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  • Apr 2018

    What to do about a hyperextended elbow

    A hyperextended elbow can occur when the elbow moves outside its normal range of motion. This can result in a variety of symptoms, such as pain, swelling, and muscle spasms. Treatment involves rest, using a brace, and sometimes, surgery. It can often be prevented by using proper techniques during sporting activities.

  • Apr 2018

    What are the risks of being underweight?

    A person is considered to be underweight if they have a body mass index (BMI) of under 18.5. Being underweight is associated with a range of health risks including bone, skin, teeth, and fertility problems. Learn more about the symptoms, causes, and treatments for being underweight here, including dietary changes.

  • Apr 2018

    Artificial sweeteners may damage blood vessels

    In the most detailed study of its type, researchers demonstrate that artificial sweeteners damage blood vessels and may increase diabetes risk.

  • Apr 2018

    Diabetes: Body fat percentage, not BMI, predicts risk

    A new study suggests that the standard body mass index cannot accurately predict someone's risk of developing type 2 diabetes or prediabetes.

  • Apr 2018

    Could gut bacteria cause joint pain?

    A study looks at the relationship between diet, gut bacteria, and osteoarthritis. Surprisingly, it found that the microbiome is linked to joint health.

  • Apr 2018

    Why all men 'should be concerned about declining testosterone'

    A new study finds a strong link between low total testosterone and chronic diseases in men of all ages, especially in the under-40 and 60-plus age groups.

  • Apr 2018

    What can you eat on a low-carb diet?

    Lots of people try to lose weight by reducing their intake of carbohydrates. To ensure the diet is a success, it is essential to understand what carbs you can and cannot eat. Find out what to eat, what to avoid, and how to incorporate exercise. This article outlines some of the essential low-carb diet tips here.

  • Apr 2018

    Ways to stop heart palpitations

    Heart palpitations can feel like a fluttering in the chest, a pounding heart, or a racing pulse. Smoking, exercise, and stress can cause them, but if palpitations are the result of an underlying condition, treatment will be necessary. Here, learn how to stop heart palpitations at home and when to see a doctor.

  • Apr 2018

    What foods are high in protein?

    Eating a high protein diet can help people to lose fat and build muscle. By reducing intake of other types of food, such as carbohydrates and fats, it is possible to experience a range of health benefits that can include feeling fuller after eating. Many sources of protein provide additional nutrients as well.

  • Apr 2018

    How do you gain weight quickly and safely?

    Doctors may recommend gaining weight to athletes and people who weigh too little. We describe 19 foods that can help a person to gain weight quickly and boost overall health. We also explore the evidence behind foods traditionally used for weight gain, such as red meat, eggs, and protein shakes. Learn more here.

  • Apr 2018

    How active are you, really?

    Can you accurately gauge your daily levels of physical activity? A new study suggests that individuals may be a bit overconfident in self-evaluations.

  • Apr 2018

    How long will it take me to lose 10 pounds?

    Is it possible to safely lose 10 pounds in a week? There are many ways to lose weight, but most require a much longer timeframe. The most successful diets involve lifestyle changes, healthful eating, and exercise. Losing weight quickly may be dangerous and anybody wanting to lose weight rapidly must talk to a doctor.

  • Apr 2018

    Physical and mental benefits of swimming

    Swimming can benefit the mind and body in various ways. It is a low-impact activity, and this quality helps many people, including older adults and people with certain disabilities, to exercise, lose weight, build muscle, and relax. Here, learn more about the range of health benefits that swimming can offer.

  • Apr 2018

    Diabetes: Belly fat gene increases risk

    A gene that predisposes people to store excess fat on their belly rather than their hips increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes significantly.

  • Apr 2018

    What is the difference between HDL and LDL cholesterol?

    The body needs cholesterol, but too much bad cholesterol can be harmful and is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. In this article, learn about the difference between HDL and LDL — “good” and “bad” — cholesterol, as well as how they are measured. What steps can you take to lower LDL and increase HDL?

  • Apr 2018

    Can a vegan diet help you lose weight?

    People become vegan for a variety of reasons, from animal welfare and sustainability to improved heart health or weight loss. Learn how a vegan diet may help people lose extra weight and maintain a healthy weight long-term. We also look at the best foods to try and tips to make the transition to a vegan diet easier.

  • Apr 2018

    Top 15 sources of plant-based protein

    People who eat or are considering vegetarian or vegan diets may be concerned about getting enough protein from their food. In this article, we look at the best plant-based proteins, including vegetables high in protein, and some ways to use them. We also discuss whether plant-based protein powders are a good option.

  • Apr 2018

    What should you eat if you have endometriosis?

    The relationship between a person’s diet and symptoms of endometriosis are still being investigated. However, including more fruits, vegetables, and omega-3 in the diet may help prevent endometriosis or worsening symptoms. A person should avoid caffeine and alcohol. Learn more about which foods to eat and avoid here.

  • Apr 2018

    This gene ups sugar intake but lowers body fat

    One gene variant makes us eat more sugary foods but causes our overall body fat levels to be lower. Is this really as good for our health as it sounds?

  • Apr 2018

    Could this study explain the mechanism behind binge eating?

    Why does overeating lead to more overeating? And why is it so easy to relapse after dieting? A new study takes the first step to answering these questions.

  • Apr 2018

    There's no such thing as heart-protecting fat, study finds

    Contrary to the belief that some fat protects the heart, a new study finds that losing fat in the thighs, hips, and buttocks lowers cardiovascular risk.

  • Apr 2018

    Why does stress lead to weight gain? Study sheds light

    New research explains, for the first time, the molecular mechanism through which stress hormones control weight gain by producing fat cells.

  • Apr 2018

    Could pasta actually help you to lose weight?

    Pasta is generally considered the enemy of dieters. A new study turns this age-old belief on its head; pasta may, in fact, aid weight loss.

  • Mar 2018

    Childhood friends may protect your adult health

    New research suggests that spending time with your buddies as a kid may lead to a healthier weight and better blood pressure levels in adulthood.

  • Mar 2018

    New drug attacks cancer-causing genes

    A new drug that targets cancer-causing genes may help to improve cancer survival rates. Researchers also hope that it might halt obesity-related cancers.