The surprising link between neck thickness and health

When fitness experts try to assess a person’s health, they usually perform a series of standard measurements. First they measure a human’s height, then compare that with the circumference of their chest, waist, hips and/or thighs. The goal is to help each individual achieve a thickness that suggests the healthiest percentage of body fat — not so low as to be malnourished, nor so high as to put a person at risk of cardiovascular diseases....

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Elevated heat may be linked to more than half a million stroke deaths, especially in poor countries

Chinese scientists analyzing health data from more than 200 countries and territories discovered people are more likely to suffer fatal or disabling strokes when the climate changes. While the recent study in the journal Neurology does not directly attribute the strokes to human-caused climate change, it notes an increase in the number of strokes clinically diagnosed as at least partially caused by “sub-optimal temperatures.”...

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A new study links 45 health problems to “free sugar.” Here’s what that means, and how to avoid it

“Sugar is bad for you” is an old health axiom, but the depths to which sugar can harm one’s body has perhaps not yet been fully tabulated. Indeed, according to a new study by the prestigious medical journal BMJ, sugar consumption is linked to 45 different ailments. Yes, you read that right: forty-five different health problems all exacerbated by or correlated with eating that sweet white powder....

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