Potatoes Could Hold Clue to Weight Management

An extract from the humble potato may help limit weight gain from a high-fat diet, according to researchers at McGill University in Montreal.

In the study, the investigators fed mice a high-fat diet for 10 weeks. As a result, mice that weighed an average of 25 grams at the beginning of the study added about 16 grams. But mice that had the same diet but with a potato extract gained only 7 grams.

Calming Your Upset Stomach

Indigestion can affect you in a lot of ways. According to experts from Harvard Medical School, your stomach may not feel right, or you might have a burning sensation. You Maybe you’ve just eaten, or finished a meal an hour or so ago — and now your stomach just doesn’t “feel right.” You could even feel nauseous or be sick to your stomach.

The Most Recommended Screenings for Women 50 and Above

What kind of screening or diagnostic tests should you take after 50? The SeniorHealth division of the National Institutes on Aging, using material developed by the respected Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, has some suggestions:

Breast Cancer

BRCA 1 and 2 Genes

Hugs May Keep Stress from Lowering Your Resistance to Germs

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University tested whether hugs act as a form of social support that protects stressed people from getting sick. Published in December 2014 in Psychological Science, the results found that greater social support and more frequent hugs protected people from the increased susceptibility to infection associated with being stressed and resulted in less severe illness symptoms.

Top-Selling Vitamins for AMD Have Misleading Claims

A multi-university study analyzed popular vitamins that purportedly help treat age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness in the United States. The goal was to determine whether the products’ formulations and claims are consistent with scientific findings. The team determined that of the 11 supplements analyzed, seven do not adhere to proven formulas and all 11 have misleading claims.


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