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September 10, 2015

Hello there,

We know how whiplash-inducing health news can be (it can be confusing for us, too—and we do this for a living). So in this weekly newsletter we'll strive to deliver trustworthy news that can help you navigate important choices, whether that's what to have for breakfast, whether your off-hours emailing has become something to worry about, or whether should get a second—or third—opinion about a health diagnosis. You can also expect all kinds of other useful stuff: diet advice, breaking news, weird health trends, nutritious recipes, explainers that go beyond the headlines, infographics and more.

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Siobhan O'Connor, TIME health director

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News you need
Here's what doctors really think about Dr. Google

Google is expanding the health information it provides to readers. Here's what medical experts think about that.

McDonald's is making big changes to the Egg McMuffin

The company buys about 5% of the total number of eggs produced in the U.S and they're going cage-free. They're also switching to butter. Maybe.

Cures for Blindness: Three people try them out

In a race to cure blindness, three advances come closer to reality

What else we’re reading

How the science of siblings shaped Venus and Serena: There's a lot more than just tennis going on when the Williams sisters face off across the net. [TIME]

Why runners get slower with age: Strength training may help. [NYT]

How to make kids less scared of math: Who's afraid of the big, bad Math monster? [TIME]

You Asked, We Answered

Should I eat three big meals or lots of small ones? Here's the lowdown on strategic meal planning. 

Peter Oumanski for TIME

What we're talking about

A new study published this week suggested that e-cigarettes are a gateway to tobacco for young people. It's a hotly debated topic, and there's lots of confusion surrounding the risks or possible benefits of e-cigs. (Not to mention they are not regulated by the FDA.) What do you think? Tweet to us @TIMEHealth with your thoughts using the hashtag #timehealthtalks.

Should I eat this?
Should you eat farmed salmon?

Experts weigh in on this food from the sea.

Guess what?

69 million

—The number of U.S. adults that have a heart age that's older than their actual age, according to a new study. Find out your heart age here.

Weird Health Trend
Fat Water Is Now a Thing

Bottled water mixed with oil hit the marketplace. We investigate the claims.

The 50 Healthiest Foods of All Time

Eating healthy shouldn't be complicated. To make it simple, TIME has curated a list of the 50 healthiest foods you should be eating now

What to cook this week

©2015 Jennifer Cuasey

From our friends at Cooking Light: Homemade Granola Bars


1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup light agave nectar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups puffed barley cereal
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
2/3 cup dried mixed berries
1/3 cup dry-roasted salted peanuts
Cooking spray
2 ounces chopped bittersweet chocolate


Preheat oven to 350°. Combine peanut butter, agave nectar, olive oil, vanilla, and salt in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at HIGH 1 minute or until bubbly. Combine cereal, oats, berries, and peanuts in a medium bowl. Pour peanut butter mixture over barley mixture; toss well to coat. Press into an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 10 minutes or until set. Place chocolate in a small microwave-safe bowl; microwave at HIGH 30 seconds or until melted, stirring until smooth. Drizzle over bars. Cool completely in dish.

Yield: Serves 14 (serving size: 1 bar)
Total time: 45 Minutes

Just one more thing before you go…

It's back to school time. Federal officials recently concluded that schools need to start later so teens can get more sleep. Here’s why:

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