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Month: July 2013

Extra fiber tied to lower risk of stroke

Extra fiber tied to lower risk of stroke

By Kathryn Doyle   NEW YORK   Fri Apr 19, 2013 (Reuters Health) – People who get more fiber in their diet are less likely to have a stroke than those who skimp on the nutrient, according to a new review of existing research. “A few people in the past have looked at the relationship between fiber and cardiovascular disease, which includes coronary heart disease and stroke,” senior author Victoria Burley told Reuters Health. But this is the first time all…

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7 Trusted Injury Treatments That Are Dead Wrong

7 Trusted Injury Treatments That Are Dead Wrong

Update your first-aid kit and learn which common treatments for burns, poisoning, excess bleeding, and other injuries can be dangerous to use in an emergency.  By Patricia Curtis from Reader’s DigestToday, Ann LaBelle admits that it was a stupid thing to do. But when she jumped off her boyfriend’s motorcycle and burned her inner leg on the tailpipe, she didn’t know how to treat the injury. “It burned a hole right through my jeans, about the size of a fifty-cent…

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25 Habits Of People Who Are Happy, Healthy and Successful

25 Habits Of People Who Are Happy, Healthy and Successful

Who among us doesn’t want to be a happy, healthy and successful human being? Still, it can be easy to lose your way, which is why I’ve compiled a list of habits you can use to help reach your goals. So what is it about happy people that makes them the way they are? Below are just some of the ways they separate themselves from the rest of the crowd.   1. They don’t hold grudges. 2. They think outside…

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5 ways to drop your soda habit

5 ways to drop your soda habit

By Keri Gans, Special to CNN    June 27, 2013 Editor’s note: Keri Gans is a registered dietitian/nutritionist, media personality, author of “The Small Change Diet” and spokeswoman for the Aetna “What’s Your Healthy” campaign. (CNN) – Despite recent heightened awareness about its many negative effects on our health, whether it’s to get through the mid-afternoon slump or paired with lunch or dinner as our beverage of choice, many of us still reach for soda daily for a jolt of…

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Eyes are the windows to chocolate addiction: study

Eyes are the windows to chocolate addiction: study

Andrea Janus, CTVNews.ca  Thursday, June 27, 2013 Chocoholics trying to hide their habit may want to keep dark glasses at hand, suggests a new study, which found the brain’s pleasure response to food can actually be seen in the eyes. In a small study of nine patients, U.S. researchers measured dopamine levels in the eyes of their subjects after they had tasted chocolate. Dopamine is the chemical associated with the brain’s reward, pleasure and addiction centre. Dopamine is also released…

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Fish Habit May Reduce Breast Cancer Risk, Study Suggests

Fish Habit May Reduce Breast Cancer Risk, Study Suggests

June 28, 2013    By Health Editor   Kathleen Doheny    HealthDay ReporterTHURSDAY, June 27 (HealthDay News) — Regularly eating oily fish such as salmon, tuna or sardines may help reduce the risk of breast cancer, a new report suggests.These fish contain a type of fatty acid known as n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs).“Increased n-3 PUFA intake has a protective effect for breast cancer,” said researcher Duo Li, a professor of nutrition at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China.Li and his team…

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Common meds with caffeine may be linked to stroke

Common meds with caffeine may be linked to stroke

By Kathryn Doyle   NEW YORK   Tue Jun 25, 2013 (Reuters Health) – Taking medications containing caffeine was tied to a doubled or even tripled risk of having a stroke in a new Korean study that might seem to contradict recent evidence suggesting coffee and tea exert protective effects. But the results may in fact be in line with that research, according to the study authors, who point out that people who drank the least coffee were most at…

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Probiotics Primer

Probiotics Primer

By Nora Simmons Probiotic, prebiotic; good bugs, bad bugs. Every time we turn around, another study champions the benefits of these gut-friendly supplements. But what are they? What do they do? Why should we take them? We asked Angelica S. Vrablic, PhD, a leading expert in nutrition research and a probiotic guru, to give us the lowdown. Here’s what we learned: 1. Probiotics are non-pathogenic (not capable of causing harm) bacteria that naturally live in our gut. 2. Probiotics help…

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The Spoon Theory

The Spoon Theory

by Christine Miserandino My best friend and I were in the diner, talking. As usual, it was very late and we were eating French fries with gravy. Like normal girls our age, we spent a lot of time in the diner while in college, and most of the time we spent talking about boys, music or trivial things, that seemed very important at the time. We never got serious about anything in particular and spent most of our time laughing….

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How supersized portions cost the earth

How supersized portions cost the earth

By Rachel Smith, Special to CNN July 4, 2013CNN.com Editor’s note: Rachel Smith is the co-founder of Halfsies, a social initiative offering a choice to restaurant-goers that provides a healthier meal portion, reduces food waste and supports the fight against hunger.  (CNN) – We’re all familiar with the phrase “waste not, want not,” but how well are we applying these words today? For many of us, we buy more than we need, we spend more than we earn, we eat…

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