Potatoes aren’t always bad for you — it’s all in the preparation

A new study shares some sympathy for a much-maligned vegetable: the potato.   It found that the way the potato is prepared — including what people add to it — is what’s associated with Type 2 diabetes, rather than the “humble” vegetable itself.  The study was published in Diabetes Care, a peer-reviewed journal by the American Diabetes Association … Read more

Most dangerous places to travel in 2023 revealed

Thinking of traveling abroad next year? You might want to steer clear of Afghanistan, Mali, Syria, Iraq and Ukraine, which rank among the world’s most dangerous destinations for business and pleasure travelers. That’s according to this year’s “Travel Risk Map,” compiled by global security and medical specialists from the risk assessment firm International SOS. The index takes into … Read more

‘Green’ Mediterranean diet burns fat even faster: study

Following the “green” Mediterranean diet helps burn fat three times faster than typical healthy eating, a new study shows. Research published in the BMC Medicine journal found that eating a plant-based Mediterranean diet allowed the body to burn a dangerous type of body fat at triple the rate compared to those on a generally “healthy” … Read more

Sleepyheads need these 3 habits to get rid of grogginess: study

Always wake up feeling groggy? There’s a solution to that. Scientists believe they found a foolproof three-step formula to turn sluggishness into a refreshed morning feeling. Though it’s only three factors, some might find it a little difficult, considering it involves exercise and avoiding sugar. Researchers at the University of California believe the key to … Read more

Why eating potatoes could help you ‘lose weight with little effort’: study

Carb lovers rejoice! This delectable starch, long a guilty pleasure, just might be a secret weapon when trying to “lose weight with little effort.” Researchers have discovered the surprising health benefit of potatoes — as it turns out, these spuds are incredibly nutrient-dense and could be a crucial “part of a healthy diet,” according to … Read more

Long-frozen ‘zombie virus’ is ‘public health threat’ amid thaw

They’re potentially prying open Pandora’s pox. French scientists have sparked fears of yet another pandemic after reviving a “zombie virus” that had been trapped under a frozen lake in Russia for a record 50,000 years. “The situation would be much more disastrous in the case of plant, animal, or human diseases caused by the revival … Read more

Smoking marijuana more deadly in cigarette smokers: study

Smoking marijuana in combination with cigarettes may do more damage to lungs than cigarettes alone, a new study suggests.  A study published Tuesday in the peer-reviewed journal Radiology showed that marijuana use may be linked to an increased risk of emphysema versus smoking only tobacco. The trend is made more worrisome by the fact that cannabis … Read more

Scientists may have developed fentanyl vaccine

Scientists believe they’ve developed a vaccine that will block fentanyl from entering the brain and stop users from getting high — a breakthrough being hailed as a “game changer” in the fight against the opioid overdose epidemic. In testing on rats, the vaccine “produced significant amounts” of anti-fentanyl antibodies that clung to the deadly addictive … Read more

How picking your nose could increase risk of Alzheimer’s

Don’t go digging for gold in your golden years. New research suggests that picking your nose could increase your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. Bacteria can travel through the nasal cavity’s olfactory nerve — streamlined through a pick — reach the brain and create markers that are “a tell-tale sign of Alzheimer’s … Read more

Eating dinner at 5 p.m. may be healthier, study says

The early bird gets the worm. A new study by Harvard Medical School researchers at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital suggests that eating earlier in the day might be better for us — and eating all meals within a 10-hour window could also be healthier. The research, published in Cell Metabolism, found that the time … Read more