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Healthy foods, not diet type, may be key to cutting heart disease risk

Healthy foods, not diet type, may be key to cutting heart disease risk

Focusing on healthy foods, not particular types of diets, may be key to cutting heart disease risk, according to a new study out of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. The researchers studied the effects of three different diets, each with different macronutrient requirements, and found that all three offered heart health benefits. At the core of each diet was an emphasis on healthy foods.

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Fitbit Premium subscription promises more personal touch

Fitbit Premium subscription promises more personal touch

Fitbit isn't just something you strap to your wrist to count your steps and log your workouts any more, with the launch of the Fitbit Premium subscription service to help guide users through getting healthier. Launching alongside the new Fitbit Versa 2, Fitbit Premium promises personalized coaching and thousands of workouts, which the company says were developed both from its experience in health tracking and by consulting experts.

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Red wine may improve gut health and decrease ‘bad’ cholesterol

Red wine may improve gut health and decrease ‘bad’ cholesterol

A study out of King's College London has found that red wine may offer health benefits associated with body fat levels, cholesterol, and gut bacteria. The research involves more than 900 female twins located in the United Kingdom, where scientists looked into the potential effects of different types of alcohol on the gut microbiome and other aspects of one's health.

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Major alternate-day fasting study finds many health benefits

Major alternate-day fasting study finds many health benefits

Intermittent fasting may be popular right now, but a new study suggests that alternate-day fasting may be a better protocol for some people. Rather than restricting calories for a block of time every day, alternate-day fasting allows dieters to eat normally one day but requires them to completely skip food the next day. Doing this, a study suggests, may offer health and weight loss benefits.

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Study finds which fasting diet protocol targets chronic inflammation

Study finds which fasting diet protocol targets chronic inflammation

Fasting is called a fad, but it is a tradition that has been observed by cultures around the world for millennia. A number of studies have found potential health benefits (and consequences) associated with fasting, the nature of which depends on the type of fast. Whereas certain fasting protocols require a person to consume only water for a number of hours or days, others allow fruit juice or greatly restricted food consumption.

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Fast food scraps are giving city birds high cholesterol

Fast food scraps are giving city birds high cholesterol

It's no secret that fast food is unhealthy and that may be true for more than just humans. A new study has found that crows located in urban environments are suffering from high cholesterol as a direct consequence of fast food consumption, mirroring the same health condition observed in many humans who frequently eat this high-fat convenience food.

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KFC serving non-meat Chicken with Beyond Meat

KFC serving non-meat Chicken with Beyond Meat

Starting on the 27th of August, 2019, KFC planned to start serving non-meat chicken. They'd revealed a partnership with the company Beyond Meat, making them the first national USA-based quick service restaurant (QSR) to serve plant-based chicken. KFC's first release on this release branded this "Beyond Fried Chicken" and called it "A Kentucky Fried Miracle."

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Study finds exercise extends lifespan, but sitting around is deadly

Study finds exercise extends lifespan, but sitting around is deadly

It's no secret that exercising may increase your life, but questions remain over exactly what type of exercise -- as well as the duration and intensity -- is needed to get those benefits. The answer is surprising, at least according to a new study that found any level of exercise may slash early death risk. On the flip side, however, the study also warns that sitting for several hours a day is significantly linked to mortality.

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Pets, especially dogs, have a surprising effect on heart health

Pets, especially dogs, have a surprising effect on heart health

As it turns out, owning a pet may increase your overall health, particularly if it is a dog. The findings come from a study that looked at pet owners located in the Czech Republic, ones who had no history of heart disease when first evaluated in early 2013. In their most recent evaluation of these participants, researchers noted that owning dogs seems to be linked to lower cardiovascular disease risk.

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Health officials say vape user with severe lung illness has died

Health officials say vape user with severe lung illness has died

Public health officials in Illinois have reported the death of an individual who had recently used a vaping device and was later hospitalized with the same unnamed severe lung condition impacting more than 100 other people. The news comes only weeks after officials in Wisconsin first publicized this mysterious illness, which isn't linked to an infectious disease.

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Study warns people with IBD and colon cancer should avoid fried foods

Study warns people with IBD and colon cancer should avoid fried foods

Fried foods are tasty but notoriously unhealthy. Most health-related criticisms of these particular food products revolve around the use of unhealthy fats and excessive calories, but a number of studies have found that frying oil -- particularly oil that has been heated and cooled repeatedly -- may be linked to the development of cancer. A new study out of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst builds on that, finding that it may fuel pre-existing IBD and colon cancer.

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Vaping linked to lung changes that cause emphysema in smokers

Vaping linked to lung changes that cause emphysema in smokers

The bad news about vaping continues to roll in with a new study from the University of North Carolina Health Care, where researchers identified changes in the lungs of vapers that mirror those seen in the lungs of smokers. These changes, according to the study, pave the way for the development of a lung disease called emphysema in people who smoke traditional cigarettes.

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