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Color’s March Health Notes – Color

Linda Jiang

Color’s monthly Health Notes help you stay up to date on living a healthy life with the latest in health & wellness, genetics, and cancer. If you found this information interesting, sign up for our monthly Health Notes here.

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Sleeping Well Feels Just as Good as Winning the Lottery

Time, by Amanda MacMillan

It’s no secret that a good night’s sleep can do wonders for your mood. Now, a new study shows that improving your Z’s over time is associated with better health and well being. In fact, researchers say, scoring better shuteye perks up mental health as well as winning the lottery …

10 Nutrition Mistakes Even Really Healthy People Make

Washington Post, by Cara Rosenbloom

Even when you try your best to eat well, it’s difficult to know everything about nutrition. I often talk with clients who believe they are making good choices and don’t realize that little oversights stand in their way of optimal health …

Warm-Ups, Cool-Downs, What Works, What Doesn’t

New York Times, by Gretchen Reynolds

Athletes could be increasing their risk for sports injuries or simply wasting their time by practicing certain types of warm-ups and cool-downs, according to two practical new studies. Together, the new research indicates that a rigorous warm-up …


The Key to Curing Disease Could Lie in Iceland’s Genes

CNN, by Samantha Bresnahan

The freezer sits behind a heavy door in the basement of an unassuming building on the campus of the University of Iceland. It feels much colder than it looks; inside, the temperature is minus-15 degrees Fahrenheit, but the air is so dry, you can’t see your breath …

4 Ways This Revolutionary Gene-Editing Tool Could Change the World

NBC News, by Jane Hu

The woolly mammoth has been extinct for more than 4000 years. Now scientists are talking about bringing it back with the help of a powerful gene-editing technique called CRISPR-Cas9. But CRISPR’s promise extends far beyond …

Genetic Test Can Tell Age a Person is Likely to Develop Alzheimer’s

The Telegraph, by Sarah Knapton

A new genetic test which calculates the age that a person is likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease, has been developed by scientists. The technique involves checking for mutations in 26 genes which were found in tens of thousands of dementia patients …


What Young People Need to Know About Colon Cancer

New York Times, by Roni Caryn Rabin

Sarah DeBord was 24 when she first noticed blood in her stool. She saw a gastroenterologist who did a procedure called a flexible sigmoidoscopy to examine her lower colon and rectum, then gave her a diagnosis of hemorrhoids …

For Breast Cancer Survivors, Eating Soy Tied To A Longevity Boost

NPR, by Allison Aubrey

Women with breast cancer sometimes get confusing messages about soy-based foods, including soy milk, edamame and tofu. On one hand, studies have suggested that the estrogen-like compounds in soy — called isoflavones — may inhibit the development or recurrence of breast cancer …

Google Uses AI to Help Diagnose Breast Cancer

CNN, by Matt McFarland

Google announced Friday that it has achieved state-of-the-art results in using artificial intelligence to identify breast cancer. The findings are a reminder of the rapid advances in artificial intelligence, and its potential to improve global health …


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