Substantial observational evidence has tied insufficient sleep to obesity, type 2 diabetes, dyslipidemia, and hypertension, and some studies have shown potential mechanisms for the link, according to Bernd Schultes, MD, of the eSwiss Medical and Surgical Center in Gallen, Switzerland, and colleagues.
They reported their findings online in a review in the Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology.
U.S. drug firms move to bar antibiotic use in livestock growth
CHICAGO (Reuters) – U.S. regulators on Wednesday said that 25 out of 26 drugmakers that sell antibiotics used in livestock feed for growth enhancement have agreed to follow new guidelines that will make it illegal to use their products to create beefier cattle, heftier hogs and other outsized animals.
The companies –…
What are good exercises to prevent osteoporosis?
What specific weight bearing or weight lifting exercises increase bone density in the spine?
In general, activities that involve impacts with the earth, such as running and jumping, are the most effective way to improve bone health, according to Dr. Jon Tobias, a professor of rheumatology at the University of Bristol who studies bone health.…
By Nathan Gray+
Related tags: Premature aging, Salt, Sodium, Aging, Telomere, Hypertension
Related topics: Sugar, salt and fat reduction, Science & Nutrition, Preservatives and acidulants
Overweight or obese teenagers who consume lots of salty foods show signs of faster cellular aging, according to new research.
The study investigated whether high salt intake is linked to cellular…
Thank Your Gut Bacteria For Making Chocolate Healthful
by MICHAELEEN DOUCLEFF
March 18, 2014 2:31 PM
Bacteria in your gut can break down the antioxidants in chocolate into smaller, anti-inflammatory compounds.
Boy, it’s a good time to be a dark-chocolate lover.
We’ve noted before the growing evidence that a daily dose of the bitter bean may help reduce blood pressure. There also seems to be a…
Because you can’t let the national avocado shortage come between you and your favorite dip.
PUBLISHED: MARCH 21, 2014 | BY ANJALI SHAH
Avocado is pretty much the star of traditional guacamole—the creamy, delicious dip full of healthy fats that’s a staple at most Mexican restaurants. But if you’ve ever made your own, you…
Every year, half of all Americans take some kind of pill as insurance against their diets.
But recently, researchers have noticed a surprising trend: Use of some of the most popular supplements is waning, possibly because of recent reports questioning their benefits and raising awareness about risks. In a study by the independent research group ConsumerLab.com, calcium supplementation declined…
Sorting Out the Risks of Fish
By RONI CARYN RABIN
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Fish is often called “brain food.” It’s an excellent source of lean protein, rich in nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, B vitamins and iodine, and pregnant women are encouraged to eat it. There’s just one, ah, catch: Fish also may have mercury, which can harm the developing brain.
Two advocacy organizations sued…
The Fat Drug
By PAGAN KENNEDY
March 8, 2014
IF you walk into a farm-supply store today, you’re likely to find a bag of antibiotic powder that claims to boost the growth of poultry and livestock. That’s because decades of agricultural research has shown that antibiotics seem to flip a switch in young animals’ bodies, helping them pack on pounds. Manufacturers brag about the miraculous effects of…
Scientists Study What to Do If You Drop a Cookie on the Floor
The five-second rule: New study says it’s safe to eat food that’s been on the floor … or is it?
Is this delicious bologna sandwich contaminated with bacteria?
PHOTOGRAPH BY BECKY HALE, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
for National Geographic
PUBLISHED MARCH 15, 2014
Once again, you’ve dropped your snack. You bend down, snatch…
CNN) — The World Health Organization wants you to stop eating so much sugar. Seriously.
In draft guidelines proposed this week, WHO is encouraging people to consume less than 5% of their total daily calories from sugars. The organization’s current guidelines, published in 2002, recommend eating less than 10% of your total daily calories from sugars.
Most Americans still consume much more.
Cheese, glorious cheese! The European Union wants U.S. food makers to stop using names with historical ties to Europe. But what else would you call, say, Parmesan and Brie?
What’s in a name? It’s an age-old question Juliet once asked Romeo in Shakespeare’s famed play.
Today, it’s a serious question between the U.S. and the European Union, which has said it wants U.S. food makers to stop using…
(TIME.com) — A study out that questions the stated benefits of breast-feeding is sure to reignite the debate over whether breast is best.
The new research, published this week in the journal Social Science & Medicine, looked at longitudinal…
That compound found in commercially baked bread — yep, the one that’s in yoga mats, too — is in the news again.
A report from the Environmental Working Group finds that the compound, azodicarbonamide, is found in close to 500 food products, from Pillsbury Dinner Rolls to Little Debbie products to Wonder Bread.
As you may recall, the sandwich chain Subway got a lot of attention a few weeks back…
Some drink only vegetable juice. Others soak in Epsom salts. It’s all in the pursuit of ridding the body of months or years of accumulated toxins, said to be the cause of fat, fatigue, diabetes, memory problems and countless other conditions.
The question isn’t just whether these techniques work. It’s whether the body is overwhelmed by toxins to begin with.
The promises of liquid cleanses and…