Are you barking up the wrong tree by sleeping with your dog?

Let sleeping dogs lie … in the bedroom. That’s according to a new Mayo Clinic study that’s sure to set many tails wagging. It’s no secret that Americans love their dogs. According to the American Veterinary Association, more than 40 million American households have dogs. Of these households, 63 percent consider their canine companions to be family. Still, many draw the line at having their furry family members sleep with them for fear of sacrificing sleep quality. “Most people assume having pets in the bedroom is a disruption,” says Lois…

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Limiting access to fast-food restaurants unlikely to reduce obesity

Story Source: Materials provided by Indiana University. Living near fast-food restaurants and supermarkets has little impact on an individual’s body mass index, according to new Indiana University research. The researchers, including Coady Wing from IU’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, used results from the largest national study ever conducted of the connection between residential environments and BMI. “Fast food is generally not good for you, and supermarkets do sell healthy food, but our results suggest blocking the opening of a new fast-food restaurant or subsidizing a local supermarket will…

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Skip Late Night Snacks

Later circadian timing of food intake is associated with increased body mass index Weight gain and obesity has been described as an epidemic and a complex problem in the United States. Previous research has linked poor diet to weight gain and high body fat, and eating later in the day has also been described as a risk factor for weight gain; however, the impact of an individual’s body clock, independent of the time of day of food consumption, has not been explored. In a recent study published online in The…

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Higher coffee consumption associated with lower risk of early death

Drinking four cups of coffee each day can be part of a healthy diet in healthy people, new research suggests. Credit: © dubova / Fotolia Higher coffee consumption is associated with a lower risk of death, according to research presented today at ESC Congress. The observational study in nearly 20,000 participants suggests that coffee can be part of a healthy diet in healthy people. “Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages around the world,” said Dr Adela Navarro, a cardiologist at Hospital de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain. “Previous studies…

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Nutrition has benefits for brain network organization – Study reveals

                                           An assortment of foods containing omega 3 healthy fats acids. Credit: © autumnhoverter / Fotolia   Nutrition has been linked to cognitive performance, but researchers have not pinpointed what underlies the connection. A new study by University of Illinois researchers found that monounsaturated fatty acids — a class of nutrients found in olive oils, nuts and avocados — are linked to general intelligence, and that this relationship is driven by the correlation between MUFAs and the organization of the brain’s attention network.   The study of 99 healthy…

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