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Too Much Cardiac Testing – NYTimes.com

The electrocardiogram you got at your most recent physical may have been a waste of time and money. A guideline from the American College of Physicianspublished Monday in The Annals of Internal Medicine concludes that routine cardiac testing of adults without symptoms has not been shown to improve patient outcomes, and can lead …

High Cholesterol Takes Its Toll Over Time – NYTimes.com

Having high cholesterol in your 30s and 40s increases your risk for heart disease, and the longer it stays elevated, the greater the risk, a new study reports. Researchers studied 1,478 people, average age 55, who were free of cardiovascular disease. All had had their cholesterol levels measured periodically over …

Ask Well: Wild Fish vs. Farmed Fish – NYTimes.com

I know eating farm-raised fish is not as healthy as eating wild-caught fish. But is eating farm-raised fish better than eating no fish at all? Also, how often is it advisable to eat farm-raised fish? Thanks Asked by Kathleen Hunter • 376 votes A Experts have raised concerns about farm raised …

A 12-Hour Window for a Healthy Weight – NYTimes.com

Scientists, like mothers, have long suspected that midnight snacking is inadvisable. But until a few years ago, there was little in the way of science behind those suspicions. Now, a new study shows that mice prevented from eating at all hours avoided obesity and metabolic problems — even if their …

Let’s Cool It in the Bedroom – NYTimes.com

Sleep is essential for good health, as we all know. But a new study hints that there may be an easy but unrealized way to augment its virtues: lower the thermostat. Cooler bedrooms could subtly transform a person’s stores of brown fat — what has lately come to be thought …

Revolving Doors at Hospitals – NYTimes.com

Everyone on the ward fell hard for the patient in the room at the end of the hall. Her roommate was loud, demanding and a complete nuisance — nobody spent more time in that part of the room than was absolutely necessary. But the gently smiling, impeccably mannered little 90-year-old, …

Can Diet Drinks Aid Weight Loss? – NYTimes.com

Several observational studies have suggested that drinking diet soda may encourage weight gain, but a new randomized trial finds that it is not so. The study, published in the June issue of Obesity and paid for by the American Beverage Association, suggests that diet drinks may be better for weight …

To Age Well, Walk – NYTimes.com

Regular exercise, including walking, significantly reduces the chance that a frail older person will become physically disabled, according to one of the largest and longest-running studies of its kind to date. The results, published on Tuesday in the journal JAMA, reinforce the necessity of frequent physical activity for our aging parents, …