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Staying Healthy Today's Healthcare
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Drug limits dangerous reactions to allergy-triggering foods, Stanford Medicine-led study of kids finds      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A drug that binds to allergy-causing antibodies can protect children from dangerous reactions to accidentally eating allergy-triggering foods, a new study found.

Birth Defects Nutrition Pregnancy and Childbirth Staying Healthy
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Pregnant women should avoid ultraprocessed, fast foods, experts urge      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Research shows that phthalates, a class of chemicals associated with plastics, can shed from the wrapping, packaging and even from plastic gloves worn by food handlers into food. Once consumed during pregnancy, the chemicals can get into the bloodstream, through the placenta and then into the fetal bloodstream. The chemical can cause oxidative stress and an inflammatory cascade within the fetus, researchers noted. Previous literature has indicated that exposure to phthalates during pregnancy can increase the risk of low birth weight, preterm birth and child mental health conditions such as autism and ADHD.

Diet and Weight Loss Nutrition Obesity Vegetarian
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Switching to vegan or ketogenic diet rapidly impacts immune system      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Researchers have observed rapid and distinct immune system changes in a small study of people who switched to a vegan or a ketogenic (also called keto) diet. Scientists closely monitored various biological responses of people sequentially eating vegan and keto diets for two weeks, in random order. They found that the vegan diet prompted responses linked to innate immunity -- the body's non-specific first line of defense against pathogens -- while the keto diet prompted responses associated with adaptive immunity -- pathogen-specific immunity built through exposures in daily life and vaccination. Metabolic changes and shifts in the participants' microbiomes -- communities of bacteria living in the gut -- were also observed.

Chronic Illness Diet and Weight Loss Fitness Obesity Staying Healthy
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The more the merrier: Research shows online interventions with social support help middle-aged adults with obesity lose weight      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Obesity is a problem in the United States. In fact, 42.5% of U.S. adults aged 20 and over have the disease. Not only is obesity the nation's second leading cause of preventable death (behind only smoking cigarettes), it also leads to other serious health issues, including an increased risk of type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, cancer, sleep apnea and liver disease. The disease and its side effects impose a significant financial burden on America's health care system.

Obesity Staying Healthy
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Obesity linked to detection of blood cancer precursor      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Individuals with obesity are more likely to have monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS), a benign blood condition that often precedes multiple myeloma, according to new research.

Vegetarian
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Natural compounds derived from soy and other plants reduce breast cancer recurrence and improve survival      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Soy compounds called isoflavones are among the plant-derived compounds that may significantly reduce the risk of breast cancer recurrence or death, according to a new meta-analysis.

Children's Health Nutrition Staying Healthy
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Participants in school-based gardening and food programs benefit from lasting impacts on dietary behaviors      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

To encourage fruit and vegetable consumption among youth, experiential food education programs such as gardening and cooking lessons have increased across both community and school settings. A recent research article revealed how this early learning positively influenced food decisions as children grew older.

Diet and Weight Loss Nutrition Obesity Staying Healthy
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Low-carbohydrate diets emphasizing healthy, plant-based sources associated with slower long-term weight gain      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Low-carbohydrate diets comprised mostly of plant-based proteins and fats with healthy carbohydrates such as whole grains were associated with slower long-term weight gain than low-carbohydrate diets comprised mostly of animal proteins and fats with unhealthy carbohydrates like refined starches, according to a new study.

Staying Healthy
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Strong connections found between vaccine hesitancy and support for vaccinating pets      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Study findings raise the stakes for public health efforts to improve attitudes about vaccination rates across the board.

Diet and Weight Loss Dieting and Weight Control Fitness Nutrition Staying Healthy
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Survey finds Americans struggle to maintain healthy habits during the holiday season      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

The holiday season is a time for joy and celebration but many Americans admit the endless flurry of activities make it difficult to eat healthy, exercise and get adequate rest, according to a new survey.

Diet and Weight Loss Nutrition Obesity Vegetarian
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Twin research indicates that a vegan diet improves cardiovascular health      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A recent trial of identical twins comparing vegan and omnivore diets found that a vegan diet improves overall cardiovascular health.

Nutrition Staying Healthy
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Are healthy foods automatically sustainable, too?      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Perceptions about sustainability and healthy food choices are closely linked, a new study shows.

Diet and Weight Loss Dieting and Weight Control Fitness Healthy Aging Staying Healthy
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Poor work performance among Japanese employees strongly associated with insufficient sleep      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

This study examined the association between work performance and lifestyle habits among Japanese employees. The results revealed that insufficient sleep was the predominant factor affecting work performance in men and women, followed by lack of regular exercise and eating late-evening meals. Furthermore, the study indicated that men were more likely to exhibit lifestyle habits that impacted work performance than women.

Diet and Weight Loss Nutrition Staying Healthy
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Feeding dogs raw meat increases the risk of antibiotic-resistant E. coli      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Feeding dogs raw (uncooked) meat increases their risk of excreting E. coli that cannot be killed by a widely used antibiotic -- ciprofloxacin -- researchers have found from a study of 600 healthy pet dogs.

Diet and Weight Loss Dieting and Weight Control Nutrition Staying Healthy
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Following a Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of cognitive decline in older people      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Old people who follow a Mediterranean diet are at a lower risk of cognitive decline, according to a new study. The study provides new evidence for a better understanding of the biological mechanisms related to the impact of the diet on cognitive health in the aging population.

Diet and Weight Loss Fitness Nutrition Obesity Staying Healthy
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People with obesity burn less energy during day      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A study found people who have a healthy weight use more energy during the day, when most people are active and eat, while those who have obesity spend more energy during the night, when most people sleep. Researchers also found that, during the day, those with obesity have higher levels of the hormone insulin -- a sign that the body is working harder to use glucose, an energy-packed sugar. 

Nutrition Staying Healthy
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Peer educators play key role in new recipe development and testing      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Cooking and recipe demonstrations encourage healthy eating and adoption of unfamiliar foods by class participants.

Nutrition Staying Healthy
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Allergic responses to common foods could significantly increase risk of heart disease, cardiovascular death      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Allergic responses to common foods such as dairy and peanuts can increase the risk for heart disease and cardiovascular death as much or more than smoking, new research suggests. And these dangerous allergic responses can strike both people with food allergies and those with no obvious allergy symptoms.

Diet and Weight Loss Nutrition Staying Healthy Today's Healthcare
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Practicing mindfulness can help people make heart-healthy eating choices      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

A study found that participants in a mindfulness-based blood pressure reduction program improved health behaviors that lower blood pressure. When people who had elevated blood pressure participated in an eight-week mindfulness-based blood pressure reduction program, they significantly improved their scores on measures of self-awareness and adherence to a heart-healthy diet compared to a control group.

Diet and Weight Loss Nutrition Staying Healthy
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Study shows simple diet swaps can cut carbon emissions and improve your health      (via sciencedaily.com)     Original source 

Making one small diet change -- chicken instead of beef, plant milk instead of cow's milk -- could significantly curb carbon emissions and increase the healthfulness of your diet, according to a new study.