Daily Dose

Young People Who Try E-Cigs Are More Likely to Smoke

Young people who try electronic cigarettes—e-cigarettes or e-cigs—are more likely to begin smoking cigarettes than non-smokers who don’t experiment with e-cigarettes, suggests a study led by researchers at the University of Stirling in Scotland. Thei...

Use This Trick to Lower Your Stress Level

The next time you are feeling stressed, instead of asking yourself, “Why am I getting so upset?” try, “Why is [insert your name here] getting so upset?” or “What is bothering [insert your name here]?” Referring to yourself in the third person during ...

Always Finish Your Course of Antibiotics, Right?

A report published in the BMJ suggests it might be time to re-think the long-held belief that you should always finish your complete course of prescribed antibiotic treatment. The thinking has been that stopping the medication early—when you’re feeli...

Men's Sperm Counts Fall Drastically, Worldwide

In less than 40 years, sperm counts—the best measure of male fertility currently available—have declined more than 50 percent in men in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Results of a meta-analysis of thousands of previous studies pub...

Do You Have Prediabetes? Take This Short Quiz to Find Out

On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched a campaign to raise awareness of the risks of prediabetes, a dangerous condition that affects one in three Americans, about 84 million people. Most of these people—about 90 per...

2 Diets for a Healthy Brain: Mediterranean and MIND

Two healthy eating plans—the Mediterranean and MIND diets—pose a lower risk for memory loss and enhance cognitive functioning in older adults, finds a new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. The heart-healthy Mediterran...

After Stroke, Risk Remains High

People who have had a stroke—even those without complications—are at increased risk for another cerebrovascular event, including a stroke or mini-stroke (transient ischemic attack, or TIA), for at least five years. Researchers at Sunnybrook Health Sc...

Yes, You Can Buy Happiness: Here's How

People who spend money to buy themselves time—by having lunches delivered to work or hiring a cleaning service, for example—report higher levels of life satisfaction, according to a report published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. ...

Scientists Find Way to Boost Flu Vaccine Accuracy

To manufacture seasonal flu vaccines each year, scientists use chicken eggs to grow strains of influenza virus that are expected to circulate in the upcoming flu season. But flu vaccines are notoriously ineffective; during the 2015-2016 influenza sea...

Sugary Drinks Trigger Fat Storage

A small study conducted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture suggests that adding a sugary drink to a high-protein meal decreases the effectiveness of the body’s fat-burning mechanism by about 8 percent. In addition, this combination of foods and be...