Weekly Roundup of Need to Know Health News (May 1 – 7)

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1. Zika virus: Risk higher than first thought, say doctors

The mosquito-borne Zika virus may be even more dangerous than previously thought, scientists in Brazil say. [BBC]

2. Paintball Can Cause Severe Liver Damage

Doctors are reporting what appears to be the first case of a man receiving a blunt traumatic injury to his liver because of playing paintball. [TIME]

3. One Secret to a Longer Life? Strength Training

You probably already know that strength training, such as lifting weights or doing pushups, is good for you, but now new research suggests it may help you live longer, too. [Health.com]

4. What’s Good For The Heart Is Good For The Brain

Hoping to keep your mental edge as you get older? Look after your heart, a recent analysis suggests, and your brain will benefit, too. [NPR]

5. Women will compete to help their children, study says

A lot of research suggests women are less competitive than men. But a new study suggests that women can be just as competitive as men — if they have the right incentive. [CNN]

6. New Project Aims To Use Stem Cells, Other Techniques To Reverse ‘Irreversible’ Brain Death

The ability to revive the CNS of brain dead patients could lead to major medical innovations. [Medical Daily]

7. Improving Cell Transplants for Parkinson’s Patients

Researchers have used a completely new preclinical technique and analysis of tissue from patients to show exactly what happens when certain patients with Parkinson’s disease are restored as a result of nerve cell transplants. [Neuroscience News]

8. This Type Of Birth Control Could Be Making You Crave Junk Food

The best birth control is easy to use and effective, but nearly all of these medications can come with side effects. [HuffPost]

9. Cayman Islands to deploy genetically modified mosquitoes

British biotech company Oxitec and the Cayman Islands government announced plans to release millions of genetically modified mosquitoes in the fight against a species that spreads Zika and other diseases. [Fox News]

10. How to stop the afternoon munchies

According to a recent study published in the journal SLEEP, a lack of sleep stokes your appetite just like marijuana might. [CNN]

Surprising discovery:

Eat This Carb and You Won’t Gain Weight

New research around a certain kind of carb, called “resistant starch,” suggests that they could be a key way to help control weight. [TIME]

#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 Adams

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