Weekly Roundup of Need to Know Health News (Apr 3 – 9)

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1. Zika Is Linked To Microcephaly, Health Agencies Confirm

The World Health Organization says there is now a scientific consensus that the Zika virus is connected with microcephaly — a condition in which babies are born with very small heads and brain damage. [NPR]

2. Study: Avoiding Food at Night May Reduce Breast Cancer Recurrence

WOMEN diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer may lower their risk of tumours coming back if they avoid eating for 13 hours or more each night, a study published Thursday said. [Jamaica Observer]

3. New HIV Drug Approved by FDA

A new treatment for HIV has been approved by federal authorities. [TIME]

4. Science Says Vegetarians Are More Intelligent And Empathetic

Recent studies show that individuals with higher intelligence are more likely to become vegetarians. [Lifehack]

5. Marijuana use in Pregnancy tied to Health Problems for Babies and Mothers

Babies exposed to marijuana in the womb are likely to be born smaller than those not exposed and more likely to need intensive care after birth, according to a new analysis of existing evidence. [Reuters]

6. Vitamin D ‘heals damaged hearts’

Vitamin D supplements may help people with diseased hearts, a study suggests. [BBC]

7. How Getting Your Heart Broken Hurts Your Physical Heart

People who lose a partner are at risk for heart problems for up to a year, new large study shows. [TIME]

8. Insomnia Linked To Abnormal Brain Connections In New Sleep Study

People who suffer from insomnia are more likely to have damaged brain connections, a new study has revealed. [Huffington Post]

9. Choir Practice Could Lower Stress in Cancer Patients

A cancer center in the U.K. found that patients had significantly lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol after harmonizing for an hour. [Scientific American]

10. Is Nicotine the Cure for Sugar Addiction?

Sugar is a delectable enemy. Once thought to hold the secret to health, it is now believed to be fueling an obesity epidemic that encompasses 640 million people worldwide. [The Daily Beast]

Surprising discovery:

Doctors Stunned by Rare Twins Born more than Five Weeks Apart

The brother and sister survived a risky procedure known as a delayed interval delivery. [The Washington Post]

#QuoteoftheWeek – “Time And health are two precious assets that we don’t recognize and appreciate until they have been depleted.”  ~Denis Waitley

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