Health, Fitness & Food

Is it safe to have a drink after a diagnosis of heart failure? Researchers recently investigated the relationship between alcohol and heart failure in a study published in JAMA Network Open. Heart failure affects up to 26 million people around the world and is showing no sign of decreasing. The relationship between alcohol and heart
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A study conducted by researchers in Italy explored the benefits of combining statin drugs with a Mediterranean diet. Statin drugs are a mainstay treatment for those with a history of cardiovascular-related diseases, such as a heart attack or stroke. Lifestyle modifications, such as a healthy diet, are also recommended in addition to drug therapy to
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Researchers investigated the benefits of dried fruits and how they affect blood sugar spikes when compared to other carbohydrates. Fruits are widely recommended for achieving stability in health mainly due to their high anti-oxidative effects. Fruits are rich in vitamins and essential minerals important for ensuring adequate support for growth, repair, detoxification, and immune support
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A recent report determined the safety of parabens as preservatives in cosmetics, food, and pharmaceuticals, and evaluated if a paraben allergy is a problematic health concern. Looking for “paraben free” on labels of various products has become a new trend. The product reviewers, health enthusiasts, and some self-proclaimed experts have been advocating the use of
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Researchers at the Broad Institute in the USA searched for links between genetic variants and irregular heartbeat in young and middle-aged adults.   Atrial fibrillation is a type of irregular heartbeat. This irregular heartbeat is caused by electrical signals in the heart that are too fast, causing less efficient pumping of the blood. If left
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How does mindset affect weight loss? Researchers recently studied mindfulness for weight loss to determine its effects and published their results in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Obesity has become a global epidemic in the last 25 years. At least 2.8 million people every year die from obesity-related causes. However, there are few
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A study was recently published on how people who experienced personal income fluctuation for 15 years were impacted by cardiovascular disease later in life. Fluctuations in personal income is a growing public health concern. To study the effects of personal income fluctuation on health, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the American Heart Association
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A recent study published in Research in Sports Medicine examined the benefits of compression stockings for female soccer players. Soccer-induced muscle injury and fatigue are possible and unfortunate aspects of the sport. Previous studies have revealed various benefits of compression stockings when worn by male soccer players. These benefits included a reduction in muscle stress
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Physical activity is vital for health maintenance and heart disease prevention. Researchers studied how endurance and strength exercises differ in preventing heart disease. Physical activity is a staple of healthy living. We use it to feel energized, youthful, and attain physique goals. Typically, we break down exercise in two ways: cardio and strength training. Both
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A recent study determined how parents’ brain activities interact with their children’s while playing with each other. Humans are social beings. We spend most of our time interacting with one another. We learn through social interactions. Several studies have shown how an individual’s brain activity works in learning and attention. However, studies involving the interaction
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Recent research published in the American Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology and Metabolism investigated the effect of weight loss followed by exercise on colorectal cancer risk. The occurrence of colorectal cancer is increasing within the young adult population in the United States, and it is currently one of the most common cancers in the world. Research conducted
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Multiple head hits in contact sports are a major worry. Researchers studied vision to possibly detect hidden brain damage in high school football players.   Public concern continues to grow over recurring head impacts in youth contact sports. These head hits without concussions may cause long-term brain damage. In a single season, the average youth
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Researchers at the Salk Institute in San Diego, USA, investigated the mechanism of continuous response to long exposure to artificial light in the eye. Every day we are exposed to artificial light from indoor lighting and screens on phones, computers, TVs, etc. Screen time is increasing with advancing technology, and many people spend time on
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A US-based research group explores the credibility of the commonly held belief that drinking more water can lessen urinary tract infection risk in females with recurrent infections. Urinary tract infection (also known as UTI, cystitis) is a common occurrence in many people across the world, particularly amongst women. Infection of this region often presents with
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New research reveals that a high-salt diet is likely linked to cardiovascular and cerebrovascular deaths in Shandong Province, China. A high-salt diet contributes to elevated blood pressure and cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases (CVDs). High blood pressure contributes to heart disease and deaths associated with heart disease. Obesity, alcohol, a stationary lifestyle, and not consuming enough
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The HUNT Fitness Study investigated whether cardiorespiratory fitness is associated with the risk of coronary heart disease in healthy, low-risk men and women. Coronary heart disease (CHD) is caused by the narrowing of the coronary arteries which supply oxygen and blood to the heart and can lead to a heart attack. While recent advances in
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In this study, researchers examine the pupillary responses of those who are stressed out in multi-tasking simulations versus simpler simulations.   Stress in high-demand jobs is a well-researched topic. Many effective tools exist to examine several factors in stressed-out workers that engage in work requiring multitasking, including the Subjective Workload Assessment Technique and the Workload
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In a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, researchers explored the effects of weight regain on various health outcomes. Obesity, the excessive accumulation of fat, is a major worldwide health concern. Obesity is often associated with other conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and cardiovascular disease. Losing weight through diet
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Researchers analyzed the relationship between supermarkets’ checkout food policies and the sales of unhealthy snacks. It is not uncommon to stand in line at the supermarket and decide to buy a candy bar on impulse. A recent survey determined that 70.5% of impulse buys are food, much of which are unhealthy snacks. Supermarkets have a
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A recent Brazilian study published in PLOS One demonstrated how diet can impact the benefits of resistance training exercise. Exercise and diet have been shown to be effective markers of overall health. Many studies have demonstrated the ability of exercise to prevent and treat a number of diseases. Specifically, diet and physical activity can act
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In a study published in the Californian Journal of Health Promotion, researchers examined dietary choices the night of and morning after drinking.   The use of alcohol in North America is widespread. This is why the effects of alcohol consumption have been studied for countless years. While multiple publications on drinking and diet exist, there
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Scientists at the University of Washington, USA have developed a genetically-modified form of a common houseplant that cleans the air around it. The air in our homes is often more polluted than outdoor air. Cooking residues, paints, furnishings, and chlorinated water are all sources of potentially hazardous air pollutants in our home. Of these indoor
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