Exercise & Fitness

Weight Loss Options Are Growing: Balloons, Pills, Sleeves

Lisa Rivera, a 35-year-old staff assistant at a Manhattan hospital, can now keep up with her 8-year-old daughter when they go to the park. And when they make the trip to Disney World, a family tradition, “I have longevity,” she says proudly. “I can last all day.”Two years ago, that wasn’t possible. Rivera is 5 feet, 3 inches tall, and ...

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Do age-related changes in gut bacteria harm heart health?

Ageing is associated with a number of health challenges. Of many disorders that ageing presents, cardiovascular disease carries the greatest burden for the elderly population, their family members, and the health system. The elderly population is growing steadily. It is important for them to know about the structural and functional modifications such as stiffening of arteries that adversely affect heart ...

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How lack of sleep harms circulation

Scientists have long been aware of the relationship between insufficient sleep and poor cardiovascular health. However, exactly how the lack of adequate sleep can harm circulation has remained unclear. A new study now uncovers some of the potential mechanisms. Having a good night’s sleep, which amounts to an uninterrupted 7 hours of sleep or so per night, is crucial to ...

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Poor sleep magnifies the brain’s response to pain

Exploring the well-known link between sleep and pain, a new study has found for the first time that sleep impacts on areas of the brain that control pain. After just one night of sleep deprivation, the brain region that senses pain goes into overdrive, while other regions that help modulate that pain response go on strike, according to a paper ...

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A guide to low-carb diets for diabetes

A low-carb diet can help people with diabetes better manage their blood sugar levels. Carbohydrates or carbs raise blood glucose more than other foods, meaning the body must produce more insulin to digest them. Reducing carb intake can help stabilize blood glucose. It may also counteract some other effects of diabetes, such as weight gain and heart disease. Despite this, ...

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Avocados may be the key to weight loss, study says

Avocados may be the key to weight loss, study says Everyone in the study reported feeling fuller longer after the meal featuring a whole avocado; even the meal with half an avocado helped satisfy the volunteers longer than the low-fat meal. Before you start feeling guilty about indulging in that guacamole, consider a new study from the Center for Nutrition ...

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Poor sleep can change your reaction to pain

Lack of sleep may make you more sensitive to pain, according to a study in the Jan. 28, 2019, issue of The Journal of Neuroscience. Researchers found that poor sleep interferes with certain pain centers of the brain and can change how a person perceives and reacts to discomfort. In the study, scientists scanned the brains of 25 healthy adults ...

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Advanced alcohol-related liver disease on rise in US

The most deadly forms of alcohol-related liver disease appear to be on the rise in the U.S., a new study finds. The new research published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association looked at more than 34,000 people and found the prevalence of alcoholic fatty liver disease (AFLD) with at least Stage 2 fibrosis increased from 0.6% in ...

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How the brain adapts to hear better after vision loss

Both scientific studies and anecdotal evidence have suggested that people who experience vision loss often develop a more enhanced sense of hearing. So what happens inside the brain? New research investigates. What happens in the auditory cortex of a person with early vision loss? According to the World Health Organization (WHO), around 1.3 billion people worldwide have a form of ...

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