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Can't Stop Eating Snack Food? Here's Why

Yale researchers have found that the fat-carbo combo creates a powerful chemical reward

(Newser) - Yes, that donut is delicious–practically irresistible. And here’s why. Yale researchers have found that foods that combine fat and carbohydrates create a powerful reward in the brain, reports USA Today . The investigators recruited 206 volunteers and gave them a small amount of money to bid on various foods... More »

Speculation Ramps Up on Melania Trump's Health Status

All went well in Melania Trump's procedure, but WH is staying mum on how and where she is

(Newser) - The president has said she's doing well, and the first lady herself tweeted on Wednesday she was "feeling great," but other than that, Melania Trump's health status after her kidney surgery on Monday has been kept "under wraps," per the New York Times . Specifically,... More »

5 Lifestyle Habits Have 'Huge Effect' on Longevity

Harvard researchers surprised at how much of a difference familiar advice makes

(Newser) - Harvard researchers say five things will help you live longer, and the list isn't all that surprising: exercise, eat a healthy diet, maintain a healthy body weight, don't drink too much, and don't smoke. More surprising is just how much of an effect those five combined factors... More »

Barbara Bush in 'Failing Health,' Won't Seek Further Treatment

A spokesperson broke the somber news on Sunday

(Newser) - Barbara Bush is in failing health and won't be seeking further treatment for her illness, said a statement released Sunday. Per the AP , family spokesman Jim McGrath issued the news release saying that following a recent series of hospitalizations and after consulting with her family and doctors, the 92-year-old... More »

Sorry, Night Owls, You Might Be Early to Die

Study suggests they have a 10% higher risk of early death

(Newser) - Some bad news for those who like to stay up late. A six-and-a-half-year study on the sleep habits of almost half a million people in the UK suggests that night owls are at a higher risk of early death than morning people. Though the study didn't examine the cause... More »

There's a Natural, Cheaper Alternative to Sports Drinks

Peel a banana

(Newser) - During an Australian Open match in January, tennis star CoCo Vandeweghe refused to continue play until someone gave her a banana. She was mocked, reports Deadspin , but the snack was probably worth the scorn. Like sports drinks, bananas are packed with sugars—14.43 grams in a medium-size one—proven... More »

Doctors: Assange's Health in 'Dangerous' Condition

Years holed up in an embassy have taken their toll

(Newser) - The years that Julian Assange has spent holed up in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London have taken a "considerable" toll on his physical and mental health, doctors warn. Two physicians who examined Assange for a total of 20 hours in October tell the Guardian that the WikiLeaks founder, who... More »

A Big Day Coming Up for Trump, a Curious Nation

President will head to doctor on Jan. 12 for his presidential physical

(Newser) - The White House says President Trump will undergo the customary presidential physical on Jan. 12, with press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirming the date Thursday, the AP reports. Sanders has said the results will be released after the physical. The White House had previously indicated Trump would have the physical... More »

North Korean Defectors Reveal 'Ghost Disease' Back Home

They say people's health is suffering from radiation exposure due to country's nuclear tests

(Newser) - Horrific tales are being shared by North Korean defectors who fled their homes near the Punggye-ri nuclear testing site, with stories of sickened residents and wildlife, and even a deformed baby born without genitals and murdered soon after birth. Lee Jeong Hwa, who got out in 2010 from her home... More »

Paper Claims Sugar Industry Quashed Unfavorable Research

International Sugar Research Foundation says 1968 study was over budget and delayed

(Newser) - Just as the tobacco industry aimed to quash evidence of health risks linked to smoking, a new paper claims the Sugar Research Foundation decades ago suppressed research on the sugar's negative effects. The assertion comes via University of California at San Francisco researchers who reviewed internal sugar industry documents,... More »

Workers in Fastest-Growing Jobs Have Trouble Getting By

Personal care, home health industries expected to add 1.2M jobs by 2026, but pay is low

(Newser) - Those hoping to repair bicycles or fight forest fires will have good luck finding work over the next decade, but home health and personal care aides will fare even better, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics ' list of America's fastest-growing jobs . The US is expecting 0.7%... More »

Eat More Fat, Fewer Carbs

Research shows low-fat diets don't keep us alive longer

(Newser) - Fat, it turns out, is good for you. Or at least it's not as bad as we previously thought, per a sweeping new study that suggests low-fat diets could increase the risk of early death, the Telegraph reports. The surprising findings published in the Lancet suggest that instead of... More »

The Skin Treatment That's on the Rise, Despite Lack of Research

Experts warn intravenous skin lightening could be dangerous

(Newser) - Health experts want consumers to be wary of an intravenous treatment that claims to erase skin blemishes and lighten skin tone in a safe alternative to dangerous skin bleaching creams . Intravenous treatments gaining popularity in Asia, the UK, and the US involve weekly or twice-weekly doses of glutathione, the naturally... More »

When Packs Cost $1 More, 1 in 5 Smokers Quit

Researchers say taxes are more effective than bans

(Newser) - Addiction has many costs, but at least when it comes to cigarettes, price can be a serious deterrent. In fact, one in five people quit smoking if the price of a pack jumps by $1, researchers report in the journal Epidemiology . They looked at the smoking habits of 632 smokers... More »

Women Prefer the Smell of Men Who Eat Healthier

'Odor is an important component of attractiveness,' and carbs aren't helping

(Newser) - Guys have sort of a weird new reason to opt for the salad over the nachos: In a new study in the journal Evolution & Human Behavior , researchers found that women prefer the smell of sweat given off by men who eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables to... More »

People Are Snorting Chocolate Now

Coco Loko cacao powder delivers a 'euphoric' high, say makers

(Newser) - You can eat it and drink it, so why not inhale it? That's the thinking behind Coco Loko, a new "snortable" chocolate powder billed as a legal way to get high, the Washington Post reports. The newfangled nose candy leaves snorters with a "euphoric" feeling "but... More »

Coconut Oil's Health Claims Are Overstated

New AHA study casts doubt

(Newser) - Coconut oil, widely believed to be a healthy alternative, is actually not good for you, a new study suggests. The American Heart Association says research shows that coconut oil packs more saturated fat than butter and some other oils, USA Today reports. "Coconut oil is pure fat," writes... More »

Dozens of Kids End Up in ER Daily for Cleaning Their Ears

A common reason? Eardrums perforated by cotton swabs

(Newser) - A new study from a children's hospital has one clear takeaway: Kids should stop cleaning their ears with cotton applicators. Researchers report in the Journal of Pediatrics that 34 patients under age 18 end up in the ER every day because of injuries related to the swabs. The stat... More »

This Is the World's Healthiest Country

Iceland takes No. 1 spot; Lesotho is last

(Newser) - Curious which nations are considered the healthiest in the world—and which ones may need a health overhaul? 24/7 Wall St. examined 170 countries with populations of 250,000 or more, using various gauges from World Bank data such as infant and maternal mortality rates, life expectancy, and tuberculosis incidence... More »

There's a New Recommended Daily Quota for Fruits, Veggies

Study says eating 10 servings could slash risk of premature death, disease

(Newser) - If you've struggled to meet the World Health Organization's five-a-day fruits and veggies recommendation , you may want to reassess your consumption strategy. An Imperial College London study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology has found that doubling the current suggestion to 10 servings a day could stave... More »

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