Wuhan coronavirus confirmed to be transmissible between humans

The new strain of coronavirus that has spread across Asia is causing concern ahead of China's Lunar New Year.

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  • A new strain of the coronavirus — similar to SARS — is spreading across China and to nearby countries, including the U.S..
  • Although it's relatively early on, the virus appears to be fairly infectious and capable of human-to-human transmission, a serious concern given the many travelers expected to visit China for the upcoming Lunar New Year.
  • The World Health Organization intends to convene an emergency committee in the near future to determine whether the outbreak should be considered a public health emergency of international concern.
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Male sperm count is declining globally. Exercise helps.

A new study in Human Reproduction says men have to keep moving.

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  • A new study, published in Human Reproduction, found that exercise helps increase sperm motility.
  • 746 healthy young men were studied over a six-month period; the more exercise they got, the better their sperm.
  • Globally, sperm counts have gone down by over 50 percent over the last half-century.
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Does ‘night mode’ shift your brain out of sleep mode?

A new study suggests that a device's night mode may damage sleep hygiene even more.

  • The social consensus claims that blue-light emitting devices interrupt sleep by curbing melatonin production.
  • However, new research suggests that the ruddy hues of "night mode" may have a more detrimental effect on quality sleep.
  • While causal effect remains unknown, the correlation between screen time and poor sleep habits is nonetheless strong.
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The ketogenic diet may help fight against the flu

Researchers found that the popular diet could confer some benefits to your immune system.

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  • The ketogenic diet works by tricking your body into thinking its in starvation mode — with very few carbohydrates to turn into glucose, your body instead burns fat to use as energy.
  • While most go on the diet to lose weight, evidence suggests a whole host of additional benefits to mental and physical health, though these findings still need to be confirmed.
  • Recent research has added another potential benefit to the keto diet: It could help you defend against flu infections.
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Scientists replace blood with icy solution to save lives in danger

Doctors put a human into suspended animation for the first time ever.

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  • A trial at the University of Maryland Medical Centre in Baltimore puts patients with death-causing injuries into suspended animation.
  • The technique works by cooling the body and the brain.
  • This gives surgeons more times to help the patients survive.
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