(Halfpoint Images/Moment via Getty Images) Lea en español Don’t call it a comeback if it was never really gone, but the flu is poised for a breakout year. Like the killer in a horror movie franchise, this season’s flu is bringing fresh twists to a familiar theme. Here are seven things you should know to…

(eclipse_images/E+ via Getty Images) Lea en español Overindulgence is a Thanksgiving tradition rarely praised by health experts. But when it comes to the reason for the season – gratitude – feel free to serve up as much as you can. That’s because research suggests expressing gratitude might be not only a nice thing to do,…

(Natalia Gdovskaia/Moment via Getty Images) When it comes to reduced-carb diets, it may be quality, not quantity, that matters most. New research finds that animal-based, low-carbohydrate eating was associated with a higher Type 2 diabetes risk, whereas plant-based, low-carb eating was associated with a lower diabetes risk. The research, recently presented in Chicago at the…

(Hirurg/E+ via Getty Images) Being physically active in middle age – before having a heart attack – may reduce the risk of having a second heart attack, according to new research. Scientists have long known that regular physical activity helps prevent stroke, heart attacks and other forms of cardiovascular disease. But few studies have explored…

(Fly View Productions/E+ via Getty Images) Lea en español Adding 1,000 or even 500 steps to your daily routine could lead to a longer life, new research suggests. Experts have long endorsed walking as a free and easy way for people to get a wide variety of health benefits, including improved sleep, prevention of weight…

(Prostock-Studio/iStock via Getty Images) The good news is that fear can persuade us to avoid dangerous situations or help us flee from an angry bear. The bad news is that fear can lead to chronic stress, with serious health consequences. So should that affect your Halloween plans? Probably not, said Zachary Sikora, medical director of…

(Urupong/iStock via Getty Images) When it comes to posting health information on social media, beware before you share. Experts say that’s an essential step in battling medical misinformation, an escalating problem as more people turn to social media for news, knowledge and advice about all things health-related. In the wake of rampant false information about…

(Malte Mueller/fStop via Getty Images) Lea en español Too many times, the realization comes too late. “When people have a major medical event like a heart attack or stroke, they retrospectively go back and say, ‘Oh, I was really stressed, maybe that’s why this happened to me,’” said Dr. Ian Kronish, associate director of the…

(bhofack2/iStock via Getty Images) Let’s talk tofu. It seemed like such a simple, honest food when it caught your eye in the grocery store. But later, after you checked it out online, you began to worry that a long-term relationship might get complicated. It’s true that health experts’ passion for tofu can be seen as…

(fcafotodigital/E+ via Getty Images) The ancient Greeks were on to something when they referred to olive oil as an “elixir of youth and health.” Centuries later, research offers evidence about the benefits of olive oil in our daily diets. Consuming more than half a tablespoon of olive oil a day may lower heart disease risk,…