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By Jared East | Health, Fitness, Food and the Body

How to know if you have Lyme disease, which affects 300,000 Americans yearly

Keep this in mind the next time you go for a hike in a wooded or grassy area: Tiny critters called deer ticks often carry Lyme-disease-causing bacteria, which is spread by their bite. May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month — and recent CDC estimates suggest Lyme disease, once thought of as fairly …

Disease

World's First Clinical Trial Finds Diet Works for Depression

Groundbreaking research proves that dietary choices have the power to help reduce and even reverse depression.

Nutrition

What the Sugar Industry Didn't Want Us to Know About Heart Disease

<i>By Lisa Valente, M.S., R.D.</i>, September 13, 2016 - 9:43am<p>For decades, we considered saturated fat and cholesterol to be the demons in our diets when …

A food scientist explains why Doritos are the perfect snack

Doritos are one of the most successful snack foods ever, with a market-leading $1.5 billion in annual sales in the US.<p>What makes them so good? Food scientist Steven Witherly explained "the perfect snack food" at length in his book, "Why Humans Like Junk Food."<p>We break down the highlights — with …

These Are the 3 Superfoods You're About to See Everywhere

From turmeric to tiger nuts, 2016 witnessed an entirely new lineup of superfoods to compete with kitchen staples like quinoa and kale. But as we head …

Superfoods

I'm Fasting For Science: Will It Help Tame My Multiple Sclerosis?

When I told my coworker that I was participating in a study that involved fasting, she laughed until she nearly cried.<p>My boyfriend, ever supportive, asked hesitantly, "Are you sure you want to try this?" Note the use of "try" instead of "do."<p>When I told my father over the phone, the line went …

Multiple Sclerosis

Everything you wanted to know about vein problems (but were too busy pulling up your socks to ask)

About 20% of people develop visible varicose veins – while 84% of us get thread veins on our legs. What can you do to prevent them? And can they pose a serious health risk?<p><b>What causes varicose and thread veins on the legs?</b><p>Many people are distressed by the appearance of their legs – 15-20% of people …

Medicine

New First-of-its-Kind Wearable Device Helps You Get More Zzzz’s

<i>Novel technology builds on scientific evidence that shows sleep deprivation actually helps improve sleep</i><p><b>October. 6, 2016</b> – A new wearable technology …

Doppler Labs And The Quest To Build A Computer For Your Ears | Fast Company

“We had 4,000 people wearing a tech product in their ears.”<p>Doppler is building a complex hardware product—and trying to move with the speed of an internet company.<p>“The magic only works if we’re right most of the time.”<p>“We’re not going to compromise our ability to ship this first product.”

Happy People Make Their Spouses Healthier

People who are happier are usually also healthier—and not just because they're happy about being healthy. When humans feel good, they're more likely …

Happiness

Can a Pill Fix Your Hearing?

Listen up, baby boomers (and others): Your damaged hearing may soon be improved—and it won’t require inserting a beige gizmo in your ear. Advances in …

Medicine

World's oldest man, Yisrael Kristal, 113, to hold bar mitzvah

<b>The world's officially oldest man is to finally have his bar mitzvah at the age of 113 - a century after he missed it due to the outbreak of World War One.</b><p>Yisrael Kristal, who lives in Israel, will celebrate the Jewish coming-of-age ceremony with family and friends in a synagogue in Haifa, his …

Meet Doppel – The New Wearable Coffee Replacement

Doppel is a new London based, start-up company founded by Jack Hooper and is looking to change the world for coffee drinkers everywhere. This …

How mindfulness makes your brain happy

Everybody is talking about mindfulness, but nobody seems to be able to explain clearly what the heck it really is. Ask people and you'll hear, "Umm, …

Acupuncture: Real Relief or Placebo Effect?

ASK US ANYTHING<p>Scientists can’t figure out exactly how acupuncture works, and yet they’ve been able to determine that it definitely works.<p><b>Q:</b> <b>A friend</b> …

Pain

Before You Spend $26,000 on Weight-Loss Surgery, Do This

Earlier this year, the Food and Drug Administration approved a new weight-loss procedure in which a thin tube, implanted in the stomach, ejects food from the body before all the calories can be absorbed.<p>Some have called it “medically sanctioned bulimia,” and it is the latest in a desperate search …

What’s the Value of Exercise? $2,500

For people still struggling to make time for exercise, a new study offers a strong incentive: You’ll save $2,500 a year.<p>The savings, a result of reduced medical costs, don’t require much effort to accrue — just 30 minutes of walking five days a week is enough.<p>The findings come from an analysis of …

The Hunger in Our Heads

A busy brain can mean a hungry body. We often seek food after focused mental activity, like preparing for an exam or poring over spreadsheets. Researchers speculate that heavy bouts of thinking drain energy from the brain, whose capacity to store fuel is very limited. So the brain, sensing that it …

Weight Loss

NHS chiefs warn that hospitals in England are on the brink of collapse

Theresa May urged to boost funding or ration care to head off escalating cash crisis and avoid ‘1990s-style decline’<p>The body that represents hospitals across England has issued a startling warning that the NHS is close to breaking point because of its escalating cash crisis.<p>Years of underfunding …

Health Care

In Defense of Moderate Drinking (Again)

A few months ago, I wrote an article here on The Upshot discussing the potential health effects of alcohol. I pointed out that the scientific research said moderate drinking isn’t bad for you; indeed, it might even offer some benefits.<p>At the same time, I cautioned that this doesn’t mean I’d treat …

Research

Staying Healthy While Traveling the Globe

On a recent trip to Tanzania with four grandsons, my most important task (beside protecting them from the jaws of a lion or leopard) was to keep them, and myself, in good health. It would not have been much fun to be stuck in a tent next to the commode or flattened on a cot while the rest of the …

Health

Watch: A Slow-Motion Sneeze Looks A Lot Like Breathing Fire

To a mathematician, it's a violent explosion that shoots out missiles of hot, wet air, slamming a turbulent cloud of moisture into anybody or anything that crosses its path.<p>To the rest of us, it's a sneeze.<p>And Lydia Bourouiba has made a career out of studying it. Bourouiba, a mathematical …

The New England Journal of Medicine

The Epic Fight Over How To Label “Natural” Foods

The FDA is trying to come up with a definition for “natural” foods, but it’s not so easy.<p>Walk around a local farmers’ market or a big chain like Whole Foods or even Walmart and you’ll be overwhelmed by the sheer variety of “natural” and “healthy” foods. Consumers want foods they believe offer more …

The Future of Healthcare? It’s In The Past

The future of healthcare is largely affected by politics and population health successes of the past, including vaccines, clean water, safe food, …

Health Care

How Salmonella Could Be Used to Kill Cancer

A genetically modified strain of the bacteria has successfully planted drugs in mice tumors.<p><i>Salmonella</i> bacteria are best known as a causes of food poisoning and typhoid fever. Every year, they sicken millions of people. But those in Jeff Hasty’s lab at the University of California, San Diego, are …

Doctors put overweight patients on a path to failure by focusing on shedding pounds

One night a few years ago, Emma Lewis sprained her ankle. She had spent the evening dancing, then walked several miles home wearing what she calls “slightly inadvisable shoes.”<p>The next morning, Lewis went to see her doctor. But her damaged ankle was not his main concern. Instead, he told Lewis that …

Weight Loss

You’d Be Surprised at How Many Foods Contain Added Sugar

You may know there’s added sugar in your Coke or cookies. But did you know that it’s in your salad dressing, pasta sauce and bread?<p>The Food and Drug Administration came out Friday with its new template for nutrition labels. One big change was the addition of a line for “added sugar,” to be placed …

How Neuroscientists Explain the Mind-Clearing Magic of Running

It is something of a cliché among runners, how the activity never fails to clear your head. Does some creative block have you feeling stuck? Go for a …

Alzheimer’s symptoms could be reversed by restoring protein in brain

Alzheimer’s symptoms could be reversed by restoring a protein which is missing in the brains of dementia sufferers, a new study suggests.<p>Researchers at the University of Glasgow and the Hong Kong University of Science showed that upping levels of the protein IL-33 mobilises the immune system into …

Dementia