Sleep and exercise compete for people's time. On weekday mornings, two healthy activities – exercise and sleep – compete with each other for time, researchers say. Reuters Health, 11/20/2018. (Also see Sleep Disorders and Coping Strategies)
Dioxins in food more harmful than thought, EU watchdog says. The European Food Safety Authority slashed its recommended limits in food of dioxins and related toxins – chemicals that have been linked to problems with reproductive health, the immune system, hormone levels and tooth enamel. Reuters Health, 11/20/2018. (Also see Food Guide for Autoimmune Disease and Illnesses)
Workplace bullying and violence tied to higher risk of heart problems. People who are bullied or exposed to violence on the job may be more likely to develop cardiovascular disease than individuals who don’t deal with these challenges at work, a European study suggests. Reuters Health, 11/19/2018. (Also see Cardiac (Heart) Involvement)
Experimental treatment may desensitize allergic kids to peanuts. Peanut allergy can be life–threatening, but a new study suggests that peanut protein itself can be used to slowly dial down the intensity of the allergic reaction. Reuters Health, 11/19/2018. (Also see Food Guide for Autoimmune Disease and Illnesses)
Construction workers lead in U.S. suicide rates, CDC finds. Male construction workers have the highest rate of suicide in the U.S., while teachers and librarians have the lowest, according to new federal data. NBC Health News, 11/15/2018. (Also see Suicide Prevention)
The Case Against Appendectomies. The appendix is turning out to contain biologically useful tissue that may help prevent nasty gastrointestinal ills. New York Times, 11/19/2018.
How Can We Unleash the Immune System? Although immunotherapy can work wonders for cancer, it does not help everyone, side effects can be fierce, and costs are high. New York Times, 11/19/2018. (Also see The Human Immune System)
How Long Can People Live? The trick is not to increase life span, scientists say, but to lengthen “health span.” New York Times, 11/19/2018.
Here’s Why You Get More Acne in the Winter – And How to Fix It. Nothing much blooms in winter, but pimples may be an exception. Rates of moderate–to–severe acne leaped 11% among the study participants in winter compared to summer. Time Healthland, 11/14/2018.
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