Weekly Roundup of Need to Know Health News (Mar 13 – 19)

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1. Four Habits the World’s Happiest People Have in Common

According to the 2016 World Happiness Report, the top three happiest countries are Denmark, Switzerland, and Iceland. [Health.com]

2. Health Workers Rush to Contain Fresh Ebola Outbreak in Guinea

Health workers are rushing to the site of a fresh Ebola outbreak in Guinea to bolster efforts to contain the virus and prepare for the likelihood of more cases. [Scientific American]

3. Canned Tuna Is Too High In Mercury for Pregnant Women

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is criticizing the government’s draft of recommendations on safe fish consumption, especially by pregnant women, nursing mothers, and women who might become pregnant. [Christian Post]

4. New Dengue Vaccine Shows Promise

A new type of dengue vaccine called TV003 seems to protect people against at least one type of the virus, according to a small study. [CNN]

5. Bumble Bee Tuna Recalled for Potential Health Issues

Bumble Bee Foods announced the recall of three types of their Chunk Light Tuna due to problems in the commercial sterilization process. [Fox News]

6. Heart Health Is Linked to Brain Health: Study

Having a healthy heart can help preserve brain processing and cognitive function over time, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. [TIME]

7. New Procedure Allows Kidney Transplants From Any Donor

In the new study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, doctors successfully altered patients’ immune systems to allow them to accept kidneys from incompatible donors. [NYTimes]

8. How Likely are Birth Defects from Zika virus? New Study Finds Clues

Scientists say there’s more evidence supporting a link between the Zika virus and a serious birth defect. [CBS News]

9. Study Says Women Need More Sleep Than Men

Research has already proven that insomnia is more common in women than in men, and now it seems that women also need more sleep than men to function normally. [House Beautiful]

10. Surprising Benefits to Cuddling — And Why You Should Do It More

Whether cuddling is your current post-sex routine or more important to you than sex itself, most of us can agree it’s an essential part of a relationship. [Brides]

Surprising discovery:

Edible Utensils Are Good for You and the Planet

Plastic flatware might be cheap, but it’s also annoying to reuse and terrible for the environment when you throw it out. So Narayana Peesapaty set out to make utensils you can eat. [Sploid]

#QuoteoftheWeek – “Happiness is not something ready-made. It comes from your own actions.” ~Dalai Lama

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