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Processed Carbs May Raise Risk of Lung Cancer

Eating a lot of white bread, white rice, and other high-glycemic-index foods may increase your risk of lung cancer, according to this study.

By Deborah Kaplan

A Soda a Day Increases Belly Fat

If you drink soda or sugary drinks every day, you may be packing on heart-unhealthy belly fat, according to this study.

By Devon Schuyler

Is Your Coffee and Tea Habit Adding Sneaky Calories?

Credit: Thinkstock How many times a day do you grab coffee or tea? How many times a day do you add creamer, sugar, and other flavorings to those drinks? Data collected from over 13,000 coffee drinkers and 6,200 tea drinkers revealed that consumers ar...

By Amy Hendel, P.A.

9 Foods That May Fight Cancer

A plant-based diet is rich in potential cancer-fighting compounds. Here are 9 foods that show promise.

By Jacek L. Mostwin, M.D., D.Phil.

Eat Whole Grains and Live Longer?

New research associates eating whole-grain foods with an increased lifespan. Here’s how much you need to consume to reap the benefits.

By HealthAfter50

7 Things Men Should Know About Vitamin D

Learn the best ways to optimize your vitamin D levels to help protect yourself from prostate cancer.

By HealthAfter50

9 Ways to Prevent Food Poisoning

Illnesses caused by strains of bacteria, such as salmonella and E. coli, sicken millions of people in the U.S. each year. Here’s how to prevent them.

By HealthAfter50

Celiac Disease: Pediatric Implications

About one in every 133 people in the United States has celiac disease, an autoimmune disease in which the body mounts an immune response to ingestion of the protein gluten. Gluten is found in wheat, rye and barley. Children with celiac disease face a...

By Jennifer Mitchell Rackley

6 Ways to Safer Grilling

Red meats, especially those cooked over an open flame, are associated with a higher risk of certain cancers. Try these tips to reduce your risk the next time you’re grilling.

By William Dale, M.D., Ph.D.

Sodium: How Much Do We Really Need?

The average American consumes over 3,400 mg of sodium each day, which is equal to 1½ teaspoons of salt. While it’s a fact that people who consume too much sodium tend to have higher blood pressure and increased risk of cardiovascular disease, there i...

By Carmen Roberts, M.S., R.D., L.D.N.