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15 common misconceptions and surprising realities about dementia and Alzheimer’s disease

There are about 50 million people living with dementia in the world, but there are still many misconceptions about what causes the symptoms. Here are some of the surprising facts about the diseases that cause dementia, and how they affect someone.

One of the world’s largest banks has issued an alarming warning about antibiotic resistance — with big consequences for humanity

The use of antibiotics in meat production and other forms of agriculture could lead to antibiotic resistance, which is expected to cause 10 million deaths annually by 2050.

The startup behind a tool designed to save you a doctor’s visit has partnered with Bill and Melinda Gates

The Ada Health app lets you type in your symptoms and learn what's ailing you, which could save you a trip to the doctor. The platform is launching a new partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

8 ways that drinking coffee is connected to better health and a longer life

Most research on coffee consumption indicates that coffee is not bad for us, and is actually associated with some impressive health benefits. Here's why you shouldn't worry about your coffee habit.
Chiggers are only about 1/150th of an inch wide, but cause a powerful itch.

The red meat allergy that’s spread by ticks might also be spread by a common itchy pest

Chiggers are tough to spot because they're only about 1/150th of an inch, but their bites cause an intense itch. They may be spreading a "red meat allergy" to alpha-gal, a sugar that's found in the meat of most mammals, and can also be found in dairy products and certain medications.

The World Health Organisation has revealed that a quarter of adults don’t exercise enough – and they’re all at risk of serious disea...

Not exercising enough can lead to more deadly consequences than just not being able to fit into your clothes anymore.

There are more cigarette butts in the world’s oceans than any other type of garbage

Cigarette butts have been found to be the most common piece of human trash found in the earth's oceans. Roughly 5.5 trillion cigarettes are produced each year globally and nearly 4.95 trillion of those are cast into the environment, according to the Cigarette Butt Pollution Project.

We took a scientific look at whether weed or alcohol is worse for you — and there appears to be a winner

When comparing weed and alcohol, there are lots of factors to consider, including effects on your heart, brain, and behavior. Overall, alcohol seems to be worse for you.

An artist found an inch-long parasitic worm in his eye — and created a haunting image

Parasitic nematodes, also known as Loa loa worms or African eyeworms, are parasites spread primarily by the bites of flies. People often don't notice they're infected until they spot a worm wriggling in their eye.

There’s even more evidence that your waistline is one of the best ways to tell if you’re healthy — especially as you age

Researchers are learning that the amount of fat we hold around our waistlines is a good indicator of our overall health. A new study found that waist-to-hip ratio is linked to cognitive performance.