(Raphye Alexius/Image Source, Getty Images) Major life milestones – such as starting a new school or job, getting married, having children or retiring – often lead to a drop in physical activity levels that could harm heart health, a new science report warns. People and their health care professionals should pay closer attention to periods…

(kajakiki/E+, Getty Images) Lea en español Since before Americans officially celebrated Thanksgiving, turkey has had a place at the holiday table. Lately, it also has developed a reputation as a relatively healthy part of the big meal. Does it deserve that reputation? “Yes, it does,” said Catherine M. Champagne, a professor of nutritional epidemiology and…

(deteetarkan/iStock, Getty Images) Improving your overall sleep health could help lower your risk for high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and other cardiovascular threats, according to new research. Experts already knew a lack of sleep and having sleep disorders can put health at risk. But the new study looked into whether the multiple factors that go…

(Agustin Vai/iStock, Getty Images) Intermittent fasting could increase a key protein that controls inflammation and protects the heart, according to a new study. Intermittent fasting limits a person’s consumption of food and beverages to certain times of the day or week to achieve weight loss. There’s no single way to practice it, though one popular…

(kali9/E+, Getty Images) Lea en español Family-based programs to encourage healthier eating and physical activity have long been regarded as an effective way to put children diagnosed as overweight or with obesity on a path to a better future. But new research suggests an added dividend: Parents of those children can benefit as well. “It…

(monkeybusinessimages/iStock, Getty Images) Lea en español It’s a worthy, healthy goal to take 10,000 steps each day, but that magic number didn’t come from doctors or physical trainers. In the mid-1960s, Japanese marketers trying to sell a pedometer named it manpo-kei, which generally translates to “10,000 step meter” in English. The Japanese character for “10,000”…

(Kubra Cavus/iStock, Getty Images) Caffeinated coffee may come with a blend of short-term benefits and harms, according to a study that monitored its health effects in real time. Researchers who closely monitored 100 volunteers for two weeks in a randomized controlled trial found participants logged more steps a day on days when they drank coffee…

(Tom Werner/DigitalVision, Getty Images) Dr. Robert Zarr loves to write prescriptions that you don’t have to take to the pharmacy. Instead, he sends patients outside to soak in the healing powers of nature, combining the benefits of exercise with the therapeutic effects of fresh air and green space. “Going back millions of years, we’ve evolved…

(Mladen Zivkovic/iStock, Getty Images) Exercise may help reduce symptoms of a common sleep disorder and improve brain function, a small study finds. Exercise training could be a useful supplemental treatment for people with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea, the research showed. The condition is characterized by loud snoring and disrupted breathing and can raise…

(Dean Mitchell/E+, Getty Images) Visiting high-altitude locations may be dangerous for people with high blood pressure or certain heart conditions, according to a new report from the American Heart Association that offers guidance about engaging in recreational activities in mountainous regions. Published Thursday in the Journal of the American Heart Association, the scientific statement marks…