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How Many Calories Should I Eat a Day?

The number of calories you need to eat each day depends on several factors, including your age, size, height, sex, lifestyle, and overall general health. As an example, a physically active 6ft 2in male, aged 22 years, requires considerably more calories than a 5ft 2ins sedentary woman in her 70s. …

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Swan neck deformity: Causes and treatment

Image credit: Phoenix119, 2014 Swan neck deformity is a condition that affects the joints in the fingers. It is caused by abnormal stress on the volar plate, the ligament around the middle joint of the finger (PIP joint). The resulting shape looks similar to a swan’s neck, which is how …

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Could tai chi reduce the risk of falls in older adults?

Tai chi may reduce fall risk in older adults. A recent meta-analysis published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society investigates tai chi as a way to reduce the risk of falling among older adults. This ancient art could help to improve the lives of modern at-risk individuals. Falls …

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Could UV-absorbent DNA layer replace sunscreen?

Could an artificial DNA film eventually replace sunscreen? Researchers have developed a DNA film that absorbs ultraviolet light more efficiently the longer it is exposed to it. This extra layer could be applied over the skin instead of sunscreen, potentially protecting it from the negative effects of sunburn, developers explain. …

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Letter from the Editor: Happiness

The beach around the corner from our office is one of my happy places. As medical journalists, we are curious, but we are always mindful of our identities. Our role is to accurately report on the findings of medical professionals, not to dispense medical advice ourselves. However, I was recently …

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How Much Sugar Is In Your Food And Drink?

In our modern and fast-paced lives, it can be difficult to keep a healthy balance of nutrients in our food. Sugar is one of these nutrients, and the cells in our body would die without it. Consuming too much sugar, however, raises the risk of several problems, including poor dental …

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Kale nutrient may yield significant cognitive benefits

Could kale and other lutein-rich foods maintain the quality of our cognitive functions? Researchers have found that lutein, a nutrient and organic pigment found in kale, spinach, avocados, and eggs, may be effective in rejuvenating cognitive functions. The health benefits of green foods, such as kale, spinach, and other leafy …

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Melanoma: New, more effective drug steps closer

Melanoma may be halted by a newly developed drug. Researchers have developed a new compound that may soon be developed into an effective treatment for melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Skin cancer is the most pervasive form of cancer in the United States. Melanoma accounts for the vast …

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Too much sugar may harm men’s mental health

High intake of sugary foods and drinks may harm men’s mental health, suggest researchers. The downfalls of high sugar consumption are not limited to poor dental health and weight gain; a new study finds that eating too much sugar may also increase men’s long-term risk of mental health disorders. Researchers …

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