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Using a common type of mouthwash may be increasing your risk of developing tooth damage, according to a new study out of the University of Plymouth. The reason isn’t directly due to the effects of the mouthwash on the teeth, but rather the ways it changes the profile of beneficial bacteria in one’s mouth. Over time, a drop in saliva pH levels may increase the risk of damaged teeth.

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Fish oil linked to major heart health benefits, but there’s a catch

It’s no secret that a diet high in fish comes with certain heart-health benefits, but questions remain over the benefits of taking various fish oil and omega-3 supplements. A new analysis has found that taking fish oil may have a major protective effect on one’s cardiovascular health, but there’s a catch: the results were based on taking a highly purified form of fish oil that isn’t available…

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The novel coronavirus behind the growing number of COVID-19 respiratory disease cases around the world is believed to primarily be transmitted through droplets in the air and on surfaces that have been touched by contaminated hands. For this reason, public health officials are advising the public to avoid touching their faces and to regularly wash their hands. A new study sheds light on just how…

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Eating a diet high in sugary foods may result in an early death, but not for the reasons you think, a new study has found. Researchers with MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences studied fruit flies that were fed a diet high in sugar and found that though they died at younger ages, the reason wasn’t due to metabolic issues like obesity or diabetes.

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It’s no secret that eating a plant-based diet can have beneficial heart health effects for some people, but there’s a catch. A new study warns that these diets are only potentially helpful for people who avoid certain foods — the wrong kind of plant-based diet may eradicate the ‘heart-healthy’ aspect of it, making it just as unhealthy as the average animal-based diet.

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A newly published study reveals that so-called ‘stealth’ transmission of the novel coronavirus largely fueled the outbreak that impacted China. The study says that many of the COVID-19 cases in China likely didn’t have severe symptoms, meaning infected people may have thought they had a simple cold and went on with their lives. This, in turn, caused the virus to rapidly spread through the Wuhan…

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An avocado a day may help keep the dementia away, at least in older adults suffering from obesity. The findings come from the University of Illinois where researchers looked into the effects of avocados on cognitive function in obese adults. The study involved feeding participants one avocado every day for 12 weeks.

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Caffeine may help creative people, but not in the way you think

It’s a common trope — the creative person, whether they’re a writer or an artist or an actor, is seen drinking large quantities of coffee for their necessary hit of caffeine. This caffeine, the trope goes, is a key part of the creative process, not only helping keep the creator awake and energized, but also engaging their brain and fueling the creative process. The only problem? That’s not how it…

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Social isolation and loneliness may have different effects on inflammation

When it comes to excessive inflammation in the body, most people think of factors like eating too much red meat and sugar. A new study out of the University of Surrey, however, has found that not getting enough socialization may also increase inflammation in the body, paving the way for a number of health issues, including memory problems and, farther into the future, problems like cardiovascular…

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Mixing artificial sweetener and carbs has ‘problematic’ health effects

A new study out of Yale University has potentially found the reason for conflicting results from past research on artificial sweeteners and their impact on metabolism in humans. Some of these studies had found that consuming artificial sweeteners increased one’s risk of developing obesity and type-2 diabetes, whereas others found weight loss benefits without those downsides. Carbohydrates, it…

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