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  1. Sugary Drinks Tied to 25,000 U.S. Deaths a Year

    By Amy Norton HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 19 (HealthDay News) -- More than 180,000 deaths worldwide in 2010 were linked to a high intake of sugar-laden drinks, a new study estimates, including 25,000 deaths in the United States. Most deaths occurred in middle- to low-income countries, the Harv

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  2. Cash Rewards, Fines May Spur People to Shed Pounds

    By Denise Mann HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 7 (HealthDay News) -- Money talks when it comes to motivating people to lose weight, a new study shows. And it doesn't have to be a ton of cash, either. Just receiving $20 a month for losing 4 pounds -- or having to hand over $20 for not shedding the

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  3. Fast Food Makes Up 11% of Calories in U.S. Diet

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Fast food fare from restaurants such as McDonald's, Burger King, Wendy's and Pizza Hut accounted for more than 11 percent of the calories in American adults' daily diets in recent years, federal health officials reported Thu

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  4. Watchdog Group Calls for Sugared Soda Regulation

    Feb. 14, 2013 -- Added sugars in soft drinks are hazardous to health and need to be at lower levels, according to a new citizen petition from the watchdog group Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI). The petition, co-signed by prominent scientists, professional societies, health-advocacy

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  5. Healthier Menus May Boost Restaurants' Business

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 7 (HealthDay News) -- A leaner menu may lead to a fatter wallet for those invested in the restaurant industry, research suggests. According to a new analysis, business improved when restaurant chains offered more low-calorie fare. After moni

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  6. Which Fats Really Are Good for Your Heart?

    Feb. 6, 2013 -- The standard advice about which fats are best for heart health is under debate again. Triggering it is new research, just published in BMJ, finding that a form of omega-6 fatty acid found in vegetable oils may actually boost heart disease risk. Omega-6 fatty acids are a type of polyu

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  7. Diet Guidelines Favoring Vegetable Fats Refuted

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Enduring dietary wisdom -- that polyunsaturated vegetable fats are better for your heart than saturated animal fats -- may be turned on its head by a fresh analysis of a nearly 50-year-old study. The reasoning has been that a die

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  8. Smaller Snack Portions Just as Satisfying

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 31 (HealthDay News) -- Eating a smaller portion of chocolate and other snack foods will satisfy you just as much as a larger portion, according to a new study. The study included more than 100 adults who were given small and large portions of the sa

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  9. Weight Loss & Obesity: 7 Myths & 9 Facts

    Feb. 1, 2012 -- We know we don't have a "magic bullet" yet when it comes to weight loss, but at least we can count on some old standbys -- like eating a little less each day adds up over time, breastfeeding means lean children, and when all else fails, sex can burn the cheesecake off. Right? Not so

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  10. Eat Too Much While Watching TV? Try Taking Smaller Bites

    WEDNESDAY, Jan. 23 (HealthDay News) -- Ever find yourself wolfing down snacks as you're watching your favorite sitcom? Studies have shown that people eat more when distracted by TV or other pastimes. A new study finds, however, that there may be a simple way to slow down food intake in these situati

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