Gene Tests Identify Breast Cancer Patients Who Can Skip Chemotherapy, Study Says

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The New York Times

When is it safe for a woman with breast cancer to skip chemotherapy?

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Study Tied to Food Industry Tries to Discredit Sugar Guidelines

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The New York Times

A prominent medical journal on Monday published a scathing attack on global health advice to eat less sugar. Warnings to cut sugar, the study argued, are based on weak evidence and cannot be trusted.

Above, raw cane sugar inside a storehouse after being processed at the Lafourche Sugar mill in Thibodaux, La. Credit Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

Above, raw cane sugar inside a storehouse after being processed at the Lafourche Sugar mill in Thibodaux, La. Credit Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

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Want to Get Rid of Obamacare? Be Careful What You Wish For

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The New York Times

 

DEC. 16, 2016

With Donald J. Trump’s choice of Tom Price to head the Department of Health and Human Services, it’s clear that Republicans have a good chance of fulfilling their pledge to repeal Obamacare. In January, Republican majorities passed a measure similar to the one now proposed, which President Obama promptly vetoed. But with control of the presidency, they can prevail.

Credit Abbey Lossing

Credit Abbey Lossing

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McDonald’s Tweaks Its Recipes: Now, Real Butter in the McMuffin

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The New York Times

OAK BROOK, Ill. — McDonald’s long shied away from talking about how it makes the food on its menu and what is in that food. The company is now being open and loud about it.

McDonald’s is making changes to menu items in response to pressure from consumers concerned about artificial ingredients. Credit Stephanie Keith/Bloomberg

McDonald’s is making changes to menu items in response to pressure from consumers concerned about artificial ingredients. Credit Stephanie Keith/Bloomberg

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More Evidence That Soda Taxes Cut Soda Drinking

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The New York Times

It may seem obvious that taxing sugary drinks causes people to drink less of them. But that’s actually controversial.

Now a new study out of Berkeley, Calif., adds to the evidence that our intuition is right.

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Why A Good Night Sleep Helps at Tackling Problems

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HuffPost

When you’re feeling unsure about a big decision or preparing for an important day ahead, your best action plan may be to sleep on it.

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Foods With Flavonoids May Help Some Men Ditch the Viagra

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NBC News

Men may be able to reduce their risk of erectile dysfunction by consuming certain foods, including red and purple berries, citrus fruits and red wine. All of those foods are rich in certain flavonoids, which a new study suggests may help prevent the condition.

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HIV-infected organs transplant success

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BBC News

HIV-infected organs have been successfully transplanted for the first time into patients with HIV in the UK.

In total, two kidneys and two livers were donated after death to seriously ill people who also had the virus.

The first organs from HIV-positive donors have been transplanted into HIV-infected patients in the UK

The first organs from HIV-positive donors have been transplanted into HIV-infected patients in the UK

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The Weird Benefit of Low Testosterone Levels

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 Men’s Fitness

A new study shows that having a supportive social network is correlated with lower testosterone levels.

Ok, so you know there’s a correlation between testosterone and muscle mass. There’s some talk that testosterone could also help you to lose weight and ward off “manopause“. But, more testosterone isn’t always a good thing. When it comes to your romantic and family life, less may actually be better, research has found. In fact, men that maintain peaceful and loving relationships with women, especially while raising kids, have been shown to have lower testosterone levels than their more ill-tempered counterparts. The thinking is that lower testosterone helps men to be more nurturing.

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The Best Time to Eat Carbs to Burn Fat

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 Men’s Fitness

Consuming carbohydrates at this moment can help train your muscles to use more fat.

There’s a “best time” to eat carbs to get max fat burning from your workout—and believe it or not, when it is may well depend on your sex.