Coffee close to bedtime does NOT stop you sleeping: It’s alcohol

Drinking coffee close to bedtime does NOT stop you sleeping: It’s alcohol and nicotine that keep you up, study finds Researchers studied 785 people for just over 14 years, monitoring their sleep and habits They found coffee was not strongly linked to sleeplessness Nicotine was the most strongly linked to insomnia, followed by alcohol  If you’re concerned about getting a […]

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How does your diet stack up?

(HealthDay)—Ever wonder how your diet habits—good or bad—compare to others? Annual surveys done by the International Food Information Council Foundation detail positive changes that people are making and where improvement is still needed. People are, in general, hungry for more food information and get it from sources as varied as dietitians and government websites, but most rely on friends and […]

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Trial finds vitamin D does not prevent type 2 diabetes in people at high risk

Taking a daily vitamin D supplement does not prevent type 2 diabetes in adults at high risk, according to results from a study funded by National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), part of the National Institutes of Health. The Vitamin D and Type 2 Diabetes (D2d) study enrolled 2,423 adults and was conducted at 22 sites […]

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Does Your Family Eat Out a Lot? Watch Your Blood Pressure

TUESDAY, March 12, 2019 — You know that too much salt contributes to high blood pressure, but you might not realize how easily eating out could put you and your kids at risk. Many entrees at leading restaurants and fast food places contain almost a full day’s allotment of salt, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. […]

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As U.S. measles outbreaks spread, why does ‘anti-vax’ movement persist?

(HealthDay)—Measles outbreaks across the United States—including one in Washington state where 50 cases have now been identified—have again shone the spotlight on parents who resist getting kids vaccinated. These outbreaks are a clear sign of the fraying of “herd immunity,” the overall protection found when a large majority of a population has become immune to a disease, said Dr. Paul […]

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Does the 7-day GM diet work? Benefits, risks, and meal plans

According to one GM diet plan website, this diet helps users lose at least 10–17 pounds in 1 week. It claims to promote weight loss by burning calories without affecting mood or energy levels. However, this plan may exclude essential nutrients, and it might not be a sustainable long-term weight-loss strategy. In this article, we look at the GM diet […]

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Medically assisted reproduction does not raise risk of preterm birth and low birth weight

Couples considering medically assisted reproduction (MAR) because they have difficulty conceiving naturally have feared the possibility of preterm birth (less than 37 weeks of pregnancy) and low birth weight (less than 2.5 kilograms). Doctors often warn prospective parents about these risks. It’s a hard decision for couples with an unmet desire for children. Low birth weight children have more respiratory, […]

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