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Health and fitness news you need to know this week
“Female Viagra” is one step closer to the bedroom – for our neighbours to the south, anyway. A committee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the drug flibanserin (also known as ADDYI), so long as certain TBD safety measures are enforced for usage. It’s now being reviewed by the FDA with a final decision expected in August. Canadians, though, will have to wait. The drug is not currently approved here, but a representative from Sprout Pharmaceuticals told ELLE Canada that the company is “committed to working closely with other regulatory bodies outside the U.S. in the future.”
WHAT’S YOUR SIGN?
You no longer have to read your horoscope to predict your health. A study from Columbia University Medical Center has determined that people born in May are at the lowest risk for disease. (Those lucky Tauruses and Geminis!) And sorry Libras and Scorpios: those born in October, have the highest risks of conditions. Scientists used an algorithm to comb through the medical history of 1.7 million New Yorkers and determined there are 55 diseases that are associated with certain birth months.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Here’s one celebrity trend you no longer have to swallow. (Sorry Kourtney Kardashian and January Jones!) A Northwestern Medicine review of 10 studies has found that there is no proof to the benefits to eating placenta pills. The act had been touted as helping with everything from postpartum depression to lactation.
DELICIOUS AND NUTRITIOUS?
Fast food is getting a little healthier. Restaurants such as Pizza Hut and Taco Bell are planning to rid U.S. menus of artificial colours and flavours. Not word yet on when will see the menu changes in Canada. But expect to see some shifts on supermarkets shelves. Canada’s Kraft Dinner Original will contain no synthetic colours by the end of 2016.
A CRACKING IDEA
The next time someone asks you how you like your eggs, you can say, “with a side of salad.” According to new research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, adding cooked whole eggs to a salad with raw vegetables can increase the amount of nutrients the body absorbs. The lipids in the eggs improve the absorption of carotenoids (antioxidants) from the veg.