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9 of 10 U.S. teens don't get enough exercise

Over 90 percent of U.S. high school students don't get enough exercise to stay fit and healthy, and the pattern persists after they graduate, a new study finds.

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Do open floor plans invite overeating?

Open-concept living spaces are all the rage right now, but new research suggests that such easy access to the kitchen may lead to overeating.

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Surprise! Beer makes you happier, friendlier

Raise a glass of your favorite brew and toast the Swiss researchers who offer scientific proof for what you surely suspected and probably hoped.

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Why some women find good sleep tough to get

Some women have trouble staying asleep, and a new small study may shed light on why.

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What's regular exercise worth? Maybe $2,500 per year

Trying to decide whether you can afford the time and money to start an exercise routine?

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Coping with college stress

Stress and anxiety are common among new college students, but there are ways to cope, a doctor says.

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Survey says: Hair transplants make men look younger

Bad news for the follicularly challenged: A new survey confirms that balding men are seen by others as older and less good-looking.

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Order lunch early, lose weight later?

You might be able to cut your calorie intake by ordering meals before you're actually hungry, a new study suggests.

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Who drinks more -- couples or singles?

Do personal relationships change drinking habits?

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Is all that flossing really worth it?

Your mom told you to floss from an early age, and you try your best to keep up the habit because it saves gums and teeth. Or does it?

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Lots of red meat, an earlier grave?

If you turn to red meat as your main source of protein, you could be shortening your life, a new study suggests.

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Hour of exercise a day may offset sitting's toll on health

Just one hour of physical activity a day -- something as simple as a brisk walk or a bicycle ride -- may undo the increased risk of early death that comes with sitting eight hours or more on a daily basis.

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Is binge-watching hazardous to your health?

Binge-watchers, beware: Too much time in front of the TV could boost your risk of death from a blood clot in the lung, researchers warn.

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How to keep bug bites at bay

Bug bites can make you more than itchy. Ticks, mosquitoes and certain flies are known to spread some nasty diseases. But U.S. health experts say there are ways to keep pesky insects in their place.

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'Walking meetings' may boost employee health, productivity

Here's an idea that might make staff meetings less boring and more healthful: New research suggests you walk while you talk business.

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4 in 10 Americans think work affects their health

Many Americans think their job takes a toll on everything from their health and stress levels to their eating and sleeping habits, a new poll found.

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Study cites the fats that could shorten your life

One nutritionist believes the study should help clear up the confusion many consumers have about dietary fat.

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Drink water, stay slimmer?

Water might be a secret weapon for dieters, research involving nearly 10,000 adults suggests.

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Now pasta is good for your diet?

Pasta may have gotten a bad rap. New research suggests pasta -- specifically noodles in this study -- might actually help you lose weight.

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Savvy marketing gets school kids to snap up veggies

While clever marketing can steer kids towards junk food, a new study shows that creative advertising can also prompt more kids to eat veggies.

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Fourth Of July food safety tips and recommendations

When July 4th comes, most of us want to be outside in the warm weather soaking up the sun until it’s time to watch fireworks. All that heat and outdoor eating can lead to some risky food safety situations. 

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Walking: The cheap, easy workout

Walking is a simple and inexpensive exercise that has been shown to offer numerous benefits for bones, muscles and joints.

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Not kidding: Childless couples happier

Parents in the United States are not quite as happy as their childless peers, a new report reveals.

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Caffeine's jolt can sometimes be short-lived

Caffeine no longer improves alertness or mental performance after a few nights of sleep restriction, according to a new U.S. military study.

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'Love hormone' gene may be key to social life

Lower activity of a specific gene may affect a person's social behavior, including the ability to form healthy relationships, researchers say.

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Most Americans are eating better

More than half of Americans were eating healthier in 2012 than they were in 1999, a new study finds.

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Want new knowledge to stick? Head straight to a workout

Exercising after you learn new things might help you remember them, a small study suggests.

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Got a spare 15 minutes? A little exercise may boost life span

Just 15 minutes of exercise a day may lower older adults' risk of early death by one-fifth, a new study suggests.

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Shouting? The 'silent treatment'? How spouses argue linked to physical ills

How spouses disagree may predict which ones are more likely to develop certain ailments down the road, new research suggests.

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Are 'workaholics' prone to OCD, anxiety?

Some workaholics may be prone to mental health disorders, compared to folks with greater work-life balance, new research suggests.

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What the heck is a crick in the neck?

You may have heard some people say that they have a “crick in their neck” when describing their neck pain or you maybe you’ve used this expression yourself. But have you ever wondered about what it really means? Is it even a real medical term?

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Healthy fats in Mediterranean diet won't boost weight

An eating plan that includes healthy fats such as olive oil and nuts isn't likely to cause weight gain, a new study finds.

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Hey drivers: Hands-free cellphones not risk-free

Talking on a hands-free phone while driving may be just as distracting and dangerous as using a hand-held phone, according to a new study.

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Cutting back on wine? Try a smaller glass

Like wine just a little too much sometimes? You may sip a little less over an evening if it's served in smaller goblets, a new British study finds.

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Pop stars often hawk unhealthy foods to kids

Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, Maroon 5: Some of America's biggest pop stars are making millions from ad campaigns for sugar-laden, low-nutrition foods, a new study says.

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Sun protection comes in many forms

As folks start baring more skin at the beach, pool or barbecue, it's time to start covering up with sunscreen.

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Make that Memorial Day bbq tasty -- and safe

As Americans fire up their grills this Memorial Day weekend, experts note that while there isn't enough evidence to conclude that barbecued meat increases cancer risk, it's still a good idea to take some precautions.

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6 sun safety tips for 'Don't Fry Day'

Here are six tips for protecting your skin as we head into summer.

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What the FDA's new food labels mean for your groceries

More information on added sugars, highlighted calorie counts, and a bigger focus on serving sizes.

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Late dinners won't doom kids to obesity

Late suppers may not be a recipe for childhood obesity, a new study shows.

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Too few Americans take advantage of local parks

Most neighborhood parks in the United States are geared toward younger people, which limits their use, a new study suggests.

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Could spuds be bad for blood pressure?

Potatoes are a popular staple of the American diet, but eating too many -- whether boiled, baked, mashed or fried -- may raise the risk for high blood pressure, a new study suggests.

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Focus on healthy foods, not avoiding 'bad' ones, for heart health

Emphasizing healthy foods in your diet, not just banishing "bad" foods, may be the key to avoiding heart attack and stroke, a new study suggests.

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10 reasons you're exercising and not losing weight

If you started an exercise program in part to lose weight and the scale is not budging, it can be frustrating.

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Nagging your kids about weight might backfire

When parents believe their children are overweight -- regardless of whether they are or not -- those kids are likely to gain weight, a new study suggests.

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Does exercise help or hinder your diet?

Dieters sometimes worry that workouts could make them hungry, but new research indicates exercise has the opposite effect, diminishing the appetite -- at least temporarily.

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Your income, hometown may be key to your lifespan

Where they live and how much they earn significantly affects the average American's longevity, a new study suggests.

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Too much sitting may shorten your life

Get off your duff: A new study finds that sitting less may extend your life.

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Weight loss with a Paleo diet?

There’s been a lot of discussion recently about whether we’d be healthier eating more back-to-very-basics food staples similar to that of our Paleolithic kin — hunter-gatherers who lived mainly on a diet of freshly killed meat, fish, fruits and freshly picked vegetables.

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Could lots of time spent on social media be tied to depression?

The more time young adults spend using popular social media, the greater the link to depression, new research suggests.

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Kids' fruit drinks, juices contain day's worth of sugar

Many commercially sold fruit drinks and juices give kids a full day's worth of sugar in a single serving, a new British study shows.

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The sounds you make eating may be a diet aid

If you want to cut back on how much you eat, it might be a good idea to keep things quiet during meals, researchers suggest.

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Less than 3 percent of Americans live a healthy lifestyle

Do you get a moderate amount of exercise, eat right, keep from piling on fat and avoid smoking? Congratulations, you're among the 2.7 percent of Americans who do so, according to a new study.

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Blooming trees can bring misery to allergy sufferers

Tree pollen season has arrived, but there are a number of ways allergy sufferers can prevent or control their symptoms, an expert says.

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Breathing exercises for stress management

Have you ever had someone tell you to “just breathe” when you were stressed out or upset? That advice may sound a bit flippant, but breathing can actually help you manage your feelings of stress.

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Siri, other smartphone 'assistants' may fall short in a crisis

Smartphone "personal assistants" like Siri and Google Now can send your messages, make dinner reservations or give you a stock market update. But they may let you down during a crisis, a new study finds.

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School breakfast programs vital, even if some kids also eat at home

Students who eat two breakfasts are less likely to become overweight or obese than those who skip the morning meal, according to a new study.

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10 spring allergy myths you hear every year

Although there is no cure for allergies, there are some effective forms of treatment that can help manage and alleviate symptoms. It can be difficult to decipher which treatment options are truly effective and which ones are simply myths. 

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Biking or walking to work helps keep you fit

Walking, cycling or taking public transit to work helps middle-aged adults lose body fat and weight, new research suggests.

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More young Americans support gay adoption

Young Americans increasingly favor adoption rights for gays and lesbians, with three-quarters of females and two-thirds of males now voicing support, according to a new government report.

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An expert's guide to sneezin' season

This could be a bad spring allergy season and people with allergies need to be prepared, an expert warns.

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Could too much cellphone time signal anxiety, depression?

Some young adults who constantly reach for their smartphones might be anxious or depressed, preliminary research suggests.

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Black women's hair styling choices can cause hair loss

Hair styling practices may be causing black women to experience hair loss, which is a major problem that often goes undiagnosed, a new survey finds.

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Happiness might sometimes harm your heart

On rare occasions, a very joyful event might harm your heart, a new study suggests.

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Protein-heavy meals make you feel fuller, sooner

There may be something to those high-protein diets, with a new study finding that protein does make you feel full sooner.

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Lazy weekends may boost body fat

Playing couch potato on the weekends may be even worse for your weight than working at a desk all week, new research suggests.

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Daredevil at 20, scam victim at 70? What being a risk-taker may mean to you

Most adult risk-takers continue to take chances as they get older, and that can make them more susceptible to fraud when they're seniors, new research suggests.

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Boost your body image and quality of life

If you’re generally healthy and exercising already but cannot seem to love the body you inhabit, it’s time to explore other feel-good options, like changing your perception of your body, instead of beating yourself over those last 5 to 10 pounds.

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Winter skin-care tips from a pro

Winter can be hard on your skin, but there are several ways to deal with those challenges, a dermatologist says.

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Small weight loss yields large rewards

Shedding just a few pounds can lower the risk of serious health problems in obese adults, a small study suggests.

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Spiders' size exagerrated in minds of those who fear them

If you're frightened of spiders, in your mind's eye they may seem much bigger than they really are, a new Israeli study finds.

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Many suicidal people make long-term recovery

Nearly four in 10 people who seriously consider suicide end up recovering long-term, achieving a mental state that's free of suicidal symptoms or thoughts, a new Canadian study finds.

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Healthier diets may be cutting heart, diabetes risks in U.S. teens

The severity of metabolic syndrome -- a cluster of health risk factors such as belly fat and poor cholesterol levels -- among U.S. teens has been improving, and researchers believe that healthier diets may be the reason why.

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Texting after dark may harm teens' sleep, grades

Instant messaging can be a source of emotional support for teens and help them collaborate on school projects, but new research shows that texting after the lights go out takes a toll on students' sleep quality and academic performance.

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Understanding your sex drive

Typically, a loving partner and the quality of the relationship, and not sex hormone levels, impact a woman's sex drive more than anything.

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Do more 'selfies' mean more relationship woes?

Posting too many "selfies" on social media might lead to serious problems with your romantic partner, according to a new study.

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Face-to-face still trumps texts for social closeness

While technology use among young people offers some social advantages, face-to-face interaction does a better job of conveying emotional support and helping to read unspoken cues, new research contends.

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Parent's depression may harm child's grades

A child's grades in school might suffer if a parent is suffering from depression, according to a new study.

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'Til weight loss do us part?

Married people shed fewer pounds than singles after weight-loss surgery, and some marriages deteriorate after the operation, researchers report.

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Air pollution linked to risk of preterm birth

Exposure to high levels of air pollution in pregnancy may increase the risk of having a preterm baby, new research suggests.

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Boys victims of dating violence, too

Contrary to what many people may think, teenage boys commonly suffer dating violence -- including physical and emotional abuse, a new U.S. government study finds.

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Eating certain fruits, veggies may help a bit with weight control

Eating fruits and vegetables that have high levels of substances called flavonoids may help a bit with weight control over time, a new study suggests.

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Breast concerns may sideline many teen girls from sports

Researchers in England have discovered a surprising reason why teen girls may not play sports -- their breasts.

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Watching too much TV may be bad for your brain

We may the Netflix and chill generation today, but if we're not careful, we may become the plagued-with-serious-cognitive-issues generation in a few years. As it turns out, cognitive function is inversely related to time spent watching TV.

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Zero gravity environments may have negative effects on the human brain

As missions to Mars become more accessible, the idea of jetting off Earth seems less far-fetched. But before you get too excited about going into space, you might want to consider the effects space missions have on the human brain.

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Low-fat diets no better than other plans

Low-fat diets are often promoted as a superior way to lose weight, but they're no more effective than other types of diets, a new review indicates. More>>

Eight anti-aging foods to help you look younger

There are healthy and simple ways to slow down Father Time. The first place to start is in your daily diet. More>>

9 ways to work out without wearing out your bank account

Frugal fitness finds can put being active within reach of any budget.


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10 potential hazards in a beauty salon

To avoid ruining your look, and your health, be on the lookout for these 10 potential health hazards the next time you go to the beauty salon.

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10 healthy Valentine’s Day gifts for her

This year, instead of the same old Valentine's Day plan, buy your special lady a gift that's good for her health to really show how much you care. More>>

7 good luck foods for the New Year

Read this list and start preparing dishes to make this year one of your best ever. More>>

10 stress management tips to survive the holidays

The holidays are supposed to be a time of great joy, but they can also be a time of a ridiculous amount of stress. If holiday stress has become a major downer for you over the years, here are 10 tips that may help. More>>

10 tips to fight Thanksgiving Day food coma

After consuming mass quantities of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie during a feast, it's no mystery why people just plop on the couch and pass out. However, there are ways to avoid the Thanksgiving Day food coma, if you're up to it.

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Top five myths about cellulite

Cellulite, fat deposits beneath the skin, plagues the thighs and behinds of nearly 90 percent of women -- even the most fit among us. More>>

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