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Low carb, Paleo or fasting – which diet is best?

Low carb, Paleo or fasting – which diet is best?

At this time of year, we are bombarded with books and TV shows telling us what we should be eating and how best to lose weight. Particularly in vogue are low-carb diets, Paleo diets and intermittent fasting diets. But which diet is the most effective for sustained weight loss – not to mention good health?

January 31, 2018 | By | Reply More
Four ways having a pet increases your lifespan

Four ways having a pet increases your lifespan

A new study has found dog ownership is linked to improved heart health for humans. This is an important finding, given heart disease is the leading cause of death globally.

January 17, 2018 | By | Reply More
Why your doctor may not be able to help you lose weight – Viewpoint

Why your doctor may not be able to help you lose weight – Viewpoint

Weight loss is incredibly difficult. Unlike smokers who are trying to quit and can just throw out their cigarettes, people with obesity can’t simply throw away all of their food. Patients with obesity need to identify a new relationship with food, and understand how to have a healthful diet, and not just a diet to help one lose weight.

January 10, 2018 | By | Reply More
Our fight with fat: Why is obesity getting worse?

Our fight with fat: Why is obesity getting worse?

Obesity’s roots are in American culture, from the stress of the workplace to the onslaught of food advertising, to our tradition of holiday overindulgence. The taste buds of our youth are raised on junk food and sugary treats, habits that follow children into adulthood.

January 6, 2018 | By | Reply More
Do incentives lead people to make healthy choices?

Do incentives lead people to make healthy choices?

Health plans, medical practices and some Medicaid programs are increasingly offering financial incentives to motivate Medicaid patients to engage in more preventive care and make healthier lifestyle choices. Does it work?

December 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
The long, strange history of dieting fads

The long, strange history of dieting fads

William the Conqueror was healthy most of his life, but he became so overweight in later years that he went on a liquid diet consisting of almost nothing but alcohol. He lost enough weight to resume riding his cherished horse, but a riding accident soon led to his untimely death.

November 7, 2017 | By | Reply More
Protecting Student-Athletes From Heat, Head Injuries

Protecting Student-Athletes From Heat, Head Injuries

Nearly 8 million kids participated in high school sports last year, the most in U.S. history. The shocking deaths of young student-athletes have prompted some states to weigh major changes.

August 30, 2017 | By | Reply More
These preventive measures might help delay dementia or cognitive decline

These preventive measures might help delay dementia or cognitive decline

n a landmark report, scientists have endorsed three strategies for preventing dementia and cognitive decline associated with normal aging — being physically active, engaging in cognitive training and controlling high blood pressure.

July 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Researchers use smartphone data to gauge physical activity worldwide

Researchers use smartphone data to gauge physical activity worldwide

Globally, the average user recorded about 5,000 steps per day. But amount of activity often varied greatly within countries, with greater inequality being linked to higher rates of obesity.

July 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
The yoga paradox: how yoga can cause pain and treat it

The yoga paradox: how yoga can cause pain and treat it

Yoga carries with it a higher than expected risk of a painful wrist, elbow and shoulder, possibly due to poses like downward dog, new research suggests. But it’s not all bad news. The same study adds to growing evidence yoga can help manage low back and neck pain.

July 3, 2017 | By | Reply More