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Month: November 2011

Tips for coping with holiday stress

Tips for coping with holiday stress

By Dr. Katy Kamkar Do you feel more stressed during the holiday season? Though, the holiday season is a time of joy, family gatherings and celebrations, for many people, it can also be a stressful time because of the numerous demands placed on them. Various factors could contribute to more stress during the holiday season: The number of social obligations such as family gatherings, friend gatherings, and holiday parties that people at times have to attend to could lead to…

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The 8 germiest places in the mall

The 8 germiest places in the mall

By Cari Wira Dineen, Health.com November 26, 2011 (Health.com) — During the craziness of the holidays, the last thing you want is to get sidelined with a cold, flu, stomach bug — or worse. But while you’re checking items off your shopping list, you may be exposing yourself to germs — like flu viruses, E. coli, and staph — that can make you sick. “Anywhere people gather is filled with bacteria and viruses, and a crowded shopping mall is a…

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Apple or pear a day may keep stroke away

Apple or pear a day may keep stroke away

(CBS News) It’s widely known that it’s important to have a lot of color in our diet when it comes to your fruits and vegetables. The deeper the color, the better the vegetable. But that pertains to the color on their outside. A new study shows eating a lot of “white flesh” fruit – fruit that is white on the inside – could significantly reduce your risk of having a stroke – the third-leading cause of death in the U.S….

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The economics of healthier choices

The economics of healthier choices

None of us have a money tree in the back yard. Many of us are feeling the pinch of tight economic times. Some of us are barely staying afloat … Grocery shopping these days can be stressful, even more so if you are looking for healthier choices. Organic fruits and vegetables and hormone free / preservative free meat usually cost more than “traditional” foods. Trying to find foods low in sodium and sugar, free of artificial colours or msg can…

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Smiling Makes You Look Younger

Smiling Makes You Look Younger

Study Shows That People Think Those With Happy Faces Look Younger Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD By Jennifer Warner WebMD Health News Nov. 11, 2011 – Go ahead and smile. It may be Mother Nature’s way of giving you a youthful appearance. A new study showed that when people looked at photos of happy faces, they guessed the age of the person in the photo as younger than in photos of the same person with a neutral or angry…

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Contrast of food, dinnerware affects eating habits: Study

Contrast of food, dinnerware affects eating habits: Study

Researchers have long known that large dinnerware can sabotage people’s diets. But a groundbreaking new study suggests the contrast of a plate or bowl with what’s placed inside it can also make us fat. Reporting in the Journal of Consumer Research, investigators found that low colour-contrast between dinnerware and food — say, vanilla ice cream heaped into a white dish — significantly increases the likelihood of people over-serving themselves, while a higher contrast minimizes such behaviour. Researchers say it’s all…

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Don’t let others stress you out

Don’t let others stress you out

Editor’s note: CNN contributor Amanda Enayati ponders the theme of seeking serenity – the quest for well-being and life balance in stressful times. When I tell Pam, my stressed-out lawyer friend, that stress is contagious, she seems unimpressed. “I have always kind of suspected that,” she says, “ever since in ‘Ghostbusters II,’ when the guys discover that people’s nonstop negativity has created an evil slime that threatens humanity. Then they find out the slime reacts to both positive and negative…

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Study: Eating Lots of Trans Fat May Lower Quality of Life

Study: Eating Lots of Trans Fat May Lower Quality of Life

Higher Trans Fat Intake Linked to Lower Happiness, Well-Being By Salynn Boyles WebMD Health News Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD Nov. 4, 2011 – Many people indulge far too often in trans-fat-heavy foods because it makes them feel good, even though they know these foods may not be good for their hearts and their waistlines. But while that double cheeseburger or glazed doughnut might temporarily improve your mood, research from Spain suggests the feeling won’t last. In a study…

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The No-BS Guide to Boosting Your Immunity and Avoiding the Common Cold

The No-BS Guide to Boosting Your Immunity and Avoiding the Common Cold

The runny nose, hacking cough, sore throat, headache—it’s no wonder people resort to all sorts of absurd remedies to cure the all-too-common cold. We talked to experts to get a better idea of the tried-and-true things that actually work, and got a stuffy-nose full of commonly held myths that you should avoid. Yes, you could keep buying into those sketchy cold remedies at the drugstore this cold season, but rather than throwing money away on unproven snake oil, stick with…

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Study: World is getting fatter, needs to stop

Study: World is getting fatter, needs to stop

The problem of obesity is spreading around the world and poses serious health threats. The finding is part of a new special report on obesity, and how to combat it in the medical journal the Lancet. The editor, Dr. Richard Horton, calls obesity a pandemic, and said it is one of the “huge threats facing governments which are likely to derail all their best attempts to improve the health of their nations while at the same time controlling costs.” Obesity…

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