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Month: January 2012

Fresh Berries Recipe: Healthy Blueberry Bran Muffins

Fresh Berries Recipe: Healthy Blueberry Bran Muffins

7/8/2010 by Susan Melgren, Web Editor Healthy Blueberry Bran MuffinsMakes 18 muffins Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but it’s one that many of us fill with sugars and empty carbs—or skip over entirely. Starting your day off with a healthy breakfast sets the stage for healthy eating and a stable metabolism for the rest of the day. With this recipe for healthy blueberry bran muffins, courtesy of Driscoll’s, you can have a nutritious breakfast without…

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Bacon, Processed Meat Linked to Pancreatic Cancer

Bacon, Processed Meat Linked to Pancreatic Cancer

Ann Pietrangelo January 13, 2012 Hold the bacon, hold the sausage. Researchers in Sweden suggest that eating an extra 50g of processed meat each day — that a couple of slices of bacon or a link of sausage — could increase your risk of pancreatic cancer by 19 percent. The risk of pancreatic cancer increases by 38 percent for people who eat 100 grams a day and 57 percent for people who eat 150 grams a day of processed meat,…

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Can Mindfulness Curb Restaurant Overeating?

Can Mindfulness Curb Restaurant Overeating?

By Anne Harding MONDAY, January 9, 2012 (Health.com) — Supersized portions and high-calorie dishes in restaurants are often blamed for contributing to America’s obesity epidemic, and for good reason. People tend to carry more body fat if they eat out frequently, and they tend to consume more calories and fat in restaurants than they do when eating at home, studies suggest. Eating 200 or 300 extra calories in a restaurant once or twice a week may not seem like a…

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Inflammatory Bowel Disease Less Common in Sunny States

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Less Common in Sunny States

THURSDAY, Jan. 12 (HealthDay News) — People who live in sunnier regions of the United States are less likely to develop inflammatory bowel disease, a new study says. The findings support previous European research and could lead to new types of treatment and preventive measures, the study authors said. Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, which can be extremely painful and require surgery. The causes of IBD remain largely unknown. In this study, researchers analyzed long-term…

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5 Ways to Boost Your Body Image

5 Ways to Boost Your Body Image

By Victoria O’Meara Improving your body image is easy in just 5 simple steps. Every one of us has faced one of these moments where a friend tags you in an unflattering photo on Facebook, or you find yourself standing in a harshly lit dressing room staring at an unforgiving outfit. For most of us, our minds habitually go to a dark and gloomy place where we hear: I’m so fat; ugly; scrawny; (insert your own emotionally damaging adjective here)….

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28 Tips to Help You Relax Instantly

28 Tips to Help You Relax Instantly

By Vesta Giles Follow these pointers to ease life’s pressures. Remember those bubble bath commercials that promised to take away all the day’s cares and worries? Well, no one’s denying that a nice long soak can do wonders for lowering your stress level, but it’s not likely you have a whirlpool in your office or a standby babysitter who can drop in for an hour while you get your equilibrium back. So the next time you get those “stressed out”…

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Facebook Launches Tool to Report Suicidal Behavior

Facebook Launches Tool to Report Suicidal Behavior

Wed Dec 14, 2011 11:15am EST (Reuters) – Facebook launched a new suicide prevention tool on Tuesday, giving users a direct link to an online chat with counselors who can help, the company said. Friends are able to report suicidal behavior by clicking a report option next to any piece of content on the site and choosing suicidal content under the harmful behavior option, Facebook spokesman Frederic Wolens said. Facebook will then email the user in distress a direct link…

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Moms’ Pesticide Exposure Tied to Infection in Kids

Moms’ Pesticide Exposure Tied to Infection in Kids

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK | Tue Dec 20, 2011 4:12pm EST (Reuters Health) – A new report links remnants of a once-common pesticide to lung infections and wheezing in kids exposed to the chemical before birth. Known as DDE, the compound is a broken-down form of the harmful pesticide DDT and is found in many places around the world. It is absorbed into a person’s body when they eat contaminated food or breathe contaminated dust. The study, published…

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Dementia Symptoms Often Dismissed, Survey Says

Dementia Symptoms Often Dismissed, Survey Says

CTVNews.ca Staff Date: Wed. Jan. 4 2012 10:20 PM ET The Alzheimer Society of Canada is warning that too many seniors are dismissing the early signs of dementia as just “normal aging,” and waiting too long to ask their doctor about their symptoms. The society recently completed a survey of nearly 1,000 caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients, and found that about half said their loved ones waited a year or longer after their symptoms began before going to see a doctor….

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Stairs Can Get You There Faster Than Elevators

Stairs Can Get You There Faster Than Elevators

By Amy Norton NEW YORK | Mon Dec 12, 2011 12:23pm EST (Reuters Health) – If you think you don’t have time to take the stairs, you may be out of an excuse, according to a study published Monday. Researchers at one Canadian hospital found that when they had doctors take the stairs instead of the elevator, it saved each an average of 15 minutes out of the workday. The stairs were more efficient, it seemed, since there was no…

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