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The year in medicine

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New drugs and new thinking on fats and cholesterol may change the way you live.

The year 2015 was filled with medical discovery and innovation. The developments that got our attention were in the areas of lifestyle, medication, and food. "We've known for decades that certain healthy lifestyle practices reduce a per-son's risk of various diseases. Several studies in 2015 underline this message and demonstrate just how much benefit there can be," says Dr. Anthony Komaroff, editor in chief of the Harvard Health Letter.

Lifestyle

One large study published in 2015 found that women who had six healthy lifestyle habits—not smoking, getting regular physical activity, eating a healthy diet, maintaining normal weight, drinking no more than one alcoholic drink per day, and watching TV for seven hours or less per week—were 92% less likely to develop heart disease than those who did not have these lifestyle habits.

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