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Ultraprocessed Foods Linked to Early Death
Some Ultraprocessed Foods
Are Worse Than Others

Some Ultraprocessed Foods Are Worse Than Others

Ice cream, processed meat show strong association with mortality risk

(Newser) - A diet high in ultraprocessed foods has been linked to cancer , weight gain , and now early death. A new 30-year study of 115,000 people found those who consumed the most ultraprocessed foods (UPFs)—including frozen meals, processed meat like hot dogs, potato chips, sugary breakfast cereals, and artificially sweetened...

Chalk One Up for Exercising at Night
Chalk One Up
for Exercising
at Night

Chalk One Up for Exercising at Night

New study suggests the hours between 6pm and midnight are most beneficial

(Newser) - In the longstanding debate over whether there's a best time of day to exercise, a new study from the University of Sydney adds some ammo for evening or nighttime advocates. Using data from the UK Biobank, a long-term research project that tracks health markers over time, the researchers followed...

This Is the Healthiest City in America

San Francisco tops WalletHub's list, while Brownsville, Texas, comes in last

(Newser) - The weather is getting warmer as we barrel toward summer, meaning you'll likely see more people out and about as they try to squeeze in their exercise routines in the great outdoors. As WalletHub notes, however, "location matters when it comes to health"—and according to its...

Can't Get in 10K Steps a Day? Get to 2.2K
Falling Short of
10K Steps a Day?
Try 2.2K

Falling Short of 10K Steps a Day? Try 2.2K

One's risk of early death, heart disease begins to drop at that level, study finds

(Newser) - If you can't get in 10,000 steps per day, even making an effort toward that goal is likely to be beneficial. New research shows every step above 2,200 per day, up to roughly 10,000, reduces one's risk of heart disease and early death, even if...

For Some, Annual Physicals May Not Be Worth It

Increasingly, experts say some people can skip the yearly check-up

(Newser) - The Wall Street Journal cuts right to the chase in the first line of its article on the traditional yearly medical check-up: "Is your annual physical a waste of time?" The answer seems to be, it depends. An increasing number of doctors say if you're young and healthy,...

Bottled Water Has Way More Plastic Than Thought
Bottled Water Has Much
More Plastic Than Thought

Bottled Water Has Much More Plastic Than Thought

With the water comes hundreds of thousands of nanoplastics, considered more dangerous than microplastics

(Newser) - Your goal is hydration, but in gulping down a liter of bottled water, you're also consuming hundreds of thousands of microscopic pieces of plastic, according to new research. Previous studies have found traces of plastic in bottled water . But in a new study, researchers found that plastic accumulates in...

These Are the Most, Least Active US Cities

Honolulu takes the top spot on WalletHub's list, while North Las Vegas comes in last

(Newser) - If you haven't ditched your New Year's fitness resolutions yet and are looking for the best place to help them come to fruition, WalletHub has some insight on that. To seek out the cities in America with the most active lifestyles, the site pulled out the 100 most...

Here's What Happens When You Go Vegan for a Month
Here's What Happens When
You Go Vegan for a Month
in case you missed it

Here's What Happens When You Go Vegan for a Month

Stanford study of twins shows boost to cardiovascular health in as little as 4 weeks

(Newser) - When Aleksandra Shai Chai learned she'd have to follow a vegan diet for eight weeks as part of a Stanford University health study, she wasn't happy. But as the Washington Post reports, giving up her beloved steak, bacon, and sushi came with advantages. Researchers assigned one half of...

Can't Get 8 Hours of Sleep? Do This Instead
Can't Get 8 Hours of
Sleep? Do This Instead
in case you missed it

Can't Get 8 Hours of Sleep? Do This Instead

Going to sleep, waking at regular times linked to reduced risk of premature death

(Newser) - If you're among the one in three Americans who fail to get the seven to nine hours of sleep each night that experts have long touted as ideal, fear not. New research suggests "sleep regularity" may be more important than sleep duration—at least "the day-to-day consistency...

Deadliest Skin Cancer Is Deadliest for Black Men
Deadliest Skin Cancer Is
Deadliest for Black Men

Deadliest Skin Cancer Is Deadliest for Black Men

One factor that plays a role in the US: diagnosis delays, scientists say

(Newser) - Melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, is more common and more deadly in men than it is in women. It is also much more common in white men than in Black men, yet Black men ultimately fare worse, the reasons for which are explored in what's touted...

Pickleball Side Effect: ER Visits by Seniors

New analysis projects tens of thousands such visits this year alone

(Newser) - Pickleball is popular—especially among seniors. However, the sport can also lead to injuries, and a new analysis projects the health-care cost in the US in 2023 at up to $500 million, reports Quartz . The fast-paced sport can involve a lot of jumping, pivoting, and lunging, and those movements...

These US Cities Are a Runner's Paradise

Relative to the other cities in Lawn Love's latest fitness ranking; San Francisco tops the list

(Newser) - Next Wednesday is Global Running Day, and some cities are more amenable than others if you're in training to be the next Jackie Joyner-Kersee or Usain Bolt—or even if you just like hitting the pavement to burn off some stress and stay fit. Lawn Love scouted the 200...

Research Indicates Soft Contact Lenses Could Contain PFAS
US Contact Lenses
May Contain PFAS

US Contact Lenses May Contain PFAS

Soft contacts could come with a hidden cost

(Newser) - PFAS are chemicals used in products such as nonstick cookware, stain-resistant fabrics, and according to a report cited by the Guardian , some soft contact lenses. Scott Belcher, a researcher at North Carolina State University, tells the paper that after tests of 18 known contact lens brands revealed organic fluorine,...

A Tick in Delaware Doesn't Bode Well for Hikers

Tiny parasite showed up in February, weeks earlier than normal

(Newser) - In Delaware, ticks don't usually show up until early March. This year, however, Backpacker reports that state environmental scientist Wil Winter discovered a lone star tick on February 11, three weeks earlier than usual. Lone stars don't usually carry Lyme disease , one of the most commonly-known tick-borne...

New Year, New You? Best US Cities for Fitness
This Is America's
Most Active City

This Is America's Most Active City

WalletHub ranks Honolulu as being most conducive to an active lifestyle; see where other cities stand

(Newser) - If you've decided that 2023 is the year when you're going to get your fitness act together, that motivation is the first step to a better you. Of course, things beyond our control often derail even the best-laid plans, including whether where we live is conducive to living...

It's a Revolution for Hearing Aids
A Revolution on
Hearing Aids Begins

A Revolution on Hearing Aids Begins

Chains are now offering less expensive over-the-counter versions

(Newser) - You can now buy a pair of hearing aids at Walmart for as little as $199—a fraction of the $4,000 average cost of traditional prescription hearing aids, per CNN . As a result of a 2017 federal law and some prodding of the FDA by the Biden administration, hearing...

Young People Who Drink Solo, Take Heed of This Study

Study finds young solitary drinkers at increased risk for alcoholism in mid-30s

(Newser) - The manner in which you drink alcohol as a young person might be more important than how much you drink in determining future alcoholism risk, according to new research that warns against drinking alone in early life, especially if you're a young female. Researchers analyzed data from 4,500...

The Taller You Are, the Higher the Risk for These Diseases

But taller people benefit from a lower risk of conditions including heart disease: study

(Newser) - Height may be a previously unrecognized risk factor for several common diseases, according to the largest study of the link between height and disease thus far. The study using data from more than 222,000 white adults and more than 58,000 Black adults enrolled in the US Veterans Affairs...

Guy Posing as Others May Have Received 10 Jabs in a Day

New Zealand health authorities won't alter vaccine rules and start asking for photo ID

(Newser) - Health authorities in New Zealand are investigating claims that a man received up to 10 COVID-19 vaccination doses in a single day while posing as other people. To receive a vaccine, New Zealanders need only give their name, date of birth, and address. To aid accessibility, photo identification isn't...

Behind Labor Shortage Are Health Issues

As pandemic patience wears thin, survey finds concerns keep people out of job market

(Newser) - Pushing the economic levers available to the federal government might not be enough to solve the job market's problems. There's evidence that physical and mental health issues are a major cause of the nation's labor shortage, Axios reports. A survey of 5,000 Americans by McKinsey found...

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