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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 »

Trump Says Goodbye to KFC, Mickey D's: Report

President supposedly sticking to steaks and veggies instead of usual fast food

(Newser) - President Trump has become somewhat infamous for his fast-food penchant (who can forget his Cinco de Mayo taco bowl ?) and overall nonchalance toward self-care. Axios , which talked to aides who stumped with Trump during the campaign, says the now-70-year-old seemed to consider fast food a staple and ate "... More »

Mushroom Coffee Is Now a Thing

Touted for its health benefits, some of which check out

(Newser) - If a company in Finland gets its way, we're all going to be sipping fungus-based coffee as part of our morning routines. That's right, Finnish-based Four Sigmatic is selling hot cocoa mixes, instant coffee blends, and elixirs infused with dried fungus—all in the name of health, reports... More »

Horse Manure Figures in Fight Over Religious Freedom

Two Amish men in rural Kentucky say a law requiring horse diapers is unfair

(Newser) - An unusual clash about religious freedom is playing out in the small city of Auburn, Kentucky: It's all about horse diapers, reports the Wall Street Journal . Two local Amish men have filed a lawsuit against the city, its mayor, and its police chief, accusing them of violating their ability... More »

Fitness Tracker Data Clued Man In on His Lyme Disease

Signaling how the trackers could serve as a 'check-engine light' for health

(Newser) - In mid-2015, researchers studying fitness trackers counted 500 different devices on the market. They ended up having 60 participants, including the lead researcher, wear up to 7 devices every day for as long as 11 months, and then analyzed the more than two million data points they'd collected. Reporting... More »

Workout Not Doing Much? You May Need to Switch

Researchers say a simple at-home test can help you tell if you've picked your best workout

(Newser) - On the whole, working out is good for people. But when digging into the numbers, researchers have found a wide range of responses to regimens: Some people reap tremendous benefits, while others actually regress in their fitness, reports the New York Times . But new research suggests that these so-called "... More »

Sweating for the Oldies: Sauna Use May Cut Dementia Risk

Though study in Finland can't explain why

(Newser) - Here's one good reason to sweat it out in the sauna on your next visit to the gym: It could reduce your risk of dementia. In the first study of its kind, Finnish researchers found that men who used a sauna four to seven times a week were 66%... More »

Your Ice Cream May Contain Seaweed—Contentiously

There's a battle going on over the use of the additive carrageenan

(Newser) - Centuries ago, coastal Irish communities discovered that they could harvest carraigín moss, a type of seaweed, from the rocky waters at Carrigan Head and cook it with milk to produce a thickener. Named after the area, carrageenan—the soluble fiber derived from seaweed—has since gained global popularity as... More »

The 5 Healthiest States

Hawaii comes in first, again; Mississippi is last

(Newser) - What is the healthiest state in the USA? For the fifth straight year, the winner is … Hawaii, according to America's Health Rankings . The Aloha State snagged the top spot for its low rates of uninsured people and obesity, though it scores above average for excessive drinking, reports USA ... More »

Study Suggests Moms Take Preemies Out of the Incubator

Is kangaroo care better for kids, or are parents who do it simply better parents?

(Newser) - The age-old practice of mothers holding their naked newborns to their skin and nursing them appears to benefit children—specifically those who were born premature or small—two decades later. Researchers at the Kangaroo Foundation in Bogota, Colombia, revisited a group of preemies who were studied in the mid-1990s and... More »

Genes Up Your Heart Disease Risk? Do 3 of These 4 Things

'DNA is not destiny,' says researcher

(Newser) - If you lost the genetic lottery when it comes to heart disease, take, well, heart: The upshot of a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine is that "DNA is not destiny; it is not deterministic for this disease," as Dr. Sekar Kathiresan puts it. While... More »

Potential Hot Spot for Germs: Nurses' Scrubs

Study finds their pockets and sleeves are especially troublesome

(Newser) - A new study looking at how germs are spread at hospitals has identified a surprising potential culprit: nurses' scrubs. Specifically, their pockets and sleeves were the most likely spots to be contaminated, reports WebMD . Another potential hot spot: the bed railings of patients, according to a post about the research... More »

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