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Month: February 2014

Can Heart Disease Be Reversed?

Can Heart Disease Be Reversed?

by  Julie Taylor Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S., where someone has a heart attack every 34 seconds. (Yikes!) Many of us believe that once we’ve done damage to our hearts through years and years of eating fatty foods, not exercising, and/or smoking like a chimney, it’s irreversible – do not pass go, do not collect $200. But is it? The Verdict: Great news! Heart disease can be reversed “As…

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Expectant parents urged to avoid 'entertainment' fetal ultrasounds

Expectant parents urged to avoid 'entertainment' fetal ultrasounds

CTVNews.ca Staff   Thursday, February 20, 2014 Expectant Canadian parents, eager to get the first glimpse of their growing baby-to-be, are being urged to avoid visiting commercial ultrasound clinics that offer keepsake images and videos. In a joint policy statement, the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada and the Canadian Association of Radiologists point out there are a number of potential risks with ultrasounds performed for non-medical reasons. Every ultrasound involves exposure the fetus to targeted energy, they note, and…

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Strategies to prevent heart disease

Strategies to prevent heart disease

You can prevent heart disease by following a heart-healthy lifestyle. Here are strategies to help you protect your heart. By Mayo Clinic Staff Heart disease may be a leading cause of death, but that doesn’t mean you have to accept it as your fate. Although you lack the power to change some risk factors — such as family history, sex or age — there are some key heart disease prevention steps you can take. You can avoid heart problems in…

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When Procrastination Is a Problem, and How to Fix It

When Procrastination Is a Problem, and How to Fix It

By Paula Spencer Scott     WebMD Feature     Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy, MD, MPH Procrastination is a long word for this quick idea: later.  It’s telling yourself you’ll do things “tomorrow” or “when I feel more like it.” When is putting things off a problem? Everyone delays or puts things off sometimes, and that’s fine, says Timothy Pychyl, PhD, an associate professor of psychology at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. You might postpone a meeting because of a schedule conflict, or…

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The Pesticide on Your Fruit May Lead to Parkinson’s

The Pesticide on Your Fruit May Lead to Parkinson’s

A new study links likelihood of the brain disease to a combination of chemicals and genetics By Alexandra Sifferlin   Feb. 03, 2014 Following a study that showed that the banned chemical DDT was linked to a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, new research out this week shows that pesticides are associated with the development of Parkinson’s disease. It’s not the first time the chemicals have been linked to the brain disease, but the latest study from UCLA researchers shows…

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Can You Really Boost Your Happiness?

Can You Really Boost Your Happiness?

WebMD Feature   By Eric Metcalf, MPH   Reviewed By Brunilda Nazario, MD Happiness is a serious subject for many researchers these days. Some studies show that you have some control over how happy you feel. Sonja Lyubomirsky, a psychology professor and happiness researcher, writes that your genes decide about 50% of your happiness. Issues in your life that may be hard to change –  like your looks, your health, and your income – only explain about 10%. That leaves about 40%…

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8 Ways Eating Tomatoes Keeps You Young

8 Ways Eating Tomatoes Keeps You Young

Michelle Schoffro Cook    February 20, 2014 When most people think of tomatoes they think of pasta and pizza, not necessarily their ability to keep people younger-looking and feeling. But tomatoes are an anti-aging superfood that deserves a place in the diet of anyone interested in maintaining healthy skin, preventing age-related diseases like osteoporosis, and even preventing cancer. 1. Lycopene found in tomatoes is one of the compounds known collectively as carotenoids. A large volume of research has shown for decades…

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How to use Food to Boost your Mood + Vitamin Reference

How to use Food to Boost your Mood + Vitamin Reference

by Kristen Butler   February 19th, 2014  We all deserve to feel truly happy every single day. The truth is that some of us have a hard time sustaining a good mood throughout the day. In fact, chronic unhappy days become bouts of depression and some people who need hope turn to medications. What if you could rely on food to boost your mood daily? For centuries we have known that food affects our mood and mental health. Imagine this knowledge…

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Start Heart-Healthy Lessons in Childhood, Expert Says

Start Heart-Healthy Lessons in Childhood, Expert Says

SUNDAY, Feb. 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Teaching your children about heart health will pay dividends in their older years, a heart expert says. Youngsters with heart-healthy behaviors are less likely to develop heart disease later in life, said Dr. Susan Haynes, an assistant professor in the cardiology division at Saint Louis University. That’s a message that bears repeating during February, which is designated American Heart Month. Heart disease is the leading killer of American women and men. Before they…

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Six Neurotoxic Industrial Chemicals Linked to Rise In Brain Disorders

Six Neurotoxic Industrial Chemicals Linked to Rise In Brain Disorders

The rise in disorders like autism, ADHD and dyslexia could be linked to the industrial use of neurotoxic chemicals, according to new research published in The Lancet (Grandjean & Landrigan, 2014). The epidemiologists have identified six chemicals that could have negative effects on children’s development. This is on top of a previous report in 2006 which listed five potentially dangerous chemicals. The six chemicals include fluoride, manganese, a solvent called tetrachloroethylene, DDT (a pesticide) and a flame retardant containing polybrominated…

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