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Air Pollution Tied to DNA Damage

A new study suggests kids and adolescents exposed to high levels of motor vehicle-related pollution experience a specific type of damage to their DNA. Called telomere shortening, this form of DNA damage is typically associated with aging and is also ...

Cyberbullying Worsens Mental Health Problems

New research confirms earlier studies showing that cyberbullying—harassment on social media, for example—is harmful in young people with existing mental health issues. It also determined a link between victims of cyberbullying and a history of emotio...

Smokers with Muscle Loss May Be at Greater Risk

Reduced chest muscle mass may be linked to a greater mortality risk in smokers, according to results of a recent study presented at the 2017 conference of the American Thoracic Society. This new research suggests chest muscle loss in smokers increase...

Infections from Contaminated Pool Water Rise

With Memorial Day—and the unofficial start of summer—a little more than a week away, many people throughout the United States are thinking about vacation. If your plans include relaxing in a swimming pool or frolicking in a water park, use care. Acco...

Tree Nuts Reduce Colon Cancer Recurrences

Results of a new study that will be presented at the 2017 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting in June suggest eating tree nuts—at least 2 ounces per week—can cut the risk of death from colorectal cancer in half in people previ...

How Exercise Improves Bone Health

It’s widely known that weight-bearing exercise—walking hiking, jogging, playing tennis, for example—is good for the bones. Now, for the first time, a new animal study shows that physical activity actually burns fat within the bone marrow—improving bo...

Acid Reflux Meds/Kidney Damage Link Unclear

Is there a definitive link between proton pump inhibitors (PPIs)—commonly used to treat chronic heartburn or acid reflux—and kidney disease? Commercials for class-action lawsuits and an increasing amount of scientific evidence suggest there is. Altho...

Obesity Raises Gum Disease Risk

A recent study in Thailand suggests people with a body mass index (BMI) of 25 or greater are at increased risk for severe gum disease–periodontitis. According to researchers, severe gum disease risk is more than four times higher in people who are ob...

Fennel Reduces Symptoms of Menopause Safely

Hot flashes. Mood swings. Night sweats. Difficulty sleeping. Most women nearing menopause—and people close to them—recognize the signs and symptoms of this normal phase of life. New research published in the journal Menopause suggests fennel can reli...

Is 'Fat but Fit' Really Possible?

“Fat but fit” is a phrase used to describe the theory that extra weight is not harmful when metabolic factors such as blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, and others are within recommended limits. Although research remains somewhat conflicted, a ...