Researchers identify potential approach to treat heart disease through the gut

Cleveland Clinic researchers have demonstrated -- for the first time -- that targeting microbes in the gut may prevent heart disease brought on by nutrients contained in a diet rich in red meat, eggs and high-fat dairy products.

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Why Fitness Experts Have Turned Against Sit-Ups

According to the Wall Street Journal, Stuart McGill, a professor of spine biomechanics at the University of Waterloo, says sit-ups put hundreds of pounds of compressive force on the spine. This pressure combined with the repeated flexing motion of a sit-up can squeeze spinal discs and possibly lead to herniation.

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7 Healthy Habit Swaps To Make In 2016

Listen — we’re all busy people. Between friendships, relationships, work or school, and the already commendable efforts we put into being healthy, who has time to add resolution-related to-dos to the list? Of course, if you’ve been looking for an opportunity to make a big, sweeping health change, 2016 seems like a great time to give it a go. We won’t stop you. New Year’s resolutions exist for a reason.

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Science Says Flu Season Hasn't Reached Its Peak Yet, But It's Coming

According to Scientific American, the flu will reach its maximum point in February. And in even better news, it will likely be mild compared to other years. This is late compared to the last three years, when influenza reached its highest point in December.

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Researchers identify hormone behind sweet tooth

Researchers identified a hormone that suppresses sugar cravings in mice, according to a study recently published in the journal Cell Metabolism.

The findings could eventually help diabetics, the obese and perhaps anyone who indulges in too many sweets during the holidays.

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The 12 Cleanest Food Choices You Can Make - And The 12 Dirtiest

Try all you want to avoid pesticides, sugar, and GMOs, you're still getting duped by confusing claims, hidden chemicals, and faux healthy" labels.

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New Study Links Drinking Milk To Higher Risk Of Parkinson's Disease

Got milk? Well, according to one study, that could put you at a higher risk of developing Parkinson's disease. Video provided by Newsy

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25 Things You Did Today That Sabotaged Your Weight Loss Goals

But according to the CDC, 69 percent of our adult population is obese or overweight—and there's a whole other chunk of people who would simply like to lose 10 pounds. Here's the thing, though: As hard as you can try to lose weight, there are some everyday habits that might be wrecking your valiant efforts.

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How E-Cigs Could Hurt Your Lungs

Electronic cigarette flavored liquids may contain chemicals linked to bronchiolitis obliterans, also known as 'popcorn lung'

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How 'Social Jet Lag' Might Harm Your Health

Changes in natural sleep pattern, called social jet lag, may raise diabetes, heart disease risk

It's not just about how much sleep you get — when you go to sleep, and whether that time changes based on the day of the week, could have an impact on your health.

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Sick During the Holidays? 7 Unexpected Reasons You’re Under the Weather

Certain seasonal routines may be silently weakening your immune system. Here, how to avoid getting sick over the holidays.

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7 "Naughty" Holiday Party Weight Gain No-No's

Holiday party guilt can put a big damper on the winter season. If you’re trying to watch your weight or maintain a healthy eating regimen over the holidays—the many office party toasts, cookie exchanges, holiday family feasts, and edible gifts from your Secret Santa can quickly land you on the “naughty” list.

Luckily, we have seven ways to help you avoid those holiday party weight gain no-no’s…

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Why are poorer children more likely to be obese?

According to the study authors, who are led by Prof. Yvonne Kelly from University College London in the UK, obesity is linked to the development of many chronic diseases that pose significant health and economic burdens.

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Reducing Stroke Risk in Women With Bioidentical Progesterone And Citrus Fruit

If you thought breast cancer was the bigger killer you are not alone as women in a recent survey said they were only a little, or not at all concerned about experiencing a stroke in their life. Further most of the women surveyed women were not aware they are more likely than men to have a stroke.

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7 Herbs & Spices Everyone Needs to Eat

Variety is the spice of life. Or maybe spice is the variety of life? Spices are important for both health reasons and great flavor. So you get a picture of how potent they are, think about this: Just a half teaspoon of ground cinnamon has as many antioxidants as a half cup blueberries, and a half teaspoon dried oregano has the antioxidant power of 3 cups of raw spinach.

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9 Foods and Beverages That Can Kill Your Energy

There’s nothing that can kill social life or a relationship more than no get up and go. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to pinpoint the cause of lack of your low energy. But one issue could be your diet.

In fact, there are a number of foods and beverages that can negatively affect our energy levels, and simply make activity and even intimacy less appealing to one or both partners. So which foods should you avoid, or limit consumption of, in order to keep your energy level?

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Testosterone Therapy Promotes Healthy Body Composition

With more than 60 percent of the population overweight or obese, and millions fighting an uphill battle against added pounds due to metabolic disorders, experts are seeking innovative ways to address the ever-growing obesity epidemic. Although dietary modifications, increased physical activity, psychological therapies, and a combination of all of the above have proven to be the most effective for achieving weight loss, these strategies rarely yield successful maintenance of results for the majority of the population. Prescription drug interventions generate mixed results and are often associated with an increased risk of side effects. In the most recent attempts to uncover solutions, new facts have emerged from the latest study on testosterone therapy, finding that supplementing testosterone may be the key to promoting healthy body composition, particularly among individuals with metabolic disorders.

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Gaining weight between pregnancies increases risk of infant death

Exessive weight gain before or during pregnancy is a known risk factor for gestational diabetes and high blood pressure. However, a new study suggests that women who are of a healthy weight during their first pregnancy, but who gain even a moderate amount of weight between their first and second pregnancies, have increased risks of their baby dying during its first year of life.

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Loud Music Linked to Pounding Headaches

If you want a pounding headache, crank up loud music for an hour or two.

In a new study of electronic media's potential association with headaches in adolescents, loud music was the only clear winner. Most other electronic media is not associated with headaches, the researchers said.

The study of 1025 13-17 year olds, published in the open access journal BMC Neurology, found no association between the use of computer games, mobile phones or television and the occurrence of headaches or migraines.

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Is Hormone Replacement Therapy Safe?

In the second Sex and the City movie (yep, high-brow quote alert), Samantha proclaims that she is leading the way through the menopause maze armed with vitamins, patches, hormones, and creams. "And I'm telling you," she says, "no hot flashes, no mood swings, and my sex drive? It's right back to where it was. OK, go ahead, laugh. It's working. By the time you ladies are 50, I'll be 35." Ref :

What Are the Health Risks of Overweight and Obesity?

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Study associates Alzheimer’s risk with banned pesticide DDT.

Bloomberg News (1/28, Ostrow) reports that “researchers analyzed blood samples of 86 people who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and 79 patients without the condition.” In addition, they examined tissue and blood samples from 11 deceased Alzheimer’s patients. The investigators found that “people with Alzheimer’s disease had about four times the level of” dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene (DDE), “a DDT byproduct in their blood, compared with those who didn’t have” Alzheimer’s. Ref :

Higher omega-3 levels may help preserve brain volume in older women.

USA Today (1/22, Hellmich) reports that research published in Neurology indicated that “older women with the highest levels of omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish oil, had better preservation of their brain as they aged than those with the lowest levels, which might mean they would maintain better brain function for an extra year or two.” For the study, which received support from National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, investigators “looked at the omega-3 fatty acids levels in the red blood cells of 1,111 women who participated in the Women’s Health Initiative Memory Study.” Ref :

Anxiety Linked to Higher Stroke Risk

Anxiety was found to increase stroke risk in a dose-dependent manner independent of depression and cardiovascular risk factors in a new study.

Researchers reported that people with the most anxiety symptoms had a 33% increase in stroke risk compared with those with the fewest symptoms after controlling for cardiovascular risk factors, using nationally-representative data from the first National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES I). Ref:

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