Monday Morning Round-Up #19

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Welcome to Monday Morning Round-Up, featuring what’s new in health and medicine from around the web!

How a red wine compound may prevent cancer via Medical News Today

Previous studies have suggested that resveratrol — the chemical compound found in grapes and red wine — may have anticancer properties. But now, a new study shows how the compound can stop a mutated protein, which is present in more than half of all breast cancer cases, from aggregating.

Gaming Addiction Classified as a Disorder by the World Health Organization via BBC

Gaming addiction is to be listed as a mental health condition for the first time by the World Health Organization. Its 11th International Classification of Diseases (ICD) will include the condition “gaming disorder”. The draft document describes it as a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behaviour so severe that it takes “precedence over other life interests”.

Ebola Outbreak in Central Africa Is ‘Largely Contained’ via The New York Times

After a rapid response by health agencies and the rollout of a new vaccine, an Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo has been declared “largely contained” by the World Health Organization. The outbreak was the first in which health authorities deployed a Merck vaccine field-tested in the waning days of the huge 2014 epidemic in West Africa.

The age plateau: New study suggests, at certain age, risk of death no longer increases via Stat News

Humans are living longer than ever before. But does our species have a fixed shelf life, or could we prolong our lives indefinitely? A new study in Science suggests that we haven’t yet hit our limit on longevity. Demographers looked at data from nearly 4,000 Italians above the age of 105 and noticed that, with each passing year, they were no more likely to die than they had been before reaching that age. In other words, after a certain age, the risk for death plateaus.

Exercise, the ‘best antidepressant,’ also prevents heart disease via Medical News Today

Depression is a risk factor for heart disease. New research now explores the link between these two conditions, finding that for many who have depression, exercise is the best treatment that can keep both the heart and the mind healthy.


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