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Who’s who in your doctor’s office?

You’re sitting in the exam room of your regular doctor’s office, hoping to get some relief from your flu-like symptoms. You’ve been told the physician...
Alzheimer's disease could be treated with gene therapy

Alzheimer’s disease could be treated with gene therapy

Researchers have prevented the development of Alzheimer’s disease in mice by using a virus to deliver a specific gene into the brain. The early-stage findings,...
Vitamin D may help fight many aging-related diseases

Vitamin D could help fight many age-related diseases

A simple Google search for “what does vitamin D do?” highlights the widely-used vitamin D supplement’s role in improving calcium absorption and helping bone...
Even a little walk may help you live longer

Even a little walk may help you live longer

A new study concludes that walking has the potential to significantly improve the public's health. It finds regular walking, even if not meeting the minimum...

Where you live may influence whether you are overweight

The old real estate adage of “location, location, location” may also apply to obesity. A new study by USC and the RAND Corp. suggests that...

Money can buy happiness. Here’s how much it takes

Money can buy happiness, new research suggests, but there’s an optimal amount. “That might be surprising as what we see on TV and what advertisers...

Sugar: six easy ways to encourage children to eat less

A new campaign from Public Health England is urging parents to limit snacks for children to two a day, and 100 calories a piece. The...

Women at greater risk of stress-induced ischemia after heart attacks

Women who’ve previously experienced a heart attack have twice the risk of later myocardial ischemia provoked by mental stress when compared to men with...

Why do people intentionally injure themselves?

For the family and friends of people who self-injure, as well as the doctors and services that try to support them, a key question...

Too much sugar in pregnant women’s diet can hurt babies’ cognition

A new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine has determined that poorer childhood cognition occurred, particularly in memory and learning, when...

Male contraceptive stops sperm, not hormones

In preclinical tests, researchers have shown how a new compound can immobilize sperm temporarily without side effects A new study published in the journal PLOS...
Saturated fats: Why all the hubbub over coconuts

Saturated fats: Why all the hubbub over coconuts?

Coconut oil, with its sweet smell of the tropics and its purported claims to cure what ails you, is everywhere. People are using it in...
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5 ways to keep your memory sharp

The way you live, what you eat and drink, and how you treat your body affect your memory as well as your physical health...
Mother's diet in pregnancy may have lasting effects for offspring

Mother’s diet in pregnancy may have lasting effects for offspring

A poor diet during pregnancy can cause biological changes that last throughout life, according to research from Imperial College London. The study, published this week in the...
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Want to lose weight? Train the brain, not the body

Despite massive government, medical and individual efforts to win the war on obesity, 71 percent of Americans are overweight. The average adult is 24 pounds...

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UCLA researchers have discovered a new way to activate the stem cells in the hair follicle to make hair grow. The research, led by scientists...
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8 common complications of high blood pressure

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8 ways to lose belly fat and have a healthier life

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