Kids Will Be Over the Moon for These Gorgeous Outer-Space Crafts

The stars and sky hold some major appeal for everyone, and for good reason; is there anything more beautiful or awe inspiring than the night sky? The mystery of space is powerful and bewitching, and there is no shortage of creative and unique crafts you can do with your kiddos to bring a little bit of the galaxy into your […]

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HIV in Kenya: High risk groups aren’t getting the attention they need

Efforts to manage the HIV epidemic in much of sub-Saharan Africa need to specifically target sections of the population that are most vulnerable to HIV infection. Two such key populations include men who have sex with men and transgender women. But in many countries on the continent same sex relationships—and transgender identities—are criminalised. Kenya is one such country where the […]

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Taking out the protein garbage becomes more difficult as neurons age

Cells dispose of harmful “trash” through autophagy, a normal and necessary process in which aggregated proteins and dysfunctional structures are handled. If any part of this fails, waste builds up inside cells, eventually killing them. According to a new study from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, as cells age, their ability to shed harmful refuse […]

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Holes in the immune system left unrepaired despite drug therapy

If they don’t receive antiretroviral therapy (ART), most HIV patients see a progressive weakening of their immune system. But a very small percentage of patients—0.3%—spontaneously control the virus themselves, without ART. Could an explanation lay partly in the sets of genes expressed by scarce white blood cells that recognize HIV? Yes, according to a study published in Nature Immunology and […]

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Even in svelte adults, cutting about 300 calories daily protects the heart

New data from a two-year Duke Health trial suggests when it comes to cutting your risk for killer ailments such as diabetes and heart disease, there’s always room for improvement. In adults already at a healthy weight or carrying just a few extra pounds, cutting around 300 calories a day significantly improved already good levels of cholesterol, blood pressure, blood […]

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Annual mammography screenings aren’t the best option for female survivors of some childhood cancers

Female survivors of childhood cancers who have been treated with thoracic radiation, such as survivors of Hodgkin’s lymphoma (HL), have a higher risk of developing breast cancer later in life compared to the general population. To mitigate this risk, current guidelines in Ontario recommend that female HL survivors undergo annual mammography and MRI screenings starting at age 30, the same […]

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These Are the Essential Health Tips Doctors Wish Everybody Knew

In a Reddit thread which has gone viral with more than 40,000 comments, medical professionals have been sharing the things that they wish everybody knew about their own body, and the healthcare tips that everybody should incorporate into their lifestyle. “Many simpler diseases in the body can be compared to a car,” said one doctor. “When you don’t get regular […]

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I used to think porridge was pure gruel, but here’s the twist …

Until recently I was a terrible bigot: a porridge-bigot. Also known as an oatmealophobe. Also known as a rabid gruel-bashing anti-Uncle-Tobyite. Porridge: What’s not to like? Porridge had always been an abomination to me: mum used to make me eat the stuff when I was a kid and I found the flavour tasteless and the texture vomitous, and it looked […]

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Here’s the dirty truth about disinfecting wipes

If you use disinfecting wipes on the regular, you’re far from alone. In 2008, the Soap and Detergent Association (SDA) commissioned Echo Research to conduct a cleaning survey across the country. Most Americans — a considerable 71 percent — said they use some form of wipes, according to the results of the survey published in a press release. Of that […]

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