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The best breakfast foods for health
Starting the day off right with a healthful breakfast is essential for curbing hunger and boosting metabolism. In this article, learn about the best foods to eat in the morning, including oatmeal, bananas, Greek yogurt, and flaxseed. We look at the evidence behind the health benefits. (Medical News Today)

Targeting one enzyme could treat cancer, diabetes, and obesity
A study into the enzyme PI3KC2A reveals its role in internal cell signaling processes, the disruption of which can lead to cancer, obesity, and diabetes. (Medical News Today)

How long does it take to heal a pulled quad?
The quadriceps, or quads, are a group of four muscles in the thigh. It is relatively uncommon to pull a quad, but it can result from sports injuries or strains. Symptoms include pain and tightness, and a person usually has to rest until the injury has healed. In this article, learn about recovery times and more. (Medical News Today)

Prolonged sitting: Short bouts of activity reduce health risks
Following a recent meta-analysis, researchers conclude that even short bouts of movement can reduce the negative effects of prolonged sitting. (Medical News Today)

Prediabetes: Being a 'night owl' may lead to weight gain
Having a preference for evening activities, as well as sleeping at different times in the weekdays and weekends, may lead to weight gain in some people. (Medical News Today)

14 ways to lose weight without diet or exercise
Strict diets can be challenging to follow, and people may not always have the time or ability to exercise. However, a variety of simple lifestyle changes can help people lose weight and improve their health. These include taking probiotics, getting enough sleep, and thoroughly chewing food. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

What are monk fruit and stevia?
Monk fruit and stevia are natural, plant-based sweeteners. The products tend to contain few, if any, calories, carbohydrates, and sugars, and people use them as alternatives to sugar, honey, and other sweeteners. Here, we describe what monk fruit and stevia are and how to choose between them. (Medical News Today)

Experts advise 'healthful range' rather than 'variety of foods'
The American Heart Association suggest that advice on what to eat should specify healthful eating patterns rather than just say 'eat a variety of foods.' (Medical News Today)

What should you eat after working out?
Exercise is beneficial for overall health. To get the most effective exercise, it is necessary to have good nutrition. There is a range of things to eat right after a workout that will help in specific fitness goals. It is also essential to eat to recover energy levels. Learn more about what to eat after a workout. (Medical News Today)

Exercises to fix anterior pelvic tilt
Anterior pelvic tilt is when the pelvis, which includes the hip and pubic bones, tilts forward. It causes poor posture and is usually due to a combination of weak and tight muscles. Here, learn how to use specific exercises to correct anterior pelvic tilt. We also cover the causes and complications of this condition. (Medical News Today)

Belly fat linked to cognitive decline
In the largest study of its type, researchers conclude that older adults who carry more belly fat are more likely to see a reduction in cognitive ability. (Medical News Today)

Flu: People with obesity may be contagious for a longer time
New research suggests that it takes longer for people with obesity to shed the influenza virus, which may raise the risk of contagion. (Medical News Today)

How does weight loss 'fix' type 2 diabetes?
A recent trial has shown that weight loss can send type 2 diabetes into remission. Now, researchers explain why it happens, and why it doesn't always work. (Medical News Today)

Ovarian cancer and weight gain: What's the link?
Some people with ovarian cancer may experience weight gain. Bloating, certain treatments for cancer, or changes in lifestyle after diagnosis could be linked to this weight gain. In this article, we look at the link between weight gain and ovarian cancer and consider some tips for weight management. (Medical News Today)

Vitamins and minerals that boost metabolism
Metabolism is the process the body uses to break down food and nutrients for energy, as well as to support different body functions. What people eat, including vitamins and minerals, affects their metabolism. In this article, learn what to eat to promote a healthy metabolism and weight control. (Medical News Today)

Calcium-rich foods that vegans can eat
Calcium provides many health benefits. Some people who are vegan, lactose intolerant, or who do not consume dairy products for other reasons wonder how to add more calcium to their diets. In this article, we describe the 18 best nondairy sources of this vital nutrient. (Medical News Today)

Which type of alcohol has the fewest calories?
Many people drink alcohol but want to keep their caloric intakes in check. Vodka is generally thought to be a low-calorie spirit, but there are many other factors to consider. In this article, learn about the nutritional profile of vodka, how to reduce the number of calories in alcoholic drinks, and more. (Medical News Today)

Is pasta good or bad for you?
Pasta is a staple food in many diets. It is quick, inexpensive, and filling. However, some types of pasta may be unhealthful and add too many calories to a person's diet without providing much nutrition. In this article, learn which types of pasta are good for you, as well as how to create a healthful pasta-based meal. (Medical News Today)

What is a lipoma?
A lipoma is a small, fatty lump that grows under a person’s skin. Lipomas typically appear on the shoulders, trunk, neck, or armpits. It is not clear what cause lipomas, but they are usually harmless. Surgeons can remove lipomas for cosmetic reasons or if they are causing pain or other symptoms. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

Are dates healthful?
Dates are sweet fruits that grow in bundles on date palms. While they are high in natural sugar, they also contain many essential nutrients. In this article, learn about the benefits of eating dates as well as whether they are suitable to eat for people avoiding sugar, such as those with diabetes. (Medical News Today)

Does the oatmeal diet work for weight loss?
The oatmeal diet is a fad diet that involves eating only or mostly oatmeal. Advocates claim that it can help a person to lose weight quickly, but no evidence suggests that it safe or effective in the long term. Learn about the potential benefits and risks of the oatmeal diet in this article. (Medical News Today)

Hot pepper compound may reduce obesity
A new trial in rodents finds that capsaicin, the compound that makes hot peppers hot, can lead to long-term weight loss and better metabolic health. (Medical News Today)

Fats or carbs: What causes obesity?
Researchers have been debating for a long time whether it is fat or carb intake that leads to obesity. A new study claims it may have settled the issue. (Medical News Today)

Is it true that 'healthy obesity' boosts death risk?
New research questions whether metabolically healthy obesity — obesity without diabetes, hypertension, or high cholesterol — actually increases mortality. (Medical News Today)

Why does the stomach bloat when starved?
When the body is starved, it undergoes many changes. One of these may be a bloated stomach and retained fluid, which can make a person look plump. This condition is known as kwashiorkor and is caused by a lack of protein in the diet. Kwashiorkor can be fixed by slowly eating more protein and calories. Learn more here. (Medical News Today)

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