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Red Meat Raises Your Heart Risk, and Scientists May Know Why

Red Meat Raises Your Heart Risk, and Scientists May Know WhyTUESDAY, Aug. 2, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A daily hamburger might raise the risk of developing heart disease, but not necessarily for the reasons people often think, new research suggests.The study of nearly 4,000 older Americans found what many have before: People who ate a lot of red meat had a heightened risk of heart disease and stroke.But there was no evidence that the link was due to a traditional culprit: elevated blood levels of "bad" cholesterol.Instead, researchers traced the risk, in part, to particular substances produced by the gut microbiome — the trillions of bacteria that reside in the digestive tract. When those bacteria digest red meat, they produce a chemical called TMAO, which can spur inflammation and blood clotting.For the average person, experts said, the...

Had a Kidney Stone? This Diet May Help Prevent Another

2 August 2022
Had a Kidney Stone? This Diet May Help Prevent AnotherTUESDAY, Aug. 2, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Anyone who has ever had a kidney stone never wants a repeat of the blinding pain that comes when it passes. Now, a new study maps out a diet that can help guard against that.The cornerstones of that diet include eating plenty of foods that contain potassium, as well as a few servings of low-fat dairy daily, to get enough calcium. High-potassium fruits and veggies that could help include bananas, oranges, grapefruits, apricots, mushrooms, peas, cucumbers, zucchini, and melons such as cantaloupe and honeydew.To arrive at those recommendations, researchers from the Mayo Clinic used data from questionnaires completed by kidney stone patients between 2009 and 2018. The team compared the diets of 411 people who had already had their first kidney...

Dietary Supplements: Are You Throwing Money Away?

2 August 2022
Dietary Supplements: Are You Throwing Money Away?TUESDAY, Aug. 2, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- Most Americans swear by dietary supplements, with nearly 3 of 4 people taking some type of supplement on a daily basis, a new HealthDay/Harris Poll has revealed.But many have a mistaken belief in the effectiveness of these supplements, which for the most part don't help folks live longer or healthier lives, said Thunder Jalili, director of graduate and undergraduate studies in nutrition at the University of Utah."There's a lot of effective marketing around supplements, and people want to believe and want to find a product that's helpful, so the marketing is there for a receptive audience," Jalili noted.What's worse, people also have the notion that the U.S. federal government has tight oversight of the supplements industry, and that's simply...

Eating Disorders Can Begin as Early as Age 9

2 August 2022
Eating Disorders Can Begin as Early as Age 9TUESDAY, Aug. 2, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- More young children may struggle with eating disorders than previously thought, a new study reveals.Data on nearly 12,000 U.S. children between the ages of 9 and 10 that was collected as part of a federally funded study found that 5% had engaged in binge eating, researchers reported. Another 2.5% had taken measures to avoid gaining weight.Researchers also found that boys are just as at risk for disordered eating as girls, based on the results."We tend to think that eating disorders predominantly afflict girls, but there's more and more data showing that boys struggle just as much," lead researcher Stuart Murray, director of the Eating Disorders Program at the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine, said in a university news...

USDA Gets Tough on Salmonella in Breaded Chicken Products

1 August 2022
USDA Gets Tough on Salmonella in Breaded Chicken ProductsMONDAY, Aug. 1, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to toughen regulations on certain raw chicken products.The agency has notified food processors that new rules would require they lower the amount of salmonella found in breaded and stuffed chicken products, which include frozen foods such as chicken cordon bleu and chicken Kiev. These foods appear to be cooked, but are only heat-treated to set their batter or breading.The new rules would declare salmonella an adulterant, which is a contaminant that can cause foodborne illness. "Food safety is at the heart of everything FSIS [Food Safety and Inspection Service] does," U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said in an agency news release. "That mission will guide us as this important first step launches a...

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