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More evidence links inactivity to diabetes and heart disease

(Reuters Health) – People who are inactive for hours on end each day may face an increased risk of diabetes and heart disease even if they also get regular exercise,…

No money for contraceptives, safe births for Burundi refugees at new camps

NAIROBI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Thousands of Burundian refugees risk unwanted pregnancies, dangerous deliveries and unsafe abortions when they move next week to camps without reproductive health services, the International…

Doctors warn hikers, other endurance athletes, and medical personnel about the risks of water intoxication

While emphasis is often placed on keeping athletes and outdoor enthusiasts properly hydrated, too much water can be just as dangerous. Exercise-associated hyponatremia (EAH), also known as water intoxication,…

Sugary drinks raise risk of heart attack, heart disease by more than a third

Sugary drinks raise risk of heart attack, heart disease by more than a third

Half the American population consume sugar-sweetened drinks every day, despite compelling evidence that they lead to excess weight gain and an increased risk of disease, according to research published in…

Novavax RSV vaccine given to mothers protects infants – study

Biotechnology company Novavax Inc said data from a mid-stage study showed that immunizing pregnant women with its RSV vaccine was effective in protecting infants from the virus. The trial tested…

Lilly, Incyte rheumatoid arthritis drug succeeds in late-stage study

Eli Lilly and Co and Incyte Corp said their experimental drug was found to be more effective in treating rheumatoid arthritis than a commonly prescribed medicine, in a late-stage study.…

India delays implementation of bigger tobacco pack warnings

NEW DELHI India has decided to delay implementation of bigger health warnings on tobacco packaging by a year until April 2016, as pressure mounts on New Delhi to take urgent…

Saturated fats too often replaced with unhealthy alternatives

Saturated fats too often replaced with unhealthy alternatives

Removing saturated fats to improve health and nutritional quality is widely recommended, but new research shows that many people simply replace them with other foods that offer no health benefits.…

Mediterranean diet best for a healthy gut, study finds

Mediterranean diet best for a healthy gut, study finds

Based on the production of health-promoting short-chain fatty acids, a vegan, vegetarian or Mediterranean diet is best for health, according to the results of a new study published in…

Butter is not back: Limiting saturated fat still best for heart health

People who replace saturated fat (mainly found in meats and dairy foods) in their diets with refined carbohydrates do not lower their risk of heart disease, according to a new…