Exercise & Fitness

Trump’s vision for American health care, explained by his budget

Democratic presidential candidates have spent years building a new vision of American policy, one where a lot more of us get our health insurance from the government. I see President Trump’s newly released budget as his counterproposal to all that. It envisions a really different future, one where government-run health care shrinks — and public programs become more difficult to ...

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Health effects of eggs: Where do we stand?

Are eggs good for you or not? The 2015 to 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends the nutrient-dense food as a source of protein, but an article in JAMA this month made a stir when it reported an association between eating eggs and an increased risk of heart disease and early death. Eating eggs in moderation may be beneficial to ...

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How Exercise Improves Gut Bacteria

An endeavor to boost gut health is an endeavor to boost overall mental and physical well-being. While food is important for gut health, lifestyle also plays a role. Designing your home to be chemical free (think cleaning products, dish detergent, and even hand soap), as well as replacing cosmetics with plant-based, toxin-free alternatives is one lifestyle step in the right ...

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Hate exercise? It could be genetic

If the thought of hopping on a treadmill strikes you with dread, you might have your genes to blame, researchers say. A 2014 study showed that an appreciation for running was likely genetic. Researchers studied two groups of rats — low- and high-performing runners — to see how well their offspring ran. They found that the offspring’s fondness for running was ...

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Dog-walking can be hazardous for seniors, study suggests

A man walks his dog in Lawrence, Mass., after an overnight snowstorm in early March. (Elise Amendola/AP) Dogs need to go on walks, and walking is good exercise for older adults. Seniors who combine the two — by walking a dog — are healthier than people who don’t, according to some research. But a new study by University of Pennsylvania ...

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Is a vegetarian diet healthier? Five experts weigh in

Vegetarianism is on the rise, as many vegetarians will gladly tell you. While many people who eschew meat products do so for the sake of animals and the environment, we’re starting to learn more about the negative health effects of meat and the benefits from eating a plant-based diet. We asked five experts in Australia if a vegetarian diet is ...

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For the best health, does the intensity of your workout matter?

Jog for long enough or engage in just about any physical activity that gets the heart pumping, and the result can be a feeling of euphoria commonly known as a runner’s high. Sure, it feels good, but does higher-intensity exercise lead to better health? Any physical activity is healthy Body & Mind: Bootcamp Almost all celebrities have perfectly fit bodies, as the ...

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Anti-vaccination conspiracy theories thrive on Amazon

Amid a growing measles outbreak in the United States, the role of powerful tech companies like YouTube and Facebook in spreading vaccine misinformation is under heavy scrutiny. But there is another massive platform offering spurious anti-vaccination content to people seeking information, a review by CNN Business reveals: Amazon, the world’s largest online marketplace. And, asked about it, an Amazon spokesperson ...

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Could Losing Weight Lower My Risk of Cancer?

According to the latest data released by the American Cancer Society, cancer deaths have declined by more than one-quarter (27 percent) over a 25-year span, from 1991 to 2016. But countering that trend, obesity-related cancer is increasing. Previous research indicates that, as noted in the ACS’ Cancer Facts & Figures 2019 report: “An estimated 5% of cancers in men and ...

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How Love Affects Heart Health

When Barney Clark became the first person in the world to receive a permanent artificial heart in 1982, his wife asked the doctors, “Will he still be able to love me?” For centuries, people have thought of the heart as the command center of love, and the notion endures even as research shows most everything related to affection, attraction and ...

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