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Coffee: Good for You or Not?

Coffee: Good for You or Not?WEDNESDAY, July 22, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Coffee has been tied to many potential health benefits, but people should drink it for pleasure, and not disease prevention. That's one of the main conclusions of a new research review. In it, researchers give an overview of the evidence on coffee and caffeine -- the subjects of many health studies over the years. "The impact of coffee consumption on health is important because there are few other dietary factors that so many people across the world are so frequently exposed to," said Rob van Dam, the lead author on the review. And overall, his team found, the news is good for coffee lovers: Caffeinated coffee does not appear to raise any disease risks, and is instead linked to lower odds of various diseases. And moderate doses of...

How Much Fasting Is Enough for 'Fasting Diet' to Work?

20 July 2020
How Much Fasting Is Enough for `Fasting Diet` to Work?MONDAY, July 20, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Limiting food to a narrow window of time each day may help people shed some extra pounds, a small study finds. And restricting your eating to six hours may work as well as a stricter four-hour time frame, researchers found. In an eight-week trial, researchers found that either of two "time-restricted" diets helped obese people drop some pounds -- about 3% of their starting body weight, on average. But while the diets have become trendy of late, they seemed to work the old-fashioned way: by cutting dieters' daily calories. Time-restricted eating is considered a form of intermittent fasting, explained Krista Varady, one of the researchers on the study. The principle is simple: People limit themselves to eating between certain hours of the...

Your Guide to Safer Dining During the Pandemic

17 July 2020
Your Guide to Safer Dining During the PandemicFRIDAY, July 17, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Restaurant dining used to be a routine affair, but many now dread the thought of chowing down in a roomful of bare-faced strangers. So as state-level lockdowns wax and wane, how safe is it to dine at your favorite restaurant? There's some risk, but with proper precautions you should be able to enjoy your meal with a reduced risk of exposure to the coronavirus, experts say. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would prefer that you order takeout or delivery, as that remains the safest way to minimize your exposure to other folks. But if you're going stir-crazy and need to get out, your next safest option is to pick a restaurant with an outdoor dining area, said Dr. Leonard Mermel, medical director of epidemiology and infection...

Guys, Going Vegetarian Won't Lower Your Testosterone

15 July 2020
Guys, Going Vegetarian Won`t Lower Your TestosteroneWEDNESDAY, July 15, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Images of burly cavemen bringing home meat may have men thinking that steaks and burgers are key to masculinity. It's just not true: New research shows that testosterone levels in men who eat vegetable-heavy diets are similar to those in men who wolf down meat. "We found that a plant-based diet was associated with normal testosterone levels, levels that are the same as occur in men who eat a traditional diet that includes more meat," said study co-author Dr. Ranjith Ramasamy, director of reproductive urology at the University of Miami Health System. "The old idea that men needed to consume a traditional diet with plenty of meat to have a healthy testosterone level was based on pure conjecture, not based on evidence," he said in a...

Smog Harms Women's Brains, But One Food May Help Buffer the Damage

15 July 2020
Smog Harms Women`s Brains, But One Food May Help Buffer the DamageWEDNESDAY, July 15, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Dirty air is the curse of urban living, and studies have shown that breathing it in harms the brains of men and women alike. But a new study suggests that diet can help reverse the damage: Older women who regularly ate fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids seemed to better withstand the neurological effects of smog. "Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to fight inflammation and maintain brain structure in aging brains," explained study author Dr. Ka He, of Columbia University in New York City. "They have also been found to reduce brain damage caused by neurotoxins like lead and mercury. So we explored if omega-3 fatty acids have a protective effect against another neurotoxin, the fine particulate matter found in air pollution." To do so, He's...

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