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Month: November 2012

Flame Retardants in Furniture, Carpets Might Affect Kids’ Development

Flame Retardants in Furniture, Carpets Might Affect Kids’ Development

By Alan Mozes     HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Nov. 15 (HealthDay News) – Fetal or infant exposures to flame retardant chemicals that lurk in furniture, carpets and other household items could adversely affect a child’s development, a new study suggests. Exposure to the chemicals, known as polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), was associated with a higher risk for physical and mental impairment when children reach school age. “We observed associations of in utero and/or childhood exposure to these flame retardants and fine…

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Strongest Study Yet Shows Meditation Can Lower Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke

Strongest Study Yet Shows Meditation Can Lower Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke

Most doctors say meditation can’t hurt you, but now there’s reassuring evidence that it may help you as well when it comes to warding off disease. By Laura BlueNov. 14, 2012 Previous studies have linked better health outcomes among heart patients who practiced meditation compared to those who did not, but none of those trials could definitively credit the brain-focusing program with the better health results. In the latest trial to address those limitations, however, meditation does appear to have an effect…

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Exercising 10 minutes a day can boost life expectancy

Exercising 10 minutes a day can boost life expectancy

Researchers pooled data on 650,000 people 40 and older in Sweden, U.S. CBC News Posted: Nov 7, 2012 Even as little as 75 minutes a week of physical activity can extend your life by nearly two years, according to U.S. researchers who found some benefits regardless of body weight. The study by Steven Moore of the U.S. National Cancer Institute and his co-authors also suggests that regular activity would boost life expectancy even more. The researchers pooled data on 650,000…

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Eat your vitamins: 10 foods to add to your diet to get your daily dose

Eat your vitamins: 10 foods to add to your diet to get your daily dose

By Heather Camlot Vitamins play an essential role in maintaining a healthy and balanced diet, but convenience has made it as simple as popping a pill for us to consume them. Here are 10 foods that are guaranteed to bring you your daily dose of vitamins — the natural way. I no longer know her name or her whereabouts, but I clearly remember one thing about a colleague I met at my first magazine job almost 15 years ago: she…

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The next superfood: Greek yogurt

The next superfood: Greek yogurt

Greek yogurt is flying off store shelves as more consumers opt for healthier food choices. But what’s all the fuss about? By Patrick Langston, Postmedia News February 6, 2012 In September 2009, a plaintive inquiry appeared on an ottawafoodies.com forum: “Anyone know where I can get some Greek Yogurt in Ottawa?” Responses included instructions on how to make your own, a vague suggestion about buying it in bulk at an unnamed cheese store in the ByWard Market and a recommendation…

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Walk Your Way to a Longer Life, Study Says

Walk Your Way to a Longer Life, Study Says

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 6 (HealthDay News) – It seems your grandmother was right after all – if you want to live a longer and healthier life, be sure to exercise. A new study by researchers at the U.S. National Cancer Institute found that staying physically active after age 40 seems to increase your lifespan between two and seven years. And the more you exercise, the longer your life expectancy – regardless of your weight. “There is dose-response relationship…

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The Ancient Chia Seed – How it Can Benefit Your Health

The Ancient Chia Seed – How it Can Benefit Your Health

By Charlotte Bradley You have probably heard how important it is to get enough essentials fatty acids (EFAs) in your diet. Some good food sources containing omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids include fish, shellfish, flax seeds, leafy green vegetables and walnuts. Unfortunately, it is not always easy to obtain enough of these fatty acids on a daily basis. Recently, an ancient seed has regained popularity due to its high nutritional value. You may know Chia as the sprouts that grow…

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How Cannabinoids May Slow Brain Aging

How Cannabinoids May Slow Brain Aging

Oct. 29, 2012Stoners aren’t known for their memory prowess but a new review suggests that drugs similar to marijuana’s active ingredients may hold promise for preventing— or even reversing— brain aging and possibly Alzheimer‘s and other degenerative brain diseases. Since the mid 2000′s researchers have been building an appreciation for the power of marijuana-like substances that make up the brain’s cannabinoid systems. In animal experiments, for example, synthetic compounds similar to THC—marijuana’s main psychoactive component—have shown promise in preserving brain functions. A 2008 study…

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Black tea linked to lower Type 2 diabetes risk

Black tea linked to lower Type 2 diabetes risk

Black tea represents 90 per cent of the tea sold in the West CBC News Posted: Nov 8, 2012 Type 2 diabetes is less common in countries where people often enjoy high tea, a statistical model suggests. The number of people with diabetes has increased nearly six-fold over the past few decades, stimulating interest in how foods could play a role in prevention, researchers said. Calling tea the most widely used ancient hot beverage in the world, a team of…

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The Health Benefits of Hemp Seeds

The Health Benefits of Hemp Seeds

Jul 7, 2010 | By Linda Tarr Kent Hemp seeds come from a plant that is similar to the marijuana plant, but has lower levels of psychoactive cannabinoid compounds. The seeds and seed oil are used in cooking and for food. Typically, the seed’s hard shell is removed before it is eaten. Seeds also are treated so they can’t be planted and grown. Hemp seeds can have health benefits, but you should consult your doctor before adding them to your regimen…

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