Body mass index as a risk factor for diabetes varies throughout the world

The unprecedented increase in overweight and obesity in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) has led to an alarming rise in diabetes in these regions. Of the estimated 463 million people with diabetes worldwide, 79% live in LMICs. Until now, however, there were scant empirical data to guide clinicians and health systems in determining which individuals should be screened for diabetes […]

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How the body builds a healthy relationship with ‘good’ gut bacteria

Our body’s relationship with bacteria is complex. While infectious bacteria can cause illness, our gut is also teaming with “good” bacteria that aids nutrition and helps keep us healthy. But even the “good” can have bad effects if these bacteria end up in tissues and organs where they’re not supposed to be. Now, research published in Nature reveals insights into […]

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Kamala Harris to tell UN body it’s time to prep for next pandemic – The Denver Post

WASHINGTON — Vice President Kamala Harris will make the case before United Nations members on Monday that now is the time for global leaders to begin putting the serious work into how they will respond to the next global pandemic. The virtual address, Harris’ second to a U.N. body since her inauguration, will come as the United States makes progress […]

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Heart health of shift workers linked to body clock

Working hours that deviate from an individual’s natural body clock are associated with greater cardiovascular risk, according to research presented at ESC Preventive Cardiology 2021, an online scientific congress of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). “Our study found that for each hour the work schedule was out of sync with an employee’s body clock, the risk of heart disease […]

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A Doctor Explains Exactly What Holding in Your Poop Does to Your Body

It’s the kind of nightmare situation everybody finds themselves in at one point or another. You really need to go to the bathroom—and it’s a number two—but you can’t. Maybe you’re stuck in back-to-back Zoom meetings, or you’re on a long car journey with no rest stops in sight. At a certain point of holding it in, the urge to […]

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