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Month: November 2012

Why Gratitude Isn’t Just for Thanksgiving

Why Gratitude Isn’t Just for Thanksgiving

By Maia Szalavitz     Nov. 22, 2012 Being thankful is strongly linked with both mental and physical health— and can help to relieve stress, depression and addictions, among other conditions. But what is gratitude? Psychologists view it as being able to maintain a world view that appreciates the positive.  That may sound like optimism, but unlike simply expecting the good, “appreciation” requires recognizing that happy outcomes are not just the result of your own hard work or moral uprightness, but depend on…

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ADHD medicines may help curb criminal behavior

ADHD medicines may help curb criminal behavior

The Associated Press Published Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012 9:02AM EST  Older teens and adults with attention deficit disorder are much less likely to commit a crime while on ADHD medication, a provocative study from Sweden found. It also showed in dramatic fashion how much more prone people with ADHD are to break the law – four to seven times more likely than others. The findings suggest that Ritalin, Adderall and other drugs that curb hyperactivity and boost attention remain important…

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Life-saving kits for Zambian children hitch a ride

Life-saving kits for Zambian children hitch a ride

$7 million granted to test health innovations in poor countries  CBC News      Posted: Nov 22, 2012 Health innovators in Canada will use their new $100,000 federal grants to deliver life-saving and inexpensive medications to children living in developing countries. Grand Challenges Canada announced 68 grants worth $7 million in total on Thursday so researchers worldwide and in Canada can test their prevention and treatment ideas. Nearly half of the population in sub-Saharan Africa lacks access to simple hydration…

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The Health Benefits of Hummus

The Health Benefits of Hummus

Aug 2, 2011 | By Barrett Barlowe Once a hard-to-find food, sourced only in specialty markets or in ethnic neighborhoods, the vegetarian spread known as hummus is now a mainstream staple, found across the U.S. in mainstream food stores. You can enjoy hummus as a snack or part of a healthy light meal. Hummus spreads and toppings add flavor and spice to breads or raw vegetables or serve as condiments to hot foods. Easy Preparation Classics hummus is a paste made…

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You’re Only as Old as You Feel

You’re Only as Old as You Feel

By Jennifer Warner WebMD Health News  Nov. 20, 2012 – The old saying “You’re only as old as you feel” has new life, backed up by a new study. Researchers found older people with positive views on aging were 44% more likely to recover fully after severe disability than those with negative views on aging. People with positive attitudes about aging also had a slower decline in their ability to do daily tasks such as dressing and bathing. “It may be something worth…

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You’re Only as Old as You Feel

You’re Only as Old as You Feel

By Jennifer Warner WebMD Health News Nov. 20, 2012 – The old saying “You’re only as old as you feel” has new life, backed up by a new study. Researchers found older people with positive views on aging were 44% more likely to recover fully after severe disability than those with negative views on aging. People with positive attitudes about aging also had a slower decline in their ability to do daily tasks such as dressing and bathing. “It may be something worth…

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7 Ways to Cut Calories and Boost Nutrients

7 Ways to Cut Calories and Boost Nutrients

November 14, 2012 | By Tina Haupert If you’re watching your calories, you might think you can’t enjoy your favorite meals, but a few simple swaps here and there will help you cut calories without missing a bite. Here are 7 ideas that will trim calories and (bonus) add nutrients to your diet! Instead of baking frozen fries for dinner, try sweet potato wedgesThese spicy sweet potatoes add a flavor kick and my traditional version is equally as tasty. They require a little extra work (I often…

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Gift guide: 3 tips for healthy gift giving

Gift guide: 3 tips for healthy gift giving

By Jackie Middleton Gift giving can be tricky at the best of times — especially when shopping for a healthy treat. These useful tips will help you find a perfectly healthy present for your loved one.     ‘Tis the season to treat your family and friends to gifts that they’ll truly love. Spread glad tidings and good cheer with health-conscious presents that indulge, revitalize and challenge your nearest and dearest.Unlike yesterday’s health-themed gifts, today’s presents are no longer destined for regifting or a…

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Study suggests timing may be key in fish-asthma link

Study suggests timing may be key in fish-asthma link

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK | Tue Nov 13, 2012 4:50pm EST (Reuters Health) – Among thousands of Dutch children included in a new study, those who first ate fish between the ages of six months and one year had a lower risk of developing asthma-like symptoms later on than babies introduced to fish before six months of age or after their first birthdays. According to lead author Jessica Kiefte-de Jong, of the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, and her colleagues,…

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Splenda soon to unleash ‘Nectresse’ – Here’s what you need to know about this new ‘natural’ sweetener

Splenda soon to unleash ‘Nectresse’ – Here’s what you need to know about this new ‘natural’ sweetener

Tuesday, August 07, 2012 by: Jonathan Benson, staff writer(NaturalNews) McNeil Nutritionals, LLC, maker of the artificial sweetener Splenda, is gearing up to introduce a new “natural” sweetener known as Nectresse that will cater specifically to those looking for a healthy alternative to artificial sweeteners and sugar. But is Nectresse really as natural as McNeil claims it is, or is the product just another example of tricky marketing hype aimed at health-conscious consumers?According to the Nectresse website, the product is “100…

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