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When it comes to acid reflux, there are certain foods that are almost universally problematic. The best strategy is to avoid them, but they often make up over half of many people’s diets. More...

Cynical people who distrust others are three times more likely to develop dementia than those who have more faith in humanity, a study has shown for the first time. Believing that others are motivated by selfishness, or lie to get what they want... More

Sitting up straight is not the best position for office workers as it places an unnecessary strain on your back, a study has suggested. They said that the best position in which to sit at your desk is leaning back, at about 135 degrees. More...

A new study led by researchers at Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, MA, has found that increasing coffee consumption may reduce type 2 diabetes. More...

By now most people know that many studies have linked a Mediterranean diet to a lower risk of cancer and Alzheimer's disease, better cardiovascular health, and a longer life. More...

Millions of people swear by vitamin supplements. But many are wasting their time and some could even be harming themselves, argues Dr Chris van Tulleken. More...

It is said that fiber-rich whole grains lower the risks of diabetes and heart disease. However some whole grains may do nothing to reduce disease risks. In fact, many foods legally marketed as whole grains could actually harm health. More...

In many cases, swimming can be a very helpful exercise for back pain sufferers. However, that's not to say that swimming can't cause back pain or injuries as well. More...

Five signs you might be at risk for diabetes. Incredibly, one in four Americans over age 20 has prediabetes -- and most don't even know it. More...

Around 160,000 men in the UK have been left with little or no sex life after treatment for prostate cancer, the Macmillan Cancer Support charity says. More...

News that high-salt diets have been linked to autoimmune conditions has hit the headlines today, with BBC News reporting that "The amount of salt in our diet could be…leading to diseases such as multiple sclerosis." More...

Avocado addicts are likely to have a healthier diet and slimmer waistlines, according to new research. They also have better cholesterol readings and are less at risk of heart disease, strokes and diabetes, it is claimed. More...

If you thought kicking the cigarette habit was enough to keep you healthy, you may want to go and find your trainers. Because failing to take enough exercise is as deadly as smoking, researchers say. More...

Can the elements really make your joints ache? Research from Tufts University suggests changes in barometric pressure worsen knee pain while other studies have found little or no link between weather and joint pain.More...

As a doctor, I get a lot of questions from patients in my practice and in my email inbox. Here’s one that was sent to me recently by a viewer: Dr. Manny, are there any health benefits to drinking beer? More...



It's no secret that smoking raises the risk of a whole gamut of health problems, from cancer, to lung disease, to early death. In fact a recent study shows that resolving to quit smoking is becoming more in vogue. More...


"U.S. News" evaluated and ranked the 29 diets below with input from a panel of health experts. To be top-rated, a diet had to be relatively easy to follow, nutritious, safe, and effective for weight loss and against diabetes and heart disease. The government-endorsed Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) snagged the top spot. Nutrients like potassium, calcium, protein, and fiber are crucial to fending off or fighting high blood pressure. More...

Many Americans don't realize just how dangerous obesity can be, according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. More...

Having high cholesterol is the leading risk factor for coronary heart disease and stroke. Cholesterol is generally categorized into two different groups. HDL is considered "good cholesterol". More...

Billy Fulton is a competitive cyclist. He has type 1 diabetes and had a kidney transplant a couple of years ago, but the most important thing to him is being a cyclist. Though he was diagnosed with diabetes at age 9, he stayed active, even winning a diabetes bikeathon when he was 13. But he grew up, got his driver's license, and moved on with his life. In his 30s, he started working construction near his home in Collinsville, and he realized that he couldn't keep up with his co-workers. He said that his legs started to swell "and I noticed that some of the guys at work who were in their late 40s were outworking me." His doctors found that his kidneys were beginning to fail. More...

Unhealthy snacking, popular during football and holiday seasons, can have harmful effects on people with hypertension, a U.S. hypertension specialist says. More...

Wash your hands with soap often and well. It's a key way to prevent a cold or flu. Looking for natural ways to beat back your flu or cold symptoms? Try a spoonful of honey. More...

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