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Why Sitting May Be Bad for Your Brain

Sitting for hours without moving can slow the flow of blood to our brains, according to a cautionary new study of office workers, a finding that could have implications for long-term brain health. But getting up and strolling for just two minutes every half-hour seems to stave off this decline in …

Carbon Dioxide

How Karate Helped an Aging Expert Age Better

Dr. Kirk Daffner, 61, paused briefly to center himself before he began the first of more than 108 carefully orchestrated maneuvers. He lunged, rolled, did one-armed push-ups and slapped the mat with his open hand. He jumped in the air spread-eagled, touching his feet, then grunted as he kicked at …

The Brain

The doctor is out? Why physicians are leaving their practices to pursue other careers

The news that New York University will offer free tuition to all its medical school students, in the hope of encouraging more doctors to choose lower-paying specialties, offered hope to those wishing to pursue a career in the field.<p>However, becoming a doctor remains one of the most challenging …

Health Care

Measles outbreak affects 21-states, including Illinois, CDC says

Federal health officials are investigating a outbreak of measles this year that has spread to 21 states.<p>The U.S. Centers for Disease Control said Wednesday that from Jan. 1 to July 14, 107 people had contracted the disease. Measles has been reported in Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Florida, …

Public Health

Energy-Hog Hospitals: When They Start Thinking Green, They See Green

Hospitals are energy hogs.<p>With their 24/7 lighting, heating and water needs, they use up to five times more energy than a fancy hotel.<p>Executives at …

Health Care

Finding It Hard to Focus? Maybe It’s Not Your Fault

It was the big tech equivalent of “drink responsibly” or the gambling industry’s “safer play”; the latest milestone in Silicon Valley’s year of apology. Earlier this month, Facebook and Instagram announced new tools for users to set time limits on their platforms, and a dashboard to monitor one’s …

Siblings

Report Finds Traces of a Controversial Herbicide in Cheerios and Quaker Oats

An environmental research and advocacy group has found traces of a controversial herbicide in Cheerios, Quaker Oats and other breakfast foods that it says could increase cancer risk for children.<p>The report comes amid longstanding debate about the safety of the chemical glyphosate, which federal …

Pesticides

How cancer cells communicate -- and how we can slow them down

When cancer cells are closely packed together in a tumor, they're able to communicate with each other and coordinate their movement throughout the …

Cancer Cells

The Secret to Ant Efficiency Is Idleness

ScienceTake<p>By James Gorman<p>Ants are renowned for their industriousness. Ask the grasshopper in the story by Aesop. He had to come begging the hard-working ant for food when winter came because he had frittered away his summer.<p>But that is fable, the ultimate in what scientists call anecdotal …

Traffic

The Agonizingly Slow Progress Against The Cancer That Killed Aretha Franklin

Say a big prayer for the Queen of Soul – but a little one, too, for the scientists who are making slow progress against the disease that killed her.<p>Aretha Franklin, whose unearthly voice turned songs like “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and “Respect” into immortal classics, died this …

Cancer

What a registered dietitian wants you to know about milk

What a registered dietitian wants you to know about all those "milks" in the grocery store.<p>Though non-dairy milks have been around for a while, they’ve recently experienced soaring sales and enormous popularity — due, in part, to environmental concerns, dairy issues (from allergies to lactose …

Nutrition

F.D.A. Approves Generic EpiPen That May Be Cheaper

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved the first generic version of EpiPen, providing new competition that could help drive down the cost of a lifesaving product that had become a notorious symbol of high drug prices.<p>The generic copy is made by Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, and will …

EpiPen

Phantom smells may be more common than thought, study finds

Phantom smells can be a sign of a serious health problem, but until now it’s not been known how many people experience them.<p>A new study finds that 1 in 15 Americans over the age of 40 detect strange odors like burning hair or rotting food when nothing is actually there. The study, published …

Research

Medical school will be free at NYU

New York University said Thursday that it will offer free tuition to all its medical school students, in the hope of encouraging more doctors to choose lower-paying specialties.<p>Many surveys have shown that medical school graduates gravitate to the more lucrative specialties, in part to pay off …

College & University

Clues to Your Health Are Hidden at 6.6 Million Spots in Your DNA

Scientists have created a powerful new tool to calculate a person’s inherited risks for heart disease, breast cancer and three other serious conditions.<p>By surveying changes in DNA at 6.6 million places in the human genome, investigators at the Broad Institute and Harvard University were able to …

Genetics

Is Gatorade good for you? This is when you should drink it, according to a nutritionist

Sports drinks are a great way to replenish electrolytes after a tough workout. Making your own version at home makes them even healthier.<p>Last month I found myself drenched in sweat, using all of my mental willpower to push through a 10K race (with a few choice words swirling around my head for the …

Nutrition

7 Ways Meditation Can Actually Change The Brain

The meditation-and-the-brain research has been rolling in steadily for a number of years now, with new studies coming out just about every week to illustrate some new benefit of meditation. Or, rather, some ancient benefit that is just now being confirmed with fMRI or EEG. The practice appears to …

Mindfulness

Surgery centers don't have to report deaths in 17 states

The first man died in April 2014. Another died later that month. Then, on July 18 of that year, a woman was rushed to a hospital where she was told she was lucky to be alive.<p>They all went to the same Little Rock, Arkansas, surgery center for a colonoscopy, among the safest procedures a patient can …

Physiology

#Blessed: Is Everyone Happier Than You On Social Media?

BuzzFeed host Tracy Clayton recently asked her Twitter followers to share a picture that they had uploaded to social media — one in which they looked great, but were actually going through a very difficult time.<p>The tweet went viral. An outpouring of smiling snapshots, accompanied with …

Social Media

Muscle 'Switch'

Some people respond well to both aerobic exercise and strength training, while others don’t. And some of us respond well to only one of those things, …

Muscle

The lifestyle change that led one couple to lose more than 400 pounds

The husband-and-wife team abandoned dieting for a lifestyle overhaul and finally reached their weight-loss goals.<p><b>Names:</b> Lexi and Danny Reed<p><b>Ages:</b> Lexi, 27; Danny, 30<p><b>Residence:</b> Terre Haute, IN<p><b>Jobs:</b> Lexi formerly worked in a law firm and Danny worked for an optical service company. Their weight-loss …

Weight Loss

How doctors can help A.I. to revolutionize medicine

Machine Learning

At Edinburgh Fringe, a Spotlight on Mental Health

EDINBURGH — Dressed in thick hats and heavy raincoats on the stage of a makeshift theater, three actors stumbled humorously through an imaginary storm. They buckled helplessly against the roaring sonic tempest coming from the room’s speakers, before it abruptly ended. The sun came out. But then the …

Mental Health

The Toll of America’s Obesity

Obesity rates in the United States continue to worsen. So, too, does economic inequality. Are these trends related?<p>After remaining essentially flat in the 1950s and 1960s, the prevalence of obesity doubled in adults and tripled in children between the 1970s and 2000. According to new data from the …

Diabetes

The Illness Is Bad Enough. The Hospital May Be Even Worse.

When she moved from Michigan to be near her daughter in Cary, N.C., Bernadine Lewandowski insisted on renting an apartment five minutes away.<p>Her daughter, Dona Jones, would have welcomed her mother into her own home, but “she’s always been very independent,” Ms. Jones said.<p>Like most people in their …

Medicine

Scientists Discover The Secret Weapon Of Stomach Viruses

Researchers have discovered why some stomach bugs hit us so hard — and spread so fast.<p>New research published Wednesday in <i>Cell Host & Microbe</i> found that stomach infections, like norovirus and rotavirus, are more contagious and more potent when the virus particles cluster together.<p>These findings may …

Particles

Please Stop Merchandising Mental Illness

I was seeing a guy from London, and he told me Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald were his favorite couple. He was charming, exciting and “got” me. His choice sounded so romantic, so like him.<p>Obviously I knew who they were, but I wasn’t familiar with the details of their relationship. I lay in bed and …

Mental Disorders

Court Orders E.P.A. to Ban Chlorpyrifos, Pesticide Tied to Children’s Health Problems

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court ordered the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday to bar within 60 days a widely used pesticide associated with developmental disabilities and other health problems in children, dealing the industry a major blow after it had successfully lobbied the Trump …

Pesticides

To stay healthy while traveling, keep your overhead fan turned *on*—here’s why

Staying sane while jet-setting requires balancing out the things you just can’t control (like long security lines, chatty seatmates, and rubbery …

Particles

Employers are finding new ways to cut health care costs

Employers are getting more involved in their workers' health care in order to keep costs under control.<p>A growing number of companies are contracting directly with hospitals and providers to take care of their employees, according to an annual survey released Tuesday by the National Business Group …

Health Care