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  1. Peruse any women's magazine, and you'll likely find advice on how to boost workouts. But what many don't realize is that the research behind most exercise advice is based almost entirely on men. Female subjects are excluded from over 90% of studies on exercise performance and fatigability because hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle were thought to affect exercise capability—which, if true, could muddy the data, making women's inclusion in the research too complicated.
  2. Neglected tropical diseases are a group of communicable diseases found in tropical and subtropical regions of the world. They are classified as "neglected" because they have received little or no attention in terms of prevention and control for several decades. The World Health Organization guides the way they are identified and managed.
  3. There's been a lot of chat on social media over the past few months about the importance of magnesium supplements. Many suggest that symptoms such as trouble sleeping, tense muscles and low energy are all signs you're deficient and should be taking a magnesium supplement.
  4. By the end of 2023, eligible people in all Australian states will be able to apply for voluntary assisted dying as the final three states' laws will become operational this year.
  5. Togo had reason to celebrate in 2022 when it became the first country in the world to eliminate four neglected tropical diseases. The west African nation stamped out Guinea worm disease in 2011, lymphatic filariasis in 2017, sleeping sickness in 2020, and trachoma last year.
  6. A study published in December showed a connection between restrictive abortion laws and increased suicides by pregnant women in the U.S.
  7. The University of York-led study showed that health professionals, working with faith leaders, can deliver effective, low-cost messages on how people can keep their blood pressure on the healthy side.
  8. If you've ever felt pain, tenderness and tightness—maybe even a sharp, stabbing sensation—in your breasts, it's hard not to jump to conclusions. Could it be the "C" word?
  9. Results of a major nationwide study show the impacts of COVID-19 have been worse for Māori, Pasifika, and disabled people.
  10. A new report has highlighted the consequences of misinformation, including loss of trust in public institutions, delayed action on pressing issues such as climate change, and the financial toll on health care services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  11. A survey of more than 2,000 British adults finds that trust in genetics is high and went up significantly during the pandemic. It also finds that there is a hunger for more coverage of genetics.
  12. Glaucoma is one of the world's leading causes of blindness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. January is Glaucoma Awareness Month. Half of people with glaucoma don't even know they have it. If you're over 60 or have a family history of glaucoma, your risk is higher.
  13. In many neurodegenerative conditions, brain changes occur before symptoms emerge. But now, researchers from Japan have found a new way to distinguish these conditions in the early stages according to changes in brain activity patterns.
  14. Cases of norovirus, commonly known as winter vomiting sickness, have soared by 37% compared to the same period pre-COVID. Today's report from the UK Health Safety Agency (UKHSA) says cases for the first two weeks in January jumped by 37% over the five season average pre-pandemic, with over 65s reporting the steepest rise.
  15. Many people are experiencing a variety of long COVID-19 symptoms and are relying on some of their own methods to allay those symptoms. Others are in need of additional therapies from their medical care team.
  16. A Massachusetts woman is accused of killing her three- and five-year-old children, and injuring her seven-month-old baby, raising questions how an apparently loving mother could turn on her young family.
  17. Periodontitis, a gum disease, can lead to a litany of dental issues from bad breath to bleeding and lost teeth. Now, researchers at Hiroshima University have found that it could be connected to even more severe problems elsewhere in the body—the heart.
  18. Turning a decades-old dogma on its head, new research from scientists at UC San Francisco and Stanford Medicine shows that the receptor for oxytocin, a hormone considered essential to forming social bonds, may not play the critical role that scientists have assigned to it for the past 30 years.
  19. Researchers at the Francis Crick Institute and King's College London have created a tool to predict the effects of different diets on both cancerous cells and healthy cells.
  20. Brain stimulation, such as deep brain stimulation (DBS), is a powerful way to treat neurological and psychiatric disorders. While it has provided therapeutic benefit for sufferers of Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and addiction for more than a decade, its underlying neural mechanism is not yet fully understood.