When you fire up the grill for your Memorial Day cookout, beware: Those tantalizing aromas hold an underestimated health risk. Grilling meats at a high temperature can produce cancer-causing compounds called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). You can be exposed to significant PAH levels simply by breathing in the sweet scent of barbecue. A new study…  read on >

If current trends continue, nearly one-quarter of the world’s population will be obese by 2045. And one in eight people will have type 2 diabetes, new research suggests. Alongside those bulging waistlines, global rates of type 2 diabetes will jump from 9 percent to 12 percent over the next 27 years, placing an even greater…  read on >

For some people who struggle with weight gain, their body’s responses to delicious food may be working against them. In a new study, obese people who had trouble keeping weight loss at bay salivated more and had a steeper increase in their heart rate when presented with a tempting pizza, compared to folks without such…  read on >

American moms and dads work hard to prevent food poisoning at home, but 10 percent say their kids have gotten sick after eating bad food elsewhere. In a new poll by C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan, parents peg restaurants as the usual source of spoiled or contaminated food (68 percent). Surprisingly,…  read on >

(HealthDay News) — It’s important to look for and understand the nutritional information for any product you eat or drink, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says. People often underestimate the number of calories they consume when they eat out. Beginning this month, the agency is requiring that calorie information be listed on the menus…  read on >

Sandwiches make convenient lunches, but those two slices of bread can really eat into your day’s calorie allotment. What’s more, typical white bread doesn’t provide much in the way of nutrients. If you’re trying to cut down on carbs, go gluten-free, or simply reduce your intake of refined grains, try these tasty alternatives. Bonus: You…  read on >

Generic prescription drugs should be cheap, but prices for some have soared in the United States in recent years. Now a group of U.S. hospitals thinks it has a solution: a nonprofit drug maker. Earlier this year, the consortium of several large hospital systems announced it would form a nonprofit drug company called Project Rx.…  read on >

Twenty-three more illnesses caused by an E. coli outbreak tied to tainted romaine lettuce were reported by U.S. health officials on Wednesday. That brings the total number of cases to 172, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. But there was potential good news: The outbreak, tied to lettuce grown near Yuma, Ariz.,…  read on >

Between juice bars and high-powered home juicing machines, drinking your fruits and veggies has certainly gone mainstream. Depending on the specific mixes you sip — a vegetable blend, for instance — juice can be a filling snack when you’re on the go. But is juicing a way to lose weight and boost health? Some juicing…  read on >

(HealthDay News) — Your refrigerator should be kept at or slightly below 40 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration suggests using a thermometer to ensure that your refrigerator maintains the correct temperature. The FDA also suggests: Avoid stuffing your fridge, as it will prevent cold air…  read on >