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  1. The Health Benefits of Losing Weight: Why Every Pound Counts

    The Health Benefits of Losing Weight: Why Every Pound Counts

    Most people want to drop a few pounds to look better in their swimsuits, but a new study indicates losing even just 5 to 10 percent of your body weight can result in dramatic health benefits. Obesity: A Modern Epidemic Most people understand that weight control is a growing problem in the United States, particularly with the modern propensity to...
  2. Recent Breakthroughs in Dementia and Cognitive Decline

    Recent Breakthroughs in Dementia and Cognitive Decline

    Recent research has brought to light a few key factors that can significantly contribute to your risk of dementia. Here, we highlight some of the newest findings regarding dementia and cognitive decline. A Healthy Brain Starts With a Healthy Heart: How Improving Your Heart Health Could Lower Your Risk of Dementia In a new study published in the Journal of the...
  3. Beyond Bone Health: Researchers Uncover New Vitamin D Benefits

    Beyond Bone Health: Researchers Uncover New Vitamin D Benefits

    With old research under fire and new research turning up previously unknown vitamin D benefits, the “sunshine vitamin,” has been an increasingly hot topic among the research community. As the summer draws to a close and the days begin to once again shorten, it’s a good time to take a look back at some of this year’s vitamin D research highlights and...
  4. Exercise: A New Link Between Gut Bacteria and Heart Health

    Exercise: A New Link Between Gut Bacteria and Heart Health

    Much previous research has been devoted to the myriad of health benefits provided by the microbes that thrive in our bellies. These microbes form a colony within the body known as a microbiome, which consists of trillions of microbes that flourish in the nose, esophagus, mouth and in the gastrointestinal tract. These microbes actually help us by assisting the body's immune...
  5. New Study Suggests Capsaicin Fights Obesity

    New Study Suggests Capsaicin Fights Obesity

    A new study has led researchers at the University of Wyoming School of Pharmacy to develop a new treatment for eliminating obesity in mice. The main ingredient in the new treatment is capsaicin, which is the compound that gives chili peppers their spiciness. When ingested, capsaicin has a positive effect on the peripheral nervous system, which is that part of the nervous...
  6. Weight Loss: Brain Structure Could Predict Dieting Success or Failure

    Weight Loss: Brain Structure Could Predict Dieting Success or Failure

    People who give in to their cravings are often seen as lacking willpower, with the inability to easily tame impulses commonly viewed as a character flaw, but this line of thinking assumes we all have the same ability to exercise self-control, and according to new research, that may not be the case. The results of a new study published in The...
  7. Belly Fat and Vitamin D Levels Linked

    Belly Fat and Vitamin D Levels Linked

    Thanks to increased research attention in recent years, we are beginning to form a better understanding of how vitamin D — an essential nutrient long associated with bone health — impacts not only our musculoskeletal system but also other critical aspects of our health. Naturally produced by our skin when exposed to sunlight, vitamin D is also present in food sources...
  8. Meal Sizing Tips for Health and Weight Loss

    Meal Sizing Tips for Health and Weight Loss

    Breakfast is often regarded as the most important meal of the day. As famed nutritionist Adelle Davis said, “breakfast gets the day’s work done.” New research on meal size and weight loss gives credence to this conventional wisdom by showing that eating a larger, high-energy breakfast aids weight loss and blood glucose control when compared to having our largest meals...
  9. Weight Loss Efforts Are Contagious, Says New Study

    Weight Loss Efforts Are Contagious, Says New Study

    While it may not be entirely fair to blame an expanding waistline on our partners, there is growing evidence suggesting that our lifestyle choices have a domino effect on those who we share our lives with. With this in mind, a group of researchers asked themselves, “are weight loss efforts contagious in couples outside of highly-structured clinical settings?” The results of...
  10. Gut Bacteria Influence Diabetes Risk

    Gut Bacteria Influence Diabetes Risk

    There was a time when bacteria were seen by the medical community as unwanted invaders and causes of serious disease. While some microbes are dangerous, there are several species that we actually need for optimal health. Our skin, our gastrointestinal tract and many areas of our bodies flourish when colonized in large numbers by certain kinds of bacteria. A new...

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