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  • Women Driven to Be Thinner When Husband Is Hot

    Posted: 07/26/2017

    Women Driven to Be Thinner When Husband Is Hot TUESDAY, July 18, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Having a handsome husband often motivates plain Jane types to diet, a new study finds. But the same isn't true of wives who are good-looking themselves. And men displayed little motivation to diet regardless of their own or their wife's attractiveness, investigators found. "The results reveal that having a physically attractive husband may have negative consequences for wives, especially if those wives are not part...

  • Wider Access to Meds Cuts Global AIDS Deaths in Half

    Posted: 07/26/2017

    Wider Access to Meds Cuts Global AIDS Deaths in Half THURSDAY, July 20, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- AIDS-related deaths worldwide have been halved since 2005 as more people were able to get lifesaving drugs, UNAIDS (a United Nations Program) says in a new report. In 2016, 19.5 million (53 percent) of the almost 37 million people living with HIV (the virus that causes AIDS) had access to HIV treatment. AIDS-related deaths fell from 1.9 million in 2005 to 1 million in 2016. If the treatment trend continues, ...

  • Walking the Dog, All the Way to Better Health

    Posted: 07/26/2017

    Walking the Dog, All the Way to Better Health TUESDAY, July 25, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Your dog may be more than your furry companion -- new research suggests it may also be an effective personal trainer. The study found that dog walking gives a significant boost to older adults' exercise levels year-round. Researchers looked at more than 3,000 older adults in England. Dog owners who walked their pooch got an average of 30 minutes more physical activity a day than other participants. The dog walking-l...

  • Working Too Much Might Tip Heart Into Irregular Rhythm

    Posted: 07/26/2017

    Working Too Much Might Tip Heart Into Irregular Rhythm FRIDAY, July 14, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Working long hours might do more than exhaust you -- it could also raise your risk of a common and potentially dangerous heart rhythm disorder, a new British study finds. "These findings show that long working hours are associated with an increased risk of atrial fibrillation, the most common cardiac arrhythmia," said study leader Mika Kivimaki, a professor of epidemiology at University College London. Becau...

  • White Collar Workers at Higher Odds of Death From ALS, Parkinson's

    Posted: 07/25/2017

    White Collar Workers at Higher Odds of Death From ALS, Parkinson's THURSDAY, July 13, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Typically, better-paying jobs and those that require higher education are thought more desirable, but a new study suggests white collar workers have a higher risk of death from two neurodegenerative diseases. The research found that richer, better-educated people with Parkinson's disease or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also called Lou Gehrig's disease), appear more likely to die from the...

  • Walking Rates Are Key to a Country's Obesity Levels

    Posted: 07/24/2017

    Walking Rates Are Key to a Country's Obesity Levels WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- People of the world, step it up! A new global study finds that countries that have large differences in walking rates among citizens have higher levels of obesity than countries that don't see such a spread, a new study finds. It included 717,000 people in 111 countries whose walking levels were tracked using smartphones for an average of 95 days. "If you think about some people in a country as 'activity ric...

  • Weighing Portions Adds Up to Weight Loss

    Posted: 07/23/2017

    Weighing Portions Adds Up to Weight Loss WEDNESDAY, July 12, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Portion control is a must when you want to lose weight. "Guesstimating" the size of a chicken breast at a restaurant or cheese cubes at a party can be a recipe for disaster, leading you to underestimate your intake by hundreds of calories a day. And that can slow weight loss to a snail's pace. The answer is to teach yourself exactly what the serving sizes of your favorite foods look like, according to the U.S. Centers ...

  • Why Chopping Onions Makes You Cry

    Posted: 07/17/2017

    Why Chopping Onions Makes You Cry WEDNESDAY, July 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Ever wonder why your eyes fill with tears when you chop an onion? One eye doctor pinpoints the culprit. Onions use sulfur in the soil to create amino acid sulfoxides, which are sulfur compounds that readily turn into a gas. When an onion is cut open, it releases the sulfoxides and enzymes, which react and create a gas called syn-propanethial-S-oxide. Because onions grow underground, this gas helps deter critters that want to f...

  • Why People With Autism Avoid Eye Contact

    Posted: 07/13/2017

    Why People With Autism Avoid Eye Contact FRIDAY, June 30, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- If you know someone with autism, you've probably noticed that they rarely look people in the eye. Now, new research suggests why that is so. "Contrary to what has been thought, the apparent lack of interpersonal interest among people with autism is not due to a lack of concern," said study co-author Dr. Nouchine Hadjikhani. "Rather, our results show that this behavior is a way to decrease an unpleasant excessive arousal s...

  • Wider Smiles Aren't the Most Pleasing

    Posted: 07/10/2017

    Wider Smiles Aren't the Most Pleasing WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Less is probably more when it comes to a convincing smile, a new study finds. More than 800 people were shown a series of 3D computer-animated smiles and asked to rate them. The smiles differed in features such as amount, mouth angle, symmetry and how many teeth were shown. Bigger smiles that showed more teeth tended to be rated as less effective, genuine or pleasant. Successful smiles were those with a pleasing balance o...