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Why Sugar Is so Much Worse for Teenagers’ Brains


The rate of obesity is increasing worldwide and the increase has been particularly dramatic in young people. Young people are the greatest consumers of high-energy,...

  • A schoolgirl from the mountain regions studies at an experimental school in Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province, on Nov. 7, 2007. (Guang Niu/Getty Images)

    Obesity and Shortsightdness Are Serious Threats to Children’s Health

    Several studies show that the world’s children are increasingly becoming overweight and obese. According to a U.S. National Institute of Health study, the global rise... Read more

  • A woman, suffering from Alzheimer's disease, walks in a corridor in a retirement house in Angervilliers, eastern France, on March 18, 2011. (Sebastien Bozon/AFP/Getty Images)

    How to Lower Your Risk for Alzheimer’s

    In 1901, when Dr. Alois Alzheimer started talking to his patient Mrs. Auguste Deter, a 50-year-old patient, he immediately realized that there was something wrong... Read more

  • An man smokes a cigarette in the street outside his office in Paris, France, on Jan. 31, 2007. (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

    One-Fourth of US Cancer Deaths Linked With 1 Thing: Smoking

    CHICAGO—Cigarettes contribute to more than 1 in 4 cancer deaths in the U.S. The rate is highest among men in southern states where smoking is... Read more

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    It’s True: Latinos Age Slower Than Other Ethnicities

    A UCLA study is the first to show that Latinos age at a slower rate than other ethnic groups. The findings, published in the current... Read more

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    Calcium Supplements May Damage the Heart

    Calcium supplements may increase the risk of heart damage and plaque buildup in arteries, even though a diet high in calcium-rich food appears to help... Read more

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    Menopause, Sleepless Nights Make Women’s Bodies Age Faster

    Two UCLA studies reveal that menopause–and the insomnia that often accompanies it — make women age faster. The dual findings, respectively published July 25, 2016,... Read more

  • Sherrie Rubin, director of the Hope2Gether Foundation, bumps fists with her son, Aaron, who overdosed on OxyContin in 2005 and and is now a quadriplegic. “These drugs ultimately are a weapon if not used properly, stored safely and taken properly,”  she says. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

    Some Good News on Opioid Epidemic: Treatment Options Are Expanding

    In the past two decades, the devastation associated with opioid addiction has escaped the relative confines of the inner city and extended to suburban and... Read more

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    Migraine Sufferers Have More Nitrate-Reducing Microbes in Their Mouths

    Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine have found that the mouths of migraine sufferers harbor significantly more microbes with the ability... Read more

  • A new study shows children with autism had improved communication and language skills after ten weeks of Shakespeare classes. (Big Ten Network)

    Using Shakespeare to Treat Autism Shows Great Promise, Say Researchers

    For centuries, the plays of William Shakespeare have been celebrated for their larger-than-life storytelling and rhythmic language. Now the Bard’s work is being studied as... Read more

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    What Determines Whether We’re Night Owls or Morning Larks?

    Sleep is critical for physical and mental health, and our quality of life. While 3 percent of the population are genetically programmed to function with... Read more

  • Doctor Thierry Castera examines the throat of a child via a smartphone held by a nurse during a digital medical consultation in Oberbruck, France,  on Sept. 12, 2016. (Sebastien Bozon/AFP/Getty Images)

    Telemedicine Offers a Convenient but Narrow Window of Care

    Your next doctor’s visit could be through your smartphone. In a world where convenience is king, telemedicine offers a stay-at-home experience for basic medical care. The... Read more

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    Your Favorite Reusable Water Bottle Is Germier Than a Toilet Seat

    We all know that plastic bottled water is a huge problem these days. And it’s a big reason why so many of us turn to reusable BPA-free... Read more

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    How Health Groups Unwittingly Help Coca-Cola and PepsiCo

    The two largest soda makers in the US use their sponsorships of health organizations to bolster their image, which helps them lobby against public health... Read more

  • Teens smoke on the steps of Union Square park in New York on March 8, 2012. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    Lots of Teens Smoke to Lose Weight

    Doctors and public health experts assume that people smoke cigarettes because they’re addicted to the nicotine. But among U.S. teens who are frequent smokers, 46... Read more

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    Gut Instinct: How the Way You’re Born and Fed Affect Your Immune System

    We used to think fetuses had no bacteria in their gastrointestinal tract (the gut) until they began to accumulate microbes (bacteria, viruses, and other bugs)... Read more

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    Prostate Cancer and Dementia: Do Hormone Blockers Boost Risks?

    Hormone-blocking drugs for prostate cancer may increase men’s chances for developing dementia, a large study suggests, but researchers say the results aren’t conclusive enough to... Read more

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