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FDA expands blood pressure drug recall for fifth time this year

The Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday that it will expand its recall of blood pressure medicines to include four lots of losartan after they were found to contain a cancer-causing chemical. This is the fifth recall in 2019; over the past year, dozens of batches of medications used to treat hypertension have been recalled over contamination fears. According to ...

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Best Fitness Training Innovations 2019

Training for a fitness event this year but don’t know what’s out there to help get you in tip-top shape? Whatever you’re training for, there are plenty of innovations to see you through to tough times, from bodyweight training tools to high-tech recovery aids.  With that, here’s my rundown of the best equipment, tech, gizmo, innovation – whatever you want to ...

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Can Eating Spicy Foods Help You Lose Weight?

The promise is appealing: Can the heat within spicy foods actually melt your body fat and unearth your chiseled six-pack? As a dietitian, this promise pops up every now and then with a new study touting the fat-loss benefits of hot peppers or with a new supplement marketing the belly-shrinking benefits of “capsaicin.” The connection sort of makes sense: when ...

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Work Stress, Poor Sleep, High Blood Pressure a Deadly Trio

Job stress, high blood pressure and poor sleep may be a recipe for an early death, German researchers report. In a study of nearly 2,000 workers with high blood pressure who were followed for almost 18 years, those who reported having both a stressful job and poor sleep were three times more likely to die from heart disease than those ...

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7 Warning Signs of Age-Related Vision Problems

When it comes to your eyes, vision weakness from diseases like macular degeneration should make you take notice of these 7 warning signs of age-related eye problems and what you can do. The more you know the more chances you have to prevent eye problems from advancing in yourself or a loved one. Some Stats, But Don’t Panic Occupational Health and Safety ...

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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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