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  • Add a Little Spice, Live a Little Longer

    If you're not a fan of spicy foods, you might reconsider. A recent study suggests regularly eating spicy foods—in particular, chili peppers—may lengthen your life.

  • Too Many Sweet Drinks May Be Bad for Your Liver

    It probably isn’t news to you that drinking lots of alcohol can harm your liver. But what about sugar-sweetened beverages? Think soda, fruit juice, and sports and energy drinks. A recent study suggests they also may be bad for your liver.

  • Vaccine Lessens Pain from Shingles

    Only about 1 out of 4 eligible older adults has had the shot for shingles. That leaves many seniors at high risk for the condition and the lasting pain it may cause, according to a recent study.

  • Air Pollution May Raise Your Anxiety

    You can’t always see air pollution. But your body may still feel its effects. If you have asthma, you may find it harder to breathe when too many pollutants are in the air. A recent study suggests one more ill effect of air pollution: more anxiety.

  • Does Diet Matter Against Alzheimer’s Disease?

    Eating a healthy diet may help prevent many diseases. A recent study suggests certain foods may work against this disabling brain illness, too.

  • Adults: Be Safe When Biking

    More Americans are rolling on 2 wheels these days. Biking is a healthy way to cruise around. Plus, more people are choosing to bike to work. But a recent report suggests safety may not always be a top priority for riders.

  • Why It’s Important to Plan End-of-Life Care

    End-of-life care isn’t usually a top-of-mind topic. In fact, a recent study found that many people know little about it. But understanding your choices and making them known now can ensure you get the care you want if you ever become seriously ill or hurt.

  • Preventing Poisonings: Know the Latest Threats

    Possible toxins are all around you. Some you may pick out right away, such as a pesticide. Others may not seem as harmful—a household cleaner or medicine. But when ingested by accident or not used in the right way, these products can be poisonous.

  • Looking for the 'Right' Diet?

    Weight Watchers, Atkins, South Beach. You’ve probably heard of these popular diet programs. You may even be considering one to help you lose weight. So which one should you choose, if any? A recent review of past studies may give you some invaluable insight.

  • Don’t Dismiss That Pap Test

    Cervical cancer can be a crafty disease. It can grow unnoticed in your body. The best way to outwit it is with a Pap test. This screening tool can find the disease early, when it’s easier to treat. Unfortunately, some women are still not taking advantage of it, says a recent report.

  • Take a Bite of Wellness! Eat More Fruits and Veggies

    Remember that old adage, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”? Well, fruit and its food-group cousin—vegetables—may help fend off the blues, too. A recent study suggests that eating more of both may actually boost your mental health.

  • The Potential Threat of Thirdhand Smoke

    Scientists have been looking at the dangers of secondhand smoke for years. It’s been linked to cancer, heart disease, asthma, and other health problems. But they’ve only started to study the potential threat of thirdhand smoke.