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Why are so many of our pets overweight?

Why are so many of our pets overweight?

When I looked at my appointment book for the day, I thought something must be wrong. Someone who worked in the fitness industry was bringing his cat in to the Tufts ...

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Why is obesity getting worse?

Why is obesity getting worse?

Gyms across the country will be packed in the new year with people sticking, however briefly, to their New Year’s resolution to lose weight. Most of them do not know that ...

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Why walking with your doctor could be better than talking with your doctor

Why walking with your doctor could be better than talking with your doctor

Gyms across the country will be packed this week with people vowing to “get moving” to lose weight this year. Much of the effort will be for naught. And, in fact, some ...

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What thin people don’t understand about dieting

What thin people don’t understand about dieting

Diets do not work. The scientific evidence is clear as can be that cutting calories simply doesn’t lead to long-term weight loss or health gains. We suspect most ...

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The holiday-suicide myth and the intractability of popular falsehoods

The holiday-suicide myth and the intractability of popular falsehoods

For years, the media have reported that more suicides occur during the holidays than at any other time. Many of these stories, no doubt, are meant to help people cope ...

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What psychiatrists have to say about holiday blues

What psychiatrists have to say about holiday blues

This time of the year brings a lot of changes to the usual day-to-day life of hundreds of millions of people: The weather is colder, trees are naked, snowy days become ...

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Who forced the cigarette companies to run those anti-smoking ads?

Who forced the cigarette companies to run those anti-smoking ads?

You may have seen ads run by the big cigarette companies listing the dangers of smoking and that they manipulated cigarettes to make them more addictive. The path to the ...

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The US may be in for a tough flu season: 4 questions answered

The US may be in for a tough flu season: 4 questions answered

Editor’s note: This year, Australia suffered a record number of flu infections. This has some experts concerned that the U.S. will suffer a harsh flu season as well. Irena ...

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Some basics about basic research

Some basics about basic research

Although great strides have been made at combating human immunodeficiency virus, leading to better quality of life and a longer life expectancy for those living with the ...

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How to keep your hands clean in a microbial world

How to keep your hands clean in a microbial world

For my fourth-grade science fair project, I tested different soaps to see which ones were the most effective at keeping my hands clean. Now, nearly 20 years later as a ...

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