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Playing a Wind Instrument May Protect Against Sleep Apnea.

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Though further research is advised, the current literature suggests that playing a wind instrument can increase blood oxygenation and reduce the risk for obstructive sleep apnea.

Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology, May 2020

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Secondhand Smoke Linked to Hypertension in Kids.

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Examinations of 3,579 children and teens revealed that those who lived in a household in which one or more person smoked were two times more likely to have blood pressure in the hypertensive range than kids from nonsmoking homes.

Preventative Medicine, May 2020

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Blood Infections Tied to Colon Cancer Risk.

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An analysis of health data concerning over two million adults found evidence that blood infections from anaerobic bacteria such as Clostridium septicum may be associated with an increased risk for developing colon cancer in the near future. The findings suggest that healthcare providers should screen patients for colon cancer if they have recently been diagnosed with a blood infection caused by anaerobic bacteria.

European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, April 2020

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Early Death from Heart Disease Greater in Women Living in Rural Areas.

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An analysis of data regarding premature deaths from coronary artery disease over the last two decades showed that death rates due to coronary artery disease increased about 11% among women living in rural areas. Senior author Dr.
Federico Moccetti explains, “Women living in rural areas of the United States have for the first time suffered an
increase in premature deaths from coronary artery disease. This is in stark contrast to their urban counterparts,
who have experienced a virtually uninterrupted reduction ...

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Complications During Pregnancy Increase Future Risk of Preterm Delivery.

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An analysis of data on both the first and second pregnancies of over 300,000 Norwegian women revealed that the risk of preterm birth in their second pregnancy was two times greater among women who experienced a complication during their first pregnancy such as preeclampsia placental abruption, stillbirth, neonatal death, and low birth weight for gestational age. Researchers hope the findings will help healthcare providers identify those at increased risk of preterm delivery.

BMJ, April 2020

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