Weekly Roundup of Need to Know Health News (Mar 27 – Apr 2)

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1. The Scary Thing That Can Happen When You Drink Coffee Before You Want to Get Pregnant

For anyone who wants kids one day and basically lives for caffeine, a new study suggests that men and women who drink more than two daily cups of caffeinated coffee in the weeks leading up to conception are more likely to miscarry. [Cosmopolitan]

2. Meditation, Cognitive Therapy Help Back Pain — Study

Meditation and cognitive behavioural therapy — not conventional treatments for back pain — seem to be effective in alleviating the common condition, researchers said last Tuesday. [Jamaica Observer]

3. HIV Could Be Cured Within Three Years

According to researchers at Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University Human Immunodeficiency Virus, one of the most challenging viruses to hit humankind in the past half-decade, might have a cure in the next three years. [Fortune]

4. Sitting Increases the Risk of Dying Early

Sitting too much may increase the risk of dying prematurely while replacing sitting time with just standing or moderate physical activity could counteract the effect. [NYTimes]

5. Ebola: A new flare-up in Liberia

Two steps forward, one step back. That’s the reality in the fight against Ebola, with the WHO announcing first that hundreds would get experimental vaccines in Guinea, then a short time later that the deadly disease has reemerged in Liberia. [CNN]

6. Researchers Say This Everyday Herb Is Key to Living Longer

There are countless theories out there about how to live longer — practicing yoga, going on frequent vacations, holding off on marriage — we’ve pretty much heard it all at this point. But thanks to an ongoing study from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the University of Rome La Sapienza, we are now one step closer to knowing what it really takes. [Good House Keeping]

7. Zika Virus’ Structure Determined for the First Time

Researchers from Purdue University announced a major breakthrough, becoming the first team to determine the structure of the Zika virus. [TIME]

8. World’s Obese Population Hits 641 Million

More than 640 million people globally now weigh in as obese and the world has more overweight than underweight people, according to an analysis of global trends in body mass index. [Scientific American]

9. Eating Peanut in Early Years Helps Reduce Risk of Allergy, Study Suggests

The early introduction of peanut to the diets of infants at high-risk of developing peanut allergy significantly reduces the risk of peanut allergy until 6 years of age, even if they stop eating peanut around the age of five, according to a new study. [Science Daily]

10. Even Men Need to cut back on Coffee Before Pregnancy

Women already know they need to cut back on coffee during pregnancy, if not sooner, to lower the risk of miscarriages. But a new study suggests the men in their lives need to limit caffeine too. [Reuters]

Surprising discovery:

The Sneaky Thing That Can Cause You to Overeat

The way certain foods are depicted on the package can influence how much of it we eat, new research suggests. [Woman’s Day]

#QuoteoftheWeek – “Those who think they have no time for exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.”  ~Edward Stanley

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