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Nutritional Supplements that Help--and Hurt--Your Health

Consuming nutritional supplements can be great if you aren’t getting enough calories, protein, vitamins, etc. — but too much can also put a person at risk for malnutrition.

By Ask HealthCentral
Young woman sitting on kitchen counter eating yogurt.

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?

By Lara DeSanto
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The Diet That Reduces Your Risk of Alzheimer’s

Where’s your plate? Here’s how eating turkey and drinking wine (in moderation) can boost brain power.

By Stephanie Stephens
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Can Activated Charcoal Treat Your Chronic Condition?

Find out if the claims that activated charcoal can combat digestive issues, high cholesterol, and skin problems are true.

By Amy Hendel, P.A.
Sandwich with sesame seed roll.

'Open Sesame?' What You Need to Know About This Common Allergy

Being allergic to sesame may be more common than we thought—and you might not even be aware when you’re consuming it thanks to food labeling laws.

By Stephanie Stephens
Two young boys drinking a sugary beverage with colorful straws.

What Happens When Kids Don’t Drink Enough Water—and What You Can Do to Make Sure Yours Do

As many as 1 in 5 kids say they don’t drink water regularly. Find out what they’re downing instead (and what they’re risking because of it).

By Lara DeSanto
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The Science Behind Your Love for Coffee and Beer

It’s not as obvious as you may think — in fact, it’s in your genes.

By Lara DeSanto
Bar sign at night.

Binge Drinking Isn't Just a College Problem

A new study found that 10% of over-65s in the United States binge drink, increasing their risk of health problems and making existing ones worse. Here's what you should know.

By Stephanie Stephens
Paleo diet salad.

Should You Say No to Paleo?

A new Australian study found people who followed the so-called “caveman diet” had twice the amount of a key biomarker linked to heart disease. Here’s what you need to know.

By Lara DeSanto
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Here’s Why You Should Get Your Main Nutrients From Food, Not Supplements

Put down the vitamin bottle for a second and listen up: A new study found that it’s the nutrients from food you eat that benefit you most.

By Lara DeSanto