Weekly Roundup of Need to Know Health News (Feb 28 – Mar 5)

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1. Scientists ‘Find Cancer’s Achilles Heel’

Scientists believe they have discovered a way to “steer” the immune system to kill cancers. [BBC]

2. ‘Female Viagra’ Only Modestly Increases Sexual Satisfaction, Study Finds

Half of one satisfying sexual encounter a month. That is the average benefit a woman gets when she takes the new female libido drug, sometimes called the “female Viagra,’ researchers reported. [NYTimes]

3. This Type of Food Makes You Feel Fuller Longer

A new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics finds that eating food with a higher protein count really does make people feel fuller. [TIME]

4. UN Science Report Warns of fewer bees, Other Pollinators

Many species of wild bees, butterflies and other critters that pollinate plants are shrinking toward extinction, and the world needs to do something about it before our food supply suffers, a new United Nations scientific mega-report warns. [AP]

5. Elderly May Not Need Routine Vision Checks During Physicals, Panel Says

There isn’t enough evidence yet to say for sure whether primary care doctors should offer routine vision screening to elderly people who don’t report any problems with their eyes, new U.S. guidelines conclude. [Scientific American]

6. Doctors Love Prescribing Probiotics, even though no one knows if they actually work

Recent reports have linked probiotics, or “good bacteria,” to everything from fighting liver cancer to reversing childhood malnutrition to getting rid of yeast infections. [Quartz]

7. How Diet Influences Colon Cancer

Over the past decade, studies have found that obesity and eating a high-fat, high-calorie diet are significant risk factors for many types of cancer. Now, a new study from MIT reveals how a high-fat diet makes the cells of the intestinal lining more likely to become cancerous. [Scienmag]

8. Stress and Anxiety Can Cause Short-Term Memory Loss

Researchers from Ohio State university have found that long-term stress and anxiety can cause memory loss and inflammation to the brain. [HouseBeautiful]

9. U.S. Eyes Innovative Approaches to Tamp Down Zika

In less than a year, the Zika virus has hopscotched to roughly 40 countries around the world, and more than 150 U.S. travelers have picked up the virus elsewhere and became sick at home, according to an exclusive Scientific American state-by-state count. [Scietific American]

10. The Surprising Health Benefit of Drinking Tea Every Day

Drinking as little as a cup of tea daily may be good for your heart health, new research suggests. [Health.com]

Surprising discovery:

This Exercise Bike Concept Would Wash your Clothes as you Pedal

Not having enough time to exercise is a common excuse — and the same goes for doing laundry. But a quirky new concept imagines a stationary bike that doubles as a washing machine, giving users the power to work out and clean their clothes at the same time. [Mashable]

#QuoteoftheWeek – “Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit. When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open.”  ~B.K.S. Iyengar

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