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What makes a ‘top doc?’

When it comes to choosing a new doctor for themselves, Americans 50 and older say they value access and convenience over the physician’s reputation, online reviews or the recommendations of others, according to a recent University of Michigan survey.

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Double the risk

Married couple cardiac conditions

Being married to someone with cardiovascular disease makes the other spouse more than twice as likely to have heart disease as well, although the relative risk is higher among husbands than wives, according to a study recently presented at the American College of Cardiology’s Annual Scientific Session.

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Caffeine may increase fat-burning power of workouts

Caffeine is a stimulant that increases levels of energy and endurance, so it’s an easy assumption – which also happens to be proven by research – that drinking coffee or another caffeinated beverage can improve physical performance during workouts.

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The power of vitamin D

Couple laying in sunshine Adobe stock

Beginning in July, the average recommended daily intake for vitamin D listed on food nutrition labels will double, from 400 to 800 International Units (IUs) daily.

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CF diagnosis may soon be simplified

Upper body cystic fibrosis

The genetic disease cystic fibrosis (CF) currently affects one in every 3,300 births in the United States. As Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month also takes place in May, a new and far simpler screening method for CF may soon help to ease some of the diagnostic burden for babies, families and physicians alike.   A Northwestern University-led research team has developed a gentle, easy-to-read sticker that, when applied to a baby’s skin, absorbs sweat and then changes color to provide an accurate diagnosis of CF within minutes. While measuring chloride levels in a sweat test has been the diagnostic standard for ...

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Possible breast cancer-soda link

Sugary soda or soft drink

Researchers from the University at Buffalo’s School of Public Health conducted a dietary study that specifically examined how the long-term prognosis of women with breast cancer might be related to how much sugar-sweetened soda they drank prior to battling the disease.

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