Weekly Roundup of Need to Know Health News (May 8 – 14)

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1. An Outbreak of Yellow Fever in Angola could become a Global Health Emergency

Joining the ranks of Zika as one of the latest global health emergencies is an old illness that brings to mind images of colonial epidemics and slave trade routes: yellow fever. [Medical Daily]

2. Harvard Researchers have Isolated a Key to Happiness

Harvard researchers have isolated a key to happiness, and Iceland is helping them test it. Economics might obscure the things we really need to measure. [Quartz]

3. Doctors Urged to Prescribe Fewer Painkillers: Here’s what to take instead

Amid a national wave of opioid addiction, doctors are likely to start prescribing fewer narcotic painkillers, so many non-addicted pain patients may see their dosages reduced as a result. [Fox News]

4. Women Who Have Ovaries Removed May Have Colon Cancer Risk

Women who have their ovaries removed may have a higher-than-average risk of developing colon cancer, a large study suggests. [Health.com]

5. Study: Your Car’s Side Window Maybe Harming your Skin, Eyes

The front windshield of your car probably shields you from the sun’s UV-A rays as you drive, but the same may not be true for side windows, a new study finds. [UPI]

6. When Vegetable Oil Isn’t as Healthy as You Think

If you think that getting rid of animal fats will protect you from heart disease, think again. [TIME]

7. Scientists have Developed a Quick, Cheap Way to Test for Zika

Researchers from a large collective of universities including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, and the University of Toronto have developed an easy way to detect Zika in about an hour. [Quartz]

8. Vitamin D Improves Heart Function, Study Finds

A daily dose of vitamin D3 improves heart function in people with chronic heart failure, a five-year University of Leeds research project has found. [Science Daily]

9. Abortion Rates Drop in First-World Nations, But Only Slightly in Poorer Countries

A new study shows that abortion rates in developed countries have actually dropped to its lowest so far in history. [Nature World News]

10. How Fruit and Alcohol Impact Breast Cancer Risk

Teens who eat fruits may be building up protection against breast cancer, but drinking alcohol later in life could aggravate the risk, say findings from two linked studies published in the BMJ. [Medical News Today]

Surprising discovery:

Indian Woman In Her 70s gives Birth to a Healthy Baby Boy.

An Indian woman and her husband who are both in their 70s have celebrated the birth of a baby boy following IVF treatment, their first successful pregnancy in 46 years of marriage. [The Guardian]

#QuoteoftheWeek – “He who takes medicine and neglects to diet wastes the skill of his doctors.”  ~Chinese Proverb

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