Last week in health: Calls to move Olympics due to Zika, smelly farts are healthy signs, and more

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WHO rejects calls for Rio Olympics to be moved over Zika virus outbreak. Health officials have dismissed calls for this summer’s Rio Olympics to be postponed or moved over the Zika crisis.

With just 10 weeks before the Games are due to begin, 152 leading scientists have written an open letter to the World Health Organization (WHO) saying new findings of the virus make staging the event in the city “irresponsible” and “unethical”.

This weight loss pill inflates a balloon in your stomach. It’s now possible for some people to lose weight by inflating a balloon inside their stomach, according to the results of a new study.

The device is a deflated balloon stuffed inside a small capsule. Attached to the pill is a thin catheter, and when it is swallowed, the tube sticks out. Once the pill hits the stomach, the balloon is released, and a doctor pumps gas into the tube to inflate the balloon.

The surprising way arguing with your partner affects your health. Do you enter a fit of rage when arguing with your partner? Or do you completely shut down? Either way, you’re not doing any favors for your health. According to a new study from the University of California, Berkeley, and Northwestern University, how you react during a conflict with your partner might have serious consequences to your health.

The global recession may have contributed to cancer deaths. The 2008 global economic crisis has been linked to a sharp rise in deaths from cancer, a new study report. Unemployment and cuts in public health-care spending were associated with more than 260,000 additional cancer deaths.

Many sunscreens contain lower SPF than labels claim. Nearly half of sunscreen products in the United States do not live up to the SPF claim on their bottles, according to a new study.

Researchers at Consumer Reports independently evaluated the Sun Protection Factor value of 65 sunscreen products — including lotions, sprays, and sticks — and found that 43% of them had less SPF than the label promised.

People who take selfies regularly ‘overestimate how attractive they are’. Researchers at the University of Toronto looked at 198 college students, 100 of who reported being regular selfie-takers. Each participant was asked to take a selfie using a smartphone camera and also had a picture taken by another person.

They were then instructed to rate each photo, determining how attractive and likable they thought their friends would think they were in the photo if it were uploaded to social media.

Doctors are prescribing antidepressants for conditions other than depression. Researchers looked at 10 years worth of electronic medical records—a total of 100,000 prescriptions written by 160 doctors for 20,000 people—and found that antidepressant drugs are also being doled out for problems like anxiety, insomnia, pain, bulimia, and ADD.

4 things that could cut the cancer death rate in half. If you’ve ever doubted that a few healthy lifestyle changes can actually lower your risk of cancer, well, think again.

The authors of a new study suggest that 20 to 40 percent of cancer cases—and about 50 percent of all deaths from cancer—might be prevented if we all did these four things: exercise regularly, maintain a healthy BMI, stay smoke-free, and skip booze or drink only in moderation.

Breast Milk Best From the Breast. Infants fed directly from the breast are less likely to develop ear infections than those who are fed pumped breast milk from a bottle, a new study suggests.

Researchers studied nearly 500 new mothers and their infants and found that one month of feeding at the breast was associated with a 4 percent lower risk of ear infections. Doing so for six months was associated with a 17 percent lower risk.

Let your baby cry for better sleep, say researchers. One of the biggest challenges many new parents face is a lack of sleep. Getting up on numerous occasions throughout the night to calm a crying infant is part of the job. According to a new study, it doesn’t have to be; letting a baby cry themselves to sleep may lead to a better night’s rest for all parties.

The study suggests a behavioral technique known as “graduated extinction” – which involves letting a baby cry until they fall asleep – can lead to longer sleep duration for the child and their parents.

Surprising discovery:

Smelly farts are healthy signs and can benefit people around us. Farting is a natural and (sometimes) funny occurrence in our daily lives. Farts are a sign that your body has contracted a necessary and healthy amount of fiber, which is a great way for your body to inform you. A fart means that there are good bacteria in the intestines and that the body is working correctly.

The scent that comes along with farts is usually from hydrogen sulfide, broken down from the various foods that get put in the body. These compounds, when being digested, are part of the process in creating the odor that will accompany the gas that leaves your behind.

Research shows that smelling people’s farts might actually help people live longer. [LifeHack]

#QuoteoftheWeek – “In order to change we must be sick and tired of being sick and tired.”  ~Author Unknown

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