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AHA News: These Healthy Habits Might Also Lead to a Happier Life

AHA News: These Healthy Habits Might Also Lead to a Happier LifeFRIDAY, March 17, 2023 (American Heart Association News) -- Is the secret to happiness a warm puppy? A good marriage? A rewarding career? Or something else entirely?Happiness means different things to different people, but a growing body of research suggests keeping a smile on your face may help add years to your life by lowering the risk for cardiovascular disease and death from all causes.Not feeling it? Health experts say there are daily habits that might just make a difference. Here are five:Keep it movingGranted, the words "physical exercise" don't always make people smile. They might even elicit groans. But studies show people who get up and move more – even if it's in short bursts a few minutes each day – feel happier and live longer."When you engage in physical activity,...

Pets in the Bedroom? Your Sleep Might Suffer, Study Finds

17 March 2023
Pets in the Bedroom? Your Sleep Might Suffer, Study FindsFRIDAY, March 17, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- If your bedtime routine includes snuggling up with your Boston terrier or lulling yourself to sleep to the gentle purrs of your calico cat, you might want to rethink it.Pets can offer a sense of security and comfort, but sharing a bed with them may lead to wakeful nights, according to a new study.It found that dog owners were more likely to have a sleep disorder and trouble sleeping. Cat owners had greater odds for having leg jerks at night.Anecdotally, some have had those experiences, including study leader Lauren Wisnieski, an assistant professor of public health and research at Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn.“I have a dog and a cat,” she said. “It definitely disrupts my sleep.”While the new research doesn’t prove...

Chlamydia: What It Is, Symptoms, Treatment & More

17 March 2023
Chlamydia: What It Is, Symptoms, Treatment & MoreFRIDAY, March 17, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Considered one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases, chlamydia can spread easily and often without obvious symptoms.And although chlamydia cases have declined in recent years, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention chalks that up to reduced screening for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) during the pandemic. It is estimated that 1 in 20 sexually active women between the ages of 14 and 24 gets chlamydia, according to the American Sexual Health Association (ASHA).The side effects of untreated infection are significant, per the CDC: Chlamydia can permanently damage a woman’s reproductive system, and can also cause a potentially fatal ectopic pregnancy (one that occurs outside the womb).What is chlamydia?Chlamydia is...

In Mouse Study, Scientists Use Gene Editing to Reverse a...

17 March 2023
In Mouse Study, Scientists Use Gene Editing to Reverse a Major Cause of BlindnessFRIDAY, March 17, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- A gene-editing experiment that restored the vision of mice might one day be used to treat a major cause of human blindness.Scientists in China reported they used the CRISPR-based gene-editing technique to bring back vision in mice with retinitis pigmentosa. Genome editing has previously been used to restore the vision of mice with genetic diseases such as Leber congenital amaurosis, which affect a layer of cells in the eye that supports the light-sensing rod and cone photoreceptor cells.Most of these conditions are caused by genetic defects in the photoreceptors themselves.“The ability to edit the genome of neural retinal cells, particularly unhealthy or dying photoreceptors, would provide much more convincing evidence for the potential...

Sanofi Follows Lilly, Novo Nordisk in Cutting Insulin Prices

17 March 2023
Sanofi Follows Lilly, Novo Nordisk in Cutting Insulin PricesFRIDAY, March 17, 2023 (HealthDay News) – Sanofi Inc. on Thursday became the third company to announce it will slash prices on its insulin products.The French company announced that it will cut prices by 78% and cap out-of-pocket charges for its insulin, brand named Lantus, at $35 per month. The company will also lower prices on its short-acting insulin, Apidra, by 70%.“Sanofi believes that no one should struggle to pay for their insulin and we are proud of our continued actions to improve access and affordability for millions of patients for many years," Olivier Bogillot, head of U.S. General Medicines at Sanofi, said in a news release. "Our decision to cut the list price of our lead insulin needs to be coupled with broader change to the overall system to actually drive savings...

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