Category: Health

High-Fiber Diet Tied to Less Knee Arthritis

Photo Researchers have found yet another benefit of a high-fiber diet: It is associated with a reduced risk for arthritis of the knee. Knee osteoarthritis, which is common in aging populations, can be both painful and debilitating. Researchers used data from two long-term observational studies, one with 4,796 subjects and the other with 1,268. The…

Why Chocolate May Be Good for the Heart

Photo Credit Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times Eating chocolate has been tied to a reduced risk of heart disease. Now scientists have uncovered one possible reason. Using data from a large Danish health study, researchers have found an association between chocolate consumption and a lowered risk for atrial fibrillation, the irregular heartbeat that…

Warmer Weather Brings More Infections After Surgery

Photo As the weather gets warmer, the risk of developing an infection at the site of a surgical wound increases, a new study reports. Surgical site infections are a leading cause of increased hospital readmissions, longer length of hospital stay, greater health care costs and mortality. Researchers used databases of hospital discharges across the United…