcer dyspepsia) and peptic ulcers can feel much the same. But, unlike a peptic ulcer, which involves open sores in the […]

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