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If You Wear Contact Lenses, Watch Out for These Bad Habits

About 85 percent of adolescents who wear contact lenses report at least one habit that increases their risk for eye infection, which can be serious and may even lead to blindness. That’s according to data published in the Centers for Disease Control ...

Cholesterol Crystals Linked to Heart Attack

Cholesterol crystals – cholesterol particles in a crystalized state – play an important role during heart attack, suggests a study conducted by researchers at Michigan State University and published in the American Journal of Cardiology. The study in...

Do Antibiotics Weaken Your Ability to Fight Disease?

New research from the University of Virginia School of Medicine suggests antibiotics affect microorganisms in the digestive tract – called the gut microbiome – interfering with the immune system’s ability to fight infection. According to the research...

This Is Your Brain on Walnuts

Eating walnuts activates the area of the brain that regulates hunger and cravings, according to a brain imaging study conducted at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Walnuts are high in nutrients and some research has suggested they prom...

What's the Cost of Growing Old?

It’s a dilemma most of us face eventually, for ourselves or our loved ones: how to handle the expense of aging. According to a new report from Caring.com, an online resource for caregivers for aging parents, spouses, and other loved ones, there are s...

How Negative Emotions May Increase Overall Happiness

A new international study suggests that even unpleasant emotions like anger and hatred can make people who desire those emotions and experience them in appropriate circumstances happier. It seems happiness is more than simply feeling pleasure. The st...

Sleep Loss Raises Diabetes Risk

In young people, just one hour less sleep every night increases the risk for type 2 diabetes, according to a study conducted by researchers at University of St George’s London in the United Kingdom. The study suggests that children who get an hour le...

Protect Your Skin from the Sun, Skip that Midnight Snack

Eating at abnormal times of the day may disrupt an enzyme that protects the skin from the sun’s harmful rays – increasing the risk for sunburn, sun damage, and skin cancer – according to a recent study in mice conducted by researchers at the Universi...

How a Low-Calorie Diet May Slow Aging

Previous research suggests that a lifelong low-calorie diet can boost longevity, but a new mouse study demonstrates, for the first time, how restricting calories may affect circadian rhythm and, in turn, the aging process. The study was conducted by ...