• August 11, 2015

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    Coca-Cola Funds Scientists Who Shift Blame for Obesity Away From Bad Diets

    Coca-Cola, the world’s largest producer of sugary beverages, is backing a new “science-based” solution to the obesity crisis: To maintain a healthy weight, get more exercise and worry less about cutting calories.


    The beverage gia

  • August 7, 2015

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    Walking vs. Elliptical Machine?

    This is a perennially popular issue. I answered a similar question last year, but there is more science wor

  • August 4, 2015

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    Why Some People Get Fitter Than Others?

    Anyone in a running group or gym class has likely noticed that some of the participants annoyingly become much fitter than others. But exactly why some people’s bodies respond well to working out and others do not puzzles scientists.


  • August 4, 2015

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    Rehab Before Cancer Treatment Can Help Patients Bounce Back

    Cancer patients who do rehabilitation before they begin treatment may recover more quickly from surgery, chemotherapy or radiation, some cancer specialists say. But insurance coverage for cancer prehabilitation, as it's called, can be spotty, especially if the aim is to prevent problems rat

  • August 4, 2015

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    Can A Nutritional Drink Replace Food?

    Alright, many nutritional drinks are out there for a variety of purposes. But can it actually REPLACE food?

    The makers of Soylent, the powdered drink that has developed quite a following in Silicon Valley as an easy meal replacement for busy workers, has created a follow-up version ca

  • August 4, 2015

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    How Walking in Nature Changes the Brain

    A walk in the park may soothe the mind and, in the process, change the workings of our brains in ways that improve our mental health, according to an interesting new study of the physical effects on the brain of visiting nature.


    Most o

  • August 4, 2015

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    The Evidence Supports Artificial Sweeteners Over Sugar

    In the last few years, I’ve watched a continuing battle among my friends about which is worse for you: artificial sweeteners or sugar. Unless you want to forgo all beverages that are sweet,

  • August 4, 2015

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    Shopping for a Doctor Who ‘Fits’

    I had already been given a head’s up about my next patient by one of our schedulers. The notes next to her name in the electronic medical record read, “New consult, switching care, patient preference. Do not cancel any other appointments until this one is completed.”

  • August 4, 2015

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    Making Activity Trackers More Fashion Forward

    I have tried the vast majority of current activity tracking gadgets and have eventually abandoned most of them. That’s not to say they didn’t perform their duty. The problem was that they didn’t match my outfit.


    Sounds silly, but

  • August 4, 2015

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    Q: Can I Ever Repay My Sleep Debt? (~15 years of poor sleep)

    A: It is unclear whether you can make up a long-term sleep debt, because most studies have looked at the effects of sleep loss and recovery only over a few nights or weeks, said Dr. Matt T. Bianchi, the chief of the division of sleep medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and an assistant profes