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A Third of Women May Not Get Enough Sleep!

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Do you get 7-9 hours of sleep each night? Among a sample of 9,749 Canadian women, researchers found that 38% did not get sufficient sleep. Previous research has noted an association between insufficient sleep and an increased risk for accidents, poor cognitive performance, cardiovascular disease, depression, weight gain, diabetes, and early death.
Canadian Journal of Public Health, April 2018

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Check for Signs of Skin Cancer.

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The warmer months are a great time for people to check their skin for signs of cancer. Dermatologist Dr. Katherine Gordon recommends looking for the following: moles that change, have irregular shapes, or uneven edges; moles that are multi-colored, such as brown, tan, and black; moles that are raised; moles that are large or have a diameter larger than the size of a pencil eraser; scales, itchiness, tenderness, or pain around a mole; a sore that does not heal or ...

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Are You at Risk for an Ectopic Pregnancy?

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When a fertilized egg grows outside the uterus, usually in the fallopian tube, it is referred to as an ectopic pregnancy. This type of pregnancy causes the fallopian tube to eventually burst, leading to life-threatening bleeding. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, risk factors for such a pregnancy include the following: previous ectopic pregnancy, prior fallopian tube surgery, previous pelvic or abdominal surgery, certain STDs, pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis, smoking, becoming pregnant at 35 or older, infertility ...

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Sleeping in on the Weekends May Help You Live Longer?

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New research suggests that too little sleep during the work week can be counteracted by sleeping in on the weekends. A study involving nearly 44,000 people showed that the risk of early death among individuals who got less sleep during the week and more sleep on the weekends differed very little from those who averaged seven hours per night on both weekdays and weekends. The findings suggest we shouldn’t feel guilty about sleeping in on the weekends.
Journal of Sleep ...

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Vitamin D May Reduce Risk of Miscarriage.

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An examination of the vitamin D levels of 1,200 women with a history of miscarriage showed that those who had vitamin D levels of 30 ng/mL or more were 10% more likely to become pregnant within the next six months and 15% more likely to have a live birth than women with lower vitamin D levels.

The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology, May 2018

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