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The Benefits of Exercising 6 Seconds at a Time

High-intensity bursts may pay off for seniors, study says

(Newser) - Not feeling up for a half-hour on the bike? Can't find the time to jog or walk a few miles? Good news out of Abertay University in Scotland, where researchers put 12 retired people to the test. Coming in twice a week for six weeks, the volunteers, all over... More »

How Food Affects Your Stress Level

Sugars and white pastas don't help, but fish does

(Newser) - What did you eat last time you got stressed? Odds are it was packed with sugar or refined carbs, and apparently that's not good. "There can be a bit of a vicious cycle," Harvard professor David Ludwig tells NPR . People often remedy stress with comfort foods, he... More »

Silent but Healthy: Sniffing Farts Is Good for You

Or say scientists at the University of Exeter

(Newser) - To put it one way, small doses of hydrogen sulfide help keep cells healthy and thus help ward off maladies such as dementia, diabetes, and even cancer. To put it another way, "smelling farts could be the best thing you do today," as per CNET . As the Independent ... More »

3 Foods That the Experts Won't Touch

And other food-safety tips to keep your July 4th rolling

(Newser) - Nothing can put a damper on your July 4th barbecue like rain—except maybe food safety experts, some of whom give USA Today pointers on how to avoid celebrations that end with you running for the bathroom. Doug Powell of the aptly-named barfblog.com starts with a few foods he... More »

Study: We'll Never Cure Cancer

Researchers say it's as old as life itself

(Newser) - When it comes to the war on cancer, it's time to lower our expectations, a new study suggests. Or as the lead author of the study in Nature puts it, "Cancer is as old as multi-cellular life on earth and will probably never be eradicated." German researchers... More »

Ominous First: Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in Food

In a single squid in a Chinese market in Saskatoon

(Newser) - We're growing accustomed to hearing about antibiotic-resistant bacteria in our hospitals; now the CDC says it's entering our markets. In a report out yesterday, the agency revealed that Canadian researchers have, as part of a pilot study, discovered such bacteria in a single raw squid found in a... More »

Breakthrough DNA Test Saves Boy in 48 Hours

New software sifts through DNA sample to make quick diagnosis

(Newser) - A 15-year-old boy is alive thanks to a diagnosis that sounds like it’s from a sci-fi novel. Doctors took a DNA sample from Joshua Osborn—whose brain was swelling with fluid for reasons that had doctors stumped—ran it through DNA-sequencing machines, and let the software work its magic,... More »

Cynical? You May Be Prone to Dementia

Study from Finland sees a link

(Newser) - Hard-core cynics won't believe a word of it, but Finnish researchers think they're more likely to suffer from dementia late in life. Three times more likely, in fact, reports the Sydney Morning Herald . The researchers surveyed senior citizens to gauge their level of cynicism, asking them, for example,... More »

6 Medical Conspiracies People Really Believe

Nearly 50% of people surveyed believe at least one theory

(Newser) - Think a US spy agency has infected black Americans with HIV? Or cell phones cause cancer and the government secretly knows? You're not alone: Roughly half of Americans believe in one or more medical conspiracies, according to a new survey. Two researchers asked 1,351 adults whether they knew... More »

The Wealthiest Americans' Top Worry Is ...

Above all, it's health—their spouse's or their own

(Newser) - What's left to worry about when money is no object? Health, apparently. According to a report from two financial-advisory groups, American millionaires with a net worth up to $25 million rank their spouse's health as their number-one concern, Business Insider reports. Those who are merely affluent—with $100,... More »

Alzheimer's Deaths May Rival Cancer

Study says it's under-reported, is actually No. 3 cause of death

(Newser) - The official stats on Alzheimer's have it as the sixth-leading cause of death in America, with about 83,000 fatalities a year. But new research suggests that undershoots the mark six-fold, reports CNN . The study in Neurology estimates that Alzheimer's kills 503,000 people a year, a number... More »

Bad Temper? You May Be at Higher Risk of Heart Attack

After angry outbursts, risk of heart attack, stroke increase: study

(Newser) - Angry? You may want to calm down, or you could put yourself at higher risk of a heart attack or stroke, a new study finds. Researchers found that there's a two-hour "danger zone" following an outburst of rage during which people are nearly five times more likely to... More »

'Amazingly, Smoking Is Even Worse Than We Knew'

Causes diabetes, erectile dysfunction, and more, surgeon general's report finds

(Newser) - Yes, smoking is bad for you, but just how bad might still surprise you. A surgeon general's report out Friday reports that lighting up is scientifically proven to cause diabetes, colorectal and liver cancers, erectile dysfunction, and ectopic pregnancy, the New York Times reports. And more: vision loss, tuberculosis,... More »

Study: It's Not McDonald's Fault Our Kids Are Fat

It's the fatty, sugary foods they're eating the rest of the time that's to blame: study

(Newser) - Fast food isn't making your kids fat—not really. What's truly behind the trend of childhood obesity are the sodas, frozen pizzas, and cookies consumed at home, school, and whenever kids aren't in a McDonald's or Burger King booth—a "Western diet" high in saturated... More »

Boy Who Fought 'Aging Disease' Dead at 17

Sam Berns became the face of progeria

(Newser) - It's most commonly known as the "Benjamin Button" disease, and as ABC News reports, Sam Berns was the teen most widely known for fighting the genetic condition progeria. He lost that battle on Friday, dying at the age of 17—well past the 13 years that children with... 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 »

Feeling Fat? Grizzly Bears May Be Able to Help

Scientist studies grizzlies to see how they eat so much

(Newser) - Ready to get jealous? Grizzly bears can put on 100 pounds or more by wolfing down food before hibernation, without clogging arteries or becoming diabetic. And they can ingest up to 58,000 calories a day and weigh 1,000 pounds without anyone saying anything. Which is exactly why one... More »

Juice Cleanses Make You a Schmuck, Not Healthy

Katy Waldman: They're for the 'well-heeled' and aren't actually good for you

(Newser) - We are a country awash in juice—the fancy, unpasteurized, kale-filled version, that is. Writing for Slate , Katy Waldman points out that "juice" is both a verb and a $5 billion industry, fueled by celebs who swear by the health trend, which finds its apex in that most admirable... More »

4 Surprising Things That Have Kept Us Alive

Turns out cotton is literally the fabric of our lives

(Newser) - In a piece last week on Slate , Laura Helmuth took a long and interesting look at what she dubs "the most important difference between the world today and 150 years ago": the doubling of our lifespan, from about 40 years to about 80. She looked at the big reasons... More »

4 Coffees a Day May Mean Early Death

Women drinkers have double the normal mortality rate

(Newser) - Drinking several cups of joe a day may cut your risk of suicide , but it might just kill you anyway. A new study has linked heavy coffee drinking—that's 28 cups a week, or four per day—with a higher death risk in those under 55. Women who guzzled... More »

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