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Month: October 2015

Obesogens: the Environmental Link to Obesity

Obesogens: the Environmental Link to Obesity

Environmental pollutants may alter the body’s metabolism and predispose some individuals to weight gain. By Magaly Olivero May 1, 2015  Sedentary lifestyles and poor diets have long been blamed for people’s inability to lose weight. But growing evidence points to environmental pollutants called “obesogens” that may alter the body’s metabolism and predispose some individuals to weight gain. “There’s no question that diet and exercise are the major players in the obesity epidemic. But the environment plays a significant role, too,”…

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The Meds That Up Your Heart Attack Risk By 60%

The Meds That Up Your Heart Attack Risk By 60%

By MARYGRACE TAYLOR    NOVEMBER 17, 2014 If you’ve got asthma severe enough to need daily controller medication, you may be at a higher risk of having a heart attack, according to new findings presented at the American Heart Association’s annual meeting. For nine years, researchers followed nearly 7,000 adults, including 156 asthma patients who used daily controller meds and 511 who were asthmatic but not on controller meds. Compared to non-asthmatics, asthmatics who took controller meds were 60% more…

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The 4 Best Ways to Prevent a Cold

The 4 Best Ways to Prevent a Cold

Follow these simple tips to avoid becoming a sniffly, snotty, glassy-eyed mess when cold season rolls around BY ALEXA TUCKER    Friday, October 9, 2015 Getting a cold sucks, but it’s not inevitable. And while 33 million diagnoses each year—according to a CDC report—might suggest otherwise, we found four simple strategies that can help you escape cold season unscathed. But you have to be diligent. And by diligent, we mean you can’t just read this and sort of follow the…

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7 Eating Habits That Give You Positive Energy

7 Eating Habits That Give You Positive Energy

We are all prone to the occasional slump. Maybe it’s in the middle of the morning or, more commonly, we find ourselves lagging in the mid-afternoon. That’s about the time when the demands of the day begin to catch up with us, and our bodies are telling us we need more energy, some rest or both. But what if those slumps last longer? What if there is something zapping our positive energy on a more consistent basis? If that’s the…

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5 Daily Disciplines that Reprogram Your Mind to Stay Positive

5 Daily Disciplines that Reprogram Your Mind to Stay Positive

Did you know there are simple ways you can override default negative thoughts, essentially hypnotizing your mind to think positive? There is no getting around the fact that negativity is all around us, and this has a significant impact on your mind. In fact, the brain is innately programmed with a “negativity bias” – the tendency for your brain to be more sensitive to unpleasant stimuli. Scientists believe the tendency to react more strongly to negative input had a good…

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How to Increase Dopamine, the Motivation Molecule

How to Increase Dopamine, the Motivation Molecule

By Deane Alban      Contributing Writer for Wake Up World      7th March 2015 Dopamine is a key neurotransmitter for motivation, focus and productivity. Learn the symptoms of dopamine deficiency and natural ways to increase dopamine levels … There are about 100 billion neurons in the human brain — about as many stars as there are in the Milky Way. These cells communicate with each other via brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. Dopamine is the neurotransmitter responsible for providing…

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7 Everyday Ways You May Be Lowering Your Intelligence

7 Everyday Ways You May Be Lowering Your Intelligence

1. Saturated fat reduces cognitive flexibility A high-fat, high-sugar diet causes significant damage to cognitive flexibility, a new study finds. Cognitive flexibility is the ability to adjust and adapt to changing situations. The research was carried out on laboratory mice. They were given either a normal diet, a high-fat diet or a high-sugar diet. After four weeks the mental and physical performance of mice on the high-fat or high-sugar diet began to suffer. 2. Multimedia multitasking shrinks the brain Using…

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Dying at Home Brings More Peace Without More Pain, Study Finds

Dying at Home Brings More Peace Without More Pain, Study Finds

By Dennis Thompson     HealthDay Reporter     FRIDAY, Oct. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The choice to die at home, rather than in a hospital, provides great comfort to both the patient and their loved ones, a new British study says. People who die at home experience more peace in their final days and hours than they would in a hospital, with no greater pain, according to findings published Oct. 8 in the journal BMC Medicine. Further, their…

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5 Times You Need to Stand Up For Yourself

5 Times You Need to Stand Up For Yourself

We’ve all taken a seat on the people-pleasing train a time or two. We do things for people we don’t want to do, we accept an opinion we don’t believe, and we allow others to treat us unfairly so that we can keep the waters calm. All this does is sacrifice our happiness to make someone else happy. While on the surface it may seem smart and even admirable to constantly be doing things for others, there is a time…

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Loud Noise Exposure Linked to Heart Disease Risk

Loud Noise Exposure Linked to Heart Disease Risk

BY ROXANNE NELSON (Reuters Health) – People with long-term exposure to loud noise at work or in leisure activities may be at increased risk of heart disease, a U.S. study finds. Researchers found the strongest link in working-age people with high-frequency hearing loss, which is typically the result of chronic noise exposure. “Compared with people with normal high-frequency hearing, people with bilateral high-frequency hearing loss were approximately two times more likely to have coronary heart disease,” said lead author Dr….

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