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Docs Say Stop Taking Multivitamins

Multivitamins aren’t making people healthier, and they might even be doing the opposite, according to a series of recent studies. Signaling a sea …

'Dog Dust' Could Protect Against Allergies, Asthma By Changing Gut Bacteria

By Tanya Lewis, Staff Writer<p>Published: 12/17/2013 10:07 AM EST on LiveScience<p>Exposure to "dog dust," or the dried flakes of skin that fall from Fido, may protect against developing allergies and asthma in later life by altering intestinal bacteria, a new study in mice suggests.<p>The dust appears to …

The Case Against Multivitamins Grows Stronger

When I was growing up my mom gave me a multivitamin every day as a defense against unnamed dread diseases.<p>But it looks like Mom was wasting her money. Evidence continues to mount that vitamin supplements don't help most people and can actually cause diseases that people are taking them to prevent, …

An Apple A Day To Keep Strokes And Heart Attack Away?

An apple a day really might keep the doctor away.<p>A new study in the British Medical Journal using mathematical models suggests that if adults ages 50 and older were to eat an apple a day, 8,500 heart attack and stroke deaths in the U.K. could be prevented each year.<p>In addition, the number of lives …

An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away, And Statins Do, Too

We're all supposed to be eating right, but most of us are not doing a very good job of that.<p>Could you eat an apple a day?<p>Adding in that one piece of fruit could improve cardiovascular health on a par with prescribing of cholesterol-lowering statins for everyone over age 50, according to a report …

Are Vitamins really good for you?

So you may not see any major perks from taking vitamins, but is there any harm in popping them once a day? Possibly—particularly with supplements, which are more likely to provide a <i>much</i> higher dose of a single nutrient than you'd normally get by eating a healthy diet. The study authors note that …

Can Acupuncture Help You Lose Weight?

For this study, researchers wanted to not only test out the effectiveness of ear acupuncture in general in boosting weight loss, but also see which kind works best. They looked at two types of ear acupuncture: The first uses just one needle, which is placed in your ear's "hunger point"—the point …

Antidepressants taken in pregnancy don't cause autism | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Women who take a common type of antidepressant during pregnancy are not more likely to have a child with autism, according to a new study from Denmark.<p>A pregnant woman stands on a scale before receiving a prenatal exam at the Maternity Outreach Mobile in Phoenix, Arizona …

Do You Have This Deadly Gene?

Stress hurts—but for some people, genetics can make it even worse. Are you at risk?<p>Feel like your anxiety skyrockets faster than normal? It may not all be in your head—in fact, it may be written in your genes. Some people have a genetic trait that not only makes them especially sensitive to stress, …

Is polio a global threat once more?

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/world/1037000/1037978_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1522606863_12322fac70fc0354dd20f47770f816cf<p>Health experts fear a resurgence of polio in parts of the world.<p>Despite a quarter-century-long vaccination programme, the infectious disease is still …

Public Health

Taking HIV prevention pill may not encourage risky sex: U.S. study | Reuters

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Taking a pill as a preventive measure against HIV infection may not encourage people at high risk for the disease to engage in risky sexual behavior, according to a new U.S. study meant to address fears about its use.<p>The research, published in the Public Library of Science …

Lung cancer one-year survival rate 'improving'

<b>The proportion of lung cancer patients alive a year after diagnosis in England has improved "significantly", data shows.</b><p>Public Health England's National Cancer Intelligence Network said twice as many patients had been alive after 12 months in 2011 as in 1990.<p>They say the rise is due to improvements …

Cancer

9 Ways Your Body Is Trying to Tell You That Your Diet Stinks

The chaos of everyday life can make it difficult to recognize subtle changes that manifest in the body. In an attempt to indicate that something is not right, the body usually sends a variety of warning signs, which we tend to dismiss faster than a 6 a.m. morning alarm. More often than not, we …

Nutrition

Genetic Variant Linked To Stress Could Also Play Role In Heart Attack Risk

The same genetic variant that makes some people have an overactive stress response could also play a role in heart attack and death risk among people with heart disease, a new study suggests.<p>Researchers at Duke University found that people with heart disease who carried this particular genetic …

5 Diet-Busting Foods

You've Been Taking Breaks All Wrong. Here's How To Do It Right.

Next time you're plowing through a days-long pile of work, barely looking up from your computer, consider this: Breaks are scientifically-proven to boost focus and productivity.<p>A 2008 University of Illinois study found that the brain's attentional resources drop after a long period of focusing on a …

Melatonin May Aid Weight Loss

We're now officially deep in the holiday season, that time of year when holiday parties, decadent treats, and frequent toastings of good cheer can make it easy to put on extra weight. Looking for some help to avoid the seasonal weight gain? In addition to the standard (and very good) advice -- be …

Weight Loss

Vitamins vs. Whole Foods

Some big news about vitamins not working -- and even causing harm -- has been all over the airways recently, so I reached out to T. Colin Campbell, author of the new bestseller Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition, who has been saying as much for years.<p>Dr. Campbell is a professor emeritus at …

Immune System

Anger Disorders, Inflammation May Be Linked

By Bahar Gholipour, Staff Writer<p>Published: 12/18/2013 04:05 PM EST on LiveScience<p>For some people, violent behavior and anger may be linked with inflammation in their bodies, a new study finds.<p>The researchers measured markers of inflammation in the blood of 70 people diagnosed with intermittent …