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Exercising before breakfast may be best for fat loss

[Adobe Shutterstock photo] For adults who are overweight or obese, timing exercise in the morning before breakfast may help them lose a lot more body fat than waiting until after they eat, a recent British study found.  The study examined how exercising before and after eating early in the day affected muscle fat stores and insulin response in a group of 30 overweight men. It was the first to look at this relationship in people with overweight or obesity, according to the researchers. Participants in the study were divided into three groups: one that ate breakfast before exercising, one that ...

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Doctors say electronic health records cause frustration, burnout

The transition from paper to electronic health records [EHRs] was intended to make it easier for health professionals to access and share patient health information, improve efficiency and reduce medical errors. But it has had the opposite impact … leading to increased workloads, frustration and burnout among doctors, according to a recent cooperative study between Yale and Stanford universities, the Mayo Clinic and the American Medical Association.

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Romaine lettuce again connected to illnesses

Following another large E. coli outbreak, consumers have been warned not to consume romaine lettuce from a northern California growing region. After multiple illnesses connected to an E. coli outbreak, the CDC is once again telling consumers not to eat any romaine lettuce grown in a certain area of the U.S.  In an advisory issued nearly a year after an almost identical warning in 2018, the CDC advised in late November that “consumers not eat and retailers not sell any romaine lettuce harvested from the Salinas, California, growing region.” The outbreak has not yet included cases in Missouri, although several retailers in ...

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Flu ramps up

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] has warned that cases of influenza are on the upswing in many states, pointing to an earlier and potentially harsher flu season than the nation experienced in 2018-2019. As of mid-November, 12 states were reporting either “widespread” or “high” levels of the flu, most of them located in the southern and western U.S.

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Home alone for the holidays

Although the holidays bring thoughts of celebrations and togetherness with friends and family, many seniors face an entirely different type of holiday season: a lonely one.

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‘Tis the season … to limit excess sugar

Before digging into that plate of tasty Christmas cookies, consider this: According to the American Heart Association [AHA], the average American adult consumes 22 teaspoons of added sugar per day – far exceeding its recommendation of about 6 teaspoons per day for women and 9 for men. And that’s before factoring in all the sweet temptations of the holiday season.

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