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Month: May 2012

High blood pressure and healthy eating

High blood pressure and healthy eating

It’s always wise to make healthy food choices. It becomes even more important when treating hypertension. Changing the foods you eat is a great way to help lower blood pressure. Eating healthier foods at home and outside of the home is an important part of reaching a goal of lower blood pressure. Here are some tips on eating to help lower blood pressure: Limit your alcohol intake to 2 drinks daily or less, to a maximum of 9 drinks per…

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California teens eat fewer calories in school

California teens eat fewer calories in school

By Kerry Grens Fri May 18, 2012  (Reuters Health) – High school kids in California, a state that limits the junk food sold in vending machines, eat fewer calories in school than kids in states without such regulations, according to a new study. “We were definitely pleased by the size of the differences, particularly for calories and sugar,” said Daniel Taber, the study’s lead author and a professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The study doesn’t show that…

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Sleep Apnea: Treatment May Help Keep Blood Pressure Low

Sleep Apnea: Treatment May Help Keep Blood Pressure Low

CPAP Linked to Lower Hypertension Risk, but Questions Remain By Salynn BoylesWebMD Health News Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD May 22, 2012 — People with obstructive sleep apnea have an increased risk for high blood pressure and heart disease, and now two new studies suggest that treating the disorder may lower this risk. In one study, patients with obstructive sleep apnea who slept with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment appeared to have a reduced risk for developing high blood pressure. Another study that included patients…

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Uniqueness

Uniqueness

There is a story by Leo Buscaglia that beautifully illustrates our uniqueness. The animals got together in the forest one day and decided to start a school. There was a rabbit, a bird, a squirrel, a fish and an eel, and they formed a Board of Education. The rabbit insisted that running be in the curriculum. The bird insisted that flying be in the curriculum. The fish …insisted that swimming be in the curriculum, and the squirrel insisted that swimming…

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Bike Month: Group Commutes, Free Breakfasts, Events & More Across Canada Throughout June

Bike Month: Group Commutes, Free Breakfasts, Events & More Across Canada Throughout June

June is almost here, and with that comes perfect cycling weather! June is traditionally Bike Month across the country and a number of major cities are taking part. Here are some of the free events to look forward to: Vancouver: Bike To Work Week runs May 28-June 1. Each day, there will be “Commuter Stations” set up around the city where you can take advantage of free refreshments, bike mechanic services and chances to win prizes. By registering for Bike…

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Looking Away As You Get Needle Does Lower Pain, Study Shows

Looking Away As You Get Needle Does Lower Pain, Study Shows

THURSDAY, May 17, 2012  (HealthDay News) — Averting your eyes when you’re receiving a shot really may help reduce discomfort, new research suggests. The study, published in the May issue of the journal Pain, included volunteers who watched video clips showing a needle pricking a hand or a Q-tip touching the hand, or a hand alone. At the same time, the participants received painful or non-painful electrical sensations to their hand. The video clips were shown on a screen located just…

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Want to quit smoking ? Try acupuncture or hypnosis

Want to quit smoking ? Try acupuncture or hypnosis

Sun May 6, 2012 10:21pm EDT (Reuters) – Acupuncture and hypnosis have been promoted as drug-free ways to help smokers kick the habit, and there is some evidence that they work, according to a research review that looked at 14 international studies. Researchers, whose findings appeared in the American Journal of Medicine, said that there are still plenty of questions, including exactly how effective alternative therapies might be and how they measure up against conventional methods to quit smoking. But…

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Keep Your Mind and Body Happy: Deliciously Nutritious Foods

Keep Your Mind and Body Happy: Deliciously Nutritious Foods

Proper nutrition is so crucial to our looks and well being. What we put inside our bodies always shows up on the outside, like it or not. To feel and look your absolute best, aim to eat these “superfood” choices below almost every day. 1.  Sweet Potatoes: Abundant source of vitamin A-great for skin, hair, nails, and eyesight.  Sweet potatoes are also a slow burning carb, meaning they will provide energy without the “down” of simple carbohydrates. Baked in the oven,…

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Your Kitchen’s Secret Fat-Fighter

Your Kitchen’s Secret Fat-Fighter

by Madeline Haller May 18, 2012,Sprinkle on black pepper, shrink your gut? Maybe. The spice has the ability to block the formation of new fat cells, says lab research published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Researchers grew a type of cells destined to become fats cells in a petri dish and exposed them to piperine—a pungent ingredient in black pepper—for 72 hours. The results: The exposure to piperine interfere with the formation of new fat cells. It also reduced lipid…

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Healthy foods can cost less

Healthy foods can cost less

Comparing price per calorie versus by weight or portion sizes leads to different conclusions The Associated Press Posted: May 18, 2012Is it really more expensive to eat healthy? A U.S. Agriculture Department study found that most fruits, vegetables and other healthy foods cost less than foods high in fat, sugar and salt. That counters a common perception among some consumers that it’s cheaper to eat junk food than a nutritionally balanced meal. The U.S. government says it all depends on…

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