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Hurdler Aries Merritt feeling 'very healthy' 9 years removed from kidney transplant, becomes coach

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Some reach out to him as Aries Merritt, the 110-meter hurdles world-record holder. Top hurdlers seek his input all the time. Others reach out to him as Aries Merritt, the kidney transplant recipient. They ask about his journey in 2015, when days after winning a bronze medal at the Beijing world championships he flew home to receive a kidney from his sister. These days, helping anyone clear hurdles on the track or in life are...


Not all kombucha is good for your gut, dietitians say. Here's what to look for

Kombucha, a fermented tea drink, is as popular as ever and contains antioxidants and probiotics. But is it actually good for you? Dietitians take a closer look.


Surgeon general's social media warning raises eyebrows

A warning label on social media could be as easy to ignore as an explicit music lyric notice. Why it matters: The U.S. Surgeon General's recent call for a tobacco-style warning on social media platforms falls flat, some tech researchers and writers argue. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy called for a label on social media sites warning that they're "associated with significant mental-health harms for adolescents." The call echoes parents' struggle...


Sleep experts say brushing your teeth right before bed is a common nighttime routine mistake — here's why

If you want to create the ultimate nighttime routine, avoid doing these things right before bed, say sleep experts.


When I retired at 54 with my husband, I worried we'd be bored spending all our time together. I'm learning to focus on myself.

When the author and her husband retired young to an empty nest, she worried they'd be bored. But she has come to enjoy her retirement.


How Healthy Are Avocados Really?

Avocados are known for their abundance of healthy nutrients and numerous health benefits. But what are these nutrients and benefits exactly? Avocados are full of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats that can help lower your cholesterol levels. Dr. Frank Hu and his team at Harvard studied the effects of avocados on the health of 110,000 adults over 30 years old. The research team found that people who ate at least 2 servings a week had a 21% lower risk of coronary heart disease. Avocados are great for your gut microbiome as they are high in fiber, which helps with weight control and healthy gut activity. It contains vitamin £, which can help keep the skin healthy, lutein, which aids vision, and potassium, which helps reduce high blood pressure. However, Dr. Martin Kohlmeier, a professor at the University of North Carolina, says, "Many reported effects are replacement effects."


Melatonin Lasts Longer in Your Body Than You Think. Here's What to Know

Knowing how long melatonin lasts can help you determine the best time to take it for optimal results.


Zika-like virus found in sloths spreads from Amazon to humans

The three-toed sloth, native to the Amazon basin, is not known for its speed. The animals move almost as if they were in slow motion. Unfortunately the same is not true for the Oropouche virus that they carry. Part of the arbovirus family, which includes Zika and Dengue, it is subject to explosive bursts of contagion. An epidemic which hit Belem, i...


Nate Robinson talks about life-threatening kidney disease: "I want to stay alive for the next 40 years"

Nate came out publicly in 2022 that he has serious kidney disease and is in desperate need of a donor.


So THAT'S Why Mosquitoes Bite Some People More Than Others

Here's what makes you so attractive to the bugs and how you can prevent bites.


Should you put SPF on a fresh tattoo? Here’s what experts say

Tattoos can be a costly and time-consuming investment, especially if you want them to stay crisp and vibrant for as long as possible.


Study sheds light on why some people do not get Covid-19

Study sheds light on why some people do not get Covid-19 - The findings may pave the way for treatments and vaccines not just for Covid, but other diseases too


8 banned food ingredients and why they’re so dangerous


New report sheds light on health emergency as disease sweeps through India — here's what you need to know

"Mosquitoes don't just thrive in hot and humid weather — they're finding ways to spread their misery around the world." New report sheds light on health emergency as disease sweeps through India — here's what you need to know first appeared on The Cool Down.


Here’s How Watermelon Benefits Your Skin

A holistic esthetician explains the incomparable skin benefits of watermelon– and why you should eat this season’s delicious fruit.


More evidence suggests regular consumption of melatonin can reduce chances of age-related macular degeneration

A team of medical researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and the Cleveland Clinic's Center for Ophthalmic Bioinformatics has found further evidence that regular consumption of melatonin reduces an older person's chances of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a disease that often leads to blindness.


A Scientist Says Humans Are Rapidly Approaching Singularity—and Plausible Immortality

This solution will help us “overcome the limitations of our biological organs altogether,” he says.


Peanut Butter Is Good For You . . . Right?

Whether you're a fan of spreading peanut butter over toast ahead of your morning workout, adding it to your favorite overnight oats recipe, or throwing a tablespoon of the go-to nut butter in smoothies alongside berries and greens, there are various reasons to keep doing what you've been doing.


Moderna’s combination flu & Covid vaccine is more effective than existing shots in late-stage trial

Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel joins 'Squawk Box' to discuss the data from its phase three trial of a combination flu and Covid-19 vaccine, the company's vaccine pipeline outlook, and more.


Chocolate Recall Update as FDA Sets Risk Level

Nine products have been withdrawn due to potential salmonella contamination.


My 10-Year-Old Daughter Was Losing Weight. Nothing Prepared Me for Her Diagnosis

Looking back, there were likely other symptoms that I missed.


The 10 states with the best health care in America—and the 10 with the worst, based on data

MoneyGeek analyzed a host of statistics, from health outcomes — such as preventable deaths and rates of certain diseases or risk factors — to health access and cost — such as how many people are uninsured and have affordable health insurance options available — to find the best and worst states for health care in the U.S.


This is how to avoid getting sick while camping

Establishing a few best practices will help you and your family avoid getting sick in the great outdoors. The post This is how to avoid getting sick while camping appeared first on The Manual.


Understanding Anorexia Nervosa

Ananya’s story Ragini* (name changed upon request) is a single mother and a middle school teacher in the Southwestern United States. She has a teenage daughter, Ananya, who skips meals […]


A new study shows that 1 year of this kind of exercise yields results 4 years later

Exercise is good, but resistance training with heavy weight is great! That’s especially true if you are looking to maintain strength in older age, a new study shows.


Can Cat Litter Make Me Sick? 5+ Diseases and Parasites That Lurk in Litter

No doubt about it, cleaning out a kitty litter box is one of the least enjoyable parts of being a cat owner. The smell, the dust, vacuuming up scattered litter—not anyone’s idea of a good time. But besides the inconvenience, it’s a job that could actually make you seriously ill. We’re about to introduce you to several serious diseases and parasites...


Weight-loss options for US youth are hard to come by

By Robin Respaut and Chad Terhune (Reuters) - For many U.S. parents seeking help for a child with obesity, the most widely-endorsed treatment is out of reach - and it's not the popular weight-loss drug Wegovy. Leading medical groups recommend intensive behavioral counseling - 26 hours within one year - to teach children and their families practical ways to eat healthier and move more. But these


The Lowest Calorie Fruits to Enjoy Right Now, Per Nutritionists

Nature’s candy makes the best snack. Looking to satisfy your sweet tooth but want to keep your calorie count low? The low-calorie fruits on this list will fit the bill. Each of these fruits, from apples to strawberries, clock in at under 100 calories per serving—and also provide some solid health benefits. They are rich in vitamins and nutrients that can benefit everything from your immune system to blood pressure regulation. Wondering what to pair with healthy fruit, so you’ll feel satisfied? “While many people want to cut calories by limiting snacks to just fruit, remember that you’ll stay full for longer by pairing fruit with protein and fat. A tablespoon of peanut butter, slice of cheese, or a handful of trail mix will help keep you feeling satisfied while still keeping calories in check,” says Kaytee Hadley, M.S., R.D.N., I.F.M.C.P.. Meet the experts: Keri Glassman, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., is the founder and president of Nutritious Life. Christine Byrme, M.P.H., R.D., is a non-diet dietitian and the owner of Ruby Oak Nutrition in Raleigh, NC. Amy Gorin, M.S., R.D.N., is the CEO of Plant Based with Amy and Master the Media. It’s also important to note that 90% of Americans don’t eat the recommended two servings of fruit daily, says Hadley. “My goal is to help people find the ones they enjoy and can eat regularly so they can get all the health benefits from the fiber, micronutrients, and phytochemicals that fruit provides,” she shares. But if you’re looking to cut back on calories for weight loss, start with these lowest calorie fruits. *Additional expert input: Kaytee Hadley, M.S., R.D.N., I.F.M.C.P., is a gut health dietitian and founder of Holistic Health and Wellness in Richmond, VA. Jennifer House, MSc, R.D. is the founder of First Step Nutrition in Alberta, Canada. Alyssa Smolen, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.N. is a New Jersey-based content creator. Marisa Moore R.D.N. is a registered dietitian nutritionist at marisamoore.com.


‘Reversing’ Alzheimer’s: Here are exercises to make the brain more resilient

In her new book “Reversing Alzheimer's: The New Tool Kit to Improve Cognition and Protect Brain Health," Dr. Heather Sandison offers exercise tips to alleviate Alzheimer's symptoms.


8 Of The Unhealthiest Canned Beans You'll Find At The Store

Canned beans might seem like a healthy option, but in fact, they can be one of the unhealthiest things in your pantry. We're examining the 8 worst offenders.


How to Safely Exercise With POTS, According to Experts

These tips from doctors, strength coaches, and physical therapists can help you create a routine.


6 Surprising Health Benefits of Pears

This underrated fruit is seriously good for your gut and heart.


10 morning symptoms that could mean you have a common health condition


Apron Belly: How to Reduce Stomach Sagging

"Apron belly" is a term commonly used to describe a sagging stomach or skin that hangs from the abdomen. An apron belly is medically known as pannus stomach or an abdominal pannus. This flap of skin can appear after pregnancy, during menopause, or from significant weight loss. It is sometimes referred to as mommy belly fat or a menopause apron. Hav...


Why You're Dizzy When You Wake Up - and When to Be Concerned

Mornings can be tough.


How to stay safe as dangerous heat wave hits Midwest and East Coast

A dangerous heat wave is hitting the Midwest and the East Coast. MSNBC medical contributor Dr. Vin Gupta joins Ana Cabrera to explain more about the health impacts of extreme heat and shares his guidance.


10% of travelers have had their medicines confiscated. Here's how you can avoid it.

A new survey shows 10% of travelers have had medicine confiscated and more than 50% said that increased their anxiety during a trip.


More than 1 in 10 patients at federally qualified health centers experience major social risk factors

A first-of-its-kind study found high rates of food insecurity, housing insecurity, financial strain, and/or a lack of transportation among patients at federally qualified health centers, particularly patients who were low-income or from racial/ethnic minority populations.


A Definitive Sunscreen Guide To Protect Your Skin Year-Round

Find the right sunscreen for your skin type, skin tone, and needs with these tips from top dermatologists.


Private school or Russell Group university ‘may lead to better health’

Private school or Russell Group university ‘may lead to better health’ - Factors such as smaller class sizes and more activities at private schools, plus better job prospects, may influence health in midlife, experts say.


Tachycardia

Medically reviewed by Angela Ryan Lee, MD Medically reviewed by Angela Ryan Lee, MD Tachycardia is the medical term for an elevated resting heart rate, which can occur when your heart beats more than 100 times per minute. Several factors can cause your heart to beat too fast—anxiety, underlying health conditions, problems with the heart's electrica...


Sleep apnea: Symptoms, causes and treatment

As we move through life, the cacophony of snores and snuffles emanating from the bedroom increases. Anyone who has slept, or tried to sleep, next to a snoring partner knows how insufferable this can be – how mortifying, then, to be told the next morning that we are holding our own in the nocturnal orchestra department. The British Snoring and Sleep...


Steep physical decline with age is not inevitable – here’s how strength training can change the trajectory

Raise your hand if you regularly find yourself walking up a flight of stairs. What about carrying heavy bags of groceries? How about picking up your child or grandchild? Most of us would raise our hands to doing at least one of those weekly, or even daily. As people age, it can become more and more difficult to perform some physical tasks, even those that are normal activities of daily living. However, prioritizing physical fitness and health as...


Does Medicare Cover International Travel?

In most cases, Original Medicare doesn’t provide medical care coverage when traveling outside the U.S. However, there are several situations when Medicare covers international care. Here’s when Medicare works overseas and how to get healthcare coverage if you’re going abroad. Key Takeaways In four situations, Original Medicare and Medicare Advantag...


10 foods to increase metabolism and speed up weight loss

Is your slow metabolism hindering your weight loss journey? Here are top foods that help burn fat.


Arthritis is common, especially among seniors. Here's what causes it.

While many people speak of arthritis as a singular disease, there are over 100 different types of arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common one.


Which fruit is best for the heart? Cardiologists share 5 favorites

Which fruit is best for the heart? Cardiologists reveal the fruits they eat for heart health, including berries, apples, watermelon, grapes and avocado.


DNA markers shed light on rare potentially fatal autoimmune disease

The largest genetic analysis of an autoimmune disorder known as systemic sclerosis ever conducted in an Asian population has uncovered six new DNA markers for this rare tissue disease—a discovery that promises to improve treatment for patients worldwide. The study is published in Nature Communications.


I'm 73—I Lost 132lbs by Addressing One Underlying Problem

I often felt inadequate and different.


Mom Shares Tip That Helped Her Drop 160 Pounds Healthily—Without Fad Diets

"I changed my relationship with food, that is why it has been so successful," Brandi said.