High blood pressure at doctor’s office may be riskier than suspected
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(Serena Gordon, HealthDay News) — If you dread seeing the doctor and your blood pressure reading always seems to be high at the doctor’s office, a new review says you should take those elevated readings seriously.

The problem is called white-coat hypertension (because of doctors’ traditional white coats) and it may signal  …

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Humans consume the equivalent of a credit card worth of plastic every week: report
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(Julia Jacobo/ ABC News) — The consumption of plastic has become unavoidable in recent years, but a new report is proving just how much humans are ingesting on a regular basis.

People are consuming about 5 grams of plastic every week, which is the equivalent of a credit card, according to an analysis by the World Wildlife Fund and carried  …

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Menopause? Start estrogen replacement therapy sooner, to reduce heart disease
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(Glen Pyle/ The Conversation) — Hormone replacement therapy for post-menopausal women was once seen as a fountain of youth. Studies showed regular estrogen supplementation decreased the risk of cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in women.

This idea came crashing down in 2002 when the Women’s Health Initiative trial  …

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Poultry may raise bad cholesterol the same as red meat
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(Tauren Dyson/ UPI) — Eating a chicken could raise a person’s “bad cholesterol” to similar levels as eating a steak, contradicting long-thought ideas about health differences between the meats, new research suggests.

Researchers found eating white meat poultry may raise low-density lipoprotein levels in the  …

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Most older adults feel at least 20 years younger than they are
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(L.F. Carver/ The Conversation) — How old do you feel inside? Not your chronological age (that pesky number on your birthday cake) but how old is the real you, the person inside?

In North America, we generally group people into socially constructed age ranges such as: childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, middle adulthood and old  …

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New cholesterol drug could be alternative for those unable to take statins, study says
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(Padma Nagappan/ Everyday Health) — Statins like Lipitor and Crestor are widely used as the first line of defense in treating high cholesterol, but not everyone can take them. Muscle pain is the most common side effect, and some patients can also experience inflammation in the liver, increased blood sugar levels that could lead to type  …

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More than 1 million people a day get a sexually transmitted infection, WHO says
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(Thompson Reuters/CBC News) — More than a million people worldwide catch a sexually transmitted infection every day, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

Four infections — chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomoniasis and syphilis — account for a combined total of more than 376 million new cases annually, the WHO said in   …

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All the reasons you should and shouldn’t try the keto diet, according to experts
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(Caitlin Gallagher/ Hello Giggles) — Does it feel like the whole world has gone keto? Yeah, we hear you. From social media posts to news coverage to celeb testimonials, the keto diet is the trendiest trend of 2019. There are plenty of reasons to try keto, but there are just as many (or more) reasons to skip it. If you’re lost in a sea of carbohydrate  …

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How much coffee is too much?
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(Kayla McKiski/ HealthDay) — From cappuccinos to cold brew, coffee is a morning must for many Americans, but is it healthy and how much is too much?

A University of South Australia study suggests a couple of cups to start your day probably won’t hurt — and may even be good for you. But drinking six or more cups of coffee a day can  …

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Mock meats taking a run at big beef
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(WebMD) — Imagine you’re about to bite into a decadent-looking burger. You inhale the aroma of grilled meat, note the enticing char, anticipate that first juicy mouthful. Take a bite and savor the umami richness. The heat and the smoky flavor are there. It’s perfectly dense and sublime.

Now imagine learning you’ve just eaten a veggie   …

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