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Bright light at night time can seriously mess with your metabolism, new research

Bright light at night time can seriously mess with your metabolism, new research

New study has revealed that exposure to bright, blue-tinged light – similar to the kind emitted by your smartphone – can affect our metabolisms, potentially causing us to stack on weight, and mess with our bodies’ ability to regulate glucose. Northwestern researchers found bright light exposure increased insulin resistance compared to dim light exposure in both the morning and the ... Read More »

Study finds disease in BC farmed salmon

Study finds disease in BC farmed salmon

Researchers found a disease in farmed Atlantic salmon samples collected from an aquaculture facility in British Columbia. A team of international scientists led by Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Dr. Kristi Miller has potentially spotted Heart and Skeletal Muscle Inflammation (HSMI) in the farmed Atlantic salmon at one B.C. facility in 2013 to 2014. Miller says the discovery means more work ... Read More »

Federal government orders mandatory reporting of drug shortages

Health Canada to require drug industry to report shortages

Federal government to require drug industry to report shortages. In an attempt to help better inform the public of looming problems, the federal government announced Thursday it is moving ahead with plans to require the drug industry to report when shortages are going to occur. The new system, which will eventually be housed online, will replace the current website, drugshortages.ca, ... Read More »

Zika ‘expected to spread’ to Europe this summer, WHO warns

Zika 'expected to spread' to Europe this summer, WHO warns

A Zika virus outbreak could happen in Europe this summer, according to the World Health Organisation. The mosquito-borne disease may spread into Europe as the weather gets warmer, health officials said on Wednesday, after spreading through much of South America. In its first assessment of the threat Zika poses to the region, the World Health Organization’s European office said the ... Read More »

Thomas Manning: 64-Year-Old Is First in US to Have Penis Transplant

Thomas Manning: 64-Year-Old Is First in US to Have Penis Transplant

Thomas Manning, a cancer patient received the first penis transplant in the United States, a Boston hospital said. The surgery happened over two days from May 8 to May 9 at Mass. General in Boston. The organ came from a deceased donor. Thomas Manning, the 64-year-old transplant recipient, is a bank courier from Halifax, the New York Times reports. Manning’s ... Read More »

Disrupted REM sleep can derail memory formation, says new study

Disrupted REM sleep can derail memory formation, says new research

Scientists from McGill University in Canada and the University of Bern in Switzerland found that REM sleep, the phase where your eyelids twitch and when you dream, is critical for preserving memories, the BBC reported of the data reported in the journal Science. The sleep study, which was recently published in the journal Science, used sleeping mice to try and ... Read More »

Gluten-free diet could damage your health, specialist warns

Gluten-free diet could damage your health, specialist warns

Putting kids on gluten-free diets even if they don’t have celiac disease or a wheat allergy may carry more risks than benefits, experts warned. A gluten-free diet usually rules out grains – wheat, barley, rye, bread, pasta – and is popular with some celebrities and athletes. The people who usually need to be on a gluten-free diet are those who ... Read More »

Research finds levels of tau protein better predicts Alzheimer’s

Research finds levels of tau protein better predicts Alzheimer's

New imaging technology suggests clumps of a protein called tau could be an important marker of the progression of Alzheimer’s disease in the brain. While much Alzheimer’s research has focused on accumulation of the protein amyloid beta, researchers have begun to pay closer attention to another protein, tau, long associated with this disease but not studied as thoroughly, in part, ... Read More »

Folic Acid is now being Linked to Higher Risk of Autism, Study

Folic Acid is now being Linked to Higher Risk of Autism, Study

A new study suggests a possible link between high levels of folic acid in pregnant women and an increased risk of their children developing an autism spectrum disorder. Co-researcher Daniele Fallin, a professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, said the new research aimed to understand the optimal dose as some folate is a good ... Read More »