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Month: February 2013

Healthier Menus May Boost Restaurants’ Business

Healthier Menus May Boost Restaurants’ Business

WebMD News from HealthDay        By Mary Elizabeth Dallas      HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 7 (HealthDay News) – A leaner menu may lead to a fatter wallet for those invested in the restaurant industry, research suggests. According to a new analysis, business improved when restaurant chains offered more low-calorie fare. After monitoring 21 of the largest restaurant chains in the United States for five years, researchers found that those that increased the amount of reduced-calorie options they…

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Why Everyone Should Drink Chai Tea

Why Everyone Should Drink Chai Tea

By Dr. Isaac EliazIf I were stranded and could only choose one beverage, I would probably take chai. A powerful blend of tea, herbs and spices, chai has been cherished for centuries in India to preserve health and increase peace of mind. But, the more we learn about chai, the more benefits we find. In addition to improving digestion, chai enhances the immune system, fights inflammation and has antioxidant properties. It has also been suggested that chai has antibacterial and…

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8 Health Benefits of Cauliflower

8 Health Benefits of Cauliflower

Cauliflower is a white, flowering, cruciferous vegetable (other cruciferous vegetables include broccoli, Brussels sprouts, collard greens, cabbage, and bok choy). Vegetables in this family have been found to have a multitude of medicinal benefits.Here are 8 health benefits of cauliflower that may make you want to include it in your diet on a regular basis.Cancer PreventionA diet high in cruciferous vegetables such as cauliflower has been been linked to a significant reduction in the risk of cancer, especially prostate cancer,…

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Which Fats Really Are Good for Your Heart?

Which Fats Really Are Good for Your Heart?

By Kathleen Doheny WebMD Health News Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD Feb. 6, 2013 – The standard advice about which fats are best for heart health is under debate again. Triggering it is new research, just published in BMJ, finding that a form of omega-6 fatty acid found in vegetable oils may actually boost heart disease risk. Omega-6 fatty acids are a type of polyunsatured fat, which has generally been considered heart healthy. The new findings could significantly alter the…

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10 things you might not know about love

10 things you might not know about love

By Barbara Fredrickson, Special to CNN   January 24, 2013 Editor’s note: Barbara Fredrickson is the Kenan Distinguished Professor of Psychology and director of the Positive Emotions and Psychophysiology Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the author of the new book on love. (CNN) – In writing the book “Love 2.0: How Our Supreme Emotion Affects Everything We Feel, Think, Do, and Become,” here are 10 lessons I have learned: 1. It can be hard…

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Sunshine Might Help Love Bloom, Study Suggests

Sunshine Might Help Love Bloom, Study Suggests

February 1, 2013   THURSDAY, Jan. 31 (HealthDay News) — People looking for a date might want to wait for better weather. Flirting is most effective when the sun is shining, according to new research conducted in France. The study involved an “attractive” 20-year-old man who approached women aged 18 to 25 walking alone in the street and asked them for their phone number. These advances were made on both sunny and cloudy days when the temperature was about the…

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Pucker Up! How to Be a Better Kisser

Pucker Up! How to Be a Better Kisser

By Joanne Barker WebMD Feature Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD A lot goes on when two people kiss. If it’s a romantic kiss, you’ve probably gazed at each other and imagined getting closer. When your lips touch, you cross into a zone of intimate touch and smell. You literally breathe each other in. A kiss can determine if physical attraction will spark or fizzle. “The kiss is the thing early in a relationship,” says Katherine Ellin, PhD, MSW, DTR, licensed…

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20 Health Benefits of Turmeric

20 Health Benefits of Turmeric

The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin. Tumeric has been used for over 2500 years in India, where it was most likely first used as a dye.The medicinal properties of this spice have been slowly revealing themselves over the centuries. Long known for its anti-inflammatory properties, recent research has revealed that turmeric is a natural wonder, proving beneficial in the treatment of many different health conditions from cancer to Alzheimer’s disease.Here are 20 health benefits of turmeric:1. It is a…

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Small portions of snack foods are just as satisfying: study

Small portions of snack foods are just as satisfying: study

Relaxnews      Published Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 If you love to snack, a new study suggests that smaller portions of your favorite chips or sweets are just as satisfying as larger ones. The Cornell University study included more than 100 adults who were given small or large portions of the same snack. Those who consumed large portions consumed 77 percent more calories (about 100 calories more) than those who ate small portions. Yet, both groups reported a significant drop…

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Vancouver hospital first in Canada to use bug-killing robot armed with UV light

Vancouver hospital first in Canada to use bug-killing robot armed with UV light

JAMES KELLER / THE CANADIAN PRESS      FEBRUARY 1, 2013 VANCOUVER – When Trudi the robot is plugged in and armed, it sounds more like a space shuttle launch system than a germ-killing machine. “Disinfecting will commence in 15 seconds; please leave the room,” Trudi — as staff at Vancouver General Hospital have named it — calls out in a digital monotone from inside a treatment room. “Disinfecting process started,” it continues, as its thin, vertical bulbs blast out…

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