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Cheers and Jeers

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Fighting Malaria. April 25 was World Malaria Day, a day dedicated to discussing the facts of the disease and fighting it. The disease, spread through mosquitoes, runs rampant in countries around the globe, and 90 percent of its resulting deaths occur in Africa. Learn more about how you can make a difference here.

A possible biomarker for autism. According to research published in the journal Biological Psychiatry, placenta from the birth of a child at a high genetic risk for autism has more creases. These abnormal folds in the placenta could be early indicators of the disorder.

Jeers to…

Sugary drinks, for their negative health effects. According to a huge European study unveiled this week, consuming even one sugary drink a day, such as a can of Coke or Pepsi, increases your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by over 20 percent. Researchers urge consumers to stay away from sodas, as they contain no nutritional value yet can be detrimental to your health.

Stress, which can sometimes contribute to developing cancer. Experts think chronic stress wears down the body’s immune system, making it easier for malignant tumors to form. And, the hormones you release when you’re stressed might even fuel the growth of a tumor. Read about simple ways to reduce your cancer risk here.