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New Flu Virus Found in Peruvian Bats

A brand new flu virus has been found in Peruvian bats, according to a new study from researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The virus, called A/bat/Peru/10, belongs to a family of flu viruses known as influenza A, which mainly infect birds, but can also infect other animals, including people. Influenza A viruses are named for two ...
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What causes coronary heart disease?

Coronary heart disease (CHD) is arguably the the UK’s biggest killer. CHD develops when the blood supply to the muscles and tissues of the heart becomes obstructed by the build-up of fatty materials inside the walls of the coronary arteries. What is coronary heart disease? Your heart is a pump the size of a fist that sends oxygen-rich blood around ...
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FDA seeks tighter control on prescriptions for class of painkillers

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday recommended tighter controls on how doctors prescribe the most commonly used narcotic painkillers. The move, which represents a major policy shift, follows a decade-long debate over whether the widely abused drugs, which contain the narcotic hydrocodone, should be controlled as tightly as more powerful painkillers such as OxyContin. The drugs at issue contain ...
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Every minute of physical activity really does count, new study shows

A new study suggests something encouraging for busy people: Every minute of movement counts toward the 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity we’re all supposed to be getting each week. University of Utah researchers found that each minute spent engaging in some kind of moderate to vigorous physical activity was associated with lower BMI and lower weight. OK, that seems ...
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People think they’re eating less than they are, survey finds

People may realize that fast food isn’t health food, but they don’t realize just how fattening it really is, researchers report. They surveyed people eating at 10 burger, chicken, sandwich and doughnut chains and found they greatly underestimated just how much they were chowing down. The worst was Subway, which promotes itself as a healthier alternative, the researchers at Harvard ...
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Skipping breakfast and heart disease: Not so simple

Men: Did you skip breakfast this morning? Guys who regularly skip their morning meal may have an increased risk of heart disease, according to a new study by Harvard School of Public Health researchers. It’s an eye-catching finding from some of the nation’s top researchers, published Monday in the journal Circulation. But the study does have some big limitations: For ...
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Could your belly prevent you from getting a job?

Just land a job interview? When it comes to getting hired, your body size may play a bigger role than your resume, suggests new research from Bowling Green State University. After grad school applicants went through in-person interviews, candidates with a body mass index north of 25 — the typical cutoff point between “normal” and “overweight” — were 27 percent ...
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Afternoon slump? How to have more energy all day long

You’re so predictable. Every day, you run out of steam, lose juice, or otherwise hit the wall at nearly the exact same times. How do we know? Because it happens to everyone. Okay, maybe not to Kelly Ripa, but to everyone else. In fact, it’s like clockwork, which actually makes sense, because your body clock is part of the problem ...
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