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Daily Digestible Health Information. Content created by doctors. Be Smarter & Healthier in 3 Minutes.

    Caffeine good for the heart, mental health updates, a new diabetes medicine, vitamins that you actually need, and more health and medical news.

    Caffeine good for the heart, mental health updates, a new diabetes medicine, vitamins that you actually need, and more health and medical news.

    Health, wellness, and medical news for you.
    00;00;01;16 - 00;00;22;11HSTKWell. Hello. Hello. Good morning to you. Let's take a walk around the body. I've got seven health stories for you written by and vetted by our team of physicians here at health stuff to know. We won't waste any time. Let's jump right into it. So here's story number one, Food Health. An article in The Guardian newspaper does a great job talking about the benefits of coffee.
    00;00;22;11 - 00;00;45;01HSTKAnd we're going to link that article below. So, here's what you need to know. Dr. Neligh, researcher at the French Medical Institute, had this to say: Coffee has over 1000 compounds in it, and we're just starting to research and understand them. She talks about the fact that coffee increases alertness but also increases relaxation. For some people, coffee is a way to stay awake, whereas others need coffee to fall asleep.
    00;00;45;08 - 00;01;07;29HSTKDr. Neligh is researching these confusing perspectives of coffee. She said that they have the evidence that coffee contains compounds that are good for the heart. Black coffee offers protection against diabetes. And coffee does not increase the risk to cancer. But of course, with all this good news, there has to be some common sense. And here's what Dr. Puja, publisher of Health Stuff to Know, had to say:
    00;01;08;09 - 00;01;28;08Dr. Puja"Just remember, folks, with caffeine comes calories. Don't overdo coffee with too many sugars and heavy creams and try to keep coffee consumption below 400 milligrams of caffeine a day. That's going to be around four to five cups a day. Oh, something that I tell my patients with high anxiety is be extra careful with how much caffeine you drink."
    00;01;28;23 - 00;01;32;04HSTKJust like mom has always said: Everything, but do it in moderation!
    00;01;37;29 - 00;01;58;11HSTKAnd looking at story number two comes to us from the world of weight loss. So the evidence continues to mount that cutting calories and eating at the right time of the day leads to longer life, at least for mice. A new study published by the Harvard Hughes Medical Institute shows that calorie restriction when combined with time restrictive eating, actually boosts your life.
    00;01;58;11 - 00;02;18;27HSTKYou live longer. So here's what you need to know. The study argues that the benefits of calorie restriction are most seen when you eat during your active hours. So for us humans, we're talking about when we're often about, that means in the middle of the day, maybe towards the evening, but we should restrict are eating during the late night sessions.
    00;02;19;09 - 00;02;44;20HSTKThe benefits of eating during active hours included weight loss, improved glucose regulation, a lower blood pressure, and overall reduce inflammation in your body. That's all good stuff. All right. And our doctors take home message for this was that look, this is a study that was done in mice, not in humans. So we've got some work to do. Second, we're definitely learning more about our bodies metabolism and how it responds to eating at the right time.
    00;02;45;08 - 00;03;13;06HSTKBut this is what we know for a fact. Eating during our down hours, eating late at night. Those have huge negative effects to our overall health Jumping from weight loss. Let's move on to diabetes health. Here's what you need to know for today. The FDA has approved a new medicine to treat type two diabetes Share this with anyone you know who's on type two diabetes medications.
    00;03;13;07 - 00;03;28;18HSTKThe new drug is called her turns appetite. So the news is making the rounds because this medicine is going to be delivered by injection. And you only need to get it once a week. So we spoke to Dr. Publisher of Health Stuff to Know, and this is what she had to say

    • 8 min
    Air Pollution can give you heart attacks and other health news of the day.

    Air Pollution can give you heart attacks and other health news of the day.

    All right, let's begin our walk around the body. We're going to start with heart health. So a study was just published in the journal Circulation, and this study looked at over 1 million cases of people who had acute coronary syndrome aces. And this is what you need to know. Exposure to air pollution can weaken your cardiovascular system and even trigger heart attacks.
    00;00;21;06 - 00;00;43;00Speaker 1So that's what the study found, that pollutants in the air can actually trigger heart attacks in you. The study found that air pollutants like carbon monoxide, and nitrogen dioxide. And by the way, this is stuff that's very common cigarettes. This stuff can lead to an immediate worsening of your heart's health. I spoke to Dr. Puja publisher of the newsletter Health Stuff to Know, and this is what she had to say.
    00;00;43;11 - 00;00;55;02Speaker 2Hey, everybody, look, the bottom line here is that we need to start understanding that pollution is having a direct impact on our bodies. This is no longer just a theoretical discussion, you guys. We have the proof.
    00;00;56;03 - 00;01;11;20Speaker 1And finally, guys, for some of you, you may actually have a bad heart or bad lung help. And there's nothing wrong with this. So our doctors recommend that you consider wearing masks on days where you have heavy pollution in the atmosphere. This is going to help reduce the harm to your lungs.
    All right. This is a fun one. This falls under mental health and this is what you need to know. Research is showing that we're spending a lot of time on our screens. I think we all know this, but new data is now showing that it's not about the time we spend online. It's actually about the time where we spend online.
    00;01;35;17 - 00;01;57;02Speaker 1So they're hinting social media is bad for you. Time magazine said it best. And here's the quote. Experts can't agree on how much screen time is too much for adults. And the content you're consuming actually matters more than the overall time you spend on your phone. So this is basically the conversation about are we spending too much online?
    00;01;57;02 - 00;02;24;25Speaker 1And the new study now seems to be indicating it's not about the time we're spending online, it's how we're spending that time. Many people are surprised to learn that spending too much time on social media can lead to depression, anxiety and even obesity. Yeah, because you're not getting enough sleep, you're overeating. And this, of course, leads to weight gain So I reached out to Dr. Puja and I said, "Listen, Dr. Puja, I'm spending too much time and punishing my eyes and my mind."
    00;02;25;02 - 00;02;25;29Speaker 1"What should I be doing?"
    00;02;26;03 - 00;02;42;03Speaker 2Yeah, if you struggle with anxiety, or depression, start tracking the amount of time you're spending on social media. And if it's too much, please reduce it. Limit your time in social media to about 60 minutes a day. And if you're spending more time, don't be shy. Just tell me about it.
    OK, moving from mental health. Let's move on to GI Health. Here's what you need to know. There's a lot of research that's now started to show that fecal transplants may actually reduce the effects of aging and improve overall brain health. So, yeah, look, scientists are learning and they're learning very quickly that a healthy gut helps with the body's immune function and helps with a healthy metabolism.
    00;03;11;28 - 00;03;38;07Speaker 1So the idea here is that by getting fresh fecal transplants from young, healthy people, we may be able to replenish our damaged gut. And this will help us as we get older So we spoke to a doctor and as a f.y.i. This is what they had to say. We're not quite at the level where people can go and get cosmetic fecal transplants before this starts happening and bef

    • 7 min
    Scraping your tongue and other health news.

    Scraping your tongue and other health news.

    So much news! 

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    Vegetarian children maybe underweight compared to meat eating children

    Vegetarian children maybe underweight compared to meat eating children

     

     
    The background: A new study finds that vegetarian and meat eating children have similar growth and nutrition, but not weight.  Being underweight can be a sign of malnutrition and can indicate that one's diet isn't enough to support appropriate growth.
    Doctor's Expert Insights
    The big picture: But this does not mean, at least according to the study, that vegetarian children are malnutrioned. They just could be eating less fatty foods like fried chicken.
    Know this: Our doctors at Health Stuff TO Know indicate that vegetarian children should be monitored for vitamin B12 and vitamin D deficiencies and for the micronutrient iron. All of these values can be found from a simple blood test.
    Next steps: The thing to keep in mind here is that your child's weight can be a very good indicator of their nutritional and physical health. If you see any dramatic weight gains or losses, it's time to talk to your pediatrician. Determine if there are any vitamin or micronutrient deficiencies.

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    These foods can lead to indigestion and why you shouldn't ignore reflux symptoms

    These foods can lead to indigestion and why you shouldn't ignore reflux symptoms

    The background: Certain foods and ingredients can be bad for your digestion. Well, a new study shows just that!

    Fried foods,
    citrus fruits,
    fructose
    and peppermint,

    these are some of the more common types of foods that can cause indigestion.

    Doctor's expert insights

    The big picture: These foods can increase the amount of acid in your stomach, and some of these foods can actually loosen your esophageal sphincter. This is going to allow stomach acid to leak into your esophagus, your food pipe.

    Know this: If you've had heartburn for a long time, our doctors recommend that you get yourself checked for H. Pylori.

    Next steps: And this is what you need to know: too much acid in your food pipe can cause reflux and in some cases lead to diseases and cancer.

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    Here's What You Need To Know About The Hepatitis Uptick In Children

    Here's What You Need To Know About The Hepatitis Uptick In Children

    Children's Health

    Here's what you need to know: There's been an unusual uptick in the number of cases of hepatitis in children. New data is showing that some children develop liver failure and two required liver transplants, the CDC said in a recent report. The good news here is that all of the children either recovered or are recovering.

    Doctor's Expert Insights

    The big picture: Scientists have not been able to figure out the main reason as to why there's been a cluster of hepatitis in children. But they think that it could be coming from a common type of a cold virus called an adenovirus.

    Here's what to do: Make sure you and your children are current on your hepatitis A and B vaccine.

    And also, please keep in mind these cases of hepatitis are not related to COVID and COVID vaccines.
     
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