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Health organization serves up sour news on sugar

LONDON — Just try sugar-coating this: The World Health Organization says your daily sugar intake should be just 5 percent of your total calories — half of what the agency previously recommended, according to new draft guidelines published Wednesday.

Save high-protein diets for later, researchers say

Consuming high levels of protein — particularly animal protein — is a bad strategy if you’re at midlife and aiming to live into old age, new research finds. But a study out Tuesday reveals that in older age, fortifying one’s diet with more protein-rich foods appears to be a formula for extending life.
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Weather could set off strokes

There might be a link between weather and the risk of suffering a stroke, say researchers who analyzed climate trends and hospital records on millions of Americans.

New research examines how stress knots brain

Stress can damage the brain. The hormones it releases can change the way nerves fire, and send circuits into a dangerous feedback loop, leaving us vulnerable to anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
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“I want to help end obesity’

EAST WENATCHEE — Kearsten Weeks used to be obese. Now, she hopes to be Mrs. Washington, maybe even Mrs. America.

Lose weight with a friend, study says

For the 78 million American adults who are obese and may be ready to lose a significant amount of weight, a new study has some advice: Don’t go it alone.

Naps help preschoolers with memory, study says

Preschool naps should be preserved, even in the face of pressures to add more to the curriculum, say researchers who concluded that sleep enhances kids’ memories.

Cancer report describes ‘amazing progress’

LOS ANGELES — There were more than 13.7 million cancer survivors living in the United States in 2012 — nearly 2 million more than in 2008 — according to a cancer research report released Tuesday.