Planning Your Meals to Reach Your Goals

Planning Your Meals to Reach Your Goals

Feb 16

Sue Kiefner

I struggle with eating healthy. I often eat for convenience, which means I DO NOT plan!  Since February 3, I have been making conscious decisions on everything I put in my mouth.  I went away with the family for a couple of days and we had dinner at a buffet.…

How Santa Helped Me Believe in Jesus

How Santa Helped Me Believe in Jesus

Dec 22

Sue Kiefner

I think we are born wanting to believe in something… it’s innate.  Our soul has a yearning to be connected to something greater than ourselves.  I was brought up in a home that did not go to church very often. We were a Christmas and Easter family.  My mom grew…

It may be snowing, but you can still workout!

It may be snowing, but you can still workout!

Feb 13

The northeast is in the middle of a blizzard and people aren’t able to get to the gym.  Here’s a great workout you can do from your living room that will only take 10 minutes and will be worth it!

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Happy New Year- What's Your Change?

Happy New Year- What's Your Change?

Jan 01

Sue Kiefner

Here we are! The new year has finally arrive. It’s a perfect time to look back over the accomplishments of 2013.  For me, I lost 17 pounds and 20 inches since February 2013. Although I could have lost a lot more weight with more aggressive measures, this year I focused…

Have You Ever Been on a Diet?

Have You Ever Been on a Diet?

Dec 27

Wendy Strohl, Personal Trainer/Group Fitness Instructor/Nutrition Coach

Have you ever been on a diet? Just to give up a few days in. Maybe you had that piece of cake you were wanting and oh well the diet is over. Diets can work however they don’t last. We want to follow a diet of healthy eating and have…

Know your Body and Modify!

Know your Body and Modify!

Oct 26

Sue Kiefner

In my mind, I thought people who went to the gym were perfect. They didn’t have any pain, they didn’t need any motivation, it was simply, time to go to the gym and they went.  The more often I go, the more I realize that exercise isn’t easy for anyone.…

Up and Down Scale- How to Cope

Up and Down Scale- How to Cope

Oct 07

Sue Kiefner

I hate looking at the scale. It is never consistent and always makes me feel bad. I think one of my biggest hurdles for trying to lose weight is how I feel when I look at the scale. There’s nothing worse than seeing the number go up and…

MOTIVATION!, What's Yours?

MOTIVATION!, What's Yours?

Oct 01

Sue Kiefner

M.O.T.I.V.A.T.I.O.N. is such a big word and is different for everyone!  Since becoming a mom, this word is more important to me now than during any other time in my life. I want active kids,and they are! They love to run, ride bikes, swim, play tag, go sledding and all…

No Complements Necessary (butt thank you!!!)

No Complements Necessary (butt thank you!!!)

Sep 18

Sue Kiefner

I was walking into my daughter’s preschool this morning and a mom who was following me into the building said “Are you losing weight?”  I said, “yes, I’m trying.” And she said “I can tell!”  We all know what that means… my butt is looking smaller!  I’m still a big…

Space Between My Thighs!

Space Between My Thighs!

Sep 14

Sue Kiefner

The other morning I got dressed and as I was walking out of my room, I found something I hadn’t seen in a long time. Something almost foreign to me… it was space between my thighs! It has been so many years since this has happened to me that I…

"It's in Your Mind!"

"It's in Your Mind!"

Apr 15

Anna Negoescu, RN, BA

Almost 40 years ago Herbert Benson began describing the Relaxation Response. The Relaxation Response, which quiets the breathing, relaxes the muscles, calms the mind, and is a key to healing in the highest sense. For centuries physicians have been practicing under the assumption that there is a split, a disconnect…

Yoga Helps Us "Be the Change"

Yoga Helps Us "Be the Change"

Mar 12

Jessie Thompson, The Yoga Loft

“If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world towards him.” – Mahatma Gandhi.

Getting the Most out of Your Website

Getting the Most out of Your Website

Feb 16

You may wonder “How can I build more traffic to my website?” It is important that you are listed on websites that offer provider databases, such as Live Well for All, and search websites like Yelp and Google +. Click the link to each of the listed…

To Eat or Not to Eat Steel Cut Oats

To Eat or Not to Eat Steel Cut Oats

Nov 08

Sue Kiefner

If you do research on-line you will see differing opinions on whether or not there are health benefits to eating steel cut oats. Some will say you get the same nutritional value from rolled oats verses the steel cut versions, so it doesn’t matter which one you choose.

Others will mention…

Mind/Body Medicine

Mind/Body Medicine

Aug 30

Anna Negoescu, RN

Mind/Body Medicine is a contemporary exploration of human health and healing that weaves a rich tapestry of global traditions and contemporary medicine to fully integrate the mind, body, and spirit. It recognizes the difference between curing and healing. Contemporary Western Medicine may not be able to cure your disease, but…

Creating Compost for the Garden

Creating Compost for the Garden

Aug 01

Sue Kiefner, amateur gardener

When I was a child we had a very large garden. My mom grew everything from root and vine vegetables
to asparagus. She would send me out to weed the garden in the morning and it was something I hated
to do. I got dirty and it was always so hot. The…

Is Yoga Right for You?

Is Yoga Right for You?

Jul 18

Jessie Thompson, owner, The Yoga Loft

In yoga, we work for a balance of strength and flexibility, practicing postures and sequences that help us attain this balance. The result is both a quality of stability in the body, as well as a quality of openness and freedom of movement. We aim to move all of the…

10/22/2017 10:00

Benefits of fish oil for arthritis

Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine News From Medical News Today

Fish oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which may help reduce inflammation. Could fish oil be beneficial in the treatment of arthritis?

10/22/2017 05:00

Learning To Care For My Newborn Was A Humbling Experience

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I'm a doctor, and I oversee public health programs to help new mothers and infants. When my son was born, I discovered just how vitally important that help is.

10/21/2017 08:00

What are the best essential oils for itchy bug bites?

Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine News From Medical News Today

A look at the seven best essential oils for bug bites. Included is information on what oils to avoid, and solutions for when further treatment is needed.

10/21/2017 06:00

Many Breast Cancer Patients Receive More Radiation Therapy Than Needed

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Unnecessary treatment of breast cancer and other diseases is pervasive. Overtreatment adds enormous costs to the health care system and, at times, burdens patients with needless suffering.

10/20/2017 16:25

Get Rid Of All Your BPA—This Locking Glass Container Set Is 30% Off

Prevention

Research has linked BPA to endocrine system disruption, immunity issues, cardiovascular problems, metabolic disease, and a slew of other negative health effects. And, while research on BPA alternatives is not as robust, there are also studies pointing to possible negative health effects of BPA-free plastic.

So, it’s best to avoid plastic entirely.

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Still, meal prepping is a valuable tool for developing healthy eating habits. It takes the guesswork out of your daily meals and can seriously lead to weight loss. (Here are 7 indispensable meal prep secrets you need to know.)

The solution? Use glass containers.

Right now you can get an 18-piece set of Glasslock storage containers on Amazon for $25.99. That’s 32% off.

Psst! Here's the easiest way to prep a butternut squash for your meals:

The largest container holds 6.3 cups and the smallest has a volume of 0.7 cups. Six of the containers are rectangular, while three are rounded, and they all have completely BPA-free lids that lock into place. You can safely use the containers in the oven, microwave, and freezer, and the glass is stain-proof. (No chili residue here!)

These glass containers may be a little heavier to carry around than plastic, but it’s a small price to pay to avoid the unknowns of BPA-free plastic and the known health effects of BPA-laden options. This deal is an easy way to replace every plastic container in your house.

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10/20/2017 13:20

To Reduce Risk Of Recurring Bladder Infection, Try Drinking More Water

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While it may seem simple, drinking water flushes bacteria out of the urethra, helping to prevent infection in women prone to them. And it also may help reduce the use of antibiotics.

10/20/2017 13:02

How To Score Jennifer Garner's Laid-Back "Cool Mom" Style On Any Budget

Prevention

It seems like just yesterday that a young Jennifer Garner stole America’s heart on the hit TV show, Alias. Now a 45-year-old single mom of three, Garner has a Golden Globe and more than 20 films under her belt. And as her career has blossomed and evolved over the years, so has her style.

While it’s neither avant-garde nor trendy, Garner’s look continues to attract the attention of women across the county. Why? Because it’s relaxed and classic without being the slightest bit sloppy. Which is a look that actually works for busy women who just don’t have the energy to get dressed up to run errands or head to the office in stilettos.

(The 21-day plan in Love Your Age is the life-changing reset every 40+ woman needs!)

But that’s not to say Garner doesn’t have a love for pricey, designer duds. She’s often captured by the paparazzi leaving stores like Rag & Bone, Isabel Marant, and Chanel. Despite her affinity for the finer things in life, however, Jen’s style is still pretty easy to score on a budget. And for that, we’re pretty darn thankful.

MORE: 7 Jeans That Don't Stretch Out

Here’s how to pull off three of Garner’s signature looks without breaking the bank. Plus, how to build a more comfortable, stylish wardrobe around some of her signature pieces.

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10/20/2017 12:30

Is It A Myth That Dairy Builds Strong Bones?

Prevention

Milk does a body good, right? Right?

While that’s a catchy ad slogan, some recent research calls into question the conventional “milk builds strong bones” wisdom.

For one thing, if milk really is important for bone health, you would think that people with a lactose intolerance would suffer from higher rates of osteoporosis—or brittle, weak bones. But the evidence linking lactose intolerance to bone weakness is mixed, according to the National Institutes of Health.

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One study, appearing in a 2014 issue of BMJ, found heavy milk consumption (three or more glasses a day) was associated with a greater risk for bone fractures in women, but not in men. The BMJ study also found a correlation between milk consumption and markers of oxidative stress and inflammation.

All this research dovetails with some online claims—mostly on health blogs—that milk is an acid-producing food, and so could promote inflammation and bone breakdown. (Here are 6 surprising causes of inflammation—and what you can do about it.)

Don’t toss out your dairy just yet...

For one thing, those “milk produces acid” claims are bogus.

Milk actually decreases urinary acid after digestion, according to an American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study. So the idea that milk ups your body’s acid, which in turn harms your bones, doesn’t hold up.

Some experts also question the findings of that BMJ study. To begin with, it suggests only an association between heavy milk consumption and some bone issues. It doesn't prove that drinking milk is the cause of those issues. (Here are 7 things no one tells you about osteoporosis.)

“If you look at the bulk of the literature, most have shown daily dairy intake both improves bone mineral density and prevents loss of bone density over time,” says Shivani Sahni, PhD, director of the nutrition program at Harvard Medical School’s Institute for Aging Research.

Sahni has overseen several studies on dairy consumption and bone health. Along with improving bone mineral density, “dairy consumption also prevents osteoporotic fractures—particularly hip fractures,” she says.

MORE: I Swapped My Almond Milk With Full-Fat Dairy For A Month, And Here's What Happened

Milk may be especially good for the bones of older women, according to a study published this year in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (AJCN). That study found post-menopausal women who consumed dairy every day—the equivalent of 20 ounces of milk, or 10 ounces of yogurt—had significantly stronger bones than women who consumed less dairy.

Strong bones—as well as healthy muscles—require protein and calcium, says that study's author, René Rizzoli, MD, a professor of bone diseases at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. While other foods contain protein and calcium, few can match dairy when it comes to packing these nutrients into an affordable package, he says.

Get a morning protein boost in this yummy banana almond smoothie:

Dairy offers more than just protein and calcium.

While she agrees protein and calcium are important for strong bones—and that dairy is an excellent source of both—Sahni says dairy also contains potassium and magnesium, both of which may also help protect against bone weakness and fractures. (These 4 exercises can also help you strengthen your bones.)

She also mentions the probiotic component of fermented dairy foods like yogurt. “These might affect the [gut] microbiome, and how calcium is absorbed,” she explains. Again, more research is needed. But it’s possible that dairy yogurt may be especially good for your bones.

So how much dairy should you be eating? Assuming you’re not lactose intolerant, Sahni says she supports the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, which recommend three servings—roughly three cups—of dairy per day for adults.

MORE: 10 Dairy-Free Ways To Get Calcium

“There is some controversy—I won’t deny that,” Sahni says. “But looking at all the existing research, I think dairy intake is protective against fractures and bone weakness.”

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10/20/2017 12:00

What home remedies can treat my burn?

Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine News From Medical News Today

Many home remedies are suggested for treating burns, but which ones work? We look at which home remedies can help and which ones should be avoided.

10/20/2017 11:55

Make All Your Boots More Comfortable For $15

Prevention

Nothing beats a good pair of socks. They keep you cool and comfortable and they can save your feet when you insist on owning cute-but-not-very-walkable shoes.

My sock collection is stocked. I own cat socks, fuzzy socks, Christmas socks, running socks, dress socks, soccer socks, and a bunch of others. (They're a great gift, people! These 20 pairs make perfect stocking stuffers.) But after a recent shopping trip to EMS, I found my favorite socks of all. Performance trekking socks from the British company Karrimor.

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Photograph courtesy of Bob Stores

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I've been wearing them into the office all week. Thanks to their extra padding, contoured cushioning, supportive elastic arch, and great moisture-wicking properties, they make all my shoes (and therefore, every commute) more comfortable. But the real bonus is how they've made my super cute but super uncomfortable pair of boots more bearable.

Do this quick test to find out your arch type:

The best part? You can get two pairs for $12.

Sure, the smart thing to do is to simply buy good, supportive shoes. But sometimes fashion trumps sense, so when that happens, save yourself with a pair of hiking socks.

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10/20/2017 11:30

8 Tips For Connecting Physically With Your Partner, Even When You're Angry

Prevention

Every relationship has its share of ups and downs. When disagreements or misunderstandings cause you to become hurt or angry, the intimacy you share with your partner may suffer.

Physical intimacy often takes a hit when you fight with your significant other, especially if you tend to think about sex (or the withholding of sex) as a bargaining tool to resolve issues in your relationship.

Learning how to connect when you’re troubled, hurt, or angry can help defuse negative feelings and lead to greater openness in your relationship. In fact, resolving differences productively without creating distance or impacting your physical relationship can increase feelings of closeness and intimacy and make you that much stronger together.

That all sounds well and good, right? But how do you actually connect physically when you’re feeling hurt or angry? The following strategies can be helpful in resolving relationship conflicts in a productive manner without compromising intimacy.

To know how to make up after a fight, you need communication in order to create a safe space for intimacy and disagreement by doing these 8 things:

1. Establish a mutual commitment to resolving issues.

Let’s face it, conflict can be challenging. Most of us didn’t go to relationship school. We learned our strategies for navigating conflict from watching our parents disagree. 

In the healthiest of homes, your role models may have been screamers and shouters, avoiders, manipulators, or dominators. Or they may have concealed disagreements from you altogether.

In a committed relationship, your inherited conflict-resolution strategies meet your partner’s inherited conflict-resolution strategies. You may spend years figuring out how to develop productive conflict-resolution strategies together. 

MORE: This Is The Single Key to Effective, ZERO-Arguing Communication

Along the way, either or both of you may suffer a lack of trust and confidence that issues will be resolved fairly and equitably.

Establishing a mutual commitment to stick with issues until both of you are satisfied with the outcome creates a safe space to engage in disagreement cooperatively instead of as adversaries. I’m reminded of the lyrics to Prince’s "If I Was Your Girlfriend".

"If I was your one and only friend, would you run to me if somebody hurt you, even if that somebody was me? Yeah, sometimes I trip on how happy we could be."

2. Create a context for physical intimacy.

Sex can serve many purposes in a relationship, from satisfying physical needs to cultivating intimacy and everything in-between. It can also be a barometer for the current temperature of the relationship.

Are we connecting enough? If not, is there something going on? If we’re connecting plenty, does that mean everything is okay?

While sex may signal something about the health of the relationship, where we get into trouble is when we make assumptions about what it’s signaling, and then don’t talk about it. Checking in on the relationship is important, whether the sex is poppin’ or not. 

Further, establishing agreement about what sex means in the context of disagreement can be extremely powerful. Combined with a commitment to resolve issues, mutual agreement that sex does not equal conflict-resolution can create a safe space for physical intimacy in the face of disagreement.

3. Fight fair and listen to one another.

Genuine listening is often the casualty of impassioned emotions, especially when tensions are high. We can become so fixated on advancing our position and advocating for our own needs and perspectives that we forget to really hear our partner

If pressed, we likely could not articulate our partner’s reasons or motivations for asserting their position. Genuine listening can speed the resolution of conflict, but also create greater understanding, and yep, you guessed it, intimacy.

4. Understand each other’s style.

Do you process information verbally? Or are you a quiet thinker? Do you like to approach problems head on? Or do you prefer to conserve emotional energy? 

Each of us navigates the world differently. When tensions are high, we can interpret our partner’s natural tendencies as malicious or contrary. Understanding your style differences can create the capacity for compassion, patience, and cooperation.

Smart couples will set ground rules for arguments to keep confrontations in line. The goal of resolving differences is not to determine who’s right or wrong, but to come up with solutions that work for you both. Ground rules will make it easier for you to connect so you can reach that goal.

MORE: 4 Rules (That ACTUALLY Work) For Couples Who Can’t Stop FIGHTING

5. Don’t jump to conclusions.

Jumping to conclusions and making wrong assumptions will only escalate an argument. Rather than assume the worst, give your sweetie the benefit of the doubt.

If you want to enjoy a happy and healthy union, start with the assumption that your partner loves you and wants what’s best for your relationship. You may not agree on how to achieve that "best" at the time, but positive assumptions will help you find solutions rather than place the blame.

6. Establish solid problem-solving strategies and compromise effectively.

The (power) struggle is real. Though you and your partner love each other, you’re different people with different backgrounds and different approaches to the world. 

No matter how much you have in common, sometimes needs and desires don’t align. However, effective compromise is possible and it doesn’t require sacrificing your needs.  Distinguishing each other’s must-haves from your nice-to-haves can pave the way for creating win-win agreements.

7. Share appreciations.

Have you heard that it’s impossible to stay angry and genuinely smile at the same time? Well, gratitude has a similar effect. Reminding yourself of what you appreciate about your partner, sharing small appreciations with one another in the midst of conflict can create the space for cooperation. 

Darren Hardy, in The Compound Effectshared the impact a year of tracking gratitude had on the quality of his marriage:

"My appreciation, gratitude, and intention to find the best in her was something I held in my heart and eyes each day. This caused me to show up differently in my marriage, which, of course, made her respond differently to me. Soon, I had even more things to write in my ThanksGiving journal!"

It may be more challenging to remind yourself of or express small appreciations for your partner when you’re not seeing eye-to-eye, but is there a time when it’s more worth the effort than in those moments?

MORE: 7 Critical Things Couples With Good Communication Do WAY Differently

8. Hit the pause button.

When you’re building a life together, not all conflict is able to be resolved in one conversation, or one day, or one week, even. Real life has a tendency to throw its fair share of curve balls, some of them quite significant. 

Sometimes, it’s necessary to take a step back, re-examine, re-evaluate, and re-assess before re-engaging. With a mutual commitment to resolving issues, it can be both fair and beneficial to hit the pause button. Agree upon a period of time to table the conversation. Reflect on your feelings, consider what you’re hearing from your partner, and ponder new solutions before continuing the discussion.

Having solid problem-solving strategies will help you both build trust and confidence in your ability to resolve conflict in ways that are satisfying for both of you.

If you’ve been together for a while, you’ve undoubtedly weathered quite a few storms as a couple. That alone shows that you’re in it for the long haul. When faced with tense moments, it’s good to remind yourself that you’re part of a team committed to staying together in good times and in bad.

A satisfying relationship is worth fighting for regardless of how angry you may feel at the moment. Conflicts come and go, but your life will go on. If you keep conflicts in perspective, you’ll realize just how important it is to stay connected and cultivate intimacy rather than distance. Do all you can to protect your future.

Sometimes agreeing to disagree and dropping an issue will defuse a disagreement. Other times, you may need to compromise in order to find common ground. Look for areas you can agree on and work together to resolve personal differences in your life. Consider all sides of the equation and focus on what really counts.

By keeping mind, body and spirit connected, and the lines of communication open between you at all times, you’ll have a happier, more fulfilling relationship that can weather any storm and stand the test of time.

Tanya Finks is the dating and relationship coach and sex educator at Intimate Explorations. To enrich, enliven, invigorate or re-engage physical intimacy in your relationship, get free immediate download access to Gettin' Physical today. You can also learn more about the full lineup of exciting sex and intimacy courses.

The article "8 Tips For Connecting Physically With Your Partner, Even When You're Angry" originally appeared on YourTango.com.

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10/20/2017 11:00

Five ways to cope with PTSD

Complementary Medicine / Alternative Medicine News From Medical News Today

What are some helpful ways of coping with PTSD symptoms? In this article we take a closer look at emerging strategies and effective techniques.

10/20/2017 05:00

Rural Hospice That Spurns Federal Funds Has Offered Free Care for 40 Years

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The founder of a tiny Washington state hospice that depends on community volunteers and donations says the unconventional approach allows for more flexible care.

10/19/2017 16:49

How Your Diet Can Make Your Psoriasis Symptoms Worse—And What To Do About It

Prevention

Psoriasis is a chronic, autoimmune skin disease that causes skin cells to build up rapidly, resulting in redness, scaling, itchiness, dry skin, and pain. These patches of inflamed skin are known as psoriasis lesions. They can appear anywhere on the surface of the body, though most often they show up on the scalp, knees, and elbows. Like the other autoimmune conditions, the causes of psoriasis aren’t entirely clear but experts believe a combination of genetic predisposition and environmental trigger is in play.

Psoriasis can have a profound negative impact on quality of life not only because of its physical symptoms but also because lesions can be disfiguring. In a review of over 500 psoriasis patients, 73% reported that they felt stigmatized in some way because of their appearance. Psoriasis patients also report higher levels of anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts than the general population, and the worse the severity of their psoriasis, the greater the burden on self-esteem, body image, psychological health, social life, and overall quality of life.

(Halt chronic inflammation and ease symptoms of more than 45 diseases with the natural plan in The Whole Body Cure.)

Sadly, the emotional toll of psoriasis is only one aspect of its challenges. Psoriasis patients are also at greater risk of additional autoimmune illnesses, including rheumatoid arthritis, another form of arthritis known as psoriatic arthritis, and inflammatory bowel disease. But on top of it all, the risk of yet another autoimmune condition, celiac disease, is especially severe. Research suggests that having psoriasis roughly doubles the odds of being diagnosed with celiac disease. (Another study found the converse to be true, too: Having celiac disease significantly raises the risk of developing psoriasis.)

On a happier note, one study found that 42% of psoriasis in patients with celiac disease could be attributed to the underlying celiac disease, suggesting that for psoriasis patients with a gluten sensitivity, adopting a gluten-free diet may improve psoriasis symptoms. This is yet another instance of the healing power of eating for your particular body and your particular health profile. Many foods have different effects on different people. Use this knowledge to heal, rather than harm. (Do you have an anti-inflammatory diet? Here's why you should.)

Another way people with psoriasis may better control their symptoms is to lose any extra weight. That’s right—losing weight can improve your psoriasis and improve how you respond to medications. In one study, 60 obese patients with psoriasis were divided into either a weight loss group that ate 800 to 1,000 calories a day for 8 weeks, followed by 8 weeks of no more than 1,200 calories a day, or a control group. After 16 weeks, the weight loss group lost an average of nearly 34 pounds, compared to less than 1 pound in the control group. Those in the intervention group also experienced an average change of −2.3 points in their Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI) scores, a standard assessment of psoriasis activity, as opposed to just −0.3 in the control group. Researchers also noted that the greatest reduction in psoriasis severity occurred in the first half of the study, when the greatest weight loss occurred.

(Psst! Take back control of your health with these clean eating recipes and weight loss tips—all approved by doctors and Prevention editors.)

Researchers later conducted a follow-up study of this same group to observe the long-term effects of weight reduction, following the participants for an additional 48 weeks. Of the 32 people who completed the full course, average weight loss compared to original weight was just over 22 pounds and PASI scores were 2.9 points lower compared to the baseline. According to these results, long-term weight loss appears to keep psoriasis severity down for the long term.

Psoriasis is also associated with an increased risk of metabolic syndrome, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes—conditions that help explain why psoriasis is strongly associated with a higher risk of heart attack and stroke. The association is so strong, in fact, that psoriasis is now classified as an independent risk factor for heart disease, as dangerous as smoking, excess weight, and diabetes.

What’s going on here? All of the coexisting conditions in psoriasis, from depression to celiac disease to cardiovascular illness, are linked by chronic inflammation. In study after study, researchers have observed that people with celiac disease and psoriasis also display signs of a leaky gut (intestinal permeability) brought about by inflammation. Obesity alone promotes a chronic inflammatory state and can lead to metabolic syndrome, as fat cells continually release a special type of cytokine known as adipokines and affect levels of leptin, the hormone that plays a role in controlling hunger.

MORE: This Woman’s Journey Of Recovery From Chronic Inflammation Will Inspire You Today

It seems that psoriasis is associated with inflammation above and beyond other heart disease risk factors, and the worse the psoriasis, the worse the inflammation. Once you add depression into the mix (and remember, psoriasis patients have a higher risk of depression), the risk of heart disease rises. Psoriasis patients with a history of depression have higher inflammation and more plaque deposits in their arteries than those with no depression.

As inflammation is the common factor behind all these complications, taking measures to lower chronic inflammation can improve psoriasis symptoms and its complications. To this end, the National Psoriasis Foundation recommends an anti-inflammatory diet. Drawing on the principles of anti-inflammatory eating, below are some general guidelines to follow.

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Food for psoriasis symptoms
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Foods to Avoid:

  • Fatty red meats
  • Dairy products
  • Processed foods (processed meats, bakery items, convenience foods, etc.)
  • Refined sugars
  • Nightshades (such as peppers, white potatoes, eggplants, and tomatoes, as some people have found that these foods can trigger flares)

MORE: I Stopped Eating Eggs For 2 Weeks, And Here's What Happened

Foods to Enjoy:

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables (organic is best to avoid pesticides)
  • Dark leafy greens (collards, broccoli, broccoli rabe, kale, spinach, bok choy, turnip greens, mustard greens, arugula, Swiss or rainbow chard, watercress, cabbage, and chicory)
  • Foods containing vitamin D: fortified beverages (dairy or plant milks, orange juice), mushrooms, eggs, fish, and fish oil
  • Calcium-rich foods (but make sure to avoid food triggers)
  • Foods that are rich in omega-3s: salmon, mackerel, herring, albacore tuna, walnuts, walnut oil, flaxseeds, flaxseed oil, olive oil, and pumpkin seeds
  • Probiotic-rich foods: fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, buttermilk, and kefir
  • Spices with an anti-inflammatory effect: turmeric, ginger, garlic, and black pepper

This article is adapted from The Whole Body Cure. The breakthrough program teaches you how to fight inflammation to prevent and reverse disease, eliminate pain, and lose weight for good.

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10/19/2017 16:38

I Tried The kGoal Kegel Exerciser And Here's How It Impacted My Sex Life

Prevention

I first heard about the importance of a strong pelvic floor back in college, when a particularly zealous college aerobics teacher advised me and my young classmates to consistently work it out if we wanted to “keep things tight” well into the future. We smiled, nodded, and gave her collective side-eye.

Now, at the age of 40, I understand exactly what that wise, leotard-wearing prophet was talking about. After two kids and four decades of life, things down there just aren’t what they used to be. Once the master of “holding it,” I now run to the bathroom more frequently. My workout of choice, a barre class on trampolines, requires multiple trips to the loo—quite the pain in my pliés. And while sex is still plenty enjoyable, I realized that I probably wouldn't be having bladder problems if my pelvic floor was in top form. Would sex get better if those muscles got stronger?

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Sure, I had heard about Kegels, but figuring out what, exactly, to do was a different story. Plus, this is 2017 and everything can be made more target-specific with a tech gadget, right?

Enter the kGoal Kegel Exerciser. Minna Life, the company that manufactures the product, describes it on their website as “the world’s smartest Kegel exerciser.” After testing it for two weeks, I believe it.

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I have to admit, when the device arrived, I realized I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I don’t consider myself prudish, but I’ve never used a vibrator and the idea of sticking a Bluetooth-enabled foreign object into my vagina was a little daunting.

But I did it. And that’s when things got really interesting.

When the kGoal folks say they’re making pelvic floor exercise fun, they mean it. Once you link your device to the correlating app, there are three different types of “workouts” from which to choose. I decided to start with the one called “Bricks,” and, to this day, it remains my favorite.

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While it’s definitely a workout, it plays more like a video game. I began to feel as though I was playing Pong on an old Atari... except instead of using my hands to operate a joystick, I was clenching my pelvic floor muscles around the kGoal to move the “base” in the game from side to side in an effort to score points.

I’m incredibly competitive, and this appealed to that part of my personality. Still, it felt a little awkward, and I shooed my husband out of the room whenever I was “working out.”

The other two workouts—Shape Shift and Moving Target—were okay, but didn’t inspire the same sense of nostalgia or competitiveness as Bricks.

I set my goal on the app to work out three times a week, but later upped it to five because I was determined to see results quickly. Plus, I really wanted to increase my score in Bricks. (Did I mention I'm seriously competitive?)

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The results are in

As a pretty impatient person, I wanted to see how each workout might heighten pleasure during sex, so my husband and I had a lot more of it during the two weeks I diligently exercised my pelvic floor muscles. We’re the parents of two small kids, so finding a time when they’re not crawling into our bed or liable to walk in on us is tough. But since I was a woman on a mission, I found the time (and made more frequent use of the lock on our bedroom door).

The result was a happier husband and a more relaxed me. But I can’t say that sex necessarily felt any different, because it didn’t. In fairness, kGoal says women who worked out with the device reported significant improvements after six weeks, so I might need to give it more time. (Another way to improve your sex life: a couples vibrator. Here's what happened when one writer tried it with her husband.)

On the plus side, I am happy to report that during my two most recent trampoline classes I didn’t have to stop for a bathroom break once, which was great. No one wants to feel like they don’t have control of their body.

MORE: 7 Exercises Your Leaky Bladder Wants You To Do

The bladder issue alone is enough to make me continue working out with kGoal, although I’ll probably dial back the number of times a week I engage in the exercises. If this is what it takes to keep my pelvic floor muscles perky, I’m willing to try.

That college aerobics teacher would be proud.

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10/19/2017 16:11

2 Out Of 3 Women Will Develop This Condition They're Too Embarrassed To Talk About

Prevention

After Ellen* had a hysterectomy in her mid-20s, her doctor started her on estrogen. About 30 years later, when she was in her 50s (and past the point when menopause would normally occur), she was advised to stop taking the medication. Soon after, "everything fell out," she says. “One day there was a bulge coming out of my vagina... it felt like it was a golf ball.”

While needing a hysterectomy at such a young age is unusual, the experience of feeling like your insides are not where they belong is, unfortunately, rather common. It's called pelvic organ prolapse (POP), and two out of three women will experience it in their lifetime, according to ob-gyn Susan Hendrix, DO, who practices in Michigan.

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Pelvic organ prolapse means that one of the organs near the vagina and uterus “herniate into the vaginal space,” according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). There are three kinds: cystocele, when the bladder bulges into the vagina; rectocele, when the rectum bulges into the vagina; or enterocele, when the small intestines push the uterus into the vagina.

Hendrix says prolapse is so common because in order for women to have children, they have a large hole in their pelvic floor. “Any time you have an opening and your entire abdominal content sits on that opening, pushing down, gravity alone will do its work,” she explains. “On top of that, pregnancy creates a lot of damage to the tissues, and allows things to fall.”

MORE: 5 Kegel Exercise Mistakes You're Probably Making

Certified nurse-midwife Chloë Lubell, who writes the popular advice column “The Midwife is In,” says part of the reason prolapse is such a frequent problem is because, at least in the United States, pregnancy care is primarily focused on the baby. “The birth parent's mental and physical health is often ignored during the process unless it's directly related to improving the baby's outcomes,” Lubell says. “After the baby is born, the birth parent only has one or two (if they're lucky) more appointments with their ob-gyn provider.”

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Lubell adds that in other countries, such as France, “pelvic floor health is incorporated into the postpartum care regimen, significantly decreasing the number of people suffering from incontinence or prolapse.” Other countries also tend to offer longer maternity leaves, which allows mothers more time to heal and support their bodies after the stress of giving birth. (This woman became a first-time mom after 50, and shares her inspiring story.)

Getting Help

A variety of treatments are available, but step one is to see your doctor—and many women are too embarrassed to do so. “Often times they let this go and they won’t tell anybody until it gets so terrible that they are forced to go and do something,” Hendrix says. You shouldn't have to feel that way: The sooner you speak up, the sooner you'll get help. (Here are 7 things your gynecologist won't tell you...but really wants to.)

Once you do talk to your gynecologist (or, even better, a urogynecologist), you can discuss possible remedies, which range from conservative exercises to major surgery. “If a patient is very aware that something is protruding, and she feels like she's sitting on an egg or has irritation from those areas rubbing in her underwear, obviously she's going to be more inclined to have some kind of [surgical] repair,” Hendrix says.

Your options may include:

  • Pelvic floor therapy. This involves strengthening the three major muscles of the pelvic floor, which wrap around the bladder, rectum, and the vagina. An expert will instruct you on how to contract and relax those muscles, usually while using biofeedback provided by a probe that goes into the vagina and/or rectum. “If the prolapse is mild, this might improve your muscle strength enough to prevent the need for surgery," says Hendrix. (Try these 6 easy exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor.)
  • Hormones. If you're postmenopausal and vaginal atrophy is the main issue, using estrogen (local, like via a cream or insert, or systemic, perhaps by taking a pill), might help.
  • Pessary. A plastic device shaped like a ring or doughnut, a pessary helps prop up your organs, such as a uterus that's in the wrong position. You place it into your vagina yourself and remove it for cleaning.
  • Transvaginal mesh. Many women have had a procedure in which a piece of mesh is implanted and used to support a weakened vaginal wall. The (major) catch is that many women have had complications, and this procedure was re-classified as high risk by the FDA for treatment of POP. Currently there are tens of thousands of women suing the manufacturers of the products, so this is unlikely to be your best bet.
  • Hysteropexy. This surgical procedure that involves lifting up the uterus and attaching it back in place is rarely done, says Hendrix, and ACOG warns that there's limited evidence about its safety and efficacy. That said, a study in BMC Women’s Health found that hysteropexy is just as effective and safer than a hysterectomy for prolapse.
  • Hysterectomy. "For some women hysterectomy is a big relief,” says Cindy Pearson, executive director of the National Women’s Health Network, a consumer health advocacy group. But Pearson says hysterectomy is badly overused in the U.S. “Unless women have really disabling symptoms, their surgeon should be encouraging them to try something less invasive first.” (Here are 9 things no one ever tells you about getting a hysterectomy.) Lubell also warns that this drastic procedure in which the uterus is removed might not even solve your prolapse problem. "Hysterectomy does not in fact help with pelvic organ prolapse, since other organs will just fall into that space,” she says.

More research about prolapse is needed, but fortunately the field of urogynecology (a sub-specialty of obstetrics and gynecology) is expanding rapidly. “There are new fellowships and a certification process has just been instituted in the last couple of years,” Hendrix says. That means there are more people that are highly trained doing research about the causes of these problems and what will be most effective in repairing them. “It’s an exciting time for women because we’re getting a lot more information about these conditions,” she says.

*Name has been changed

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10/19/2017 14:34

For Novelist John Green, OCD Is Like An 'Invasive Weed' Inside His Mind

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"It starts out with one little thought, and then slowly that becomes the only thought that you're able to have," Green says. His new novel, Turtles All The Way Down, is about a teenage girl with OCD.

10/19/2017 13:45

The Diet Change That Helped Me Lower My Cholesterol And Lose My Chronic Dry Cough For Good

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Terry Lipp, age 58, was experiencing mental fatigue and constant dry cough before she tried The Whole Body Cure, which is designed to reverse chronic inflammation. Since trying the plan, she not only fixed those issues, but also lost 22 pounds, reduced her total cholesterol by 42 points to normal range, and reduced her blood pressure from stage 1 hypertension to normal range. Here, she tells her story.

When I joined the test panel for The Whole Body Cure, an anti-inflammatory eating plan, I was at a point where I needed a jump start to get me back on track. I have a young granddaughter, and I want to see her grow up.

During those first 2 weeks, I felt fabulous and was never hungry. You don’t think fruits and vegetables will fill you up, but they do. Honestly, I think that was when I felt best, just eating the fruits and vegetables—I could potentially become a vegetarian. The hardest part during that time was going out to dinner, but I found that restaurants could accommodate my requests. We went to an Italian restaurant, but I saw they could steam vegetables or sauté them in olive oil, so I asked them to bring a vegetable plate. They did, and it was gorgeous. At first my friends and family couldn’t understand why I wasn’t eating garlic bread or a big bowl of pasta. But pretty soon nobody was questioning it because they could see the results. (Do you have an anti-inflammatory diet? Here's why you should.)

I lost 22 pounds and 15 1⁄2 inches on the plan, and my total cholesterol plummeted from 212 to 170. My glucose level dropped 9 points, and my CRP level went from 3.4 to 0.2. I also definitely feel mentally sharper. I have a lot of multitasking to do at my job, and I found that it just came easier to me. I’m a type A personality, a go-getter whose energy level was already at a 9, but it was definitely a 10 by the end of the 12 weeks. And as far as digestive function goes, I’ve never been so regular or felt so good.

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The other dramatic difference I experienced was with allergies. For years I had a constant dry cough—it was so bad my kids used to joke that I sounded like I had TB. Then during the second week, my husband and I both noticed that I hadn’t been coughing. When I reintroduced beef, however, the cough came back. I coughed all 3 days we tested beef, but when I eliminated it, the cough went away. There was just too much of a connection there to be a coincidence! Since then I’ve had almost no beef, the cough hasn’t returned, and my husband says I no longer snore, too.

I had such good results on the plan that I told Dr. Kirshner and his staff I could be their poster girl! It’s led me to make some permanent lifestyle changes. I’ve eliminated gluten, for instance. I don’t eat any bread at all, actually, and I’ve eliminated dairy. I drink black coffee now. I used to love ice cream, but I haven’t had it once. That’s one of the most interesting things to me: I don’t even have a desire for those foods anymore. I’m Italian, and I thought I’d really miss bread and pasta—not to mention ice cream and wine. But I don’t miss any of it. A glass of wine in the evening was a stress reliever after work, but I found my stress level was better when I was eating healthier. My drinking is almost nonexistent now. (Take back control of your health with these clean eating recipes and weight loss tips—all approved by doctors and Prevention editors!)

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You do have to prepare and plan ahead because you can’t grab the quick snacks you were used to. I made sure I always had healthy stuff in the house to grab and snack on. I roasted miniature carrots and kept those as a snack instead of pretzels or potato chips. Overall I got way more creative with my cooking. One of my new favorites is peas with sautéed mushrooms and onions, and I learned to roast just about any vegetable in olive oil and season it with kosher salt and black pepper. Simple and delicious. That’s one of the things I would tell people: Be open to trying new things, and learn from other people’s cooking ideas. Be open to the overall program, too. It may sound a little daunting in the beginning, but just give it a try. It can be done, and it really brings major health benefits.

Terry's Tip

Buy less produce than you’re used to. If it’s organic and has no preservatives, as it should be, it doesn’t last as long. At first I bought too much, and some of it spoiled because I didn’t eat it fast enough. But I learned to adjust, and I found this to be a cost-saving measure.

This article is adapted from The Whole Body Cure. The breakthrough program teaches you how to fight inflammation to prevent and reverse disease, eliminate pain, and lose weight for good.

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10/19/2017 10:16

7 People Who Overcame Severe Eczema Share Their Steroid-Free Solutions

Prevention

About 31 million Americans live with eczema, a condition that makes skin red, inflamed, and sometimes unbearably itchy. Thought to be caused by an overactive immune system, the triggers of eczema can be endless—from stress and hormonal changes to ingredients in certain soaps and perfumes. And once your eczema starts to rage, getting it to stop can be tough.

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While topical steroids sometimes help, they come with plenty of side effects (like thinning skin, stretch marks, and discoloration). Luckily, there are a wide range of other solutions that work just as well or even better. Read on to hear how 7 serious eczema sufferers finally found relief.

White vinegar soak

“If my eczema flare-up is on my legs, I’ll pour a cup of white vinegar in a lukewarm tub of water and soak for about 15-20 minutes. If my face is affected, I’ll soak a washcloth in lukewarm water and vinegar and press it to my face several times. Either way, I follow up with Cetaphil lotion or cream. A dermatologist told me about using vinegar when I was first diagnosed with eczema, and I’ve continued the practice because it always takes the itch away.” —Conchetta, 57, Chicago, IL

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A careful regimen

“People who've never had eczema don't truly understand the emotional impact it can have. But I haven't had a flare-up in two years, thanks to a regimen I created: Every day, I apply virgin coconut oil to my entire body, and every 3 to 4 days I use Neutrogena Daily Control 2in1 Dandruff Shampoo Plus Conditioner as a body wash. [It contains the active ingredient pyrithione zinc.] Now my confidence is better than ever, and I can do simple things like go to the beach without fear of embarrassment.” —Jonathan, 39, Sarasota, FL

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The right moisturizer

“Without a proper skincare routine, my skin can easily become super-dry to the point of scaling and cracking—especially during the winter! My biggest tip is to keep your skin hydrated. But be mindful of the products you use. Just because a moisturizer says it's 'organic' or 'healing,' doesn't mean it will be good for your skin. I make an effort to avoid products with sodium laureth sulfate, witch hazel, alcohol, parabens, and those that have 'fragrance' listed high on the ingredients list.” —Michael, 25, San Diego, CA

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A special wrap

“My sons and I all get eczema, and it's really bad on our elbows. Last year, I discovered 'wet therapy,' which involves applying a lotion followed by a special 'sleeve' wrap [like this one], and then you wet the sleeve with cold water to make it damp. I was very skeptical, but the results were amazing! I tried it on myself and my sons before bed, and within 5 days our eczema was gone. Nothing else we've tried has ever worked, not even creams that were prescribed by their pediatrician.” —Shannon, 43, Lake Ariel, PA

Catching rays

“After giving birth to my son (who’s almost 4), then my daughter (almost 2), I had disastrous-looking eczema on my legs. I couldn't wear skirts or shorts without major stares, or someone asking ‘What's wrong with your legs?’ I hate to say it, but the only thing that worked was using tanning booth for 5 minutes, 3 days a week. When I was inside the booth, I covered my face and body with towels and only exposed my legs—and my rashes vanished almost completely within 6 weeks. When I confessed this to my doctor, she nodded her head and told me it was OK as long as I didn't stay in it too long, and that UV exposure often helps eczema. Spending time in the sun outdoors works too, but you might have to stay out in the rays a bit longer. To keep the results up, I also smear my legs with a thick layer of moisturizer at least once a day.” —Suzanne, 39, Montreal

MORE: 7 Ways To Prevent Skin Cancer That Aren't Sunscreen Or A Hat

Bleach bath

“I know it sounds crazy, but when I have a particularly bad flare-up, a bleach bath helps. My dermatologist recommended it. I use a half-cup of household bleach for a full tub of water or one-quarter cup for a half tub. I soak up to 10 minutes, then rinse off. I also go for weekly excimer laser treatments. They help reduce itchiness and get rid of scarring.” —Monica, 25, New York, NY

A trigger-free diet

“Most of my eczema results from my many food allergies. Gluten, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and other foods trigger rashes and lesions for me, so I now avoid them. Soaps with perfume also irritate my skin and cause eczema, so I use very mild soaps that have no fragrance. Also, if I swim in chlorinated water, my eczema flares up, so I swim in lakes and pools that don't use chlorine." —Janet, 68, Portage, MI

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10/19/2017 10:00

What are the best essential oils for sunburn?

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We look at the eight best essential oils for sunburn. Included is information on what the scientific studies say, and the side effects to be aware of.

10/19/2017 10:00

Pickleball For All: The Cross-Generational Power Of Play

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A fun and social game at any age, pickleball is giving older adults — and their middle-aged kids — an extended lease on the benefits of team sports.

10/19/2017 06:00

What are the benefits of cryotherapy?

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We look at the benefits of cryotherapy including weight loss, inflammation reduction, and the possibility of it preventing dementia. Learn more here.

10/19/2017 05:01

Administration Sends Mixed Signals On State Health Insurance Waivers

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When states applied for waivers from Obamacare rules to reduce premiums and strengthen their insurance markets, they didn't get the answers they wanted, prompting some to suggest a conspiracy.

10/18/2017 13:49

Diabetes Technology Moves Closer To Making Life Easier For Patients

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While the technology is moving rapidly, insurance, regulatory, and supply challenges make it harder for patients to quickly access the latest medical advances to manage their condition.

10/18/2017 05:00

Drug Companies Make Eyedrops Too Big, And You Pay For The Waste

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When eyedrops dribble down your face, it's not your fault. Drugmakers have long known that their drops of medicine exceed the capacity of the human eye. Why didn't companies make the drops smaller?

10/17/2017 17:31

Trump Warns Against 'Bailouts' For Insurance Companies In Bipartisan Health Care Deal

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The deal from the Republican and Democratic leaders of the Senate health committee is aimed at stabilizing insurance markets. The president had encouraged the short-term fix on Tuesday.

10/17/2017 16:59

Scientists Push To House More Lab Monkeys In Pairs

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Enhancing a research monkey's life by housing it with a pal often doesn't hurt the study, says a researcher who's done it. In her own experience, she says, "it actually helped to improve the science."

10/17/2017 11:04

Search Of DNA In Dogs, Mice And People Finds 4 Genes Linked To OCD

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Scientists looking for genetic factors behind obsessive compulsive disorder looked for clues in the DNA of humans and two animal species. Genes active in a particular brain circuit emerged.

10/17/2017 08:00

What is graviola and how is it used?

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Graviola is hailed as a wonder herb, but does it live up to its hype? What are the health benefits? Here's what the research has to say.

10/17/2017 05:00

If You Want An IUD, Take Note Of Trump's New Birth Control Policy

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Some employers may now opt to claim a religious or moral exemption when it comes to paying for birth control, and women could end up sharing the cost with employers that scale back coverage.

10/16/2017 15:04

Sleep Scientist Warns Against Walking Through Life 'In An Underslept State'

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"Human beings are the only species that deliberately deprive themselves of sleep for no apparent gain," says sleep scientist Matthew Walker. His new book is Why We Sleep.

10/16/2017 13:56

Studies Skewed By Focus On Well-Off, Educated Brains

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What does a "normal" brain look like? Something a lot different when researchers make sure that study participants reflect the race, education and income levels of the U.S. at large.

10/15/2017 05:00

Ketone salts: Do they really improve athletic performance?

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A new study investigates whether ketone salt nutritional supplements do more harm than good when it comes to athletic performance.

10/11/2017 12:00

What are the health benefits of butterbur?

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This article explores the different uses and health benefits of butterbur. It is most commonly used to treat migraines and hay fever. Learn more.

10/11/2017 10:00

Could tai chi encourage more patients to take up cardiac rehab?

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Tai chi did not raise aerobic fitness, but it increased physical activity, was liked, and was adhered to by heart patients who refused conventional rehab.

10/10/2017 06:00

How can home remedies get rid of my old scar?

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Can home remedies be used to reduce or remove old scars? We look at the evidence, along with information about different types of scars and prevention.

10/09/2017 12:00

Five benefits of fennel tea

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Fennel tea is popular for its health benefits. We look at the benefits of fennel tea, including what the scientific studies say, and the traditional uses.

10/08/2017 06:00

Nine health benefits of turmeric tea

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Turmeric is a popular spice that has been used as a remedy for thousands of years in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine. Learn about the health benefits.

10/07/2017 03:00

Kombucha: Eight potential health benefits

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We look at the possible health benefits of kombucha in detail, including mental health, weight loss, and liver health. Learn more.

10/05/2017 12:00

Rhodiola rosea: Benefits, side effects, and dosage

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Learn about the possible uses for Rhodiola rosea, an herb that has been used in medicine for centuries. We look at the evidence for the suggested benefits.

10/05/2017 09:00

Can CBD oil help anxiety? What you need to know

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Cannabidiol oil (CBD oil) is a compound derived from cannabis plants that may help people with anxiety reduce their symptoms. We look at the research.

10/05/2017 03:00

Does acupuncture for diabetes work?

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Acupuncture has many uses, but does it work for diabetes? We look what acupuncture is, as well as the risks and benefits of acupuncture for diabetes.

10/03/2017 12:00

Soap for psoriasis: All you need to know

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What are the important considerations when choosing a soap for psoriasis? We look at the types of soaps available for psoriasis, and their uses.

10/03/2017 03:00

Lectin-free diet: Is it good or bad?

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What are lectins and what is the lectin-free diet? Learn about its proposed benefits, what foods to eat and avoid, and what the evidence says about it.

10/02/2017 12:00

Monolaurin: Benefits, dosage, and side effects

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Learn all about monolaurin, a chemical that appears to have antibacterial properties. We look at possible benefits, risks, and uses.

10/01/2017 06:00

Period bloating: Seven tips for relief

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Period bloating can be uncomfortable and may affect self-confidence. We look at treatments and lifestyle changes to help relieve this common PMS symptom.

09/30/2017 03:00

The A positive (and A negative) blood type diet

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New diets focusing on blood type have found numerous supporters. Learn about the A positive and negative blood type diet, and its supposed health benefits.

09/29/2017 06:00

Five home remedies for athlete's foot

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Athlete's foot is a common problem, but can it be cured with home remedies? Also learn about why people get athlete’s foot and how to prevent it.

09/29/2017 03:00

Meditation may help to lower heart disease risk

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The AHA conclude that meditation may be useful to help lower the risk of heart disease, but that it should be used with other heart-healthy interventions.

09/28/2017 12:00

Melatonin and alcohol: Are they safe to mix?

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Are melatonin and alcohol safe to mix? We answer the question and provide more information on the interactions to be aware of with the two substances.

06/06/2017 09:37

5 Father's Day Gift Ideas for Food-Loving Dads Everywhere

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A good bottle of red wine, a perfectly cooked steak and a lot of laughter—this is my dad's request for Father's Day gift ideas. In addition, I've found a few other Father's Day gift ideas any food-loving dad would be happy to receive.

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05/24/2017 11:29

Bobbi Brown's Top 10 Superfoods for Beauty and the Fun Way She Eats Them

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Basic Beauty Bowl

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I have always believed that beauty starts from the inside out. Your health shows on your face, in your skin, in how you move your body and how your mind feels. When you feel good, you look good and are more confident in your own skin.

05/22/2017 15:55

4 Foolproof Tips to Make Healthy Veggie Chips at Home

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Sweet Potato Chips

We've all been there: caught with our hand at the bottom of a chip bag that is somehow now empty. We promised ourselves just a few, but what happened?

05/22/2017 15:24

The Easy Frozen Yogurt Dessert You'll Be Eating All Summer Long

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05/18/2017 10:44

These Coconut Fruit Bowls Are Trending on Pinterest and We're Obsessed

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Move over, pineapple bowls, there's a new (healthy) stuffed shell taking over and we're just as obsessed as everyone else on social media. Coconut fruit bowls—aka halved coconuts filled with yummy smoothies, fruit or a combo of both—are sweeping Pinterest and why wouldn't they be?

05/11/2017 13:27

4 Ideas for Using Herbs You Probably Haven't Thought Of

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Here's how I know I'm in the right place: The sun yawns across my back as I reach for another bouquet of aromatic mint, basil, rosemary, lavender. I bury my face in their leaves and buds. Scent envelops me, a suggestion of the soup, pesto, juice, body scrub to come.

05/11/2017 11:36

4 Tips for Building the Perfect Mason Jar Salad

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Mason Jar Salad

I'm always looking for healthy lunch ideas that I can make ahead and bring to work. I've gone through the sandwich phase, the soup phase and, of course, the not-so-healthy takeout phase. But lately, I've been on a new kick.

05/09/2017 15:55

We ❤ Vegetables—and We Want You To Love Them As Much As We Do!

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Grilled Summer Vegetables

My no-fuss answer to cooking up the haul from the farmers' market: Toss vegetables with olive oil, salt and pepper. Grill until crisp-tender. Drizzle with vinaigrette made with minced shallot and plenty of fresh herbs. Pile leftovers on crusty baguette with melted fontina or fresh mozzarella for lunch the next day.

05/05/2017 15:22

A Food-Lover's Mother's Day Gift Guide

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Figuring out what to give my mom for a Mother's Day gift used to be easy. When I lived close to her, I'd always cook up one of her favorites—black-and-white cookies, a roast chicken and risotto, homemade cheese crackers—then grab a card, arrange some flowers and call it a day. But ever since moving 800 miles from home, I find I need to do a little more planning. Since she loves to cook and eat as much as I do, here are a few of my favorite food-related gifts that I think any mom will enjoy.

04/21/2017 15:02

The Salad Trend You Didn't Know You Needed

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05/30/2013 19:03

Probiotics can prevent dangerous diarrhea

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Probiotics — those products that promise to replenish your gut’s 'healthy' microbes — do seem to help prevent dangerous diarrhea, researchers reported on Thursday.Probiotics — those products that promise to replenish your gut’s 'healthy' microbes — do seem to help prevent dangerous diarrhea, researchers reported on Thursday.


05/24/2013 15:30

People think they're eating less than they are

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People may realize that fast food isn’t health food, but they don’t realize just how fattening it really is, researchers report. They surveyed people eating at 10 burger, chicken, sandwich and doughnut chains and found they greatly underestimated just how much they were chowing down.People may realize that fast food isn’t health food, but they don’t realize just how fattening it really is, researchers report. They surveyed people eating at 10 burger, chicken, sandwich and doughnut chains and found they greatly underestimated just how much they were chowing down.


05/14/2013 12:07

Report questioning salt guidelines riles heart experts

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An unusual medical brawl erupted on Tuesday when the influential Institute of Medicine issued a report questioning the basis of years of advice for Americans to cut their salt intake in half.

05/07/2013 17:05

Chris Christie's weight-loss procedure doesn't always work

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie revealed that he's had gastric-band weight-loss surgery, which experts say has the least amount of short-term risk but also yields the least amount of weight loss.New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie revealed that he's had gastric-band weight-loss surgery, which experts say has the least amount of short-term risk but also yields the least amount of weight loss.


04/29/2013 18:53

Caffeinated gum raises health buzz

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A new line of caffeinated chewing gum is causing jitters among health advocates and prompting federal officials to take a new look at the proliferation of jolt-infused foods, including those marketed to children and teens.A new line of caffeinated chewing gum is causing jitters among health advocates and prompting federal officials to take a new look at the proliferation of jolt-infused foods, including those marketed to children and teens.


03/11/2013 15:24

Dr. Oz's tips for losing those last 10 pounds

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Stress, the slowing of metabolism of middle age, and hormone changes after having a baby are three main reasons why many people see the numbers on the scale going up. Dr. Mehmet Oz shares tips on how to shed those final 10 pounds. Stress, the slowing of metabolism of middle age, and hormone changes after having a baby are three main reasons why many people see the numbers on the scale going up. Dr. Mehmet Oz shares tips on how to shed those final 10 pounds.


02/28/2013 19:43

How First Lady won over Miss. on school lunches

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Despite its deeply red political leanings, it was Mississippi that early on embraced the first lady’s ideas about healthy food, and was the site where Mrs. Obama kicked off a two day, three-city tour touting the three-year anniversary of her “Let’s Move” initiative, which encourages kids to get and stay fit.

02/22/2013 16:40

Why snacking at night is bad for you

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Eating that bowl of Cocoa Puffs at night may be much worse than having it in the morning. The body tends to turn more of that food into fat at night, while turning it into fuel during the day, new research suggests.

02/14/2013 17:47

High-glycemic foods tied to diabetes risk

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People who eat a lot of low-fiber and processed foods that quickly spike blood sugars may, not surprisingly, have a significantly higher risk of the most common form of diabetes, according to a new study.

02/01/2013 12:34

New rules would make school snacks healthier

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The government for the first time is proposing broad new standards to make school snacks healthier, a move that would ban the sale of almost all candy, high-calorie sports drinks and greasy foods on campus.

01/24/2013 18:48

Yogurt lovers have better diets

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People who like yogurt may enjoy a better-balanced diet and get more key nutrients than people who never eat the cultured dairy product, new research shows.

01/23/2013 19:40

Fat-shaming may curb obesity, bioethicist says

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Unhappy with the slow pace efforts to curb America’s obesity epidemic, a prominent bioethicist is proposing an “edgier strategy” to promote weight loss: more social stigma. But others disagree sharply with Daniel Callahan of the Hastings Center. Unhappy with the slow pace efforts to curb America’s obesity epidemic, a prominent bioethicist is proposing an “edgier strategy” to promote weight loss: more social stigma. But others disagree sharply with Daniel Callahan of the Hastings Center.


12/06/2012 19:16

Forget diets: Cutting fat keeps you slim

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Swapping fatty foods for low-fat alternatives will keep you slim - and now there's World Health Organization-backed research to prove it.

11/25/2012 12:49

8 sneaky ways to avoid holiday pounds

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Trying to lose those pesky 10 pounds you gained on summer vacation or wondering how to prevent packing them on over the holidays? New research shows it can be done, 100 calories at a time. Trying to lose those pesky 10 pounds you gained on summer vacation or wondering how to prevent packing them on over the holidays? New research shows it can be done, 100 calories at a time.


11/16/2012 15:47

Even top nutritionists mourn the end of Twinkies

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Ok, admit it. With the threat that Hostess Brands could really go out of business, you are seriously considering a run to the grocery store to stock up on Twinkies. And you are not alone; they evoke such sweet memories that even top nutritionists are defending our right to eat them. Ok, admit it. With the threat that Hostess Brands could really go out of business, you are seriously considering a run to the grocery store to stock up on Twinkies. And you are not alone; they evoke such sweet memories that even top nutritionists are defending our right to eat them.


11/10/2012 04:41

LA declares 'Meatless Mondays' in vegetarian campaign

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Los Angeles is hoping to persuade people to become vegetarian – at least one day per week.

10/21/2012 20:47

Extra pounds may put you in the hospital

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Regardless of lifestyle and other health-related factors, heavier people were more likely than lean ones to be hospitalized for a variety of conditions, according to an Australian study. What's more, this was the case not just for obese people but also for the merely overweight.

10/01/2012 18:09

Cow named Daisy makes reduced-allergy milk

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People allergic to whey may be able to drink newly engineered milk without the unpleasant digestive consequences, according to research released Monday.People allergic to whey may be able to drink newly engineered milk without the unpleasant digestive consequences, according to research released Monday.


09/13/2012 17:53

She lost nearly 80 pounds on a 'Starbucks diet'

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Christine Hall didn’t join an expensive weight-loss program or sign up for a meal-delivery service to help her lose nearly 80 pounds. In fact, she never even goes to the grocery store.Christine Hall didn’t join an expensive weight-loss program or sign up for a meal-delivery service to help her lose nearly 80 pounds. In fact, she never even goes to the grocery store.


09/12/2012 14:32

6 delicious ways to snack on superfood chia

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Chia is an ancient seed that dates back to the Aztecs, who used it as a source of energy and endurance. Now, it's all the rage as a healthy ingredient. From peanut butter to chips, here are tasty ways to incorporate chia in your snacking. Chia is an ancient seed that dates back to the Aztecs, who used it as a source of energy and endurance. Now, it's all the rage as a healthy ingredient. From peanut butter to chips, here are tasty ways to incorporate chia in your snacking.


09/12/2012 14:07

McDonald's adds calorie information to menus

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The world's biggest hamburger chain said Wednesday that it will post calorie information on restaurant and drive-thru menus nationwide starting Monday.

09/11/2012 04:54

Genetically modified 'golden rice' tested on kids?

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China's health authorities will investigate allegations that genetically modified rice was tested on Chinese children as part of a Sino-U.S. research project, state media said Tuesday.

09/10/2012 14:56

Study: Heavy teens eat fewer calories than peers

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The findings illustrate the difficulty of losing weight by cutting calories alone, especially when the weight is gained early in life, the researchers said.  

09/04/2012 13:29

Organic food no more nutritious than non-organic

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Organic produce and meat typically isn't any better for you than conventional varieties when it comes to vitamin and nutrient content, according to a new review of the evidence.

08/31/2012 08:28

Bagged lettuce or bulk? Experts offer food safety advice

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A new recall of Fresh Express Hearts of Romaine salad marks the sixth time since April that the nation’s top producers of bagged lettuce have pulled products because of worries about food safety. A new recall of Fresh Express Hearts of Romaine salad marks the sixth time since April that the nation’s top producers of bagged lettuce have pulled products because of worries about food safety.


08/22/2012 19:16

Weight loss surgery helps prevent diabetes

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Treating obese people with weight loss surgery dramatically delays or prevents the onset of type 2 diabetes, according to a new study.

08/22/2012 09:40

Diet supplements linked to bleeding, deaths

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The Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to use Reumofan dietary supplements, after receiving reports of bleeding, stroke and death among people taking the pills.

08/20/2012 15:38

School lunches: How to get kids to eat healthy

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Diane Wagner, with Schwan Food Co., hands out samples of food at a booth July 17 during the School Nutrition Association conference in Denver. There will be more whole grains on school lunch menus this year, along with a wider selection of fruits and vegetables and other healthy options. The challenge is getting children to eat them.


08/17/2012 14:02

Vitamin C may lessen effects of air pollution

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There's another reason to eat fruits and veggies: A diet rich in them may lessen the harmful effects of air pollution for people suffering from chronic lung diseases.There's another reason to eat fruits and veggies: A diet rich in them may lessen the harmful effects of air pollution for people suffering from chronic lung diseases.


08/12/2012 11:27

13 rules for dining out on a diet

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On average, Americans dine out four times a week, according to the National Restaurant Association. That could be enough to bust any diet. But these tips will help you dine out, have fun and navigate any menu to make smart choices.On average, Americans dine out four times a week, according to the National Restaurant Association. That could be enough to bust any diet. But these tips will help you dine out, have fun and navigate any menu to make smart choices.


08/03/2012 08:20

Key to dieting: Keep treats out of sight

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People who lose the most weight may be those who can overcome urges when they see, smell or dream about something tasty, researchers said this week. And their study adds to a growing body of evidence that another key to success is keeping a food diary.People who lose the most weight may be those who can overcome urges when they see, smell or dream about something tasty, researchers said this week. And their study adds to a growing body of evidence that another key to success is keeping a food diary.


08/01/2012 14:15

Americans in denial about weight gain, study says

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Researchers from the University of Washington found that people often think they are losing weight when they aren’t, according to research published in the August issue of the journal Preventive Medicine.Researchers from the University of Washington found that people often think they are losing weight when they aren’t, according to research published in the August issue of the journal Preventive Medicine.


08/01/2012 13:39

Study: Nearly half drop weight-loss programs

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High drop-out rates are in line with those seen in other studies and are a barrier to reducing obesity rates, the researchers said.

07/31/2012 14:41

Gluten-free: food fad or alternative remedy?

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A worker packages gluten-free bread July 14 at Pure Knead bakery in Decatur, Ga. A decade ago, virtually no one in the United States seemed to have a problem eating gluten in bread and other foods. Now, millions do and spend more than $7 billion on gluten-free products. It sounds like an unfolding epidemic: A decade ago, virtually no one in the U.S. seemed to have a problem eating gluten in bread and other foods. Now, millions do.


07/30/2012 12:56

Devices don't work to save kids in hot cars

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Special seats and other devices designed to help prevent parents from accidentally leaving babies and toddlers behind in cars don’t work, a team of experts said on Monday. They said parents shouldn’t rely on them to keep children safe.Special seats and other devices designed to help prevent parents from accidentally leaving babies and toddlers behind in cars don’t work, a team of experts said on Monday. They said parents shouldn’t rely on them to keep children safe.


07/24/2012 13:32

Poll: Half of Americans guzzle soda everyday

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For about half of U.S. adults, soda is a daily drink, according to a new Gallup poll.For about half of U.S. adults, soda is a daily drink, according to a new Gallup poll.


07/19/2012 10:57

New diet drugs? They won't be easy to get

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The Food and Drug Administration has approved two new diet drugs in a week. But don't expect to get either Qysmia or Belviq easily, health experts say.The Food and Drug Administration has approved two new diet drugs in a week. But don't expect to get either Qysmia or Belviq easily, health experts say.


07/18/2012 13:48

Poll: Obesity a bigger problem than smoking

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The percentage of people in the U.S. who say that obesity is an extremely serious problem for society is now higher than the percentage saying the same thing about cigarette-smoking, according to a new Gallup poll.

07/17/2012 19:56

FDA approves weight-loss drug Qsymia

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the new weight loss drug Qsymia on Tuesday, adding to a very skimpy arsenal of drugs Americans can take to battle severe obesity.

07/13/2012 15:46

Want to lose weight? Adopt these 3 habits

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Women who were most successful at losing weight kept track of their food intake in a journal, didn't skip meals and avoided eating out, according to a new study.Women who were most successful at losing weight kept track of their food intake in a journal, didn't skip meals and avoided eating out, according to a new study.


06/27/2012 13:58

FDA OKs first new weight-loss pill in 13 years

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Federal Food and Drug Administration officials approved a new weight-loss pill Wednesday, giving the nod to Belviq used in combination with a reduced-calorie diet and exercise to combat obesity.

06/26/2012 17:41

Low-carb diets may burn the most calories

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Researchers found that overweight people burned 350 more calories a day, on average, when they ate a low-carbohydrate diet, than when they ate a low-fat diet.

06/26/2012 16:10

Study: Photos of treats may spark cravings

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Just glancing at a photo of a rich and gooey chocolate cake can set your brain circuits sparking, switching on cravings and revving up your appetite, a new study shows.Just glancing at a photo of a rich and gooey chocolate cake can set your brain circuits sparking, switching on cravings and revving up your appetite, a new study shows.


06/22/2012 12:58

An apple a day may help fight obesity

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A compound found in apple peels called ursolic acid may protect against obesity, a new study in mice suggests.A compound found in apple peels called ursolic acid may protect against obesity, a new study in mice suggests.


05/17/2012 14:47

Is healthy food really more expensive?

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Contrary to popular belief, it can actually cost more to eat badly. In fact, a new government report finds that nutritious foods – such as grains, vegetables, fruit and dairy – typically cost less than items high in saturated fat and added sugars.Contrary to popular belief, it can actually cost more to eat badly. In fact, a new government report finds that nutritious foods – such as grains, vegetables, fruit and dairy – typically cost less than items high in saturated fat and added sugars.


05/17/2012 14:06

How to avoid weight gain? Eat on a schedule

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A new study of  mice finds that when we eat may be an important factor in preventing weight gain.

05/16/2012 17:00

Coffee lovers lower death risk, study says

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Coffee drinkers who worry about the jolt of java it takes to get them going in the morning might just as well relax and pour another cup.Coffee drinkers who worry about the jolt of java it takes to get them going in the morning might just as well relax and pour another cup.


05/11/2012 13:35

America's hatred of fat hurts obesity fight

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It may be the nation's last, accepted form of prejudice. But the stigmatization of obesity has repercussions beyond the pain it inflicts on its targets: It threatens to impede efforts to fight the obesity epidemic.

05/10/2012 16:46

New weight loss drug a step closer to approval

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Advisers to government health regulators have recommended that that they approve sales of what would be the first new prescription weight-loss drug in the U.S. in more than a decade, despite concerns over cardiac risks.

05/08/2012 19:29

Report: Schools key to fighting America's obesity

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Fighting obesity will require changes everywhere Americans live, work, play and learn, says a major new report that outlines dozens of options — from building more walkable neighborhoods to zoning limits on fast-food restaurants to selling healthier snacks in sports arenas.

05/08/2012 09:37

Is healthy weight impossible for many Americans?

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America's obesity epidemic is so deeply rooted that it will take dramatic and systemic measures - from overhauling farm policies and zoning laws to, possibly, introducing a soda tax - to fix it, the influential Institute of Medicine said on Tuesday.

05/07/2012 19:20

No end to US obesity epidemic, forecast shows

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More bad news about Americans' waistlines: They're only going to get bigger.  Already, about a third of people are obese. By 2030, it is estimated 42 percent of the population will be.

04/27/2012 13:04

Berry good news: These may protect your brain

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Women who eat more berries may have a lower risk of cognitive decline in old age, a new study suggests. Researchers found that women who had a higher berry intake delayed cognitive aging by up to 2.5 years, as shown by their scores on memory and thinking tests.Women who eat more berries may have a lower risk of cognitive decline in old age, a new study suggests. Researchers found that women who had a higher berry intake delayed cognitive aging by up to 2.5 years, as shown by their scores on memory and thinking tests.


04/20/2012 06:54

Cola habit behind death of 30-year-old woman?

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Experts say a New Zealand woman's 2-gallon-a-day Coca-Cola habit probably contributed to her death, a conclusion that led the soft-drink giant to note that even water can be deadly in excessive amounts.

04/16/2012 13:32

Saltiness of fast food depends on where you buy it

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Saltier chicken McNuggets in the U.S.? Mais, oui. A new study suggests salt levels are 2.5 times higher in U.S. fast food, compared to other countries like France and the United Kingdom.Saltier chicken McNuggets in the U.S.? Mais, oui. A new study suggests salt levels are 2.5 times higher in U.S. fast food, compared to other countries like France and the United Kingdom.


01/27/2012 18:38

Weight-loss Challenge: It's the home stretch!

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With a few more days to go and a few more pounds to lose in the challenge, readers share their motivation and what's working for them.With a few more days to go and a few more pounds to lose in the challenge, readers share their motivation and what's working for them.