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Five Important Things to Know This Week in Women's Health News (November 20)

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Drinking coffee could mean the difference between life and death.

A new study from Harvard found a link between the number of cups of coffee drank daily and the risk for death. The study observed approximately 20,000 women and 50,000 men and asked about the kinds of foods and drinks they consumed. Those who consumed some coffee had a 5-8% lower chance of not dying than those who drank no coffee. It was found that those who had never smoked and drank five or more cups of coffee had a 12-15% lower risk for death.


There’s a new bacteria in China that is resistant to all antibiotics.

A new bacteria has been discovered within some Chinese people and animals. This bacteria is resistant to last-resort drugs that are used when there are no options left. The bacteria has mutated in order to become resistant to these antibiotics, which has been proven in 16 people, one in five of the animals tested and 15 percent of meat samples.

Light therapy may be helpful for depression year-round.

Light therapy is normally reserved for those with Seasonal Affective Disorder, but a new study from the JAMA Psychiatric journal shows that it may be a benefit for those who have non-seasonal depression. Light therapy is a specialized light that those with Seasonal Affective Disorder are exposed to in order to improve their mood. The study looked at 122 people with non-seasonal depression and found that either a combination of medication and light therapy or just the therapy itself was most effective at fighting the depression.
CBS News

STD rates in the United States hit a record high in 2014 according to new data from the CDC.

The rates of STDs have gone up significantly according to new data released from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For the first time since 2006, reports of gonorrhea, chlamydia and syphilis have all increased. The CDC reported an increase in the number of men reporting STDs, which they attribute to the increase in the numbers. Gonorrhea cases have increased 5.1 percent compared to 2013, chlamydia has increased 2.8 percent to the highest ever all reported number of cases, and reports of the first two stages of syphilis have increased by 15 percent.
NBC News

People who indulge in smokeless tobacco may be at a higher risk for cancer.

New research released by the CDC and the FDA found that those who used smokeless tobacco had increased levels of nicotine in their system in addition to higher levels of tobacco nitrosamines, which are linked to increased risk for cancer. The levels were higher than that of cigarette smokers. The study looked at approximately 23,600 people over a 13 year time span.
Medical News Today

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