Are Processed Foods Making Us Fatter?

A small but well-designed study from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) shows how eating processed foods, compared to unprocessed foods, leads you to eat more calories per day and gain more weight (Cell Metabolism, May 16, 2019). Twenty people

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Standing Is Not Much Better Than Sitting

A recent study from Westmont College in California and the University of Bath in England shows that standing at work or while watching television is not likely to do much to protect you from the increased risk for obesity, diabetes and heart attack

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Horace Fletcher, the Great Masticator

I love stories about quacks who become prophets.  Horace Fletcher was known as "The Great Masticator" who said, "Nature will castigate those who don't masticate."   More than 100 years ago, in 1913, his book

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What to Eat Before, During and After a Bicycle Ride

You don't need special sports drinks or power bars. Even the most elite athletes can get the nutrients they need from ordinary foods, water and salt. Healthy and fit people usually don't need to eat during a bicycle ride when they cycle

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Protein Shakes for Muscle Building May Not Be Safe

People who want to grow larger muscles spend more than 10 million dollars a year on whey protein shakes. A new study on mice shows that these whey protein shakes contain very high levels of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), which can reduce certa

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Ted Kennedy's Brain Cancer

The recent college admission scandal in which rich parents pay to have their undeserving children accepted at major colleges is nothing new and has been going on for years. However, a college admissions officer can only look at an applicant's

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New Research on Intense Exercise

The more intensely you exercise, the less likely you are to suffer a heart attack, even though heart attacks can be caused by intense exercise in some people who already have irregular heartbeats or blocked arteries leading to their hearts. &bul

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Should You Take Probiotics?

Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that can live in your body and help to keep you healthy. These healthful bacteria make vitamins, help digest food, regulate inflammation, and help to limit the number of disease-causing microbes living in you

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John Singleton: High Blood Pressure and Strokes

John Singleton was a film and TV director, screenwriter, and producer who, in 1991 at age 24, became the first African American and the youngest person ever to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Director, for his film Boyz n the Hood.&nb

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Eat More of the Healthful Foods

An unhealthful diet causes more deaths world-wide than any other risk factor, according to the Global Burden of Disease study reported this month (Lancet, April 3, 2019;393:791-846). Of the 11 million deaths attributed to dietary factors each year,

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