Weekly Roundup of Need to Know Health News (Feb 21 – 27)

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1. Here’s How Much Weight You Need to Lose to Fend Off Heart Disease and Diabetes

Study reveals, obese people who dropped just 5 percent of their body weight improved several risk factors for diabetes, including their insulin sensitivity and the function of their insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells. [Men’s Health]

2. Rare Heart Procedure Done in the Womb Saves Baby’s Life

Samantha Davila was 27 weeks into her pregnancy when doctors discovered the left side of her unborn baby’s heart was not developing properly.  The diagnosis was hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). [Global News]

3. Cold misery: Which Remedies Work, Which is a Waste of your Time

Sniffling, sneezing, congestion and coughing — it can be hard to fight off the germs. Before you try your favorite home remedy, here’s what works and what may be a waste of time and money. [Today]

4. Dementia Cure Maybe Just Five Years Away

A cure for dementia could be found within five years, the leader of the global council on the disease has said. [Telegraph]

5. Newlywed Dies after Mistaking Cancer Pain for Pulled Muscle

Last summer, Clare Daly was 29 and recently married when she began feeling pain in her shoulder. At first, Daly, who lived in northern England, thought it was a pulled muscle, but the pain progressed and soon became unbearable. [CBSNews]

6. Diabetes During Pregnancy Linked to Low Breast Milk Supply

Women who have diabetes during pregnancy are more likely to have a lower supply of milk for breastfeeding, says research. [Medical News Today]

7. The Surprising Reason Some Diseases Spread So Effectively Through Semen

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned once again that Zika may be able to spread through sexual intercourse. Among other things, the virus seems to be able to persist in semen for weeks after a person is otherwise cleared of an infection. [Vox]

8. Eating Chocolate Regularly can ‘Improve Brain Function’

According to a new study, eating chocolate has been found to have a positive association with cognitive performance. [Business Insider]

9. A New Study Suggests Antidepressants Can Hurt Fertility

In a new study published in the prestigious American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, women on antidepressant medication were less likely to get pregnant than women who were not taking it. [Mind Body Green]

10. Flu Vaccine 60 Percent Effective So Far, Says CDC

This year’s flu vaccine is one of the most effective in years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. So far, people who got the vaccine were 59 percent less likely to get sick with influenza than people who didn’t. [NBC News]

Surprising discovery:

Egypt’s Military Says Toddler’s Life Sentence Was Case Of Mistaken Identity

After sentencing a toddler to life in prison for murder, the Egyptian military now says that was a case of mistaken identity. [NPR]

Tourists in Colorado are showing up in the ER because they apparently don’t know how to handle their weed

More out-of-state visitors to Colorado are ending up at the hospital after overindulging in the ample pot offerings at local dispensaries, where anyone 21 or older can legally buy weed. [Quartz]

#QuoteoftheWeek – “Today, more than 95% of all chronic disease is caused by food choice, toxic food ingredients, nutritional deficiencies and lack of physical exercise.”  ~Mike Ada

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