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Breastfeeding 101: Tips for New Moms

There’s a host of studies supporting the numerous ways breastfeeding helps baby's development -- and the health of mothers, too. 

However, too many women are hesitant to start breastfeeding or stick with it if they do, according to Nadine Rosenblum, a perinatal lactation program coordinator at Johns Hopkins Hospit...

Over 1 Billion People Are Now Obese Worldwide

FRIDAY, March 1, 2024 (HealthDay news) -- More than 1 billion adults and children around the world are now obese, a new global analysis estimates.

Nearly 880 million adults now are living with obesity, as well as 159 million children, according to the report published Feb. 29 in The Lancet journal.

Obesity rates for kids and teenagers quadrupled worldwide between 1990 and 2...

Vaping, Skipping Breakfast Ups Headache Risk for Teens

Vaping and skipped meals appear to be the main causes of frequent headaches among teens, a new study says.

Teens who ate breakfast and dinner with their family had a lower risk of frequent headaches than those who regularly missed meals, researchers report Feb. 28 in the journal Neurology.

Meanwhile, vaping also was associated with frequent headaches for those 12 to 17, res...

'Ultra-Processed' Foods Harm Your Health in More Than 30 Different Ways

Ultra-processed foods can cause dozens of terrible health problems among people who eat them too often, a new review warns.

Researchers linked diets high in ultra-processed foods to an increased risk of 32 separate illnesses. In particular, these foods are strongly tied to risk with early death, heart disease, cancer, mental health disorders, overweight and obesity, and type 2 diabetes, r...

Say Goodbye to PFAS Chemicals in Food Packaging: FDA

PFAS "forever" chemicals, increasingly linked to health risks, will no longer be added to food packaging handled by American consumers, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Wednesday.

"Grease-proofing materials containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances [PFAS] are no longer being sold for use in food packaging in the U.S.,"

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  • February 28, 2024
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  • Fast-Food Outlets, Bars Aren't Great Neighbors for Your Heart

    Living close to a pub, bar or fast-food restaurant doesn't do your heart any favors, a new study finds.

    Folks who live in close proximity to such establishments have a higher risk of heart failure, compared to those who live farther away, researchers report in the Feb. 27 issue of the journal Circulation: Heart Failure

    These findings weren't a complete surprise, said...

    Junk Food Ups Colon Cancer Risk, But Most Americans Don't Know It

    Junk food increases people's risk of colon cancer, as well as alcohol, lack of exercise and obesity.

    Unfortunately, many Americans don't know about these risk factors for colon cancer, a new survey has found.

    Colon and rectal cancers have been rising in people under 50 for two decades, researchers said, meaning that many develop the cancer before screening colonoscopies are recommen...

    Mercury Levels in Tuna Haven't Budged Since 1971

    Mercury levels in tuna haven't changed since 1971, despite efforts to reduce emissions of the toxic metal into the environment, researchers report.

    Their analysis of nearly 3,000 tuna samples caught in the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans between 1971 and 2022 revealed stable mercury concentrations in tuna during those five decades.

    The research team specifically looked at the tr...

    Cutting Out Meat Might Help Prevent Snoring: Study

    A person's diet can influence their risk of obstructive sleep apnea, a new study says.

    Those who eat a healthy plant-based diet rich in vegetables, fruit, whole grains and nuts are less likely to suffer sleep apnea, according to findings published Feb. 20 in the journal ERJ Open Research.

    On the other hand, people wh...

    Salt Substitutes Help Prevent High Blood Pressure

    Replacing regular salt with a salt substitute can reduce high blood pressure in older adults, a new study has found.

    Older adults who use a salt substitute are 40% less likely to develop high blood pressure compared to those who use regular salt, according to findings published Feb. 12 in the Journal of the American College...

    You Probably Can't 'Exercise Away' the Calories in Sodas: Study

    Don't expect to sweat away the heart risks posed by sugary sodas and drinks, a new study warns.

    Canadian researchers found that even if the recommended 150 minutes of weekly physical activity protects against cardiovascular disease, it's not enough to counter the adverse effects of sugar-sweetened beverages.

    “Physical activity reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease associated ...

    Healthy Living Builds 'Cognitive Reserve' in Brain That May Prevent Dementia

    New research suggests healthy lifestyles can help stave off dementia, perhaps by building a resilient 'cognitive reserve' in the aging brain.

    The study was based on the brain autopsies on 586 people who lived to an average of almost 91. Researchers compared each person's lifestyle and end-of-life mental skills to their neurological signs of dementia, such as brain protein plaques or chang...

    Baby's Diet Could Cut Lifetime Odds for Crohn's, Colitis

    Toddlers are famously picky eaters, but parents may be doing their young child's future gut a huge favor if they insist on a healthy diet.

    New research shows that toddlers who eat plenty of fish and vegetables, and precious few sugary drinks, are less likely to develop inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) by the time they are teenagers. IBD includes conditions such as Crohn's disease and ulce...

    Tomato Juice May Help Kill Off the Typhoid Bacteria

    The bacteria behind typhoid, a major killer of children in the developing world, could be vulnerable to something as simple as tomato juice, new research suggests.

    Typhoid is caused by the Salmonella Typhi bacterium, and is usually contracted from contaminated food or beverages. Its symptoms include nausea, fever and abdominal pain. Left untreated, the disease can prove fatal.

    Daily Multivitamin Might Help Aging Brains

    A daily multivitamin could help people keep their brains healthy as they age, a new trial finds.

    Results suggest taking multivitamins could help prevent memory loss and slow cognitive aging among older adults, researchers report in the Jan. 18 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutritio...

    Getting Protein From Plant-Based Foods Might Extend Women's Lives

    Women who consume more plant-based protein tend to age more gracefully, a new study reports.

    Women with diets rich in protein -- especially from plant-based sources -- develop fewer chronic diseases and enjoy healthier aging overall, researchers report in the Jan. 17 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

    Overall, women who ate more plant-based protein were 46...

    Soy, Nuts, Beans May Help Prevent Breast Cancer's Return

    Women who've survived breast cancer may want to up their dietary intake of soy, nuts, beans and whole grains, a new analysis finds.

    A higher intake of soy compounds called isoflavones was especially tied to better odds that cancer would not return, according to researchers at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and elsewhere.

    The findings can't yet determine the ideal dosages of i...

    Getting School Kids Gardening Pays Off for Eating Habits

    Tending a garden can help young kids develop healthy attitudes about food that will influence their health years later, a new study says.

    Kids who participated in a gardening and food education program during elementary school were more likely to eat healthier as they grew up, researchers found.

    “Kids who grow vegetables in a school garden and learn how to prepare meals seem to sh...

    Meat-Free Diet Could Cut Your Risk for COVID

    Vegetarian diets have been tied to a variety of health benefits -- lower blood pressure, better blood sugar control and weight loss among them.

    Now a new study suggests those benefits might even extend to a person's ability to ward off COVID-19.

    A predominantly plant-based diet is linked to 39% lower odds of contracting COVID, according to a report in BMJ Nutrition Prevention an...

    Here's the Ideal Salad for Men on Long Spaceflights

    A tasty vegetarian salad could be the fresh meal that fuels a space flight to Mars, a new study contends.

    Researchers came up with the salad while searching for the optimal “space meal” that would supplement prepackaged foods on long voyages between planets.

    The salad contains soybeans, poppy seeds, barley, kale, peanuts, sweet potato, and sunflower seeds, according to a report ...

    Could Artificial Sweeteners Alter Your Microbiome?

    You may think that artificial sweeteners can help you lose some weight, but a new study finds they are no good for your gut's microbiome.

    People who use aspartame (Equal), sucralose (Splenda), saccharin (Sweet'N Low), or stevia leaf extract tended to have intestinal bacteria colonies that differed significantly from those of people who didn't use sugar substitutes, researchers found.


    Healthy Omega-3 Fatty Acids Could Slow a Deadly Lung Disease

    A diet laden with omega-3 fatty acids found in nuts and oily fish might help slow the progression of pulmonary fibrosis, researchers report.

    Pulmonary fibrosis is a relentless, potentially fatal disease where lung tissue scars and hardens over time. Often tied to smoking, the illness impairs lung function so that patients become short of breath, weak and disabled.

    The new study was ...

    America's Doctors Offer 10 Health Resolutions as You Start a New Year

    Still weighing whether to make a New Year's resolution? Or perhaps regretting letting your healthy habits slide during the holidays?

    Either way, the American Medical Association (AMA) has ten recommendations to help Americans improve their health in 2024.

    “It is quite common after the holidays to think about all you've eaten or your reduced physical activity and get discouraged,...

    Put Down That Salt Shaker to Spare Your Kidneys

    Folks who habitually add an extra sprinkle of salt to their meals are doing no favors for their kidneys, new research confirms.

    The finding held even after researchers accounted for other health issues, such as being overweight, not exercising or smoking and/or drinking.

    The bottom line: "Adding salt to foods is associated with increased risk of chronic kidney disease in the general...

    Going Low-Carb? Avoid Meat to Keep the Weight Off Long-Term

    New research offers yet more evidence that veggies, whole grains and low-fat dairy products are good for you in the long run.

    "Our study goes beyond the simple question of, 'To carb or not to carb?'" said lead study author Binkai Liu, a research assistant in the nutrition department at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Healt...

    Even a Little Less Carb Intake Can Help Folks With Type 1 Diabetes

    It may not take as strict a diet as thought to keep type 1 diabetes under control: New Swedish research shows that a moderate low-carb diet still helped people with type 1 diabetes stick to blood-sugar targets.

    "The study shows that a moderate low-carbohydrate diet lowers the average blood sugar level and that more patients can keep their blood sugar within the target range, which is cons...

    Christmas Dinner Items That Bring the Gift of Health

    Christmas dinners aren't usually known for healthy offerings, and instead bring to mind thoughts of Uncle Fred loosening his belt after a third round of helpings.

    But there are traditional offerings that can be healthy, if prepared in the proper way, researchers at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom report.

    For example, Brussels sprouts contain glucosinolates, which can aid ...

    Is a Gluten-Free Diet Right for You?

    Chances are you know at least one person who's given up eating gluten. Maybe you've even given it up yourself. But who can really benefit from a gluten-free diet?

    "Gluten is one of the main proteins found in wheat, barley and rye," said Dr. Joseph Levy, a pediatric gastroenterologist at Hassenfeld Children's Hospital at NYU Langone, in New York City. "It's actually a group of proteins and...

    Supplements vs. the Mediterranean Diet for IVF Success: Which Works Best?

    Women struggling with fertility and using in vitro fertilization (IVF) to conceive sometimes turn to supplements for help.

    Unfortunately, a new study finds only weak evidence to support that strategy.

    In contrast, the same research found that the heart-healthy Mediterranean diet does boost the odds that a woman will become a mother.

    Compared to the fat- and sugar-rich Western ...

    You're Probably Eating a Meal's Worth of Snacks Each Day

    The average U.S. adult eats a meal's worth of snacks every day, a new study suggests.

    Americans average about 400 to 500 calories in snacks daily, often more than what they ate at breakfast, according to data from more than 23,000 people.

    These extra calories offer little in the way of actual nutrition, said senior researcher

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  • December 19, 2023
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  • Folks at High Risk of Heart Disease May Gain From Eating Mackerel, Tuna

    Folks with a family history of heart disease might benefit from eating more oily fish like salmon, mackerel, herring and sardines, a new study finds.

    Oily fish contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which cannot be produced by the body and must be obtained from the diet.

    People's risk of heart disease increased by more than 40% if they had low levels of omega-3 fatty acids plus...

    Identical Twins Study Shows Vegan Diets Helping the Heart

    A new study of identical twins has provided fresh evidence that a vegan diet can vastly improve a person's heart health.

    Twins assigned a vegan diet for two months had significant improvements in cholesterol, insulin and body weight compared to their siblings, who ate a healthy diet that included animal protein.

    “Based on these results and thinking about longevity, most of us woul...

    Give Thanks for Healthy Diet Changes During the Holidays

    THURSDAY, Nov. 23, 2023 (Healthday News) -- Thanksgiving marks the start of the holiday eating season, when everyone is constantly tempted by sweet treats, rich foods and fancy, high-calorie drinks.

    But before diving into decadent eating, consider trying to make healthy food choices during the festivities, one expert suggests.

    “The holidays are a time for celebration and social ga...

    Family Fun Can Burn Off Those Extra Thanksgiving Calories

    It's common to find yourself stuffed at some point during Thanksgiving Day festivities, but experts say staying active can help you burn some calories and feel a little less sluggish after the big meal.

    Kicking off Thanksgiving Day by participating in a community event like a Turkey Trot can help prepare you for the feast to come,

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  • November 23, 2023
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  • Major Study Confirms Salt's Deadly Effect on Blood Pressure

    Cutting out just one teaspoon of salt every day lowers blood pressure almost as much as medication does, new research shows.

    Investigators said theirs is one of the largest studies ever to include people taking high blood pressure meds in a look at the effect of reducing dietary intake of sodium.

    “We found that 70-75% of all people, regardless of whether they are already on blood ...

    Tasty and Healthy: Try These Thanksgiving Meal Tips for Kids

    The Thanksgiving table is typically loaded down with turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes and all kinds of pie, but nutritionists say kids should also be encouraged to eat fresh fruit and vegetables during the holiday meal.

    Precious few children eat enough fruits and vegetables the rest of the year, so the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages families to prepare Thanksgiving ...

    1 in 8 U.S. Military Families Now Resorting to Food Banks, Study Finds

    About one in eight military families are turning to food banks and community pantries to make ends meet and feed their children, a new study finds.

    More than 13% of military families with at least one child said they used a food bank at least once in the past 12 months, according to a 2021 survey of more than 8,300 families with an active service member in the U.S. Army or Air Force.


    Does Meat Need Warning Labels on How It Harms Climate, Health?

    Adding warning labels to meat about its impact on climate and health could lower its consumption, a new study suggests.

    British researchers investigated what adding cigarette-style graphic warning labels to meat in a cafeteria setting might do.

    “Reaching net zero is a priority for the nation and the planet. As warning labels have already been shown to reduce smoking as well as dri...

    Even Small Dietary Changes Bring Big Benefit to the Planet

    Fighting climate change could come down to choosing chicken for your burrito or using soy milk for coffee creamer, a new study suggests.

    Making simple substitutions to an everyday diet can reduce the average American's food-based carbon footprint by more than 35%, according to an article published online Oct. 26 in the journal

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  • October 26, 2023
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  • Eating Well in Middle Age Could Help Your Brain Decades Later

    Mid-life isn't too late to make a dietary change to preserve brain health.

    Women who started following the diet known as DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) to lower their blood pressure were about 17% less likely to report memory loss and other signs of mental decline decades later, a new study re...

    Mediterranean Diet Plus Exercise Burns Fat, Adds Muscle

    Rich in colorful fruits and vegetables, healthy fats and lean proteins, a Mediterranean style of eating consistently earns accolades for its long list of health benefits, including the prevention of heart disease and diabetes.

    Now, new research from Spain shows this way of eating, when combined with regular exercise and fewer calories, can slash dangerous belly fat in older folks while he...

    Put These Foods on Your Grocery List for Better Vision

    Nutrition is important for your whole body, including those two small organs through which you look at the world.

    The same diet that's good for your heart and the rest of your body will also help your eyes, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).

    The academy offers advice on vision-healthy foods and how to create a diet rich in them.

    “Some nutrients keep th...

    Just 2 Servings of Red Meat Per Week Raises Your Diabetes Risk

    Think twice about ordering that double cheeseburger, salami on rye or juicy T-bone.

    Just two servings of red meat a week -- processed or unprocessed -- can increase your risk of type 2 diabetes by 62%, according to a new study.

    "A modest but statistically signifi...

    Cow's Milk Vs. Plant-Based Milks: A Nutritionist Weighs In

    You have a lot of choices when buying milk, from the traditional cow variety to some made from plants. But how do these options compare in terms of nutrition?

    An expert from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston breaks down the differences.

    “If you're looking for a high-protein product, cow's milk and soy milk are the best options. If you want something lower calorie that do...

    Going Vegan Healthy for Dogs, Cats -- and the Planet

    Should Fluffy and Fido go vegan?

    A new study says yes -- for the environment.

    The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that livestock are responsible for 14.5% of the greenhouse gas emissions. In response, some experts say eating ve...

    Genes Might Be Driving You to Go Vegetarian

    Going vegetarian is trendy and popular, along with being a healthy choice, but a large portion of those who say they want to stick with a plant-based diet don't.

    It might come down to your DNA, suggests new research that has uncovered three genes that seem to be strongly linked to vegetarianism.

    “It seems there are more people who would like to be vegetarian than actually are, an...

    Breastfeeding in Infancy Tied to Healthier Weight Later for Kids

    What a baby eats, or how the baby eats, may have an impact on future weight and health, research has shown.

    A new study backs that up. It found that 9-year-olds who had been breast-fed for six months or more had a lower percentage of body fat than their peers who were ne...

    Beating 'Middle-Age Spread':  Carbs You Should and Shouldn't Eat

    A diet rich in whole grains, fruits and non-starchy vegetables is the best recipe for middle-aged folks trying to keep their weight under control, new research finds.

    Low in added sugar, yet rich in vitamins and minerals, such foods are considered “high-quality” carbs, investigators explained.

    The same cannot be said of refined grains, sugary beverages or starchy vegetables. Su...

    Celiac Disease vs. Gluten Intolerance: What's the Difference?

    For most people, there's no reason to give up gluten for good.

    But that's not so easy for folks with two gluten-related medical conditions: celiac disease and gluten intolerance, according to Dr. Sarmed Sami, a gastroenterologist at Mayo Clinic Healthcare in London.

    Kraft Cheese Slices Recalled Due to Plastic Wrap Choking Hazard

    Kraft Heinz said it is recalling over 83,000 packs of its Kraft Singles American processed cheese slices because of a packaging defect in the plastic that wraps the cheese slices.

    A temporary issue developed on one of the wrapping machines, making it possible for a thin strip of individual film to stay on the cheese slice after the wrapper is removed. Having this film on the cheese could ...

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