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Month: January 2013

Smoke-free laws linked to drop in child asthma attacks

Smoke-free laws linked to drop in child asthma attacks

LONDON    Mon Jan 21, 2013  (Reuters) – Introducing laws banning smoking in enclosed public places can lead to swift and dramatic falls in the number of children admitted to hospital suffering asthma attacks, according to a study in England published on Monday. Researchers at Imperial College London found there was a 12.3 percent fall in hospital admissions for childhood asthma in the first year after laws against smoking in enclosed public places and workplaces came into effect in July…

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Acts of Kindness Can Make You Happier

Acts of Kindness Can Make You Happier

January 25, 2013    By Kathleen Doheny    HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Jan. 24 (HealthDay News) — Performing small acts of kindness and gratitude can make people happier, researchers believe, but how this occurs is more of a puzzle. Sonja Lyubomirsky, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Riverside, has studied happiness for more than 20 years. She and others know that positive activities boost positive emotions, thoughts and behavior, in turn improving well-being. Now, how people can deliberately…

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Vitamin-packed foods help you fight disease

Vitamin-packed foods help you fight disease

MCCLATCHY / TIMES COLONIST    JANUARY 25, 2013 BARBARA QUINN            The Monterey County Herald “A vitamin is a substance that makes you ill, if you don’t eat it,” said Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1937. He understood what we now know: Deficiencies of vitamins and other vital nutrients can cause us to fall prey to illness. So do our food choices really influence how susceptible we are to…

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18 Ways to Boost Your Health in 2013

18 Ways to Boost Your Health in 2013

Michelle Schoffro Cook       January 17, 2013 Let’s face it:  most of us start out the New Year with the best intentions, but soon we are back to our old habits.  Here are 21 ways to help you get your health on track in 2013: 1. Eat a large green salad.  Greens are full of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and phytonutrients like chlorophyll that give our body a huge boost.  Chlorophyll, in particular, helps build healthy and strong blood. 2….

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Health benefits of Brazil nuts

Health benefits of Brazil nuts

Brazil nuts are high in calories, contains good quantities of vitamins, anti-oxidants and minerals. The nuts in-fact have been staple diet of Amazonian. 100 g of brazil nuts provide about 656 calories. Their high caloric content comes from their fats. However, the nuts are an especially excellent source of mono-unsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) like palmitoleic acid (16:1) and oleic acid (18:1) that helps to lower LDL or “bad cholesterol” and increases HDL or “good cholesterol” in the blood. Research studies suggest that Mediterranean diet,…

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Fast food linked to higher asthma and allergy risk

Fast food linked to higher asthma and allergy risk

New study links fast-food consumption to a greater risk for developing asthma, eczema and allergies. Tue, Jan 15 2013 Teens and kids who eat a lot of fast food may be at greater risk for developing asthma,eczema and allergies, according to a new study published in the British Medical Journal’s respiratory magazine, Thorax. For the study, researchers from the University of Auckland in New Zealand and the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom looked at surveys from more than 500,000 kids in 51 countries…

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Berry Habit May Help Women Avoid Heart Attacks

Berry Habit May Help Women Avoid Heart Attacks

By Kathleen Doheny  WebMD Health News    Reviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD Jan. 14, 2013 – Young and middle-aged women who eat blueberries and strawberries regularly may help lower their risk of a heart attack later. In a new study, researchers wanted to focus on whether substances known as anthocyanins are good for the heart. Anthocyanins are antioxidants, substances found in plants that protect and repair cells from damage. Anthocyanins provide the red, blue, and purple colors found in strawberries, blueberries, and other…

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8 Reasons Why Brown Rice Is Healthier Than White Rice

8 Reasons Why Brown Rice Is Healthier Than White Rice

Published on October 13, 2010   by Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NDThe next time you reach for the white rice, you may want to reconsider. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition recently conducted a study that confirms brown rice as the hands-down healthier choice for your dinner grain.The Health DifferencesBrown rice is essentially what almost all forms of white rice looks like before it has been put through a refining process. To process rice into the sparkling white…

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Immune-Boosting Foods May Add to Flu Defence

Immune-Boosting Foods May Add to Flu Defence

January 18, 2013 | By Health EditorFRIDAY, Jan. 18 (HealthDay News) — As U.S. health officials recommend flu shots and frequent hand washing for protection during this season’s influenza outbreak, dietitians point to another significant defense weapon: healthy foods.Immune-boosting foods can improve your ability to ward off the flu and other health problems, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.Even a small nutritional deficiency can affect the body’s ability to stay healthy, said Heather Mangieri, a registered dietitian and…

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Soft drinks, diet drinks linked to depression

Soft drinks, diet drinks linked to depression

CTVNews.ca Staff Published Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 Drinking more than four sweetened beverages a day is definitely not great for your waistline, but it also might not be good for your mood. A new study by the U.S. National Institutes of Health finds that fruit and soft drink drinkers are more likely to be diagnosed with depression than those who didn’t regularly drink sweetened beverages. And interestingly, those who drink diet drinks made with artificial sweeteners were linked to an…

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