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Here's Why a Soda With That Burger Is Especially Fattening

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FRIDAY, July 21, 2017 – Combining a sugary soda with your burger or fried chicken can really prime your body to pack on more pounds, a new study suggests. Folks who had a sweetened drink with a high-protein meal stored more unused fat, compared to others who ate the same food with a sugar-free beverage, laboratory tests revealed. Their bodies did not burn about a third of the additional calories provided by the sugary drink, researchers found. The participants also burned less fat from their food, and it took less energy overall to digest the meal. "If we are adding extra carbohydrates on top of what's already in a meal, that will definitely have an effect on the body being able to use fat as an energy source, and it will more than likely go into energy storage," said lead researcher Shanon Casperson. She's a research biologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Sodas, sweetened ... Read more

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What's Ahead for Health Reform in 2018?

Posted 1 day 8 hours ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 – The Republican Party's quest to undo the Affordable Care Act – either by replacing it, repealing it or letting it fail – is creating enormous uncertainty for millions of Americans who buy their own health insurance. Senate Republicans huddled again Wednesday night to discuss a path forward on health care after several doomed attempts to move bills to overhaul the Affordable Care Act, often called Obamacare. Aiming to finally resolve the issue, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said he'll force a vote on proposed legislation early next week. Meanwhile, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimated Thursday that the latest Republican health care bill would leave an additional 22 million Americans without insurance by 2026. Also Thursday, Politico reported that the Trump administration has ended two contracts to help people sign up for ... Read more

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How Much Sleep Do You Really Need?

Posted 1 day 12 hours ago by Drugs.com

THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 – Health initiatives typically center on diet and fitness. But the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society state that getting enough sleep is just as important as eating right and exercising. Your health can truly suffer if you're constantly shortchanging yourself on sleep. Heart disease, diabetes and obesity as well as the risk of accidents like car crashes top the list. More than the embarrassment of falling asleep at an important meeting, sleep deprivation can result in cognitive impairment – your judgment just isn't as sharp as it should be. Missing out on needed sleep leads to higher levels of stress hormones and the hormones that regulate hunger. That can lead to the possibility of overeating and gaining weight. Poor sleep also been associated with increases in the inflammatory markers often seen with autoimmune diseases. Over a ... Read more

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Healthy Heart in 20s, Better Brain in 40s?

Posted 2 days 10 hours ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 19, 2017 – Folks with heart-healthy habits in their 20s tend to have larger, healthier brains in their 40s – brains that may be better prepared to withstand the ravages of aging, a new study reports. Twentysomethings who closely followed the "Life's Simple 7" guidelines from the American Heart Association had brains in middle age that appeared more than a decade younger than those who didn't follow the guidelines at all, said lead researcher Michael Bancks. He's a postdoctoral fellow at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. "We found that individuals who maintained better cardiovascular health in young adulthood had higher brain volume in later adulthood," Bancks said. Brain volume loss, or shrinkage, has been associated with the onset of Alzheimer's disease and dementia, Bancks said. The Life's Simple 7 guidelines promote heart health by ... Read more

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As Efforts to Repeal Obamacare Fail, Future of Health Care Reform in Limbo

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TUESDAY, July 18, 2017 – The collapse of Senate Republicans' efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act raises questions about the future of health care reform. After two more GOP senators rejected the measure Monday night, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell shifted gears and said there would be a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) without an immediate replacement. But by Tuesday afternoon, that effort also appeared doomed after three Republican senators – Susan Collins of Maine, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska – said no to the idea. "I did not come to Washington to hurt people," Capito said in a statement in The New York Times. "I cannot vote to repeal Obamacare without a replacement plan that addresses my concerns and the needs of West Virginians. I have serious concerns about how we continue to provide affordable ... Read more

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More Evidence That Midlife Weight Gain Harms Your Health

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TUESDAY, July 18, 2017 – For many adults, weight gain is slow and steady, but new research suggests that even a few extra pounds can boost your risk of chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure. "People don't become obese overnight," said study lead author Dr. Frank Hu. He's a professor in the departments of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. "On average, people gain about a half a pound to a pound per year. Most people gain weight all the way to 55 and up," Hu said. "But once you cross the obesity threshold, it's difficult to go back. This study provides very strong evidence that prevention of weight gain is very important." The researchers found that for every 11 pounds gained, the risk of diabetes went up 30 percent. The same weight gain was linked to a 14 percent increased risk of high blood pressure and an 8 ... Read more

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Health Bill Flatlining as 2 More GOP Senators Defect

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MONDAY, July 17, 2017 – Two more Republican senators announced Monday night their opposition to the GOP plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. The announcement, by Mike Lee of Utah and Jerry Moran of Kansas, effectively kills – at least for now – the Republican Party's seven-year effort to get rid of Obamacare, the health reform law that was the signature domestic achievement of President Barack Obama's administration. Both senators said they could not support Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's proposed legislation as currently written. They joined GOP Sens. Susan Collins of Maine and Rand Paul of Kentucky, both of whom said last Thursday that they could not support the bill either. Those GOP defections leave McConnell at least two votes short of winning passage of the bill that was drafted behind closed doors, with no input from Democrats. Moran said McConnell's bill ... Read more

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Not All Plant Foods Are Equal

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MONDAY, July 17, 2017 – For years, the mantra has been that eating lots of fruits, vegetables and grains will ward off heart disease, but a new study suggests that choosing the wrong ones may backfire. The study, of over 200,000 U.S. health professionals, found those who ate plenty of healthy plant foods – such as vegetables, beans and whole grains – did have a lower risk of heart disease. That was not true, however, if people loaded up on foods that are technically plant-based, but not all that healthy. In fact, diets heavy in pasta, bread, potatoes and sweets appeared just as bad as, if not worse than, diets high in animal products. "Plant-based foods are not all the same," said lead researcher Ambika Satija, a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston. So it's crucial that people consider the nutritional quality of the plant foods they choose, she said. ... Read more

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9/11 Survivors More Likely to Have Heart, Lung Diseases

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MONDAY, July 17, 2017 – Rescue workers and survivors of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center seem to have an increased risk for heart and lung diseases years later, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at more than 8,700 people in the WTC Health Registry. This registry monitors the physical and mental health of the more than 71,000 people exposed to the air and debris after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. "Our findings indicate that intense exposure on a single day – the first day of the disaster – contributes substantially to the risk of developing chronic conditions," said study corresponding author Dr. Robert Brackbill, from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. People in this study were the ones most heavily exposed on 9/11. The group included 7,503 area workers, 249 rescue workers, 131 residents and 818 passers-by. Forty-one percent in ... Read more

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Could Artificial Sweeteners Raise Your Odds for Obesity?

Posted 4 days ago by Drugs.com

MONDAY, July 17, 2017 – Artificial sweeteners may be less helpful than many believe in helping people lose weight and avoid health problems associated with extra pounds, a new evidence review suggests. Aspartame, saccharin, sucralose and other artificial sweeteners did not lead to any significant weight loss in more than 1,000 participants in seven clinical trials, said lead researcher Meghan Azad. Clinical trials are considered the "gold standard" of medical research, added Azad, an assistant professor of pediatrics with the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. At the same time, the combined data from 30 observational studies involving more than 400,000 participants showed that artificial sweeteners are associated with obesity, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and heart health problems. Observational studies cannot prove a cause-and-effect relationship, however. These ... Read more

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Timing Is Everything With Heart Attacks

Posted 7 days ago by Drugs.com

FRIDAY, July 14, 2017 – Times of high stress – Mondays and winter holidays – seem to be especially hard on the heart, according to new research that suggests these periods are when heart attacks are most likely to occur. On the flip side, heart attacks are least likely to occur when you're chilling out on the weekend or your summer vacation, the study found. The findings stem from an analysis of more than 156,000 heart attack cases. They were treated at Swedish hospitals over eight years. While other factors likely play a role in heart attack risk, stress appears to be a substantial contributor, according to study first author John Wallert, a Ph.D. student at Uppsala University in Sweden. However, he noted that this study is an observational study, and that means it cannot prove a cause-and-effect relationship. It can only show a link between heart attacks and certain time periods. ... Read more

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Revised Senate Bill Would Allow Bare-Bones Health Plans

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THURSDAY, July 13, 2017 – Navigating a thin line between compromise and gridlock, Senate GOP leaders on Thursday released a revised blueprint for repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act. The latest version includes a controversial provision offered by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) that would allow insurers to sell bare-bones health plans ("catastrophic care") as long as they also offer a plan that meets the minimum requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Proponents of the Cruz amendment claim it expands consumer choice. But critics believe it would further destabilize the individual insurance marketplace because if healthier people opted for the less-comprehensive coverage, it would drive up premiums for everyone else. The draft bill also includes $132 billion over eight years to help states lower premiums for low-income, high-cost individuals, and there's an additional $70 ... Read more

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Better Diet, Longer Life?

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 – Middle-aged and older adults who start eating better also tend to live longer, a large new study shows. The findings, reported in the July 13 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, might not sound surprising. Health experts said they basically reinforce messages people have been hearing for years. But the study is the first to show that sustained diet changes – even later in life – might extend people's lives, the researchers said. "A main take-home message is that it's never too late to improve diet quality," said lead researcher Mercedes Sotos-Prieto, a visiting scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health, in Boston. "Most participants in our study were 60 years or older," she noted. The findings are based on nearly 74,000 U.S. health professionals who were part of two long-running studies that began in the 1970s and 1980s. Between 1998 and ... Read more

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CT Scans Might Help Gauge Heart Attack Risk

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 – A new CT scan analysis may allow doctors to identify blood vessel inflammation before heart problems actually crop up, researchers report. Detecting inflammation before it hardens into irreversible plaque could potentially help cardiologists prevent heart attacks, the scientists said. "Currently, CT only tells you whether there are narrowings in the arteries of the heart, but there is no imaging to tell you which one of these narrowings is prone to rupture, a process that would lead to heart attacks," said lead researcher Dr. Charalambos Antoniades. "The vulnerable narrowings, or plaques, are the highly inflamed ones," explained Antoniades, an associate professor of cardiovascular medicine at the University of Oxford in England. "Detecting inflammation would allow detection of vulnerable patients prone to have heart attacks." Antoniades and his colleagues ... Read more

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Weighing Portions Adds Up to Weight Loss

Posted 9 days ago by Drugs.com

WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 – Portion control is a must when you want to lose weight. "Guesstimating" the size of a chicken breast at a restaurant or cheese cubes at a party can be a recipe for disaster, leading you to underestimate your intake by hundreds of calories a day. And that can slow weight loss to a snail's pace. The answer is to teach yourself exactly what the serving sizes of your favorite foods look like, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. All you need are some inexpensive kitchen tools. Start with the basics: A full set of measuring spoons and cups, ranging from a fraction of a teaspoon all the way up to a 2-cup measure. Next is a food scale, an easy way to weigh foods like meat, grains, and chunky fruits and vegetables. Choose one with a tray or cup that attaches to the base. If you want to splurge, there are also spoons and bowls embossed ... Read more

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