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What's driving up the cost of employer-sponsored health benefits? Specialty drugs, chronic conditions, and more.

September 16, 2019

Chronic health conditions and specialty drugs are projected to drive up the overall cost of employer-sponsored health benefits in 2020, according to a report released last week by the consulting firm Aon.

Your gut bacteria might be tied to obesity. (But fixing the problem won't be easy.)

September 12, 2019

Researchers are increasingly interested in the connection between the gut microbiome and obesity, but a new study from researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital suggests that transferring microbiota from a lean donor to an obese recipient might not improve the recipients' metabolic health, contrary to other research.

Are diet sodas dangerous? New research deepens the debate.

September 9, 2019

Drinking soft drinks every day—including sugar-free diet sodas—is associated with a greater risk of premature death, according to a study of over 450,000 people published Tuesday in JAMA Internal Medicine, though some experts warn that observational studies like this fail to answer the question of whether drinking diet sodas causes harm or is simply associated with unhealthy behavior.

A Weight Watchers app for kids? That's a terrible idea, this dietitian argues.

August 21, 2019

WW, formally named Weight Watchers, has launched a new diet app for children, but Christy Harrison, a registered dietitian nutritionist, in a New York Times opinion piece argues that parents should keep their children away from the app—and diets in general.

The health benefits of a single vacation day

August 19, 2019

People who use their vacation days are less likely to develop metabolic syndrome, a group of conditions that increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, according to a study published in Psychology & Health.

Is morning exercise really better for weight loss? Here's why you should be skeptical.

August 15, 2019

While recent headlines proclaimed that exercising in the morning could lead to greater weight loss than exercise at other times in the day, Aaron Carroll, a pediatrician and health care economist, warns that one may want to think twice before overhauling one's workout routine.

What sugar really does to your body (and why it's so hard to kick the craving)

August 13, 2019

Numerous studies show that the regular consumption of free sugars, particularly in sweetened drinks, can increase the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and premature death—and Kimber Stanhope, a nutritional biology researcher at the University of California, says the peculiar way the body handles fructose might be a driving factor behind people's "sweet tooth."

Why you should skip that bagel: Cutting just 300 calories a day has major health benefits

July 18, 2019

A first-of-its-kind study published this month in the Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology found that people who reduced their caloric intake by an average of 300 calories for two years experienced significant health benefits—above and beyond what would be expected from the resulting weight loss.

Fortune's '40 under 40': The 19 health care trailblazers who made the list

July 17, 2019

Fortune last week released its "40 under 40" list of the most influential "entrepreneurs, leaders, and iconoclasts" under 40 years old, including 19 who are known for their contributions to the health care and wellness industries.

What your BMI fails to capture—and 3 easy-to-use metrics that might be better

July 15, 2019

Body-mass index often is used as a catch-all marker of a person's overall health—but several other simple measurements might offer a better glimpse into fitness and mortality risk.

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