Daily Dose

Is Artery-Clogging Fat a Myth?

Saturated fat in the foods we eat clogs our arteries and causes coronary heart disease—that's a well-known medical fact. Or is it? A team of renowned cardiologists recently challenged this thinking in a paper published in the *British Journal of Spor...

FDA Warns about Cancer 'Cures'

On April 25th, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a warning to consumers about deceptive claims online and in social media platforms touting products that "cure" cancer in people and pets. This month, the FDA sent warning letters to 14 comp...

Hormone Alters Memory in Some Women

New research from the National Institute of Mental Health suggests estrogen levels may impact memory in women who have a common gene variation. The recent study, which was conducted over several months, involved healthy women with both known variatio...

What Is Exploding Head Syndrome?

People who experience exploding head syndrome—a sensory sleep disorder that does not actually involve explosions—sense things—loud crashes or flashes of bright lights, for example—that haven't really occurred, often as they are falling asleep or waki...

How Meat and Eggs Increase Heart Disease Risk

Scientists recently discovered a possible explanation for how a diet high in red meat and eggs increases stroke and cardiovascular disease risk. According to researchers, choline—a substance in meat, liver, egg yolks, wheat germ, and peanuts—promotes...

Just Tired or a Medical Problem?

Fatigue is a common complaint. Research shows about 38 percent of Americans are poorly rested at least four days of the week, and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 15 percent of women and 10 percent of men report being "ver...

Food Preferences May Be Tied to Our Genes

If you've got an undeniable sweet tooth or just can't seem to stay away from high-fat foods, your genes may be partially to blame. While most of us know the general recommendations for a healthy diet—plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, an...

Need an Energy Boost? Take the Stairs

A new study shows that taking the stairs may be a better fix for dragging energy levels after a poor night's sleep than reaching for a caffeinated snack or beverage. According to researchers, walking up and down stairs for 10 minutes gives sleep depr...

Fighting Zika Virus with Sterile Mosquitoes

Last week, public health officials in Florida released thousands of bacteria-infected male mosquitoes into the wild near Key West in an effort to control the spread of Zika. The mosquitoes—infected with *Wolbachia*, which is not harmful to humans—wil...

Diet Soda Linked to Stroke, Dementia

According to a recent observational study involving more than 4,000 participants, a higher consumption of artificially sweetened soft drinks may lead to an increased risk of stroke and dementia. The study was based on an analysis of the Framingham He...