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Month: April 2012

Remember This: Exercise Boosts Your Brainpower

Remember This: Exercise Boosts Your Brainpower

Middle-Aged Adults Who Cycle or Stretch Improve Memory By Kathleen DohenyWebMD Health News Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD April 6, 2012 — Your brain isn’t a muscle, but as you age exercise can improve your memory and other thinking skills, a new study shows. And the exercise doesn’t have to be as rigorous as a marathon, the research suggests. In the new study, middle-aged men and women who cycled or did a stretching and coordination routine for two hours…

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Turmeric extract may protect heart after surgery

Turmeric extract may protect heart after surgery

By Genevra Pittman NEW YORK | Fri Apr 13, 2012 (Reuters Health) – A new study from Thailand suggests that extracts from turmeric spice, known for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, may help ward off heart attacks in people who’ve had recent bypass surgery. During bypass surgery the heart muscle can be damaged from prolonged lack of blood flow, increasing patients’ risk of heart attack. The new findings suggest that curcumins — the yellow pigment in turmeric — may be…

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7 Ayurvedic Tips for Fighting the Common Cold

7 Ayurvedic Tips for Fighting the Common Cold

April 14, 2012 Shubhra Krishan I am sure we all have our own little tricks for dealing with the common cold. Some of us straightaway pop decongestant and sinus-relief tablets, others try to blow it all out loud and clear. Ayurveda, I have realised, offers some truly helpful advice for increasing your immunity, so that the nuisance simply doesn’t happen—or at least bugs you much less frequently. I’ve tried all these tips, with success. Sharing them with you: 1. Keep…

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Dieters in Weight Watchers study drop up to 15 pounds in a year

Dieters in Weight Watchers study drop up to 15 pounds in a year

By Amanda MacMillan January 4, 2012 (Health.com) — Overweight and obese adults who followed the Weight Watchers program lost more than twice as much weight as those who received weight-loss advice from a doctor or nurse, according to a new yearlong study funded by the company. The study, which was published Wednesday in the Lancet, included 772 men and women in Australia, Germany, and the United Kingdom who were recruited during ordinary doctor’s appointments. The researchers randomly selected about half…

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TEDMED: How the Power of Self-Identity Affects Your Health

TEDMED: How the Power of Self-Identity Affects Your Health

By Maia Szalavitz April 11, 2012 When is a label a badge of honor, and when is it a harmful stigma of sickness or deviance? This question is of critical importance to public health and has been a theme running through this week’s TEDMED conference in Washington, D.C., which is focused on “ideas worth spreading” to improve health care. In a reprise of a talk originally given in March at the TED conference — the parent conference to TEDMED —…

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Ammonia used in many foods, not just “pink slime”

Ammonia used in many foods, not just “pink slime”

By Martinne Geller New York | Wed Apr 4, 2012 (Reuters) – Surprise rippled across America last month as a new wave of consumers discovered that hamburgers often contained ammonia-treated beef, or what critics dub “pink slime”. What they may not have known is that ammonia – often associated with cleaning products – was cleared by U.S. health officials nearly 40 years ago and is used in making many foods, including cheese. Related compounds have a role in baked goods…

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Study: Flavonoids May Help Protect Against Parkinson’s

Study: Flavonoids May Help Protect Against Parkinson’s

By ALEXANDRA SIFFERLIN April 5, 2012 Berries, tea, apples and red wine are all rich in a naturally occurring compound called flavonoids, and a new study finds that men who eat a diet high in these healthy compounds may have a lower risk of Parkinson’s disease. Previous research has shown that regular consumption of flavonoids is linked with reduced blood pressure and inflammation, as well as a lower risk of a variety of diseases, including heart disease, some cancers and…

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Top 5 ways to boost your metabolism naturally

Top 5 ways to boost your metabolism naturally

By Dr. Joey Shulman Learn how to boost metabolism the natural way by making small changes to your diet and lifestyle. If you think back to your own personal health history, I am confident you can pinpoint a time in your life when the weight just started to “creep” up on you. Whether it was an emotional or stressful trigger that started the number on the scale to climb or the hectic pace of life which caused health to take…

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9 Ways to Burn Fat

9 Ways to Burn Fat

Easy steps you can take By Robyn Moreno 06/01/2007 Everyone’s metabolism naturally slows down with age. At 40, you could be burning 100 to 300 fewer calories a day than you did at 30, says Pamela M. Peeke, M.D., author of Body for Life for Women and assistant professor of medicine at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. That can translate into a 10-25-pound weight gain in a year. But you can counteract that slowdown and boost your body’s fat-burning…

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Can Food Really Be Addictive?

Can Food Really Be Addictive?

Yes, Says National Drug Expert Compare the proportion of obese people in America to those who are addicted to drugs and then try to argue that food isn’t as addictive as crack cocaine, says Dr. Nora Volkow, the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. By MAIA SZALAVITZ April 5, 2012 Can food really be as addictive as drugs? In an impassioned lecture at Rockefeller University on Wednesday, Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse,…

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