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This Week In Health News

Every Wednesday, The S-Life Mag will make sure you’re in the know about the latest scientific studies and current events pertaining to health, wellness, nutrition and more. This is the stuff you need to know for your body, mind and soul!

 

TOP STORY!

Perhaps you grab a jug of pure cranberry juice at the first unpleasant sign of a urinary tract infection. Well, we’re sorry to break it to you, but despite years and years of widely shared folk wisdom—dating back thousands of years to Native American tribes, in fact—a new study from the Yale School of Medicine has found that cranberry juice is not an effective treatment for the condition.

 

MORE GOOD STUFF…

  • Personally, we’re more for connecting with the people we love in real time than screen time. But this news may make us take a closer look at our social media relationships. A study found that the more Facebook friends you have, the longer you live!
  • Turning back the clocks in the fall is a study in balance (one of our favorite subjects!). While we sacrifice sunlight in the evening, we gain an earlier sunrise…not to mention an hour of sleep (or weekend mischief—your move) last Saturday night. But there’s another potential side effect to the time change and the fall-to-winter shift in general—SAD, or seasonal affective disorder.
  • More than half of American adults are living with some sort of chronic medical condition, mental illness or substance abuse.
  • Medical researchers made two significant steps toward managing the Zika virus this week: One was the discovery of an antibody that may be able to protect unborn babies against the disease (making it potentially less of a threat to pregnant women) and the other was the start of human trials for a new vaccine.
  • On a related note, the reason women are more likely to get certain mosquito-borne diseases is…complicated to unpack, but interesting just the same.
  • It’s no secret we’re big proponents of daily rituals, and in the morning that usually includes a hot cup of coffee. But we’re also well aware of its woes—as well as the benefits to be reaped from cutting back. Need another reason beyond adrenal fatigue and moisture-sapped skin? New data shows coffee demand is skyrocketing, and millennials (for these purposes, people between the ages of 19 to 34) are largely responsible. And if we’re not careful, we’ll drink the coffee supply into oblivion. Matcha latte, anyone?
  • When performing your monthly breast self-exam, remember that one in six breast cancer cases starts with different symptoms, according to new research. Experts say it’s important to be mindful of any changes, including rashes and swelling.

 

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