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Ancient Food Cravings: Sleep and Junk Food

If you’ve never craved a late-night snack of carrots or apples, you’re not alone. It’s a normal biological response to reach for junk food when you’re sleepy. You may already know that getting a good night’s sleep is essential for your metabolism to function normally, but did you know sleep, or lack thereof, can also dictate what types of food ...

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New Computer Model Predicts Where Ebola Might Strike Next

Predicting where Ebola might strike next could become easier, thanks to a new computer model. The model tracks how changes in the environment and in human societies could affect the deadly virus’s spread. It predicts that Ebola outbreaks could become as much as 60 percent more likely by 2070 if the world continues on a path toward a warmer climate ...

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A Common Pain Injection May Speed Up Joint Deterioration

A very common injection intended to treat pain caused by osteoarthritis may put the patient at risk of accelerated ‘joint destruction,’ according to a new study. The work comes from the Boston University School of Medicine, where researchers looked into common corticosteroid injections used for hip and knee joint pain. Among other things, these injections may speed up the progression ...

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Owning A Dog Lowers Your Risk Of Dying?

Need a reason to add a dog to your life? How about living longer? “Our analysis found having a dog is actually protective against dying of any cause,” said Mount Sinai endocrinologist Dr. Caroline Kramer, lead author of a new systematic review of nearly 70 years of global research published Tuesday in “Circulation,” a journal of the American Heart Association. ...

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How To Stay Fit Like Tiger Woods

That strap on Tiger Woods’ wrist? It tracks his every move Produced by a Boston-based company of the same name, the Whoop 3.0 plays the role of physician’s aide and performance coach wrapped into one. Its sensors gather round-the-clock data on a range of health-related variables, including heart-rate, sleep patterns and strain (essentially, a measure of how hard your body ...

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10 Americans Dead From Mosquito Borne Illness

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported on Wednesday there’s been a fourth death in the commonwealth from Eastern equine encephalitis, bringing the nationwide total to 10 deaths. An area hospital notified state officials of the death. The patient lived in Essex County. There have also been three deaths in Michigan, two in Connecticut and one in Rhode Island. Eastern ...

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Can We Learn Something From The Japanese Diet?

Reflective of Japan’s own KonMari method, the Japanese diet is based on the principle of minimalism. The diet includes minimally processed whole-food and plant-based food without the addition of sauces and seasonings to avoid drowning out natural flavors. It consists of limited animal proteins and added sugars. The Japanese diet can be considered the counterpart of the Okinawan diet, which ...

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Cheese : A New Heart Healthy Food??

There’s a reason why salty, cured meats and cheeses pair so well together — and not just because it’s delicious. To the delight of fromage fans, cheese can actually help strengthen blood vessels against damage done by sodium, according to a new Penn State study. They say anti-oxidants found in dairy may have something to do with it. Researchers found ...

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America’s Ticking Time Bomb Is Getting Worse

OBESITY levels have reached nearly 40 per cent in parts of the United States, a shocking new map reveals. The map shows that in nine states – Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, and West Virginia – adult obesity is at or above 35 per cent. But in West Virginia and Mississippi that figure hits 39.5 per ...

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A Guide To Pain Management

Pain can be informative. At a most basic level, the feeling of physical discomfort is a signal from our body that something is wrong. We react to pain in a way that may protect us from further injury – like quickly pulling your hand back when you’ve touched something hot. Pain is experienced in many different ways. It can feel ...

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