Lifestyle

New generation of weight loss medications offer promise—but at a price

Excitement is building about a new generation of drugs that tout the ability to help adults with excess weight shed more pounds than older drugs on the market. Some patients, obesity medicine specialists say, are experiencing decreases in blood pressure, better-managed diabetes, less joint pain, and better sleep from these newfound treatments. The newer drugs, […]

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BMI: The mismeasure of weight and the mistreatment of obesity

People who seek medical treatment for obesity or an eating disorder do so with the hope their health plan will pay for part of it. But whether it’s covered often comes down to a measure invented almost 200 years ago by a Belgian mathematician as part of his quest to use statistics to define the […]

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A dog parasite could help fight incurable cancers—what our immunotherapy research revealed

Cancers are the second leading cause of death in the world, after cardiovascular diseases. Their seriousness lies in their diversity—some can be effectively treated with surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, while others respond poorly or not at all. Improving the treatment of these diseases is therefore a major challenge. For several years, the development of immunotherapies—treatments […]

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How desk jobs alter your brain—and why they’re so tiring

A long day in the office can leave you empty of energy and overcome with desire for TV and a takeaway. But you’ve been sitting down all day. So why do you feel as tired as your friends who have physical jobs? Struggling through your list of essential tasks feels ever more grueling as the […]

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Three-dose hepatitis B vaccine regimen protects people with HIV

A three-dose course of the hepatitis B vaccine HEPLISAV-B has fully protected adults living with HIV who had never been vaccinated against or infected with the hepatitis B virus (HBV), according to study findings presented today at the IDWeek conference in Washington, D.C. HBV is spread primarily through sexual contact and sharing of contaminated needles. […]

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Is tracking your sleep a good idea?

If you have trouble falling asleep or getting a good night’s sleep, it seems intuitive to work harder to solve the problem by using some of the sleep apps, bracelets and other devices that have become increasingly popular. But could this common practice of self-monitoring your sleep result in a sleep paradox, where instead of […]

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After breast cancer: 5 changes you can make to stay healthy

Every year, more than 20,000 Australians—mostly women—are diagnosed with breast cancer. If you’re one of them or know someone who is, the great news is that 92 out of every 100 women will survive for five years or more after their diagnosis. But women are often surprised by the life-altering side effects from their cancer […]