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Every meal triggers inflammation that may protect us

Every time we eat food, it may trigger an inflammatory response that acts as a protective mechanism to fight the bacteria consumed along with the food, a study has found. The findings showed that this inflammatory response, which acts as a protective mechanism, fails in overweight individuals leading to diabetes. On the other hand, in healthy individuals, short-term inflammatory responses play an important role in sugar uptake and the activation of the immune system. The study, led by researchers at the University of Basel in Switzerland, showed that depending on…

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US Cancer Death Rate Drops 25 Percent Since 1991

The cancer death rate in the United States has dropped 25 percent from a peak in 1991, mainly due to a steady decline in smoking and advances in early detection and treatment of tumors, new research released Thursday shows. The rate decrease means there were about 2.1 million fewer deaths between 1991 and 2014, according to an annual report by the American Cancer Society (ACS). “The continuing drops in the cancer death rate are a powerful sign of the potential we have to reduce cancer’s deadly toll,” ACS chief medical…

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US News ranks best diet plans for 2017

An estimated tens of millions of Americans will hit the gym and purge their pantries this month in hopes of slashing pounds and improving their health for the new year. But the diet plan they pick may influence their success. That’s where U.S. News & World Report’s Best Diets list aims to help. The consumer advice website has released its annual report on what it deems the 38 best diet plans across nine categories, including those programs that are ideal for fast weight loss and healthy eating, as well as…

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Antibiotics sales for use in US farm animals rose in 2015, FDA reports

LOS ANGELES –  U.S. sales and distribution of antibiotics approved for use in food-producing animals increased 1 percent from 2014 to 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said in a report on Thursday. The report comes as scientists warn that regular use of antibiotics to promote growth and prevent illness in healthy farm animals contributes to the rise of dangerous, antibiotic-resistant “superbug” infections, which kill at least 23,000 Americans each year and pose a significant threat to global health. An estimated 70 percent of antibiotics used to fight human…

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Study Says Cheese Keeps Us Healthy

Things are pretty weird in the world right now, but when all else fails we can always count on cheese. It’s even more comforting now that scientists have given us some of the best news we’ve read all month: Cheese is actually a superfood. We’ve always known this deep down in our souls, but the constant haters out there really made us doubt ourselves. We’ll never make that terrible mistake again, now that experts say cheese can actually make you live longer. Go ahead and read that sentence again. A…

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E-Cigarettes a ‘Major Public Health Concern’: US Surgeon General

E-cigarette use is exploding among young people and is now “a major public health concern,” the US Surgeon General warned Thursday, sparking disagreement from experts in Britain where the devices are seen more favorably. The battery-powered devices heat a liquid containing nicotine into a vapor that is inhaled, and some experts worry that a new generation of smokers is becoming addicted. About one in six US high school students say they have used e-cigarettes in the past month. “E-cigarette use has increased considerably in recent years, growing an astounding 900…

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