Millions of subtle variations in the human DNA sequence, or genome, hold the key to a host of conditions, from breast cancer to heart disease. Now, researchers say they can analyze such variations to predict who is most at risk of becoming obese. Read more.
A disease that kills millions of pigs a year may soon meet its match — if two federal agencies can agree on the idea.
Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus is one of the latest examples of a condition that scientists believe they can beat with genetic engineering, and one that’s caught up in a disagreement between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) over how quickly such methods should be approved, and by whom. Read more.
It’s kinda late…but you’re kinda hungry. At this point, which is the healthier option—eating before bed or skipping dinner altogether?
We’ve all heard the warnings over the years: Your metabolism goes on strike overnight, so you shouldn’t eat too close to bedtime or that food will sit in your stomach like a rock (at least until it migrates elsewhere on your body and refuses to budge). And yet I’ve done it. You probably have too. So, how bad is it to eat right before bed? And is it smarter to skip a meal altogether if you miss that dinnertime window? Here’s what the experts have to say. Read more.
A study of people who reduced the calories they consumed has found the strongest evidence yet that such restrictions can slow down human metabolism. The results raise hopes that a low-calorie lifestyle — or treatments that mimic the biological effects of restricted eating — could prolong health in old age and even extend life. Read more.
You know coffee can wake you up and boost your productivity, but did you know your daily cup can actually benefit your body? Experts say coffee drinkers are privy to a number of health perks, like reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, and a few kinds of cancer. And here’s something to drink to: Evidence from more than 200 studies shows people who consume three to four cups of coffee daily (yes, you heard us right) tend to live longer than non-coffee drinkers. Read more.
A diet ranked by experts as one of the best for your overall health may have an additional benefit for older adults. Read more.
Make sure you include a variety of proteins in your diet in order to get a wide range of nutrients. Combine smart eating with consistent exercise and you’re well on your way to slimming your stomach. Start with these healthy proteins. Read more.