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Lifestyle Factors Reduce Alzheimer's Risk
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A combination of these lifestyle traits appears to substantially reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease. Read more >

Deluded about Dementia
Charlotte LoBuono

People worry about dementia, but too few do what they should to keep their brains sharp. Read more >

Beware of Diet Blogs
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Weight loss blogs can be uplifting, but the information they offer is often inaccurate and high calorie. Read more >

What You're Not Eating Could Kill You
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Eating unhealthy food is not as bad for you as missing out on the nutrients in foods you don't eat. Read more >

Happier Exercisers
Charlotte LoBuono

Does more exercise mean less depression, or does more depression mean less exercise? Read more >

Health Data Privacy Scams
Neil Wagner

Companies will pay good money for information about you. This, along with tech advances, threatens the security of health data. Read more >

New Physical Activity Guidelines
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines make it easier for people to achieve the exercise levels they need for better health. Read more >

Obesity Drains the U.S. Economy
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The costs related to caring for an increasingly overweight population come to over $1.7 trillion. Read more >

Born Fit
Neil Wagner

Call it trickle-down health: A father's fitness level before conception can make a big difference in his children's weight and metabolism. Read more >

Diabetes, Just Around the Corner
Alice G. Walton

Even seemingly healthy people can have blood sugar spikes that creep into diabetes territory. Read more >

Joint Effort: Avoiding Osteoarthritis
Esther Entin, M.D.

You can lower your risk of osteoarthritis and increase your chances of staying mobile and pain-free for years to come. Read more >

A Bad Deal for Boys
Alice G. Walton

Boys are more likely to have a hard time in school -- and beyond -- when there are few chances for activity. Read more >

What A Good Diet Can't Do
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

You have to reduce salt to prevent high blood pressure. But don't start with the salt shaker. Read more >

Reduce Your Risk of Fractures
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

People worried about keeping bones strong should focus on these factors before taking supplements. Read more >

Health Tips to Take into 2018
Leslie Carr

The new year is a clean slate that inspires us to try to do better. So here are some tips for body and mind to energize your efforts. Read more >

Helping Kids Sidestep Depression
Esther Entin, M.D.

Exercise not only reduces kids' depression, it lowers their chances of becoming depressed as teens. Read more >

Karate Kids
Esther Entin, M.D.

Martial arts are great for kids. They offer exercise, discipline and camaraderie. But they also pose serious risks. Read more >

Find Your Competitive Edge
Alice G. Walton

Want to up your fitness? Get a little more competitive. Read more >

Mall-Walking, Anyone?
Esther Entin, M.D.

There are lots of reasons too many people over 50 are inactive, but it's easy to build activity into your life. Read more >

Athletes and Concussion
Neil Wagner

The brain tsunamis that concussions set in motion can change the structure of athletes' brains. Read more >

Corporate Wellness Programs: Pros and Cons
Maxwell J. Mehlman, J.D.

Corporate wellness programs can help; they can also be punitive and invade privacy. Read more >

Not for Elite Athletes Only
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

The sports nutrition market including supplements posted sales of $6.3 billion in 2014. The question is, do supplements help? Read more >

Weight Loss Plans — Over-Marketed and Under-Regulated
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Diet plans are easy to sell, and that, not weight-loss, may be their point. Read more >

Daycare Couch Potatoes
Esther Entin, M.D.

Your child's daycare facility may reserve time for exercise outside, but that doesn't mean it happens. Read more >

Time to Stop Blaming Fat
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Four decades of nutrition wisdom may be overturned when the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans are released later this year. Read more >

Should 400,000 More Teens Be on Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs?
Esther Entin, M.D.

Over 400,000 more teens would be on heart medications if pediatric guidelines were followed. Read more >

Successful Offensives in the Battle of The Bulge
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Cities have banned super-sized sodas and built bike lanes. What works? Read more >

Brain Impact of Football Hits Seen in Even High School Players
Charlotte LoBuono

Scans of high school players' brains show how hard hits jar the brain and disrupt cells' communication. Read more >

Young Pitchers' Overuse Injuries Can Interfere with Shoulder Development
Esther Entin, M.D. and Charlotte LoBuono

Too many pitches can permanently injure young shoulders, causing ongoing rotator cuff problems. Read more >

Minimizing Your Risk of Gestational Diabetes
Esther Entin, M.D.

Four lifestyle changes can reduce women's risk of developing diabetes during pregnancy by 80%. Read more >

And the Winner of Best Weight-Loss Diet Is...
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Weight loss may be the new Holy Grail. But which plans really help? Pick one that is right for you. Read more >

The Childhood Obesity Crisis: Who Is in Denial?
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

Kids can have inaccurate ideas about their own weight. Parents, too. What helps. Read more >

Outdoor Time Breeds Fitness in Children
Esther Entin, M.D.

Time outside translates into more physical exercise. That brings better health. Read more >

Getting Active in Your 70s (or Later) Can Reduce the Risk of Disability
Alice G. Walton

Reduce your chances of landing in a nursing home -- walk a few blocks more. It may be all you need. Read more >

Apathy, Inactivity, and Brain Atrophy
Esther Entin, M.D.

The prospect of dementia haunts people over 50, but what they ought to fear is apathy and inactivity. Read more >

A Steep Rise in Diabetes Seen in Children and Teens in the U.S.
Esther Entin, M.D.

Kids are eating more and exercising less. The upshot is a huge increase in diabetes -- and medical costs. Read more >

The Keys to Life after a Heart Attack: Medication and Lifestyle Changes Part 2
Richard Josephson, M.D., and Sri K. Madan Mohan, M.D.

For many people, having a heart attack is a wake-up call that sets them on a healthier path. Read more >

The Keys to Life after a Heart Attack: Medication and Lifestyle Changes Part 1
Richard Josephson, M.D. and Sri K. Madan Mohan, M.D.

More and more people are surviving heart attacks, but follow-up care is crucial. Know your options. Read more >

Early Morning Light May Help Keep Weight under Control
Alice G. Walton

Getting some early morning sun may not only wake you up – it may help you slim down. Read more >

Video Game Improves Ball Players' Vision and Skills
Charlotte LoBuono

A video game helped baseball players improve their vision. The results were seen on the field. Read more >

Exposure to Ultraviolet Rays Lowers Blood Pressure
Esther Entin, M.D.

A little time in the sun significantly lowered blood pressure. But what about skin cancer? Read more >

Weight in Kindergarten Predicts Obesity Later in Life
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

If your child is overweight, he or she needs your help. The weight isn't going to come off naturally. Read more >

How to Keep Those Holiday Pounds Off
Neil Wagner

The holidays are a great time...to gain weight. Here are tips for ways to avoid picking up pounds. Read more >

Reader Beware: Study Results May Be Overstated
Neil Wagner

Scientists often overstate their findings. It's about attention. Read more >

Lifestyle Changes Reverse Aging in Chromosomes
Michael J. Gertner

When we eat right, exercise and receive emotional support, even our chromosomes look younger. Read more >

Soda Bans Appear to Find Their Target
Alice G. Walton

So-called “soda bans” may actually help those who need it most. Read more >

Exercise As a Treatment for Depression
Esther Entin, M.D.

Exercise is a valuable treatment for depression, especially for those who have trouble with antidepressants. Read more >

Popular Misconceptions (and a Few Facts) about Obesity
Beth Fontenot, MS, RD, LDN

A study in The New England Journal of Medicine shows we know less than we think we do about dieting. Read more >

Obese and Overweight Children Face Serious Health Risks
Esther Entin, M.D.

You wouldn't let your child play near the street unsupervised; don't let him or her eat unsupervised either. Read more >

Enlisting Exergames in the Fight Against Childhood Obesity
Esther Entin, M.D.

"Exergames," video games controlled by players' motion, offer a new way to raise children's activity levels. Read more >

Alternative Medicine: Does the Research Support the Movement? Part 3: Yoga
Alice G. Walton

Yoga has some proven benefits and unproven claims. What you can, and can't, expect it to do for you. Read more >

Redefining Health: What Does It Mean to be Healthy, and How Do We Get There?
Alice G. Walton

More than a checklist of foods to eat or exercises to perform, health is a cluster of behaviors and choices. Read more >

Exercise for Seniors: Benefits, Risks, and How To Begin
Calvin H. Hirsch, M.D.

Exercise is the fountain of youth. So what are you waiting for? A plan to get you started. Read more >

Osteoporosis: Treating and Preventing the Most Common Bone Disorder in Women and Men
Robert J. Pignolo, M.D., Ph.D.

Osteoporosis is common among men and women, but there's progress in treatment and prevention. Read more >

Nutrition for Athletes
Lona Sandon, M.Ed., R.D.

Elite athletes can teach us all a lot about eating right. Who knew chocolate milk was the perfect recovery drink? Read more >

The Best of 2010: Health Tips to Take With Us Into 2011
Alice G. Walton

Planning for a healthier 2011? We pull together some of the top health news stories of this past year. Read more >

Stressed Out, Part II: Managing Stress
Alice G. Walton

Stress is a fact of life, but you can learn to manage it better, both mentally and physically. Read more >

Exercise: A Boost for Aging Brains and Bodies
Esther Entin, M.D.

A series of studies on exercise and aging shows that brisk walking can improve bones, heart and balance. Read more >

Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis
John E. Morley, M.B., B.Ch. and Sheri R. Colberg, Ph.D.

Strong Bones, Healthy Joints
John E. Morley, M.B., B.Ch., and Sheri R. Colberg, Ph.D.

Your bone mineral density should be repeated after two years to determine your rate of bone loss. Read more >

A Body to Die For: The ABC's of Eating Disorders
Kathryn J. Zerbe, M.D.

Recovering bulimics should protect their teeth by NOT brushing vigorously. Read more >

Sports Injuries and the Aging Athlete
John E. Morley, M.D.

Not long ago, a man named Al Hanna successfully reached the southern summit of Mt. Read more >

Fibromyalgia: Real or Imaginary?
M. Nergis Alnigenis (Yanmaz), M.D., and Peter Barland, M.D.

A low-impact exercise program may help relieve the symptoms of Fibromyalgia Syndrome. Read more >

The Graying of Society: Nutrition, Vitamins and Aging
Robert M. Russell, M.D., and Joel B. Mason, M.D.

The elderly need to drink at least 8 servings of water or equivalent liquids every day. Read more >

Coronary Heart Disease in Women
Susan C. Stewart, M.D.

Two common conditions that can produce chest pain and are frequently confused with angina are esophageal reflux disease and panic attacks. Read more >

How to Handle the Heat
Martin J. Carey, M.D.

Our skin is the radiator of the car. It is the place where most of our cooling occurs. Read more >

Taking Osteoporosis Out of Your Future — A Major Challenge for Women
Susan C. Stewart, M.D.

Balance exercise, like Tai Chi, can lessen the risk of falls. Read more >

How Much Protein Do You Need?
Robert M. Russell, M.D., and Carmen Castanada Sceppa, M.D., Ph.D.

Amino acid supplements are not digested and absorbed into the body as readily as amino acidscoming directly from food sources. Read more >

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