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Exercising before breakfast burns more fat, study says

Exercising before breakfast burns more fat, study says

Should you eat before or after exercise in the morning? The debate has raged for years. The eat-first camp says food before exercise boosts blood sugars, giving the body fuel to increase the intensity and length of a workout. It also keeps you from being fatigued or dizzy. The eat-after camp says you burn more…

Drug companies may pay $50 billion for their role in the opioid crisis

Drug companies may pay $50 billion for their role in the opioid crisis

Five of the many companies accused in thousands of federal and state lawsuits over the nation’s opioid epidemic may settle for over $50 billion, according to a source familiar with the negotiations. Three pharmaceutical distribution companies — AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health, and McKesson Corporation — are in negotiations to settle with over 2,000 state, local and…

The states with the most online requests for abortion medications

The states with the most online requests for abortion medications

Women who live in states with strict and punitive abortion laws account for the majority of requests made to a website that supplies abortion medications, a new study has found. The website, Women on Web (WoW), has been run by an international non-profit since 2006 and provides abortion medications — under doctor supervision — to…

Vaccine exemption rates among US kindergartners continue to climb, CDC says

Vaccine exemption rates among US kindergartners continue to climb, CDC says

There has been a small increase in vaccine exemption rates among kindergarteners in the United States, according to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The finding, published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report on Thursday, shows that rates of young children not receiving vaccinations against certain diseases,…

Juul to stop selling several flavored products in the United States

Juul to stop selling several flavored products in the United States

Leading e-cigarette company Juul Labs will stop selling several flavored products in the United States, the company announced Thursday. Only tobacco, mint and menthol flavors will remain for sale. Meanwhile, Juul’s mango, creme, fruit and cucumber flavors have already been removed from the online store — which was the only place the company sold these…

Is ingestible collagen the fountain of youth? Maybe

Is ingestible collagen the fountain of youth? Maybe

As you age, a glance in the mirror may reveal a few fine lines, wrinkles, age spots and sagging skin. You may become more worried about the thickness of your hair, your creaking joints or a loss of muscle. Ingestible collagen, the protein supplement that’s skyrocketed in popularity, is said to help improve all of…

Like it or not, science backs up your teen’s love of the snooze button

Like it or not, science backs up your teen’s love of the snooze button

In the battle between the adolescent penchant for hitting the snooze button and parental desire to rush them onto an early morning school bus, experts say science is increasingly siding with the snooze. The biological clock of teens is shifted, Dr. Mary Carskadon, director of the Sleep and Chronobiology Research Lab at EP Bradley Hospital,…

95% of tested baby foods in the US contain toxic metals, report says

95% of tested baby foods in the US contain toxic metals, report says

Toxic heavy metals damaging to your baby’s brain development are likely in the baby food you are feeding your infant, according to a new investigation published Thursday. Tests of 168 baby foods from major manufacturers in the US found 95% contained lead, 73% contained arsenic, 75% contained cadmium and 32% contained mercury. One fourth of…

New vaping study links e-liquids to some lung inflammation

New vaping study links e-liquids to some lung inflammation

A new study suggests that vaping e-liquids, specifically propylene glycol and glycerin, may lead to some inflammation in the lungs — but more research is needed to determine just how much inflammation may occur over a prolonged period of time. The study, published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research on Wednesday, found that in people…

Top 34 bestselling ‘fruit’ drinks for kids deemed unhealthy

Top 34 bestselling ‘fruit’ drinks for kids deemed unhealthy

Americans spent $1.4 billion on the most popular brands of children’s fruit drinks and flavored waters last year. Yet according to nutritional guidelines, none of the drinks were healthy. Why would loving parents do this? Perhaps because US beverage companies spent $20.7 million to advertise fun, fruity drinks with added sugars to families in 2018,…

A third person has died after a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in North Carolina

A third person has died after a Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in North Carolina

A third person has died from an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in North Carolina, state health officials said. None of the victims has been identified by authorities and health officials have not discussed the circumstances of their deaths. In recent weeks, health officials have confirmed 140 cases among people who attended the NC Mountain State…

Climate crisis raises risk of more Ebola outbreaks

Climate crisis raises risk of more Ebola outbreaks

The climate crisis is going to raise the risk that Ebola will spread farther and reach areas previously unaffected by the virus, according to a study published Tuesday in the journal Nature Communications. The study found that the climate crisis will bring a 1.75 to 3.2-fold increase in the rate at which the deadly virus…

These high school sports have the highest concussion rates

These high school sports have the highest concussion rates

When it comes to concussions in high school sports, there is good news and bad news, a new study suggests. The rates of football practice concussions and recurrent concussions across all sports have gone down in recent years, according to the study, published in the journal Pediatrics on Tuesday. The bad news: Concussion rates increased…