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The FastDiet, also known as the 5:2 diet, is based on something called intermittent fasting. This involves eating normally for five days a week and “fasting” for two. On those two fasting days, you eat about a quarter of your typical calorie intake.

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If you’re used to the hours of sedentary, stressful working conditions that come with your office job, you may want to know that this kind of working environment is killing you a lot faster than you think. Aside from the stress that comes from tight deadlines, plenty of things you do every day in the workplace are slowly chipping away at you.

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A new look at data missing from a 1966-73 study casts doubt on current dietary advice about vegetable fats and heart health. With rediscovered data and modern statistical methods, researchers find that the clinical trial’s omega-6 linoleic acid group had a higher risk of death from all causes, as well as from cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease, compared with the control group.

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Via Futurity

A bionic hand which allows the recipient to feel ‘lifelike’ sensations is to be transplanted on to a patient’s arm for the first time. Until now, artificial limbs have been able to pick up brain signals destined for the absent hand and translate them into movements, but they could not give sensory feedback.

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Full story at Interesting Things

You know the feeling where everything seems to be a drag. Even getting up from the couch is a big feat. It’s not that you’re lazy. You want to do stuff, but the drive just isn’t there.

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Via Pick The Brain

Got milk? For decades, dairy industry advertisements have convinced Americans that cow’s milk is an appropriate—and even essential—food for humans. Americans have been led to believe that cow’s milk is necessary for healthy, strong bones. As it turns out, dairy products may have the opposite effect.

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Navigated from The Kind Life

Influenza-like-illness is sweeping the country with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention reporting that most areas of the country experiencing high rates. This year may rival some of the worst years in recent history.

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Via Forbes

In our era of instant gratification, the world of medicine seems like an outlier. The path from a promising discovery to an effective treatment often takes a decade or more. But from that process—of fits and starts, progress and setbacks and finally more progress—grow the insights and advances that change the course of medicine.

From cancer treatments to new devices to gene therapy, a look at six medical innovations that are poised to transform the way we fight disease.

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Full story at The Wall Street Journal

The same gene that helps convert a big plate of holiday cookies into fat could also provide a new target for potential treatments for fatty liver disease, diabetes, and obesity.

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Via Futurity

After a tough workout at the gym, many people reach for a sports drink. You know the ones; those technicolor fruit drinks, most often labeled with an “ade” suffix (“Powerade,” “Gatorade,” etc.) and an ingredient list long enough to make any nutrition-minded person give pause.

Full story at The Huffington Post

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Lightning may contribute to the onset of headaches and migraines, a new study says.

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