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How to break your bad habits, in 3 steps

December 12, 2019


Whether a person is trying to give up midnight snacking or surfing Instagram at work, "[b]reaking habits is hard," Judson Brewer of Brown University's Schools of Public Health & Medicine writes in Harvard Business Review—but Brewer shares three ways to overcome bad habits in one's personal and professional life.

The healthiest (and unhealthiest) states, mapped

December 9, 2019


The latest edition of America's Health Rankings ranks how healthy each state is overall and in a number of subcategories. See how your state fared with our interactive map.

Are plant-based meats healthy? Here's what the science says.

December 5, 2019


Spurred by the growing popularity of plant-based meat substitutes, stakeholders in the meat industry have released a series of ads decrying what they call "ultra-processed imitations"—and health experts are cautioning against any quick endorsements of the new products.

'There's something terribly wrong': Why more US residents are dying in middle age

December 2, 2019


U.S. residents for decades had seen improvements in average life expectancy, but the trend reversed in 2014—with more U.S. residents dying at middle age from drug overdoses, diseases, obesity, suicide, and dozens of other causes, according to a study published Tuesday in JAMA.

Bloomberg has entered the Democratic presidential race. Here's where he stands on health care.

November 25, 2019


Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (D) on Sunday announced that he has entered the race for the 2020 Democratic nomination for president, and a video launching his campaign touched on his views regarding health care reform.

Toddlers shouldn't eat any added sugar—yet 98% do, study finds

November 25, 2019


Most infants and nearly all toddlers consume added sugars each day, according to a study recently published in The Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, despite expert recommendations that neither toddlers nor infants consume added sugars.

UCSF banned soda on campus 4 years ago. Did it work?

November 18, 2019


A ban on sugary drink sales at the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF) was associated with a nearly 50% reduction in soda consumption among a select group of employees, according to a study by UCSF researchers recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

The state of US health, in 7 charts

November 8, 2019


The United States has seen decreases in life expectancy and increases in obesity and drug overdose rates, as well as steadily increasing overall health care costs, according to a recent report from CDC's National Center for Health Statistics that spotlights the state of health in the country.

Childhood trauma is linked to millions of cases of heart disease and depression, according to CDC

November 8, 2019


Traumatic childhood experiences are associated with higher odds of developing some of the leading causes of death later in life, according to a CDC report published Tuesday.

Weight-loss surgery could be right for some kids, pediatrician group says

October 30, 2019


Children and adolescents with severe obesity should be considered candidates for bariatric and metabolic surgery, which has been found to lead to long-term weight loss and better overall health for children, the American Academy of Pediatrics said in a policy statement issued Sunday.

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