Good news if you're counting fat grams! Our allowance just went up. For the first time in more than a decade, health officials are changing the recommended daily allowance, or RDA, to boost our fat intake by 5%.
Until now, the suggestion was adults get roughly 55% of their calories from carbohydrates, 25% from fat, and 20% from protein. The new guidelines, from The Institute of Medicine research group, boosts the percentage of fat by 5%.
The group also doubles the recommended amount of exercise from 30 minutes a day to one hour. And for the first time, there's a recommended standard for fiber. Researchers say men under 50 should eat 38 grams of fiber while women should consume about 25 grams.
A new type of MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) that doesn't use a contrast agent appears better at detecting what's really cancer and what's likely just a harmless lesion, researchers report.
Obesity and high blood pressure may play a much greater role in sudden cardiac arrest among young people than previously thought, a new study suggests.
You already know that smoking causes lung cancer. But tobacco use can lead to other major health problems, too, experts warn.
Flu continues to ravage the United States in one of the worst flu seasons in recent years. And the ineffectiveness of this year's flu vaccine is partly to blame.