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Product review: The desk that’s also a bike

Product review: The desk that’s also a bike

At Medical News Today, we are often asked to try out new and unusual health and fitness gizmos. We tend to turn the offers down, but this device piqued my interest. The FlexiSpot Deskcise Pro in all its glory. It is now common knowledge that sitting still for hours every day is bad for our […]

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Sitting increases frailty risk for women

Sitting increases frailty risk for women

Sedentarism is known to have adverse health effects, but a new study looked at how it affects women, specifically, and their ability to recover after illness or injury. Women, sitting for too long may impair your ability to recover following sickness or injury. Prolonged sitting harms our health in various ways. The more time you […]

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How gut bacteria may help to spot and address liver disease

How gut bacteria may help to spot and address liver disease

Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease will often have no symptoms in its early stages, so it may remain undetected until it becomes much more difficult to treat or manage. But a compound released by our gut bacteria may aid early diagnosis, researchers say. Researchers find a new biomarker for fatty liver disease and suggest that gut […]

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Does a higher BMI protect against breast cancer?

Does a higher BMI protect against breast cancer?

A new study explores the surprising interaction between body mass index and breast cancer. The researchers hope that the results will lead to a better understanding of the mechanisms and risk factors involved. According to a recent study, having a higher BMI could protect against breast cancer. In the United States, breast cancer is the […]

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Does CoolSculpting work?

Does CoolSculpting work?

CoolSculpting, or cryolipolysis, is a cosmetic treatment to remove areas of body fat. It works by freezing the fat cells from specific parts of the body. Similarly to liposuction, plastic surgeons and other therapists use CoolSculpting to target areas of the body where it is more difficult to remove fat by diet and exercise. CoolSculpting […]

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‘Healthy obesity’ not so healthy for the heart

‘Healthy obesity’ not so healthy for the heart

Some people with obesity are free of metabolic diseases such as diabetes, which often accompany this condition. It is known as “metabolically healthy obesity.” But a new study on women suggests that the “healthy” attribute should be taken with a considerably large pinch of salt. Can any type of obesity ever be characterized as ‘healthy?’ […]

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Tips for gaining weight safely and things to avoid

Tips for gaining weight safely and things to avoid

While obesity is becoming a significant public health risk, being underweight can also cause health problems. However, there are still many misunderstandings about the correct methods for putting on weight safely. Some methods of gaining weight can have severe short- and long-term effects on health. This poses a challenge for people needing to gain weight […]

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Gut bacteria drive belly fat, but are genes or diet to blame?

Gut bacteria drive belly fat, but are genes or diet to blame?

We know that our gut microbiota play a crucial role in regulating our overall health, particularly our fat stores. But to what extent are the processes that influence fat buildup determined by genetic factors and environmental factors, such as diet? Excess weight on the waistline is tied to the activity of our gut bacteria. But […]

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Weight loss reduces skin cancer risk

Weight loss reduces skin cancer risk

Obesity is a known risk factor for many cancers. A recent study, involving over 2,000 bariatric surgery patients, asks whether losing weight could reduce the risk of melanoma. A new study investigates weight loss and skin cancer risk. In the United States, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer. In 2014 alone, there […]

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Belly fat linked to vitamin D deficiency

Belly fat linked to vitamin D deficiency

A new study reveals that individuals with higher levels of belly fat and larger waistlines are more likely to have lower vitamin D levels. Where fat is stored on the body may impact vitamin D levels. Currently, in medical circles, vitamin D is the talk of the town. Produced in our skin on contact with […]