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Coffee Habit Wards Off Yet Another Illness

Caffeine may protect you from multiple sclerosis, researchers say

(Newser) - Rejoice yet again , coffee lovers: A new study says that four or more cups a day may reduce your chance of getting multiple sclerosis, LiveScience reports. An international group of researchers looked at two datasets—one Swedish and one American—and found that people who didn't drink coffee were... More »

Marijuana Way, Way Safer Than Alcohol

Weed ranks least fatal on list of drugs, including booze

(Newser) - Worry that marijuana might kill you? Then rest easy: New research says that among things people take to get high or drunk, weed is the least fatal, the Washington Post reports. Researchers evaluated the fatality risk of these substances by comparing lethal doses to the amount people normally consume. They... More »

Experts Figure Out Exactly How Much Sleep You Need

Sorry, working-age adults: It's still 7-9 hours

(Newser) - Feeling so tired today? Perhaps last night's amount of shut-eye didn't jibe with the National Sleep Foundation's updated recommendations. In a newly published report in Sleep Health , the nonprofit foundation sets its objective: "to conduct a scientifically rigorous update to the [its] sleep duration recommendations,"... More »

How Chewing Gum Makes Your Mouth Healthier

It captures a whole lot of bacteria

(Newser) - Have a mouth full of cavities? You can maybe blame those teachers who wouldn't let you chew gum in class. Gum gets some scientific analysis in a study titled "Quantification and Qualification of Bacteria Trapped in Chewed Gum" published in PLOS ONE yesterday (and, it should be noted,... More »

The Elderly Are Falling More Often

Study sees 8% increase, but reasons remain murky

(Newser) - Elderly Americans are apparently falling more often, but researchers don't know why. A new study says adults aged 65 and up self-reported a noticeable increase in falls between 1998 and 2010, reports Eureka Alert . Queried every two years, the percentage of seniors who said they'd fallen at least... More »

Lost Weight Lately? You Breathed It Out

Most fat is exhaled as carbon dioxide, and a new study quantifies it

(Newser) - Where does your body fat go when you lose it? "Into thin air," quite literally, says Ruben Meerman. A new study out of Australia looks at how we shed pounds and the "surprising ignorance" around the process. Contrary to commonly assumed mechanisms—that excess fat is converted... More »

Women, 3 Glasses of Milk a Day May Harm You

Study finds link between heavier intake, risk of death

(Newser) - Milk: It does a body good ... or does it? Though they say their findings should be interpreted cautiously, Swedish researchers have identified a correlation between heavier milk consumption and a higher mortality rate among women. Karl Michaelsson and his team tracked 61,433 women for an average of 20 years;... More »

Antidepressants Change Feelings of Love

Participants taking SSRIs felt less comfortable with shared thoughts, feelings

(Newser) - People who suffer from depression but are happily in love—perhaps an odd combination—may want to think twice about popping certain antidepressants, LiveScience reports. In a new study , researchers gave two kinds of antidepressants to 192 people who were depressed but in healthy relationships for at least seven months.... More »

Almost 10% of Cancer Survivors Still Smoke: Study

83% of those who keep puffing away smoke an average 15 cigarettes daily

(Newser) - It's been well documented how smoking wreaks havoc on your body, with tobacco use upping the risk for a variety of cancers—lung, bladder, esophagus, larynx, pancreas, and more—and causing almost one in five deaths in the US and 30% of all cancer deaths, according to the American... More »

Who Ages Faster, Blacks or Whites?

Researchers find a 3-year gap in 'biological age'

(Newser) - A troubling new study says that black Americans age faster and die younger than their white counterparts, possibly because of the "everyday stressors" of being black, Medical Daily reports. Researchers at USC calculated this "biological age gap" by analyzing the physical exams and lifestyle surveys of 7,644... More »

Binge-Watching TV Could Lead to Early Death: Study

Sitting in front of the tube for hours really not good for you: researchers

(Newser) - So, if you didn't already know—sitting around for hours at a time to binge-watch season two of Orange Is the New Black isn't exactly good for your health. A new study shows couch potatoes could be increasing their risk for an early death, and there are two... More »

Migraine Drug Benefits Are Half in Your Head

Study demonstrates power of suggestion

(Newser) - How effective a drug is has a lot to do with how effective you think it'll be, a new study suggests. Researchers gave 66 migraine sufferers a set of pills, some in envelopes labeled "Maxalt," a common migraine medicine, and others in envelopes labeled "placebo."... More »

Most Popular Knee Surgery Is a Big Waste for Many

Study: arthroscopic surgery as good as fake surgery for some meniscus tears

(Newser) - If you're anticipating having arthroscopic surgery in the new year to fix your torn meniscus, bad news for you: A new study found the procedure is, for many, as effective as ... fake surgery. That could have big implications, considering the US spends an estimated $4 billion a year on... More »

Multivitamins All Hooey

The vitamin industry is taking us for a ride: Edgar Miller

(Newser) - Those multivitamins sitting on your counter are a waste of money perpetuated by little more than anecdotal evidence, according to a professor of medicine and epidemiology at John Hopkins University, CNN reports. The vitamin and supplement "industry is based on anecdote, people saying 'I take this, and it... More »

Marijuana Smokers, You're Inhaling Pesticides

And that smoke goes right to your bloodstream

(Newser) - If you like smoking weed, pay attention to the product you're buying—because you may be inhaling pesticides without realizing it, the Times-Standard reports. A chemistry PhD at Humboldt State University recently presented his study about the pesticide dangers faced by marijuana smokers: "I think that what's... More »

Nuts Make You Live Longer*

*Says study funded by nut industry

(Newser) - If you like snacking on nuts, a team of Harvard researchers has some very good news: That might just make you less likely to die. Well, OK, so technically everyone is 100% likely to die, but in a study of 118,000 people, those who ate a serving of nuts... More »

Depressed? Tackling Your Insomnia First Could Help

New study could lead to major shift in treatment

(Newser) - We might be on the verge of what the New York Times calls "the most significant [advance] in the treatment of depression since the introduction of Prozac in 1987": a new way of looking at treatment for depression and insomnia. More than half of Americans who suffer from depression... More »

Want a Baby? Cut Out Bacon

Study finds processed meats can lead to poor sperm quality

(Newser) - Guys, want more and better sperm? A new study by Harvard researchers found eating processed meats leads to poorer sperm quality. That means if you and your wife are trying to make a baby, it’s time to cut out the bacon. Newsy reports: More »

Aging Men Can Curse Estrogen, Too

Researchers find that sinking estrogen levels to blame for expanding waists

(Newser) - It turns out both sexes have a reason to curse estrogen. A new study has found that what the New York Times dubs one of men's "familiar physical complaints of midlife"—that ballooning waistline—is not, as long believed, due to dipping testosterone levels. While those levels... More »

Guys, You're Just as Depressed as Women

When symptoms like rage and substance abuse are factored in

(Newser) - Depression might be known more as a women's disease, but new research shows men suffer just as much—only differently. When rage, risk-taking, and substance abuse are taken into account, men are just as likely to be diagnosed with depression as women, the study says. In fact, if nontraditional... More »

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