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Allison Aubrey is a correspondent for NPR News.

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Sugar And Sleep: More Rest May Dull Your Sweet Tooth

Thu, 18 Jan 2018 12:44:00 -0500

When study participants who routinely got less than seven hours of sleep were coached to extend their sleep time, they also changed their diets, without being asked — taking in less sugar each day.

Is Alcohol A Problem? Online Tool Helps Assess Risk And Find Help

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 04:42:00 -0500

Treatment for alcohol problems isn't a one-size-fits-all approach. The NIH has launched a navigator site that can help figure out the scope of the problem and find evidence-based treatment options.

From Vegan To 'Keto' And Mediterranean: Experts Rank 2018's Best Diets

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 12:28:00 -0500

A panel of experts convened by U.S. News ranked the best diets. The Mediterranean diet comes out on top. Two new diets are ranked: the physician-created Nutritarian diet and the popular Keto diet.

Feel In Danger On A Date? These Apps Could Help You Stay Safe

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 04:48:00 -0500

Safety apps are designed to help women ease out of a dating situation that seems uncomfortable or dangerous. But experts say it's also important to help friends in real life.

Tylenol May Help Ease The Pain Of Hurt Feelings

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 05:14:00 -0500

Acetaminophen, the world's most popular painkiller, doesn't just dull physical aches, it also has subtle psychological effects, researchers say. But blunting emotions isn't always a good thing.

What The Industry Knew About Sugar's Health Effects, But Didn't Tell Us

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 16:29:00 -0500

The sugar industry pulled the plug on an animal study it funded in the 1960s. Initial results pointed to a link between sugar consumption and elevated triglycerides, which raises heart disease risk.

It's Not Just Politics. Food Can Stir Holiday Conflict, Too

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 04:55:00 -0500

Lots of families fight over politics at the holiday table. But decisions about which foods to put on the table can also whip up stress and squabbles.

Is There A Way To Keep Using Opioid Painkillers And Reduce Risk?

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 04:48:00 -0500

As a result of the opioid epidemic, doctors are being urged to turn to other medications to treat chronic pain. That can be a challenge for people who have used opioid painkillers for years.

You Can't Hide From Calorie Counts: FDA Will Implement Obama-Era Rule

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 14:19:00 -0500

The FDA had previously halted the roll out of rules requiring chain restaurants and other food establishments to post calories on menus. Now, the agency says the rules will be in place by May 2018.

Amid Privacy Concerns, Mattel Shelved Planned Device For Kids

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 05:55:00 -0400

What if the devices in your home got involved in raising your kids? The toy giant Mattel planned to market such a device but pulled the project when parents and pediatricians complained.

Alexa, Are You Safe For My Kids?

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 04:51:00 -0400

Talking to a device that talks back can be entertaining and educational for children. But psychologists say children can develop relationships with these devices that can be different than adults.

Counting The Heavy Cost Of Care In The Age Of Opioids

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 19:35:00 -0400

The city of Baltimore says it needs more money to distribute a lifesaving opioid overdose medication. And a recent study finds the cost of treating overdoses in U.S. hospital ICUs has risen sharply.

The FDA Will Decide Whether 26 Ingredients Count As Fiber

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 04:54:00 -0400

Chicory root. Bamboo. Soy fiber: Manufacturers can use these to add fiber to foods. Critics say this makes snack foods seem healthy. FDA will decide if these can count as fiber on nutrition labels.

Mindfulness Apps Aim To Help People Disconnect From Stress

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 04:55:00 -0400

Finding inner calm hard to come by? Some people use their device obsession to help them disconnect. The apps aren't a quick fix, therapists say, but might help you stick to a mindfulness practice.

Chicago-Area Residents No Longer Have To Pay More For Pop

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 16:44:00 -0400

Lawmakers in Cook County, Ill., have repealed a tax on sweetened drinks. The controversial move is considered a win for soda companies, and a loss for public health advocates.