Doctors have known for a long time that alcohol consumption can cause heart problems. Researchers in Germany used the Oktoberfest beer festival to link binge drinking to abnormal heart rhythms. Dan Herrick/Lonely Planet Images/Getty Images hide caption

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Fishermen in Papua New Guinea, living on their boats, wait for the tide to change before going out to fish. Tuberculosis is a major health threat in the Pacific Ocean nation. Jason South/The AGE/Fairfax Media via Getty Images hide caption

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Jose, a member of the Tsimane group who's 75 years old, stands in the plantain field he planted in Bolivia's Amazon rain forest. Matthieu Paley/National Geographic hide caption

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Who Has The Healthiest Hearts In The World?

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By combining results of common blood tests, the researchers were able to come up with a way to predict risk of diabetes and other chronic diseases. Martynasfoto/Getty Images/iStockphoto hide caption

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Life Expectancy In U.S. Drops For First Time In Decades, Report Finds

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Has The Human Life Span Hit The Ceiling?

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Are We Reaching The End Of The Trend For Longer, Healthier Lives?

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A newly discovered cache of internal documents reveals that the sugar industry downplayed the risks of sugar in the 1960s. Luis Ascui/Getty Images hide caption

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A reconstruction of a Neanderthal man (right) based on skull found at the La Ferrassie rock shelter in Dordogne Valley, France. He's face to face with a male Homo sapien. Philippe Plailly & Atelier Daynes/Science Source hide caption

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Science Seeks Clues To Human Health In Neanderthal DNA

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Gratitude Is Good For The Soul And Helps The Heart, Too

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Hormones May Help Younger Women With Menopause Symptoms

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The large British study, begun in 1958, tracked the diet, habits and emotional and physical health of thousands of people from childhood through midlife. iStockphoto hide caption

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Childhood Stress May Prime Pump For Chronic Disease Later

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Researchers say poor sleep quality, too much sleep and too little sleep all play a role in heart health. iStockphoto hide caption

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Good Quality Sleep May Build Healthy Hearts

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Close Listening: How Sound Reveals The Invisible

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