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Yoga and Meditation Can Change Your Genes, Study Says
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Yoga and meditation may do more than just help you feel relaxed in the moment. A new scientific review suggests that these and other mindfulness exercises can actually reverse stress-related changes in genes linked to poor health and depression.

In the new paper, published in Frontiers in Immunology, British researchers analyzed the findings from 18 previously p...

Why Sleeping In May Be Dangerous
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Social jet lag—the term for what happens to your body when you stay up late and sleep in on the weekends—may contribute to poor health, worse mood, and fatigue—even if you still get the “right” amount of sleep every night. A preliminary new study found that every hour sleep was shifted per week was associated with an 11% increased risk of heart disease.

The new findings were presented recently at the

Having a Fever During Pregnancy May Raise Child’s Risk of Autism
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Having a fever during pregnancy—particularly during the second trimester—is linked to an increased risk of autism in children, according to a recent study.

Autism has previously been tied to prenatal exposure to a wide range of infections, researchers at Columbia University wrote in the journal Molecular Psychiatry. Because fever is such a common response to infections and illness, they wanted ...

7 Ways to Jump-Start Your Metabolism

When your metabolism is running like a well-oiled machine, your body is working for you. Not only can it make maintaining (or losing) weight a little easier, but maximizing your system’s calorie-burning engine will also help you feel more energetic, active, and alive. To figure out how to get it to that happy place, incorporate these everyday eating and exercise habits into your regular routine.

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Almost 30% of People In the World Are Obese or Overweight
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The global obesity epidemic continues, and a new report shows that about two billion people worldwide are overweight or obese. That’s about 30% of the world’s population.

The new study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that about a third of the global population—including adults and children—exceed a healthy weight. About 10% of people in the world are obese, according to the findings. Studies have lin...

Hype Over a New Cancer Drug Has Its Company’s Stock Spiking

Results from a small trial of a new oral cancer drug have shown preliminary success, and shares for the company that makes it have already spiked in response.

The drug, larotrectinib, worked across various different cancers in both adults and children,...

5 Filling and Healthy Breakfast Ideas
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Feeling meh about your usual a.m. meal? We get it. Mornings can be hectic, and it’s a lot easier to hit repeat and grab a cereal bar rather than take the time to think of something more inspiring.

But you owe it to your taste buds to make a switch. A delicious, healthy breakfast will keep you excited and fulfilled, and that ensures that you’ll actually have that morning meal. You’ve heard it a million times before, but eating breakfast on the ...

You Asked: What’s the Best Way to Lose 5 Pounds Fast?
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You’ve heard (over and over again) that gradual weight loss is sustainable weight loss. And you’re totally going to incorporate all of those healthy lifestyle changes that will help you shed your extra pounds and keep them off for good.

But you’ll start all that next month. This month, you’ve got your friend’s wedding and a beach weekend to worry about. So what’s the best...

The New Way To Prevent Anxiety in Kids

About 40 million American adults have an anxiety disorder each year. Rates are rising among young people and the use of anti-anxiety drugs is soaring. What can be done to reverse this mental health crisis?

Part of the answer soon may be to start putting more at-risk preschoolers—and their parents—in therapy.

A growing body of research is suggesting that treating

What Is a Public Option for Health Insurance?
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As the healthcare debate rages on, interest in a public option is springing up among proponents of the Affordable Care Act, who would rather refine the law than repeal it.

Republicans argue that the recently passed American Health Care Act (their current replacement bill for the ACA) would increase coverage, yet initial analysis from the Congressional Budget Offi...