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Health leaders call for immediate action to curb smoking in the U.S.

Every year cigarette smoking contributes to about 1 in 5 deaths in the United States. A group of prominent health leaders called for the immediate implementation of national action to reduce the number of smokers in the country by 15 million in a report published last week.<p>The call to action aims …

Public Health

Pop a Pill for Heartburn? Try Diet and Exercise Instead

Many Americans would rather take a drug than change their habits to control a persistent ailment. Yet, every medication has side effects, some of which can be worse than the disease they are meant to treat. Drugs considered safe when first marketed can turn out to have hazards, both bothersome and …

Why your doctor should measure blood pressure in both arms

Your blood pressure offers an important glimpse into your health, but you could get even more clues by making a small change when you get it checked.<p>Ask to have your blood pressure taken in both arms, not just one. It’s standard procedure in cardiologists’ offices, but not a usual practice in …

House prices and 9 other surprising things that can affect your fertility

According to new research, soaring house prices in England are reducing the number of babies born, because fewer people can afford their own home and so delay starting a family. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development found that for every 10 per cent rise in house prices, the birth …

Pregnancy

3 Ways to Maximize Your Medicare

Medicare provides crucial health benefits to countless seniors who'd otherwise be lost without it. Here are three easy ways to make the most of Medicare once it's your turn to enroll.<p>IMAGE SOURCE: GETTY IMAGES.<p><b>1. Sign up on time</b><p>Enrolling in Medicare on time doesn't just ensure that you get the …

Medicare

The Steep Price of Not Eating Enough Fruits and Veggies

A new study estimates that Canada wastes 3.3 billion $CAN yearly because its citizens don't eat enough fruit and veggies. Just imagine what that sum would be for the US<p>Super Bowl LI featured some great ads, quite a few of them for food. Who's advertising? McDonald's, KFC, Snickers, Skittles, and …

Healthy Eating

The worst kind of insomnia: How to manage early-morning awakening

There are simple, and sometimes surprising, ways to beat that awful feeling of waking up at 4 in the morning and not being able to fall back to sleep. For some, the answer could be watching television at night differently.<p>Psychologists call this early morning awakening. Everyone experiences this …

Sleep

Athletes may need to work more than the rest of us to avoid the flu

Athletes who cram in extra workouts over the holidays to avoid packing on extra pounds also need to take extra precautions to avoid getting sick, recent guidelines stress.<p>In some ways, athletes are just like the rest of us. They're more susceptible to colds and the flu when they get too little …

Health

How Sleep Affects Your Weight

<i>For</i> SELF, by Amy Marturana.<p>Another good reason to start getting more shut-eye.<p>The amount and quality of sleep you get any given night really sets the tone of the following day. When we’re well-rested, our minds and bodies just seem to work better. When we’re really tired, everything’s harder. We …

Sleep

These 3 Sports Will Help You Live Longer

Being active is good for you on so many levels, from keeping the heart in shape to improving blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Exercise has also …

Exercise

Save Money by Choosing the Right Medicare Drug Plan

You need to sign up for a new Medicare Part D plan by Dec. 7, so now is the time to make sure you're getting the best plan for your needs.<p>The reason: …

Three bizarre (and potentially brilliant) ideas about music and health from TEDMED

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — Walking around TEDMED 2016, I couldn't help but think of The Lonely Island song “Incredible Thoughts.” You know, the faux-philosophical rap that pokes fun at the world of Silicon Valley and big ideas with lines like “A Milk Dud sitting in the acid rain,” “Imagine if a fish …

TED Talks

Do acupuncture, massage and chiropractic work for neck or back pain?

If you have persistent neck or back pain, you might be considering acupuncture, massage or chiropractic — therapies often touted to relieve such chronic discomfort.<p>Do they work? Are they safe? Consumer Reports spoke to experts and reviewed the research to find out.<p>Chiropractic care<p>The founder of …

Pain

This is How Many More Calories You Eat When You Skip Sleep

Have you ever noticed that the less you sleep, the more hungry you feel the next day? Research suggests that this is indeed true. But you might not …

Weight Loss

Distress and depression with type 2 diabetes tied to skipping meds

People with type 2 diabetes who also have symptoms of distress or depression are more likely than others to miss or skip their diabetes medications, according to a recent study.<p>"Although it would seem intuitive to expect that depression would make the already difficult job of diabetes …

Diabetes

Everything you know about healthy food is a lie

In September, the Journal of the American Medical Association’s Internal Medicine publication revealed that many of Americans’ most prevalent beliefs about nutrition might be bunk.<p>The sugar industry financed nutritional studies, released in 1967, that downplayed the sweetener’s relation to heart …

Nutrition

5 Signs Your Gut Is Out of Whack (Even if Your Stomach Feels Fine) | Women's Health

1. You Catch Every Bug That's Going Around<p>A whopping 70 percent of your immune system resides in your gut. The thin, sticky mucus that lines your GI tract is made up of immune cells, immunoglobulins (antibodies that attack bugs), and intestinal bacteria, explains Alpert. If you're constantly …

Celiac Disease

How smartphone light affects your brain and body

There's something incredibly powerful about the blue lights that the designers of our smartphone, tablet, and laptop screens have been able to create. The lights in these screens glow so bright that we can see them even during a sunny day. At night, they're bright enough that they've been compared …

Wellness

Those who lose weight gain a stronger appetite

A "landmark" new study out of the National Institutes of Health helps explain why weight gain after weight loss is so common—and so difficult to avoid.<p>Reporting in the journal <i>Obesity</i>, researchers say that weight loss puts the body in a sort of fight mode and results in a "strong increase in …

Weight Loss

Study links blood pressure risk to road noise

Traffic noise is associated with an increase in hypertension cases, according to research from five European countries<p>People living near noisy roads could have a bigger risk of high blood pressure, a new study suggests.<p>Meanwhile, long-term exposure to air pollution can also increase a person’s …

Diabetes

Uber to Offer Free Flu Shots Tuesday

Want a free flu shot? There's an Uber for that, but only if you live in one of a handful of cities, and request it between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. tomorrow<p>That's right: Uber's on-demand flu shot experiment—which started in 2014—is back, but this time eligible customers won't have to pay the $10 fee. If …

Uber

Babies Should Sleep in Parents’ Room, New Guidelines Say

Infants should sleep in the same bedroom as their parents for at least the first six months of their lives to minimize the risk of sleep-related deaths, according to new guidelines from U.S. pediatricians.<p>Ideally, babies should stay in their parents’ room at night for a full year, according to …

Babies

Common household chemicals hurt our health ... and cost us billions

<b>(CNN) —</b> Routine contact with plastic bottles, toys, food cans, cosmetics and flame retardants containing "endocrine-disrupting chemicals" results in ingestion, leading to a toxic buildup and potentially a variety of medical conditions.<p>Routine exposure to these chemicals adds up to annual costs in …

Health

Canadian researchers reaffirm the benefits of exercise for a healthy brain

It’s easy to understand the links between exercise and bodily health. You can see muscles grow, or – if you’re a scientist – slice out a tiny sample of muscle and measure the molecular changes triggered by your workout.<p>In contrast, it’s not intuitively obvious why or how lifting weights or going …

Neuroscience

11 health innovations that could save 6 million lives by 2030

A year ago, the United Nations set two ambitious public health goals: to reduce the global maternity mortality rate to just 70 deaths per 100,000 live births, and to end all preventable deaths of newborns and children under 5 years old by 2030.<p>Those aspirations are now part of the UN’s Sustainable …

Medicine

5 apps to help anyone better manage their mental health

For those instances where a cat being surprised by a cucumber doesn't cut it or you can't get your hands on <i>The Little Book of Calm</i>, the inventions of apps means we now have mental health tools right in our pockets.<p>Keeping track of your mood, finding ways to cope and monitoring your mental processes …

You Asked: What High-Fat Foods Should I Be Eating?

By now you’ve probably gotten the message: dietary fat is not the enemy. When you reach for low-fat salad dressing or fat-free snack foods, you’re …

Nutrition

Is a No-Grain Diet Healthy?

New York City restaurant Hu Kitchen launched their first grain-free bagel last week.<p>It's a bold move in a city that prides itself on this breakfast staple.<p>But the eatery already offers an array of grain-free foods, from 100 percent grass-fed beef burgers on "faux-caccia" buns to treats like banana …

Nutrition

Job insecurity tied to increased risk of diabetes

People who are worried about losing their jobs may be more likely to be diagnosed with diabetes, according to a new analysis.<p>Compared to people who felt secure in their jobs, people who were experiencing so-called job insecurity had a 19 percent higher rate of new cases of diabetes, which …

Diabetes

Birth control linked to depression, new study says

<b>(CNN) —</b> Taking hormonal birth control might be associated with an increased risk for depression compared with those who don't use contraception, according to a new study published in the journal JAMA Psychiatry last week.<p>The finding is something that users have long suspected, as about 30% of women …

Pregnancy