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  • Are your friendships giving you a boost or bringing you down?

    SourceNY Times

    Are you spending time with the right people for your health and happiness?

    While many of us focus primarily on diet and exercise to achieve better health, science suggests that our well-being also is influenced by the company we keep. Researchers have found that certain health behaviors appear to be contagious and that our social networks — in person and online — can influence obesity, anxiety and overall happiness.

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  • Seriously, Juice Is Not Healthy

    SourceThe New York Times

    Obesity affects 40 percent of adults and 19 percent of children in the United States and accounts for more than $168 billion in health care spending each year. Sugary beverages are thought to be one of the major drivers of the obesity epidemic. These drinks (think soda and sports drinks) are the largest single source of added sugars for Americans and contribute, on average, 145 added calories a day to our diets. For these reasons, reducing sugary beverage consumption has been a significant focus of public health intervention. Most efforts have focused on sodas.

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  • 1 In 3 Adults In The U.S. Takes Medications Linked To Depression

    SourceNPR

    If you take Prilosec or Zantac for acid reflux, a beta blocker for high blood pressure, or Xanax for anxiety, you may be increasing your risk of depression. More than 200 common medications sold in the U.S. include depression as a potential side effect. Sometimes, the risk stems from taking several drugs at the same time. Now, a new study finds people who take these medicines are, in fact, more likely to be depressed.

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  • Secrets of the Y Chromosome

    Sourcenytimes

    It’s not just what makes males into males. The sex chromosome also influences health in hidden ways, some experts believe, and may even explain why men have shorter life spans. In advance of Father’s Day, let’s take a moment to sort out the differences and similarities between “Dad jeans” and “Dad genes.” Dad jeans are articles of sex-specific leisure clothing, long mocked for being comfy, dumpy and elastic-waisted but lately reinvented as a fashion trend, suitable for male bodies of all shapes and ages.

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  • Weight Training May Help to Ease or Prevent Depression

    Sourcenytimes

    Lifting weights might also lift moods, according to an important new review of dozens of studies about strength training and depression. It finds that resistance exercise often substantially reduces people’s gloom, no matter how melancholy they feel at first, or how often — or seldom — they actually get to the gym and lift.

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  • Winemakers may add sugar to wine to “improve” the taste, and sugar content can vary widely.

    Sourcenytimes

    Q. Some wineries add sugar to dry red wines after fermentation so that they taste “smoother” to the American palate. How can I find out how much sugar is in what I am drinking?

    A. To find out how much sugar might have been added to a given wine, your best bet may be to contact the producer directly.

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  • Do Fathers Who Exercise Have Smarter Babies?

    Sourcenytimes

    Exercise changes the brains and sperm of male animals in ways that later affect the brains and thinking skills of their offspring, according to a fascinating new study involving mice.

    The findings indicate that some of the brain benefits of physical activity may be passed along to children, even if a father does not begin to exercise until adulthood.

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  • Comparing the Outcomes of Sleeve Gastrectomy and Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass for Severe Obesity

    SourceJAMA

    Over the past decade there has been a rapid shift in bariatric procedure use worldwide, with the sleeve gastrectomy replacing the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass as the procedure of choice in most patients with severe obesity. The sleeve gastrectomy is less technically complex than the bypass procedure, and involves a 70% vertical gastric resection with no intestinal bypass.

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  • Bariatric Surgery Controls Blood Pressure

    SourceJAMA

    Bariatric surgery effectively controlled blood pressure in patients with obesity and hypertension, according to a trial published in Circulation.

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  • Association Between Bariatric Surgery and Rates of Continuation, Discontinuation, or Initiation of Antidiabetes Treatment 6 Years Later

    SourceJAMA

    In this nationwide population-based cohort study of more than 30 000 adults, bariatric surgery was associated with a significantly higher 6-year postoperative antidiabetes treatment discontinuation rate compared with an obese control group, as well as with a low antidiabetes treatment initiation rate, with gastric bypass being the most effective procedure.

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