Quitting alcohol improves mental well-being & quality of life

Quitting alcohol may improve health-related quality of life for women, especially their mental well-being, revealed by researchers. “More evidence suggests caution in recommending moderate drinking as part of a healthy diet,” says Dr. Michael Ni, School of Public Health and The State Key Laboratory of Brain and Cognitive Science, University of Hong Kong (HKU). The … Read more

Sleeping with artificial light at night may cause weight gain in women

Sleeping with a television or light on in the room may be a risk factor for gaining weight or developing obesity, according to scientists at the National Institutes of Health. The research, which was published online June 10 in JAMA Internal Medicine, is the first to find an association between any exposure to artificial light … Read more

Midday nap improves IQ and academic performance in children

Children who nap are happier, excel academically, and have fewer behavioral problems – a Penn study of nearly 3,000 fourth, fifth, and sixth graders in China revealed strong connections between 30 to 60 minutes of shuteye at least three days a week and positive outcomes in a handful of areas. Ask just about any parent … Read more

Better designed mobile phone app boosts physical activity in women

Activity trackers and mobile phone apps are all the rage, but do they really help users increase and maintain physical activity? A new study has found that one mobile phone app designed for inactive women did help when combined with an activity tracker and personal counseling. Researchers said the findings offer important clues about how … Read more

Vegetarian diet lowers chronic diseases & weight gain

Eating a vegetarian or primarily plant-based diet is associated with a variety of health benefits. But simply being vegetarian is not enough to reap those benefits–the quality of the food matters, too. Researchers are working on a new research into the health impacts of eating a plant-based diet and how dietary quality influences those impacts. … Read more

5 healthy lifestyle habits may add 10 years more

Maintaining five healthy habits — (1) eating a healthy diet, (2) exercising regularly, (3) keeping a healthy body weight, (4) not drinking too much alcohol, and (5) not smoking–during adulthood may add more than a decade to life expectancy, revealed by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Researchers also found that U.S. … Read more

Heart disease patients should move every 30 minutes to improve health

Heart disease patients who sit a lot have worse health even if they exercise. Patients with heart disease who sit a lot have worse health even if they exercise, reveals research from the University of Ottawa Heart Institute, and published today in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention. “Get up and move every 30 minutes … Read more

ReShape balloon device to treat obesity approved in US

The ReShape Integrated Dual Balloon System (ReShape Dual Balloon) – A new balloon device to treat obesity without the need for invasive surgery is approved by US FDA. This is intended to facilitate weight loss in obese adult patients. The device likely works by occupying space in the stomach, which may trigger feelings of fullness, … Read more

Four eggs per week lowers type 2 diabetes risk

Eating eggs reduces risk of type 2 diabetes — Four eggs per week lowers type 2 diabetes risk – Four eggs per week lowers type 2 diabetes risk revealed by researchers from University of Eastern Finland in a new study published in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, highlighting the benefit of egg consumption in controlling type 2 diabetes.

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