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The trap of the unhealthy vegetarian or vegan

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In 2008, Kirstie Alley adopted a vegetarian diet for seven months and said: "I can't tell you how much weight I gained. ... To me, being a vegetarian meant I'm going to eat enchiladas with no meat, and ... lots of bread, lots of carbs." She gained 83 pounds!

Her experience isn't unusual. It's estimated that almost 10% of vegans, around 18% of ...Read more

Over- and undertreating Type 2 diabetes

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The over/under on the Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield's passing yards for the 2019 season is 4,325.5. That's more than the oddsmakers give Super Bowl champ Tom Brady (4,170.5)! How will the season play out? Who knows! But over/under wagers are tricky, and losses can be devastating. Just ask the almost 30 million folks in America with Type 2 ...Read more

The science and sensibility of a good soak in the tub

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In 2010's "Hot Tub Time Machine," John Cusack, Rob Corddry and Craig Robinson play three bummed-out friends who go to a ski resort. When they juice up their hot tub's controls (don't ask) with an illegal Russian energy drink called Chernobly, it transports them back to 1986. Not exactly the relaxing soak they were expecting. But there's no ...Read more

Walking the dog and fracture risk

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Many NBA players have been known to "walk the dog," but LeBron James may have done the definitive stroll in 2013, when playing for the Miami Heat. He spent more than 10 seconds gently pushing the ball down the court with his foot before picking it up and taking his team to victory with 36 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds.

But sometimes, ...Read more

Why intermittent fasting is so good for you and how to do it

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You can argue about whether 1949's animated movie "Fast and Furry-ous" (it debuted Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner) is better or worse -- or more or less real -- than Vin Diesel's 2001-2017 "Fast and Furious" series. But there's no longer any argument about what makes intermittent fasting so furiously, er, seriously, good for you.

According ...Read more

The cruel truth about secondhand smoke

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When the tabloids expose famous moms and dads -- such as Kate Winslet, Barack Obama, Salma Hayek -- as smokers, they seem to think it will shock the nation. But alas, that's not the case. In fact, it's incredibly common for parents to expose their children to secondhand smoke.

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reveals...Read more

Ditching red meat is a game-changer when it comes to breast cancer risk

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It's year three for the Tennessee Titans' vegan initiative; we'll see how they do. The record so far is pretty impressive: In 2017, it started with linebacker Derrick Morgan (his wife is a Le Cordon Bleu chef!) and took them to the postseason for the first time in nine years. Then, it spread like soft tofu through the team until 15 guys got on ...Read more

Don't be a victim of drive-by eating

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When the band Train released "Drive By" in 2012, it became their third Top 10 hit in the U.S. There was a lot of appeal to the promise lead singer Patrick Monahan was making: "This is not a drive by, Just a shy guy ... Oh I swear to you, I'll be there for you. This is not a drive by."

No one wants to experience a broken heart from a drive-by ...Read more

Mediterranean diet helps women dodge gestational diabetes

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Actress Salma Hayek admitted to Oprah Winfrey that her pregnancy, at age 40, was tough: "I gained a lot of weight. I had gestational diabetes. The pregnancy was really difficult for me." She's not alone. Every year, 2-10% of pregnancies in the U.S. are affected by gestational diabetes, putting the woman at risk for high blood pressure during the...Read more

What does it take to get truly hydrated?

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When the Jumbotron scoreboard caught Cleveland Browns' quarterback Baker Mayfield biting into a beer can and shot-gunning the brew as he watched the Angels get trounced by C-town's Indians, he insisted it was all in good fun. Well, that may be true, but we don't want fans to take it as a model for how to hydrate when they're out in the summer ...Read more

Surgery and smoking pot is not a good combo

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Snoop Dogg, who hangs with Martha Stewart these days (really!), says he first smoked marijuana when he was 8 or 9 years old. That's younger than national statistics account for, but we do know that from 2006 to 2013, among adults 50+ the number of folks who've used marijuana in the past year increased 71.4%. But it's not all fun and games!

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Compulsive dating app use linked to social anxiety and loneliness

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In "Swiped," the HBO documentary on dating app obsessions, one frequent user reminisces about the good old days of dating: "I do remember when you used to call people on the phone. I think if you called someone these days you'd probably get labeled a psychopath."

The result is that many 18- to 30-year-olds now spend around 10 hours a week ...Read more

Getting ready for a new baby -- safely

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In the film "Away We Go," a young couple, played by Maya Rudolph and John Krasinski, is expecting their first child. When they learn his parents (their only support system) are moving thousands of miles away, the pair sets off on an ambitious cross-country trip to find a new place to live.

That's an exaggerated version of a reality that many ...Read more

Harnessing produce power to fight oxidative stress

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Legend has it that Paul Bunyan -- the mythological, 7-foot-tall, super-lumberjack -- roamed the upper Midwest with his giant blue ox, Babe. When they encountered a 200-foot tall logjam on a Wisconsin River, Babe was able to reverse the river, send the logs upstream and then have them flow gracefully back down, simply by swishing her tail around ...Read more

Kicking the ultraprocessed food habit

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Nick Saban, the famous football coach for LSU and Alabama (his college coaching record is 232-63-1), found that focusing on "the process" was the key to success: "Don't think about winning the SEC Championship ... think about what you needed to do ... in this moment. That's the process: Let's think about what we can do today, the task at hand." ...Read more

The power of pistachios, walnuts, hazelnuts and almonds

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The Modesto Nuts, a farm team for the Seattle Mariners, adopted its name in 2005 to honor the almonds, walnuts and pistachios that are gown locally. Their mascots? Al the Almond, Wally the Walnut and Shelley the Pistachio.

Potent choices! Spanish researchers have found that pistachios, almonds, walnuts and hazelnuts can help undo the sex-...Read more

The smartphone diet

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Actress Emma Watson (Hermione Granger in the "Harry Potter" series) compares her social media use to counting calories: "It's so important to keep an eye on what your daily diet is. In the same way we think about what we eat, we should think about what we read, what we're seeing, what we're engaging and what we're interacting with every day." ...Read more

Minimize in-flight flatulence

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Too close for comfort, cheek to jowl, packed together like sardines. All of these phrases accurately describe the seating in the coach section of just about every commercial airline. That's why one of the last things that you, or the people seated closely around you, need to contend with while on board is flatulence.

The average person (male or...Read more

Put your taste buds through training camp

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Summer camp in the National Football League; summer league in the National Basketball Association; and of course, spring training in Major League Baseball: They're all dedicated to getting players ready before the season officially starts. And it works, bringing out the best in athletes (newbies and veterans), so they can perform at their ...Read more

Waist not, want not

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"He will waste nothing; but he must want nothing." -- Theologian John Wesley, 1772

"Waste not, want not." -- A modern-day version of the time-tested saying

Let's update it even more: "Waist not, want not." That's the conclusion of researchers who looked at 157,000 postmenopausal women enrolled in the Women's Health Initiative. They found that ...Read more

 
 

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