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Eating Lots of 'Ultra-Processed' Foods Could Harm Your Brain

Eating Lots of `Ultra-Processed` Foods Could Harm Your BrainTUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Chips, pizza, cookies: Delicious, but a diet full of ultra-processed foods like these may contribute to brain deterioration, researchers report.Ultra-processed foods have lots of added and unhealthy ingredients, such as sugar, salt, fat, artificial colors and preservatives. Examples include frozen meals, soft drinks, hot dogs and cold cuts, fast food, packaged cookies, cakes and salty snacks.These foods have been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, metabolic syndrome and obesity. Now, scientists in Brazil have tied them to a greater risk of declining brainpower.The study couldn't prove cause-and-effect. However, "the cognitive decline could be the result of microvascular lesions in the brain, reduced brain volume or even systemic...

Science Reveals 3 Keys to an Energized, Alert Day

6 December 2022
Science Reveals 3 Keys to an Energized, Alert DayTUESDAY, Nov. 6, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Advertising would have you believe that a big bowl of sugary cereal or a syrupy iced coffee drink will make you bright-eyed and bushy-tailed in the morning.But that sort of sugar-laden breakfast may be one of the worst things you can do to help you wake up alert and refreshed.A major new sleep study shows a breakfast rich in complex carbohydrates -- think a big bowl of steel-cut oatmeal, with some strawberries for flavor -- is key to waking up without feeling sluggish."We found that when you have spike in your blood glucose after breakfast, you're going to feel less alert, you're going to feel more sleepy after that breakfast," said lead researcher Raphael Vallat, a postdoctoral fellow at University of California, Berkeley's Center for Human...

Banning Flavored Vapes Didn't Spur Folks to Quit

6 December 2022
Banning Flavored Vapes Didn`t Spur Folks to QuitTUESDAY, Dec. 6, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- When the U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned fruit-flavored vaping products in early 2020, the idea was to reverse the rapid rise in electronic cigarette use among youths.Now, a new survey of adult e-cigarette users finds that instead of quitting e-cigarettes, most vapers switched to flavored products not covered by the ban, or even went back to smoking traditional cigarettes.The ban does not appear to be working and use of flavored products continues, contends study co-author Deborah Ossip. She's a professor in the department of public health sciences and Center for Community Health and Prevention at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) in New York. “It really gets to the issue of, if you want to meaningfully restrict the...

Pfizer Asks FDA to Approve Tweaked COVID Booster as...

5 December 2022
Pfizer Asks FDA to Approve Tweaked COVID Booster as Third Shot for Kids Under 5MONDAY, Dec. 5, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Infants and young children could soon receive an updated COVID-19 vaccine as part of their three-dose series. Pfizer Inc. on Monday asked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to have the vaccine that targets the Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 replace the third dose in the series for children aged 6 months through 4 years old. Children in that age group would still receive two doses of the original COVID vaccine prior to the Omicron-targeted dose.Though children aged 5 and up and adults need only two doses to complete a primary series, younger children need three doses, CNN reported. “With the high level of respiratory illnesses currently circulating among children under 5 years of age, updated COVID-19 vaccines may help prevent severe...

Bribing Folks Can Help Them Meet Weight-Loss Goals, Study Finds

5 December 2022
Bribing Folks Can Help Them Meet Weight-Loss Goals, Study FindsMONDAY, Dec. 5, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Money may not buy happiness, but it might give low-income obese people an extra incentive to lose weight, a new study suggests.The study, of people from urban neighborhoods, found that cash rewards encouraged participants to shed some extra pounds, versus a weight-loss program with no financial bonuses.And the effects were similar whether people were rewarded for reaching their weight-loss goals, or simply for making healthy lifestyle changes.Over six months, 39% to 49% of people given cash incentives lost at least 5% of their starting weight. That compared with 22% of study participants given no monetary motivation.The caveat, experts said, is that no one knows how financial rewards pan out in the long run. In this study, the weight-loss...

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