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2023

How Many Calories a Day Can Safely Spur Weight Loss?

How Many Calories a Day Can Safely Spur Weight Loss?WEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The key to losing weight sounds simple — eat less.Regardless of the diet you follow, dropping the pounds means burning more calories than you eat. That begs the question, how many calories should I eat to lose weight?According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, for most people, cutting about 500 calories a day is a good place to start. If you can eat 500 fewer calories every day, you should lose about a pound a week.Another easy way to figure out how many calories you should eat is to multiply your weight by 15, Harvard Health advises. That number will give you the number of calories you need to maintain your current weight. To lose weight, simply cut that number. But counting calories isn't enough, says Samantha Heller, a...

Pandemic Funding Saved More Americans From Medical Debt

18 January 2023
Pandemic Funding Saved More Americans From Medical DebtWEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- The number of Americans who had trouble paying their medical bills dropped precipitously between 2019 and 2021, and funds from the American Rescue Plan and other federal pandemic relief programs may have been a reason why.Overall, 10.8% of Americans responding to a federal survey in 2021 said they had had problems covering medical bills that year, down from 14% in 2019, according to researchers at the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.The latest stats follow "a significant trend downwards from 2011," following the 2010 passage of the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare), the NCHS authors noted. In 2011, "nearly 20% of people were in families having problems...

Herbal Remedies & You: 6 Tips to Safeguard Your Health

18 January 2023
Herbal Remedies & You: 6 Tips to Safeguard Your HealthWEDNESDAY, Jan. 18, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Not all prescription drugs and dietary herbal supplements work well together. It’s important to be aware of possible drug/supplement interactions that could be harmful, according to the U.S. National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), a part of the National Institutes of Health.The organization offered tips on six potential issues. The supplement St. John’s wort interacts with many types of drugs, according to the NCCIH. Most often, it speeds up the processes that would change the drug into an inactive substance, meaning a person taking a certain medication would have less of that drug in the body. It can also interact with certain types of antidepressants, causing harmful side effects. Concentrated garlic extracts...

AHA News: Dr. Ralph Sacco – First Neurologist to Serve...

17 January 2023
AHA News: Dr. Ralph Sacco – First Neurologist to Serve as AHA President – Dies at 65TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2023 (American Heart Association News) -- Between his first and second years of medical school, before he was certain about what he'd specialize in, Ralph Sacco landed a job alongside Dr. Philip Wolf.Sacco's role included feeding punch cards into a machine, a tedious but necessary step in the rudimentary days of electronic data collection. The fascinating part was seeing what happened next – the way Wolf used the information to save and improve lives, particularly those at risk of stroke.Sacco veered his career down the same path, the combination of neurology and epidemiology. Like his mentor, he did so with great impact on large populations. Yet that was only part of the legacy Sacco forged. He took on major leadership roles, such as becoming the first neurologist...

In Tibetan Monk Study, Hints That Meditating Can Alter Gut Microbes

17 January 2023
In Tibetan Monk Study, Hints That Meditating Can Alter Gut MicrobesTUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Meditation might help a person’s gut health — but it takes a lot of meditation over a long time.Tibetan Buddhist monks appear to have gut microbes that differ substantially from others living near them, a new study reports.Those differences have previously been linked to a lower risk of anxiety, depression and heart disease, according to the study authors.The findings suggest that regular deep meditation practiced for a number of years appears to regulate the gut microbiome and improve health, the researchers said. The report was published online Jan. 16 in the journal General Psychiatry.Meditation is more frequently being used to help treat mental health problems like depression, anxiety, substance abuse, traumatic stress and eating...

Young Americans Still Want Same Number of Kids, Just Not Right Now

17 January 2023
Young Americans Still Want Same Number of Kids, Just Not Right NowTUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- When birth rates fall in the United States, experts try to figure out what’s happening.The fertility rate is at its lowest since the 1970s -- 1.71 per woman, according to a new study.But it's not that young people today don't want children, new research suggests. In fact, they want about as many as their parents had.Instead, young Americans may simply be having more difficulty achieving life goals in order to have kids, said study co-author Sarah Hayford, director of the Ohio State University Institute for Population Research."You see a lot of things of like, 'Oh, young people just aren't interested in having children' or 'young people have better things to do.' And we don't find that," Hayford said. "We find that young people are interested...

Why Is American Food So Unhealthy?

17 January 2023
Why Is American Food So Unhealthy?TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- It's no secret: The standard American diet is at the root of the obesity epidemic and many of its associated diseases. But why is American food so unhealthy? It's not just that Americans eat too much, which they do, but it's also what they eat that's unhealthy: fat, sugar, salt and ultra-processed foods. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the average American diet consists of excess salt, saturated fat, refined grains, calories from solid fats and added sugars.Americans also eat fewer vegetables, fruits, whole grains, dairy products and oils than recommended. Nearly 42% of American adults are obese, statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show.One reason may be that healthy foods are often more...

AHA News: Black People Rarely Hit the Slopes, But Those Who Love Winter Sports Work to Change That

17 January 2023
AHA News: Black People Rarely Hit the Slopes, But Those Who Love Winter Sports Work to Change ThatTUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2023 (American Heart Association News) -- Like many skiers, Dr. Ouida Brown can't narrow her love of the sport down to just one element."I love the scenery," said the orthopedic surgeon from Chicago. "I love the people." She loves being the first to make tracks in fresh powder in the morning. She loves the physical and mental challenge of trying to improve her time on a racecourse.But it's another type of challenge when Brown, who is Black, tries to convey her excitement. "No one else in my family skis," the Mississippi native said. And when she talks about the sport to other Black people, they sometimes look at her and say, "Black people don't ski!"It's true that Black skiers are a rarity. According to a 2021-22 survey by the National Ski Areas Association, only 1.5%...

AHA News: 5 Things to Know About AEDs After a...

TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2023 (American Heart Association News) -- We've all walked past them: Little red, yellow or green boxes with hearts on them and the letters "AED." They can be found in office...

Getting COVID in Pregnancy Greatly Raises a Woman's Odds...

TUESDAY, Jan. 17, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- COVID-19 infection in pregnancy raises a woman's risk of death sevenfold and significantly elevates her odds for needing intensive care, a new study...
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