Daily Dose

Coming Soon: A Cholesterol-Lowering Vaccine?

A new vaccine designed to lower cholesterol and help prevent heart disease is currently being tested in a clinical trial at the Medical University of Vienna in Austria. After successful animal studies, researchers are now studying the effects of the ...

Fewer Young People Smoking, Using E-Cigs

According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products, the number of middle and high school students who say they have used a tobacco product in ...

Think Coconut Oil Is Healthy? Think Again

According to a new report from the American Heart Association (AHA), about 72 percent of Americans mistakenly consider coconut oil a “healthy food.” This may be a dangerous misconception: Coconut oil is 82 percent saturated fat, a type of fat we’re u...

French Fries and Potato Chips: Deadly Diet Choices?

A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests people who eat fried potatoes more than twice per week have more than double the risk of early death compared to those who avoid fried potatoes. While potatoes often have a bad ...

Gun-Related Injuries and Deaths Skyrocket Among U.S. Kids

According to a study published in the journal Pediatrics, gun-related injuries are now the third leading cause of death in children between the ages of one and 17 in the United States. Each year, almost 1,300 children die from gunshot wounds and anot...

Obesity in Pregnancy Increases Birth Defect Risk

Moms-to-be who are overweight or obese during pregnancy are at increased risk for having a baby with birth defects, according to a study recently published in the BMJ. Most health care professionals stress the importance of maintaining a healthy weig...

Shift Your Focus to Fight Loneliness

Loneliness is a vicious cycle for many people. Feeling lonely increases self-centeredness, which in turn, increases social isolation and prolongs a sense of loneliness. For the study, researchers analyzed data from 230 adults between the ages of 50 a...

Could Vitamin A Deficiency Cause Diabetes?

A new study suggests that vitamin A plays a key role in the functioning of beta cells in the pancreas that secrete insulin. Vitamin A deficiency can damage and destroy these beta cells, causing diabetes. This discovery could lead to the development o...

Nutrition Facts Label Deadline Extended by FDA

This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration delayed implementation of a new nutrition label indefinitely. The new label, which was to go into effect on July 26, 2018, would have featured larger calorie-count display, separately itemized added su...

Living Near an Airport Can Raise Your Blood Pressure

A recent study links long-term exposure to noise from aircraft—especially at night—to an increased risk for high blood pressure. The research, which was conducted in Greece and published in Occupational & Environmental Medicine, also showed a pot...