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Ask yourself the real reason you want to lose weight

We know how to lose weight: reduce calories and increase movement. Yet we don't do it. Or if we do, we gain it back. What's missing is your answer to why you want to lose, says Dr. Holly Wyatt, associate professor of medicine at the University of Colorado Anschutz Health and Wellness Center. The...

Orthodontists warn against DIY braces, dental care

In this age of do-it-yourself everything, orthodontists say teeth straightening is one task you should leave to the professionals. Inspired by social media, some people are turning to rubber bands, fishing line and paper clips to perfect their own pearly whites – a practice that orthodontists warn...

Flavored waters — yes, including La Croix — are eroding your teeth

If sipping flavored water keeps you going throughout the day, I am sorry to burst your bubble. I know you are trying to do the right thing, staying hydrated and avoiding sugar and additives from sodas and other soft drinks. And the variety of fun new flavors on the market make otherwise boring...

Breast cancer on the rise among Asian-Americans

When Margaret Abe-Koga was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015, she was as surprised as anyone. After all, no one ever had breast cancer in her Japanese-American family, she doesn’t have the genetic marker, and she’d been led to believe that Asian-Americans weren’t — as Abe-Koga put it — “a high-propensity...

$1 injection could treat dangerous bleeding after childbirth

One of the most heart-wrenching public health problems facing the world has been the large number of women who die during or after childbirth despite all our medical progress. Melinda Gates has called the issue one of her top priorities and committed more than $1.5 billion from her family's foundation...

Will allergy-free peanut be a reality soon?

For her daughter's sake, Dr. Ruchi Gupta would love to have a "safe" peanut. The director of the Food Allergy Outcomes Research Program at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago, and all those connected to the 2.8 million peanut-allergy sufferers in the U.S., might get that wish in the not- too-distant...

Celebrities open up about mental health struggles hoping to help others

Many find it difficult to speak out about mental illness. Some worry what others will think of them. Some are concerned it will negatively affect their career. Some fear the information would be a burden on family and friends. Former WNBA star Chamique Holdsclaw had these same fears before talking...

FDA cracks down on companies peddling fraudulent cancer treatments

The Food and Drug Administration ordered 14 companies to stop making bogus claims about cancer cures - including asparagus extract, exotic teas and topical creams for pets - or face possible product seizures and criminal prosecution. The letters covered more than five-dozen unapproved products...

Rare conjoined twins seek ordinary life in extraordinary circumstances

With an eddy of leaves trailing behind them, Carmen and Lupita Andrade take off in their father’s old truck, a couple of high school girls learning to drive. They move in a herky-jerky motion around their backyard with their father, Victor, offering a bit of coaching in Spanish as they make their...

J&J, Bayer accused of hiding Xarelto's dangers, face 18,000 patient lawsuits

Joseph Boudreaux says taking Johnson & Johnson's blood-thinning drug Xarelto was one of the biggest mistakes of his life. While Xarelto was supposed to help cut his stroke risk, Boudreaux says it instead caused internal bleeding that required a week-long hospital stay in the intensive-care unit,...

'Pro-suicide' websites lure too many people

In January 2003, Suzanne Gonzales wrote to an online messaging group: "I cry for no reason, and I can't help but feel that I'm bothering others with my whining. I'm sorry to everyone. It would just be best if I would go away." She had been suffering from depression and, in the following months,...

Which states have the best children's health care?

Planning your family's future? According to a report from the Health Cost Institute, per-capita spending on children's health care has increased more than 5 percent annually since 2010, due to rising health costs. And the states are not created equal. You may want to consider relocating to any...

Top 5 conditions that shorten lives - and are preventable

More bad news for plus-sized Americans: Obesity is the leading cause of preventable life-years lost in the nation, a new study finds. Obesity steals more years than diabetes, tobacco, high blood pressure and high cholesterol — the other top preventable health problems that cut Americans' lives...

Phone noises, notifications are stressing you out — but so is silence

Doug Ross, 31, wakes every morning to a screen full of notifications. He receives updates from news apps, chats from coworkers and emails from East Coast clients, all beckoning to be answered before the workday even starts. Working during the day as a consultant for the software company Adobe,...

Frito-Lay recalls some jalapeno chips for possible salmonella contamination

Frito-Lay is recalling two spicy potato chip brands due to a potential salmonella contamination. The jalapeño powder used in a seasoning blend for some of Lay’s Kettle-Cooked potato chips and Miss Vickie’s Kettle-Cooked potato chips was recalled due to potential salmonella. No salmonella was actually...

Study links diet soda to higher risk of stroke, dementia

Americans trying to stay healthy have abandoned sugary drinks for diet drinks in droves over the past few decades on the theory that the latter is better than the former. Now, more evidence has emerged to refute that rationale. Indeed, a new study shows an association between diet soda and both...

Getting treatment for problem drinking - without giving up alcohol

She no longer drinks seven days a week. She doesn't lose entire Saturdays to hangovers. She doesn't have to worry that her kids always see her with a wine glass in her hand. But Adrienne, an Indiana therapist who asked to be identified by only her first name, does drink. With the help of an Evanston,...

A protein from umbilical cords could revitalize memory in an aging brain

You leave your car in a vast, crowded parking lot, and when you return, you have no idea where it is. The ensuing search is frustrating, time-consuming and a little embarrassing. That experience occurs more frequently as we get older, because the functions of the part of the brain that encodes...

How to reduce the risk of balance problems

I run six or seven miles every morning, and I often follow that workout with a one-mile swim. I lift weights two or three times a week. I take long walks with my dogs every day. But I can't put on my sweatpants one leg at a time without wobbling. My balance just isn't what it used to be. "Balance...

Tips to age well — starting in your 20s

To age well, start now, no matter how old - or young - you are. That's the firm advice from a group of experts in medicine, nutrition and wellness. Whether you're 20, 40 or 60-plus years old, healthier aging begins with choices people make every day about exercise, eating and taking care of health...

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