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New cervical cancer guidelines start making Pap smears obsolete

Health news<p>New cervical cancer screening recommendations out Tuesday may have started to make old-fashioned Pap smears a thing of the past for women over 30.<p>Most women may opt for the human papillomavirus test, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) says in its latest recommendations.<p>And …

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The Exercise That Helps Mental Health Most

Certain fitness routines do more to help avoid depression, stress or other emotional problems, new research finds<p>We assume exercise improves our mental health. But what kind of exercise works best?<p>Researchers looking at the link between physical activity and mental health found that team sports …

Mental Health

Fortnite isn’t addicting your kids — it’s just giving them what society won’t

Many parents are concerned with their child’s seemingly obsessive video game play. Fortnite, the most recent gaming phenomenon, has taken the world by storm and has parents asking whether the shooter game is OK for kids.<p>The short answer is yes, Fortnite is fine. Furthermore, parents can breathe …

Parenting

Cardiovascular ageing

Nature Reviews Cardiology | Review Article<p>Cardiovascular ageing and the atherosclerotic process begin very early in life and progress over decades of …

Balancing act: the many benefits of being barefoot

Children who spend a lot of time running around barefoot could be developing better jumping and balancing skills.<p>8 signs that you're a good parent - …

One-third of Australians are 'jet-lagged' from lack of sleep

The study funded by the Sleep Foundation of Australia found that many people with jet lag-like symptoms had used the internet in the hour before …

Sorry Vegans: Here's How Meat-Eating Made Us Human

Science doesn’t give a hoot about your politics. Think global warming is a hoax or that vaccines are dangerous? Doesn’t matter, you’re …

Herpes Has Been Linked to Alzheimer's, Reigniting a Controversial Hypothesis About The Disease

"We didn't set out to find what we found. Not even close."<p>Nobody really knows what causes Alzheimer's disease. But with someone in the world …

No, Really: This Is the Secret to Age-Proofing Your Brain

When you think about age-proofing your brain, what's the first thing that springs to mind? Eating healthier food, exercising more, and quitting bad …

The Brain

I Tried Intermittent Fasting For 10 Days, and This Is What Happened

Imagine going on a diet and being able to eat and drink whatever you want. There’s no cutting carbs or counting calories. And you can still drink …

Blue light like that from smartphones linked to some cancers, study finds

<b>(CNN) —</b> Exposure to the kind of blue light emitted by outdoor LEDs, smartphones and tablets may increase your risk of breast or prostate cancer, a new study suggests.<p>The study, published Monday in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, compared previous exposure to artificial lights at …

Music Sparks Regions of Brain Spared by Alzheimer's

New research is looking into developing music-based treatments to help alleviate anxiety in dementia patients.<p>“People with dementia are confronted by …

It’s official: Chocolate might make you less stressed

Any chocolate lover will tell you that eating a square or four of the brown stuff relieves stress.<p>And research has now confirmed the fact.<p>Two studies …

Panic Attacks Are Universal Because All Humans Evolved to Feel Fear

Panic attacks are part of the human experience, but what triggers them is personal.<p>They can begin suddenly and peak quickly, with their signature …

As a doctor, I didn’t think much of acupuncture. Then the opioid crisis arrived

In 1986, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a new visual guide for pain management known as the “pain ladder.” Each rung on the ladder represented a different set of pain medications. On the bottom rung were over-the-counter medications like Tylenol, while opioids like morphine appeared …

Certain common medications tied to 30% higher dementia risk, study finds

<b>(CNN) —</b> Many older adults know that long-term use of certain medications can negatively affect cognition and increase one's risk of dementia.<p>But a new study suggests that some classes of anticholinergic drugs -- particularly those used to treat depression, Parkinson's and urinary incontinence -- …

The Brain

What Your Cholesterol Numbers Really Mean

LDL used to be the “bad cholesterol” and HDL the “good cholesterol.” That’s the tidy story I learned in my grad school lipids class 13 years ago, but …

27 'healthy' habits that are actually making you gain weight

There was a period of time when people thought smoking tobacco was healthy. Experts also downplayed just how detrimental sugar is to your health, and let's not forget about the low-fat craze of the '80s and early '90s. All of this is to say: Certain once-believed "healthy" habits turned out to be …

The Science of How Your Diet Affects Your Mental Health

Telling people to eat their way to a different outlook is nothing new. Think of religious fasting. Or John Harvey Kellogg’s anti-masturbation …

Recent studies suggest leafy greens tied to cognitive health

Q: My girlfriend is all-in on one of those low-carb diets and has pretty much stopped eating vegetables. (When she does eat any carbs, it's the bread …

The person who's best at lying to you is you

In 2008, the psychiatrist Stephen Greenspan published <i>The Annals of Gullibility,</i> a summary of his decades of research into how to avoid being gullible. Two days later, he discovered his financial advisor Bernie Madoff was a fraud, who had caused Greenspan to lose a third of his retirement …

People Don't Actually Know Themselves Very Well

Chances are, your coworkers are better at rating some parts of your personality than you are.<p>When Donald Trump tweeted that he was a “very stable genius,” he was accused of lacking self-awareness by journalists and comedians. But the truth is that no one has perfect self-awareness—you probably …

Artificial Sweeteners Are Linked to Weight Gain—Not Weight Loss

Artificial sweeteners might seem like a low- or no-calorie way to enjoy sweet food and not gain weight. But a new study links them to the opposite.<p>In …

Could I rewire my brain to lose my worrier mentality? | The Star

A skew to one way or the other is known as a cognitive bias — in other words, an assumption we don’t know we are making. The direction and strength …

Are We Getting Ripped with Protein or Ripped Off?

Carbs are good. Carbs are bad. Butter’s good. Butter’s bad. Coconut oil is a miracle. No, it’s evil. After decades of diet trends and conflicting …

I Tried A No-Added-Sugar Challenge For A Month—Here's What Happened

"I lost seven pounds while still eating pizza, for starters."<p>I have always laughed at people who suggest, in all seriousness, that fruit should be considered dessert. A slice of chocolate cake is dessert. Talenti banana chocolate swirl ice cream is dessert. But apples and peanut butter? Or frozen …

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Sleep May Be Essential for Learning and Forgetting

Why do people and other animals sicken and die if they are deprived of sleep? What is it about sleep that makes it so essential?<p>A new study, …

The Brain

Low-carb diets 'no better' than traditional focus on fat

Increasingly trendy low-carbohydrate diets are no more effective than traditional low-fat diets, scientists have said.<p>A new study involving more than 600 overweight adults found both worked similarly well if adhered to strictly for a year.<p>Dieting strategies which focus on carbohydrates have come …