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Month: March 2012

30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself

30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself

Photo by: Rob Brucker As Maria Robinson once said, “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” Nothing could be closer to the truth. But before you can begin this process of transformation you have to stop doing the things that have been holding you back. When you stop chasing the wrong things you give the right things a chance to catch you. Here are some ideas to get…

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Study shows 15 per cent of adults suffer from eczema

Study shows 15 per cent of adults suffer from eczema

By Joanne Laucius, Postmedia News March 22, 2012 Dermatologists call it atopic dermatitis. People who suffer from itchy, flaky, irritated skin are more likely to know it as eczema. About a quarter of Canadian children and 15 per cent of adults suffer from eczema. It shows up most often on the hands in the winter, but can also make an appearance on the arms and legs, and on the faces of children, says dermatologist Dr. Lori Shapiro. People who are…

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Study: Popcorn Packed With Antioxidants

Study: Popcorn Packed With Antioxidants

By Anne Harding SUNDAY, March 25, 2012 (Health.com) — Popcorn isn’t just low in calories and high in fiber. Turns out the popular snack is chock full of antioxidants, too. Per serving, plain popcorn contains nearly twice as many polyphenols as the average fruit, according to the preliminary results of a laboratory analysis presented today at the annual meeting of the American Chemical Society. Polyphenols, a type of plant-based chemical found in foods ranging from vegetables to chocolate, help neutralize…

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Parents Should Lead By Example in Weight Loss, Study Finds

Parents Should Lead By Example in Weight Loss, Study Finds

THURSDAY, March 22 (HealthDay News) — Losing weight themselves is the best way for parents to help their children shed excess pounds, new research suggests. The study included 80 parent-child sets with an overweight or obese 8- to 12-year-old. The participants took part in a parent-only or parent/child treatment program for five months. The researchers assessed the effectiveness of three types of parenting skills taught in the family-based treatment programs for childhood obesity. The skills included: leading by example, or…

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Omega-3 fats tied to less cancer-related fatigue: study

Omega-3 fats tied to less cancer-related fatigue: study

Wed Mar 21, 2012 (Reuters) – Breast cancer survivors who eat a healthy dose of omega-3 fats – found largely in oily fish like salmon, tuna and mackerel – may have some extra energy throughout their day, according to a U.S. study. Many people treated for cancer have lingering fatigue even years after their therapy ends, and while there’s evidence that good sleep habits and regular exercise can help, other options are still needed, said researchers whose findings appeared in…

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Could Two Words Help You Resist Temptation?

Could Two Words Help You Resist Temptation?

THURSDAY, March 22 (HealthDay News) — When it comes to weight loss, the words you choose when refusing something tasty can make the difference in whether you are able to resist temptation, new research suggests. For instance, when offered a slice of pie, responding with the words “I don’t” increases the likelihood you will stick to your diet, rather than saying “I can’t.” “Whether it’s buffalo wings at a tailgate or heaping plates of calories at the Thanksgiving day dinner…

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Fruits, Vegetables, Honey and Your Skin

Fruits, Vegetables, Honey and Your Skin

By Debra Jaliman, MD Tired of that gray cast to your complexion? Want to improve your skin tone? The answer may lie in your local farmers’ market. We all know that eating fruits and vegetables benefits our health. Now a recent study published in the American Journal of Public Health appears to show that eating more fresh veggies and fruits can change the appearance of the skin in just a matter of weeks. British researchers found that adding two extra…

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An Orange a Day May Keep Strokes at Bay

An Orange a Day May Keep Strokes at Bay

LESLIE BECK Globe and Mail Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012 If your daily diet doesn’t include a serving of citrus fruit, it should. And for reasons that go beyond vitamin C. According to a study published online last week in the journal Stroke, eating more oranges and grapefruit may help reduce stroke risk thanks to their flavonoid content. Flavonoids are bioactive compounds in fruits, vegetables, nuts, dried beans and lentils, cocoa, tea and red wine. Flavonoids can be categorized into several…

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White Rice Linked to Diabetes Risk

White Rice Linked to Diabetes Risk

Study: Eating White Rice Regularly Raises Diabetes Risk By Denise MannWebMD Health News Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD March 15, 2012 — Eating white rice regularly, as is commonly done in many Asian countries, may increase risk for developing type 2 diabetes, a new study shows. Researchers looked at data from four studies: two in Asian countries (China and Japan) and two in Western countries (the U.S. and Australia). All participants were diabetes-free when the studies began. On average,…

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Work Burnout Tied to Emotional Eating

Work Burnout Tied to Emotional Eating

By Amy Norton Mon Mar 12, 2012 (Reuters Health) – Women who are fed up with their jobs may be more likely to turn to food for comfort in times of stress, a new study suggests. The study, which followed 230 Finnish women, found that those who reported work burnout were also more likely to have a habit of emotional” eating — that is, eating when you’re stressed, anxious or down, rather than just hungry. What’s more, they were more…

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