Daily Dose

Healthy Sleep, Healthier Heart

For people with a condition called metabolic syndrome—a combination of heart disease and diabetes risk factors like high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess weight, and abnormal cholesterol levels—adequate sleep is especially important. Accordin...

CDC: Alzheimer's Deaths Skyrocket

U.S. deaths from Alzheimer’s disease rose more than 54 percent from 1999 to 2014, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. According to the lead author of the report, Christopher Taylor, researchers adjusted for ...

Inactivity Raises Kidney, Bladder Cancer Risk

Over time, a sedentary lifestyle increases the risk for developing cancer of the kidney or bladder, according to a new study conducted by researchers at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York. The study also suggests increased physica...

Filtered 'Light' Cigarettes Pose a Serious Danger

Evidence from a new study suggests ventilation holes in the filters of some cigarettes contribute to higher lung cancer rates and risks. Peter G. Shields, MD, deputy director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at James Cancer Hospital and a professor ...

Study Links Dietary Fiber and Arthritis

New research published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases suggests a diet high in fiber may reduce the risk for osteoarthritis (OA)—a common cause of knee pain that affects more than 30 million adults in the United States. The study involved par...

Recreational Marijuana May Increase Gum Disease Risk

Frequent use of cannabis—marijuana, hashish, hash oil—may lead to gum disease and tooth loss, according to research done at the Columbia University School of Dental Medicine. The study was published in the Journal of Periodontology. Gum disease—gingi...

Chocolate May Reduce Irregular Heart-Rate Risk

A Danish study found that regularly eating chocolate seems to be associated with a lower risk for atrial fibrillation (Afib) — a type of irregular heart rhythm. The greatest benefit was observed with one serving (1 ounce or 30 grams) of chocolate per ...

Poor Sleep Affects the Ability to Learn

Everyone feels better after a good night’s sleep—well rested and ready to face the challenges of the day ahead. Conversely, a poor night’s sleep can leave us dragging the next day—with a negative effect on our performance. A new study, published in t...

Bad Moods May Be Good for You

Could being in a bad mood actually have psychological benefits? When we’re down, we’re often told to cheer up and be happy, but sadness is a normal part of being human. According to Joseph Paul Forgas, a professor of psychology at the University of N...

What Is Oral Allergy Syndrome?

If you’ve ever had a tingly or itchy feeling in your mouth after eating raw fruits or vegetables, you may have a condition called oral allergy syndrome. Oral allergy syndrome, or OAS, occurs in people with seasonal allergies to pollen. The condition ...