Overweight boys more likely to become infertile and diabetic men

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CATANIA, Italy — According to scientists, childhood obesity is contributing to male infertility. Boys who are overweight are more likely to have a low sperm count as adults, potentially making conception difficult for couples. “In this study, we found that being overweight or obese was associated with a lower testicular volume around puberty,” says co-author …

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Mental health disorders send the risk of heart attack or stroke skyrocketing

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SEOUL, South Korea — A massive study including over 6.5 million people finds an astoundingly strong connection between mental health and cardiovascular fitness. Study authors discovered that young adults in their 20s and 30s with mental disorders had an up to three-fold higher likelihood of suffering either a heart attack or stroke. Notably, the research …

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Grilling up joint pain? Barbecues could be causing rheumatoid arthritis

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BALTIMORE — A recent study suggests that barbecuing could potentially increase the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis due to the release of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). These particles, which are environmental pollutants, form during the combustion of substances like coal, oil, gas, and wood, as well as during the flame grilling of meat and other …

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Space-age ‘smart’ bandage can cheaply treat wounds and revolutionize the healing process

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PASADENA, Calif. — A cutting-edge “smart” bandage that can monitor and treat wounds offers the potential to make the healing process more affordable, efficient, and convenient. Scientists at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have developed this innovative, stretchy bandage, which is set to revolutionize wound treatment. Although it is not yet available for purchase, …

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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria contaminates an entire hospital ICU

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BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom — The intensive care unit of a hospital is often where the most vulnerable patients go for treatment. While you might think this is a secure location, away from disease and infection, a new study finds that antibiotic-resistant bacteria can still make its way into the ICU. Researchers say an ICU in …

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Gut health breakthrough: Scientists move closer to creating antibiotics with fewer side-effects


COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Scientists may be on the verge of developing an antibiotic with fewer side-effects, such as nausea, indigestion, bloating, and diarrhea. Researchers have identified compounds that could potentially reduce these side-effects, paving the way for an antidote that preserves specific microbes without impeding the eradication of harmful bacteria by antibiotics. Antibiotics often eliminate …

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At-home yoga eases anxiety, improves memory among stressed out workers

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URBANA, Ill. — You may have heard that mindfulness has a host of benefits, namely helping to promote relaxation when things get overwhelming. Now, yoga has been shown to help with this as well, reducing stress and anxiety among working adults. Thanks to the results of a virtual, eight-week, moderate-intensity program led by University of …

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