Ready to swap these for the vegan kind?
April 30, 2012 The market for cheese made without animal protein is ripe, given the rise in veganism, milk allergies, and fat and calorie concerns. But scientists explain why it's so hard to make it taste and melt the way Western palates demand.
April 30, 2012 A common pill to treat Type 2 diabetes showed disappointing results when used by adolescents. Adding another drug helped a little, but lifestyle changes didn't improve the kids' ability to control their blood sugar.
People who are interested in and paying close attention to each other begin to speak more alike, a psychologist says.
April 30, 2012 A psychologist says he can predict whether two people will end up on a date by analyzing their language style and use of certain words. His research on language can also help explain power dynamics between people.
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April 27, 2012 Eighty-one-year-old billionaire investor Warren Buffett reportedly received an early stage prostate cancer diagnosis after a blood test for prostate-specific antigen, or P.S.A. Medical journalist Laura Newman discusses why Buffett's decision to screen and treat his cancer sets a bad precedent.
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One-third of workers say they're seriously short on sleep.
April 27, 2012 People who are working more than one job are sleeping less than most, as are people working more than 40 hours a week. Divorced and separated people are short on sleep, too. Working the night shift can wreck your sleep habits and hurt your health.
April 27, 2012 Wholesome Wave CEO and President Michael Nischan tells The Salt about plans to get doctors to prescribe fresh fruits and vegetables for better health and encouraging farmers to connect with low-income neighborhoods.
Staying fit and eating well can help cancer survivors, too, a review of the latest evidence shows.
April 26, 2012 The American Cancer Society says there's strong evidence that an active lifestyle and a diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help cancer survivors live longer and stay cancer-free. But the latest guidelines take a dim view of nutritional supplements, which experts say can be harmful.
Keep the sanitizer on your hands and out of your mouth.
April 25, 2012 Teenagers are turning to hand sanitizer in search of a cheap legal buzz, poison control centers report. Doctors say it's dumb, and dangerous.
Cattle feeding practices have been changed in an effort to halt the spread of mad cow disease.
April 25, 2012 The food supply is safe, federal officials say, even though a fourth case of mad cow disease has been discovered in the United States. A 2009 ban on using cattle parts in animal feed may be why cases are so infrequent.
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April 24, 2012 Federal data show that only 13.4 percent of adults in the U.S. have high cholesterol, compared with 18.3 percent a decade earlier. Drugs rather than better lifestyle appear to account for the improvement.
Here goes nothing. A big jump over the Zambezi River in Africa.
April 24, 2012 Chances are your domestic health plan won't pick up the tab for medical care overseas, and it almost certainly won't cover you if you're seriously hurt and need to be evacuated by air to a medical facility. Even special polices to help overseas may not be enough if you engage in risky adventures.
April 23, 2012 Regular readers of Michael Gerson's column in the Washington Post know he usually tackles timely issues in politics, religion, foreign policy and global health and development. Recently, he dealt with what may be an even more challenging — and personal — issue: the difficulties of dieting.
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I could use some shushing and swaddling right about now.
April 23, 2012 Nobody wants to hear a baby cry. Researchers say the same techniques that soothe a colicky infant can help relieve the pain of vaccinations.
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A competitor stops for a cigarette after he broke down during the Enduropale race at Le Touquet Beach on February 22, 2009 in Le Touquet, France.
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April 20, 2012 Smokers who exercised just a little bit had an easier time quitting and were less likely to relapse, new research says. Even smokers who can't quit are less likely to die if they walk 15 minutes a day.
Got a backache? You can probably skip that pricey scan.
April 19, 2012 Patients can often skip expensive treatments for simpler, cheaper alternatives. That's the gist of a new campaign from the American College of Physicians. But they've got to convince not just patients, but doctors, too.
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