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Want to Make Better Food Choices? Do This at Night

If sleep is fleeting—especially if you’re a woman—you may be more likely to adopt heart-harming eating habits, according to new research. Here’s the 411.

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5 Things People With Chronic Illness Need to Know About the New Coronavirus

Sure, the headlines might be freaking you out. But, thankfully, the risk of exposure to this new virus is still super low.

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Heart Disease an Issue? Be Careful With Marijuana

Whether its use is for fun or function, new research has found a too-significant-to-ignore link between using weed and cardiovascular health.

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Working Too Hard May Raise Your Blood Pressure

Not sure about taking that vacay? A new study—that confirms a link between high blood pressure and working too much—may help you decide.

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The Surprising Reason to Marry an Optimist

Aside from the obvious (who doesn’t want to do life with a mostly positive person?), a happy partner may reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

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The Hair Dye and Breast Cancer Study That Everyone Is Talking About

Before you pick up the phone to cancel (or schedule) your upcoming hair appointment, read this.

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Could a Yogurt-a-Day Help Keep Breast Cancer Away?

Researchers have been studying potential causes of breast cancer, the most common cancer in women other than skin cancers, for decades. And there’s a new hypothesis: Could harmful bacteria in our bodies be one cause of breast cancer?

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Is Your City Raising Your Risk of Depression?

Could less air pollution in your town help lower the rates of depression? Maybe, say researchers.

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Get Moving to Slash Your Risk of 7 Cancers

You already know that exercise is good for the heart. New research shows that working out cuts cancer risk, too.

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Sleepless Nights Can Up Your Anxiety Levels

If your anxiety levels are through the roof, you may want to check your sleep quality.