Does an apple a day really keep the doctor away?

The proverbial advice to eat an apple a day first appeared in print in 1866. Nearly 150 years later, a medical journal has used the excuse of April Fool’s Day to publish a study that asks – seriously – whether this wisdom really does keep the doctor away. The daily apple eaters in the study…

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Children with pets have less stress

A pet dog may protect your child from childhood anxiety, according to research published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dogs follow human communication cues. Childhood mental illness and obesity are significant public health concerns in the US. Since they start in childhood, preventive and early intervention approaches are needed. Pet dogs have been linked…

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Will ‘the female Viagra’ really help women?

Later today, a committee of advisors to the Food and Drug Administration will vote on whether or not the agency should approve flibanserin – the much-hyped yet controversial “female Viagra.” However, the drug has already been rejected twice previously by the organization, who cite safety concerns. In the wake of those decisions, battle lines have…

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Drug promises robust new hair growth

A new method of restoring hair growth – using drugs that are already approved for safety – may be on the way, according to research published in Science Advances. Enzyme inhibitors appear to promote robust hair growth. Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center in New York have found that when hair follicles are suspended in a…

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