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It Seems Like Nutritional Studies Often Conflict. Here’s How to Decipher Them.

It’s frustrating when nutrition studies seem to contradict earlier ones. It helps to understand how nutritional research works, so you have an easier time making sense of food headlines. (Washington Post)

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Most Parents Want Age Limits on Football Tackling

With concern over concussion dangers rising, most U.S. parents say that they would support bans on tackling in youth football, a new survey shows. But many parents in the study had an exaggerated perception of the risk. For younger kids, the rate of concussion is between 3 and 5 percent. (U.S. News)

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Are Health Apps Putting Your Privacy at Risk?

A new study reveals that your personal information might be shared without your realizing it. Here’s what you need to know to reduce the risks. (Consumer Reports)

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Late-blooming Exercisers May Get the Same Benefits as Lifelong Gym Rats

Compared to folks who are completely sedentary, people who start exercising later in life reduce their mortality risk just as much as people who’ve been exercising their whole lives. In a new study, this held true regardless of how a person’s BMI fluctuated throughout their lives. (Popular Science)

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Exercise Snacking: Fun-Sized Fitness for Your Heart

Exercise snacking refers to “fun-sized” portions of exercise that fit into a day instead of what you may have traditionally thought of as legit exercise — like a boot camp session or CrossFit class. Just a few exercise snacks dispersed throughout the day has measurable impact on heart health. (University of Washington)

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What Push-Ups Can Tell You About Heart Health

A push-up test outperformed a treadmill test for predicting cardiac health—but it’s not all about your pecs. These and other tests likely reflect a larger constellation of healthy traits and behaviors. (Outside)

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Young Athletes Confront Pressure to Specialize In a Single Sport, Despite Risks

Coaches and administrators have witnessed a national trend over the past 10 or 15 years in which kids specialize in a single sport in elementary or middle school, playing year-round for club and travel teams in pursuit of elusive college scholarships, despite the risk of injury, burnout and stalled development. (Bristol Herald Courier)

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Athletes Get A New Type Of Coach, For Better Sleep

Increasingly, sports teams are using “sleep coaches” and new sleep technology—wearable items like watches, rings and apps on your phone—to track sleep activity and help players’ health and performance. (NPR)

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Are Vitamins and Supplements a Waste of Money?

Over-the-counter vitamins, minerals and nutritional supplements don’t provide much — if any — additional health benefits if you’re already eating a well-balanced diet. (University of Washington)

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Concussion Study Hailed as ‘Landmark’ Likely to Influence Treatment Worldwide

Teens who suffer a sports-related concussion are likely to improve more quickly if they start aerobic exercise within a few days under the guidance of a health care specialist, according to what has been hailed as a landmark study led by two University at Buffalo researchers. (The Buffalo News)

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