The coronavirus pandemic has dominated the headlines and our daily lives for most of this year. Medical News Today have covered this fast-moving, complex story with live updates on the latest news, interviews with experts, and an ongoing investigation into the deep racial disparities that COVID-19 has helped unmask.
However, this has not stopped us from publishing hundreds of fascinating stories on a myriad of other topics.
This week we take a close look at consuming baking soda for weight loss is it a good idea, and what is the evidence for and against? We also compare two popular aerobic activities enjoyed by millions worldwide, with plenty of advice on whether pounding the pavements or sitting on a saddle is better for health.
Next, we have a Special Feature on Thanksgiving and mental health how best to make the most of this important time in such an unusual year?
We also look at how a drug developed to treat diabetes may also reverse heart failure, concerning news about vegan diets, and the lung microbiomes role in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). We finish with an article that we have removed from cold storage for you to enjoy over the Holidays.
If youve ever wondered what its like to spend an afternoon in your underwear at -80C, scroll down for our News Editors full and frank report.
Below are 10 recent stories that you may have missed amid all the COVID-19 fervor.
This week, MNTs most popular new article looked at a common household item that some people try to use for weight loss.This article explores whether or not baking soda is either safe or effective to consume and whether there is any truth to the notion that ingesting alkaline substances promotes weight loss.
As well as assessing if it works and covering the serious safety concerns, our editors also recommend a range of healthful, evidence-backed weight loss tips that people should consider trying instead.
This article is one of the fastest movers this year, with over 200,000 page views over the past 2 days alone.
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This week, we also published a comprehensive article on two of the most popular forms of aerobic exercise. Our editor and medical reviewer took a close look at the benefits, risks, and costs of cycling and running, with detailed tables of how many calories each burns and even which muscles each exercise engages.
There are plenty of useful insights to take away from this article, not least because a person who weighs more burns more calories when running or cycling than a person who weighs less.
Simple physics, perhaps, but this suggests that those who weigh more have the most to gain from building up their strength and stamina in these ways.
Its a popular piece, with over 30,000 people viewing this article since publication on Tuesday.
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Thanksgiving 2020 was always going to be different, with officials urging people to stay at home earlier this week, a stark contrast to the traditional family gatherings with fun and feasting.
This article features a highlights video, with advice for those facing Thanksgiving alone and evidence-based tips that may help ward off the blues. Some of the steps we recommend include sleeping well, staying active, and managing ones expectations to align with this years reality.
MNT also published a regularly-updated vaccine trials article this week, reporting the progress of 57 candidate vaccines a good reason to hope for a welcome return to normality in time for Thanksgiving 2021.
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MNTs new diabetes information hub launched this week. It is a comprehensive resource that answers questions about the types, symptoms, treatment, and complications of this condition.
We also covered surprising news about how a study found that the diabetes drug empagliflozin significantly improved the heart function of people with heart failure, even reversing the disease in many people.
Those who received the drug suffered little to no side effects, such as an adverse effect on their blood sugar levels, which some might expect with a drug designed to treat diabetes. Study participants who took the placebo showed no improvement.
Our article looks at this clinical trial in detail, and the results are very promising. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) could approve Empagliflozin as a treatment for people with heart failure in a matter of months.
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Last week, MNT reported on a study raising concerns that people following a vegan diet without adequate supplementation may become deficient in iodine.
This week, another study reported that vegans are more likely to suffer bone fractures than people who eat meat. This is also true for people following vegetarian and pescatarian diets, though to a lesser extent.
This was a large study, with 55,000 participants who the original researchers followed for more than 17 years, on average. The study found that the risk of hip fracture was 2.3 times higher in people following a plant-based diet than in people who ate meat.
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Keeping an open mind and a cool head may reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. However, a predisposition to react to stressful situations adversely might increase the risk, according to a new study that MNT covered this week.
This article looked at what cynical hostility is, how it differs from other types of hostility, and how researchers measured and inflicted repeated stress on the 196 participants in their study.
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The microbiome has been a rich area of research in recent years, as our microbiome hub reflects. However, most research and thinking about the microbiome concerns the gut. This week, we reported on research into the lung microbiome, an organ that scientists considered free of microbes until relatively recently.
In this article, we examine the potential role of the lung microbiome in people with COPD. Although questions remain, the picture is becoming clearer. This article features an informative highlights video presented by MNTs Research Editor, Yella Hewings-Martin, Ph.D.
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Autoimmune diseases arise when the bodys immune system attacks healthy cells and include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and multiple sclerosis.
A recent study, covered by MNT this week, has found a connection between such diseases and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). In OSA, the upper airway becomes repeatedly blocked during sleep, reducing or completely stopping airflow.
Researchers found that people with untreated OSA had abnormal levels of four inflammatory cytokines that have links to autoimmune disorders.
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As well as covering the latest medical news and research, MNT has an editorial team devoted to answering more general questions about health and the human body.
This week, they tackled the subject of eye color, including what it is, the genetics of iris pigmentation, the rarest color, and how the number of people with each eye color varies in populations around the world.
There are also several health conditions that can affect eye color. Anyone who notices a color change in one or both eyes should report it to a doctor.
Learn more here.
We finish this week with a story from the MNT archives. Three years ago, our Senior News Editor, Tim Newman, decided to endure a whole-body cryotherapy (WBC) session in the interests of science reporting.
As well as considering the reputed health benefits of WBC, our intrepid editor wanted to find out if it really does feel great, as well as experiencing its other effects on the body and nervous system.
This enjoyable moment-by-moment account of what happens when you decide to expose yourself to temperatures that do not occur naturally on Earth will warm you up in time for the weekend.
Incredibly, this is not the only trial Tim agreed to put himself through, as well share in future editions of the Recovery Room.
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We hope that this article has provided a taste of the stories that we cover atMNT. We will be back with a new selection next week.
We publish hundreds of news stories and features every month. Here are some upcoming articles that may pique our readers interest:
- Don't Give Up: 9 Ways to Reinvent Your 2021 Diet, Fitness Resolutions - Healthline - January 12th, 2021
- How to Lose Belly Fat | Belly Fat Exercises and Diet - esquire.com - January 12th, 2021
- Kate Middleton's diet and exercise: her fitness secrets revealed - New Idea - January 12th, 2021
- 5 Diet Pill Ingredients That Actually Work For Weight Loss - South Florida Caribbean News - January 12th, 2021
- The best esports exercise and diet plan by the Head of Performance at EXCEL ESPORTS - T3 - January 12th, 2021
- Low-carb, no sugar, no fat: the fad diets popular in the 20th century - The Conversation UK - January 12th, 2021
- Robert Pattinson 'Batman' Workout and Diet Plan - Men's health UK - January 12th, 2021
- 7 At-Home Exercises You Need To Add In Your Journey From FAT-TO-FIT - Tech Geeked - January 12th, 2021
- Actor Ethan Suplee, on His Abs, Weight Loss, and Mental Strength - menshealth.com - January 12th, 2021
- Skip the diet and dating goals? You should make this your New Year's resolution - USA TODAY - January 12th, 2021
- Ingenuine workout and diet plans have made fitness freak Vaughn Cohen the best fitness trainer in Marbella, Europe. - Datasource Hub - January 12th, 2021
- Weight loss: "I climbed 60 flights of stairs regularly and got in shape" - Times of India - January 12th, 2021
- The 17 Best Longevity Tips Experts Taught Us in 2020 - Well+Good - January 12th, 2021
- Improve HDL and LDL with TLC - Bel Marra Health - January 12th, 2021
- 'I've Maintained My 61-Pound Weight Loss For 8 Years By Setting These S.M.A.R.T. Goals' - Yahoo Lifestyle - January 9th, 2021
- New Year, New Wellness Goals - UPMC - January 9th, 2021
- COVID keeping you from the gym? No problem - Indianapolis Recorder - January 9th, 2021
- Stay Fit in Your 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and Beyond - Health Essentials from Cleveland Clinic - January 9th, 2021
- 806 Health Tip: A Few Diets To Try In The New Year - mix941kmxj.com - January 9th, 2021
- Nutrition and mental health: Is there a link? - Medical News Today - January 9th, 2021
- Ensure Healthy Thyroid Function With These Expert Recommended Diet Tips - NDTV - January 9th, 2021
- How to get fit: Get fit for 2021 with the best workouts and diet tips - T3 - January 9th, 2021
- One 5-Minute Workout Can Melt Belly Fat, Says Study - Eat This, Not That - January 9th, 2021
- Meet the bacteria that might help treat diabetes - Medical News Today - January 9th, 2021
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease: Make These Changes In Your Diet And Lifestyle To Fight Symptoms Effectively - NDTV - January 9th, 2021
- Diabetes + Obesity = Diabesity: All You Need To Know About This Metabolic Dysfunction - India.com - January 9th, 2021
- Make these diet and lifestyle changes to reduce the risk of cancer - TheHealthSite - January 9th, 2021
- The Diet Plans To Suit All Shapes And Sizes, From 5/2 To Fasting Via Veganism - The Sportsman - January 9th, 2021
- 'After Starting A Low-Carb, High-Protein Diet, I Lost 85 Pounds And Got Rid Of So Many Cravings' - Women's Health - January 5th, 2021
- The One Test to Get If You're Worried About Your Heart Health - The Beet - January 5th, 2021
- US News ranks the best diets for weight loss, other health benefits for 2021 - WTOP - January 5th, 2021
- Health and fitness essentials to help you tackle your New Year's resolution - CNN - January 5th, 2021
- On Waitlist for Liver Transplants, Women Die More Often Than Men - HealthDay News - January 5th, 2021
- Five experts, five tips: GPs on keeping well mentally and physically - The Irish Times - January 5th, 2021
- This Guy Followed a Plant-Based Diet and Lost 180 Pounds - menshealth.com - January 5th, 2021
- What is intuitive eating? The anti-diet that wants to repair your relationship with food - Her.ie - January 5th, 2021
- Weight management goals to set this year - The Citizen - January 5th, 2021
- High-Calorie Food In Winters: Why To Avoid It And Expert-Suggested Alternatives - NDTV Food - January 5th, 2021
- Could a supplement be as effective as exercise at protecting health? - Medical News Today - January 3rd, 2021
- Diet & exercise should be on your New Year's Resolution list - Yahoo News - January 3rd, 2021
- The Case for Keto review why a full-fat diet should be on the menu - The Guardian - January 3rd, 2021
- Aussie fitness guru Tiffiny Hall reveals how to lose that final five kilos - 9Coach - January 3rd, 2021
- In Exercised, Harvard professor Daniel Lieberman looks at why exercise, despite its aggravations, is worth it - The Boston Globe - January 3rd, 2021
- Cold weather or winter headaches - What causes them? - TheHealthSite - January 3rd, 2021
- Jessica Alba Swears by Pilates, HIIT, and Hot Yoga for Strong, Sculpted Abs at 39 - Prevention.com - January 3rd, 2021
- Looking to Be Healthier in the New Year? These Tips Will Help - South Florida Reporter - January 3rd, 2021
- Zion Williamson Changed His Diet After a Disappointing Rookie Year: All the Sauce, the Bacon, That StuffHe Cant Have That - Sportscasting - January 3rd, 2021
- Belfast weight-loss expert offers five top tips for fitness and diet in 2021 - Belfast Live - January 3rd, 2021
- Resolutions: Small, steady change to lifestyle is better than dieting, expert says - The Augusta Chronicle - January 3rd, 2021
- How to boost your immune system in weeks and maintain it long-term - BusinessGhana - January 3rd, 2021
- Dementia: Weight training exercises could help protect the brain against Alzheimers - TechnoCodex - January 3rd, 2021
- 5 New Year's Resolutions for Better Gut Health - LIVESTRONG.COM - January 3rd, 2021
- 5 ways to get fitter than ever, include exercise in 2021 - Times Now - January 3rd, 2021
- The dangers of obesity in pets - Kathorus Mail - January 3rd, 2021
- 7-day bodybuilding meal plan: Benefits, nutrition, and grocery list - Medical News Today - December 27th, 2020
- Skipping These Foods Can Be Dangerous for Your Mental Health, Study Says - Eat This, Not That - December 27th, 2020
- The warrior diet: Pros, cons, how to follow it, and example meal plan - Medical News Today - December 27th, 2020
- Ray Wetterlund III : You're only one workout away from a good mood - Thrive Global - December 27th, 2020
- The Biking Workout That Hit 10,000 Miles in a Year - The Wall Street Journal - December 27th, 2020
- What is the best diet for women? Options and research - Medical News Today - December 27th, 2020
- Cut back on meat for a week with this 7-day vegetarian meal plan recommended by a registered dietitian - Business Insider India - December 27th, 2020
- The 6 Best Diets That Will Make You Live Longer, Say Dietitians - Eat This, Not That - December 27th, 2020
- The best nutrition to start 2021 - Sportstar - December 27th, 2020
- How to boost your immune system in weeks and maintain it long-term - Insider - INSIDER - December 27th, 2020
- Drew Barrymores Fitness Routine Isnt Perfect, but This Was Still a Really Healthy Year - Prevention.com - December 27th, 2020
- Bloated, full, sluggish: Is fasting the answer to festive feasting? - Sydney Morning Herald - December 27th, 2020
- Follow These Home Remedies to Get Rid of Constipation - TechnoCodex - December 27th, 2020
- Best way to create healthy New Year's Resolution for 2021 - Mumbai Live - December 27th, 2020
- The best diet is the diet you can stick to - Seacoastonline.com - December 27th, 2020
- How what you are eating is affecting how you sleep - The Irish Times - December 27th, 2020
- Soda Habits That Are Shortening Your Life, According to Science - Eat This, Not That - December 27th, 2020
- How to live longer: Walking pace may influence your life expectancy - how fast to walk - Express - December 27th, 2020
- The pillars of mental health: Good sleep, exercise, and healthy diet - Yahoo News UK - December 20th, 2020
- Weight loss: "I had dalia every night for dinner and got my pre-pregnancy body back" - Times of India - December 20th, 2020
- What a cutting diet is and how to follow it - Medical News Today - December 20th, 2020
- Nutrition and exercise is key in easing joint pain - IOL - December 20th, 2020
- Americans promise to eat healthier 4 times a month but never follow through - Study Finds - December 20th, 2020
- Sabudana health benefits: 8 compelling reasons why you must include Sabudana (Sago) in your diet - Times of India - December 20th, 2020
- Winter Health Tips: Add Onion And Garlic To Your Diet To Prevent Cough And Cold, Says Nmami Agarwal - NDTV Doctor - December 20th, 2020
- A 20-Minute Workout to Sculpt Your Arms and Chest (See Ya, Armpit Fat) - LIVESTRONG.COM - December 20th, 2020