Could Lots of Sugary Sodas Raise a Woman’s Odds for Liver Cancer?

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Sodas and other sugar-sweetened drinks may raise a woman’s odds of developing liver cancer, new research suggests. A study of more than 90,000 postmenopausal women found that those who drank at least one sugar-sweetened beverage a day had a 78% higher risk, compared with those who drank fewer than three a month. “Our findings suggest […]

Sleep Joins Revamped List of Heart Health Essentials

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Proper sleep is essential, and a widely used scoring system for heart and brain health is being redefined to reflect that. Since 2010, the American Heart Association has said seven modifiable components – maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking, being physically active, eating a healthy diet and controlling blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar – […]

Only 7% of American Adults in Good Cardiometabolic Health

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Less than 7% of U.S. adults are in good cardiometabolic shape, and new research warns the trend is only getting worse. Cardiometabolic health is an umbrella term that includes blood pressure, blood sugar, blood cholesterol, weight and/or the presence of heart disease. “While we know that cardiometabolic health among Americans is a significant problem, we were […]

5 Steps for a Heart-Healthy Grilling Season

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The smells of summer have returned: sunscreen, freshly cut grass and burgers sizzling on the grill. For many families, backyard barbecues are a staple of summer dining. But often the foods people associate with summer grilling – including ribs, sausages, hot dogs and hamburgers – are processed or high in saturated fat and sodium, which […]

9 Ways to Protect Your Heart and Brain From the Summer Heat

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Your favorite summertime playlist probably has more songs about surfing than about potential health risks. But with much of the nation having already sweated out a historic heat wave in June, health experts would like to add a note of caution to the mix. Hot weather is like a stress test for your heart, said […]

Salsa Is Smart: Latin Dance May Boost Your Aging Brain

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Latin dance classes may be a great workout and social outlet, but new research suggests that learning the intricate steps of the salsa, samba and merengue may also improve your memory. In the study, a Latin dance program was offered to more than 300 Spanish speakers over four years at 12 different sites in Chicago. After […]

Both Food and Drink Keep You Hydrated for Summer Exercise

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Keeping your body well-fueled and hydrated is a must during outdoor summer sports and exercise, a nutrition expert says. “For summer workouts, it’s important to make sure that adequate carbohydrates, fluids and electrolytes are consumed,” said sports dietitian Kristen Chang, assistant director of the master’s program in nutrition and dietetics at Virginia Tech University. “You […]

Sleep Throughout the Lifespan: When You Get Best, Worst Slumber

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Americans are night owls at age 20, get the least sleep at 40, and then finally get more shut-eye after retirement. Those are among the key takeaways from a study that looked at the sleep patterns of Americans of all ages. In short, teenagers and young adults often fall asleep after midnight, while folks in […]

Extreme Heat Can Bring Extreme Heart Dangers

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The record-breaking heat that’s scorching much of the United States this week poses significant heart dangers, and you need to take steps to protect yourself, the American Heart Association (AHA) says. That’s especially true for older adults and people with high blood pressure, obesity or a history of heart disease or stroke. Heat and dehydration force […]

Bitter or Savory, Taste Genes Could Influence Your Diet

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People who have never outgrown an aversion to broccoli, or an addiction to potato chips, can place part of the blame on their genes, preliminary research suggests. The study, of over 6,200 adults, turned up correlations between certain taste-related genes and people’s preferences for particular food groups. Those whose genes made them sensitive to bitter flavors, […]