Plant Protein For Longer Life

This post was originally published on this siteThis news comes from Japan where scientists followed 70,696 midlife men and women for an average of 18 years. The study team found that those who consumed the most plant protein had a 28 percent lower rate of death from heart disease and a 28 percent lower rate of stroke than their peers. […]

Low-Fat Diet For Women’s Health

This post was originally published on this siteResearchers at Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center have found that long-term adherence to a low-fat diet that includes plenty of fruit, vegetables and grains, can yield significant benefits to women’s health. Initially, the study didn’t produce the hoped-for results – after nearly nine years the anticipated health changes weren’t measurable. But after nearly 20 years, […]

Plastic Everywhere, Even In Human Waste

This post was originally published on this siteVolunteers from eight countries around the world agreed to keep food diaries for a week and then provide stool samples for analysis. Lab results showed that all the samples contained tiny bits of plastic. Researchers in Austria who analyzed the plastic identified nine different types. The participants’ food diaries showed that the […]

Exercise May Help Boost Memory, Thinking

This post was originally published on this siteInvestigators at the University of Iowa enrolled 34 healthy seniors ages 60 to 80 to take part in two exercise sessions on stationary bikes. None of the participants were regularly active. Each of them rode a bike twice for 20 minutes – the first time with light resistance and the second one with […]

Too Much Chili Could Affect Your Brain

This post was originally published on this siteResearchers followed 4,582 Chinese adults for 15 years and found evidence of faster cognitive decline among those that those who consumed more than 50 grams (about a quarter of a cup) of chili a day. The study also reported that memory decline linked to chili consumption was more significant when the chili lovers […]

Seniors: You Can Still Build Muscles

This post was originally published on this siteIn fact, researchers from the UK’s University of Birmingham found that untrained seniors have the same ability to build muscle mass as highly trained, lifelong athletes of the same age. For the study, all the men were given a drink containing an isotope tracer that can indicate changes […]

Why Dogs Are Good For Us

This post was originally published on this siteResearchers in the Czech Republic first compared the heart health of pet owners to those who don’t have companion animals, and then compared the health of dog owners to other pet owners and people who had no pets. All told, the study, which is still ongoing, includes more than 2,000 adults who researchers will be tracking until 2030. So far, they’ve found that pet owners are more […]

Romantic Partners Can Help Cut Pain

This post was originally published on this siteJust the presence of a romantic partner can help reduce pain according to results of a study that included 48 heterosexual couples. The researchers from Austria and Spain assessed sensitivity to pain from pressure for each partner of the study couples. The investigators retested each participant when his or her partner was standing close by but not talking or touching. The researchers reported […]

Air Pollution And Your Eyes

This post was originally published on this siteNew research from Taiwan has shown that exposure to two pollutants, carbon dioxide (CO) and nitrogen dioxide (NO2), appear to increase the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a disease that can lead to blurry vision and, sometimes, blindness in one or both eyes. The study included 39,819 men and women age 50 and older […]

Mindfulness Meditation For MCI

This post was originally published on this siteA small study from Wake Forest Baptist Health included 14 men and women whose ages ranged from 55 to 90, all of whom had clinically diagnosed mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a change that may – or may not – increase the risk of dementia. MCI symptoms include problems with deteriorating memory, language skills, thinking and judgment that are more significant than normal […]

Allergic To Cats?

This post was originally published on this siteSwiss company has developed a vaccine that could help prevent allergic reactions to cats. The vaccine would be given to the cats, not the allergic humans. It neutralizes a protein, “Fel d 1” in cat saliva that is responsible for the immune response in humans. Cats spread the protein to their fur when they lick […]

Apples & Tea For Longer Life

This post was originally published on this siteThese findings come from a 23-year–long study of the diets of more than 53,000 Danes. It showed that habitually consuming foods rich in flavonoids provided protection against both cancer and heart disease. Study leader Nicola Bondonno of Australia’s Edith Cowan University, noted this protective effect appeared to be strongest for those at high risk of chronic […]

Optimistic People Sleep Better

This post was originally published on this siteMore than 3,500 people ages 32 to 51 from four U.S. cities took part in the study, first responding to a questionnaire designed to reveal how optimistic they were. All participants – optimistic or not – also reported on their sleep during the study period, and then again five years later, specifying the overall quality of their sleep and its […]

A New Way To Check Blood Pressure

This post was originally published on this siteResearchers at the University of Toronto have found that you may be able to check your blood pressure by taking a video selfie of your face with a smartphone. The investigators report that this will be possible using a new app that displays blood flow in the face and calculates blood pressure. The new method isn’t ready […]

Heart Health & Dementia Risk

This post was originally published on this siteAn international research team reached this conclusion after examining data on the cardiovascular health of 7,899 British men and women at age 50. None had heart disease or dementia at the time, but 25 years later 347 of them had been diagnosed with dementia. The researchers found that the incidence of dementia […]

Trees Soothe The Spirit And Benefit Health

This post was originally published on this siteA new study from Australia offers yet another take on the advantages of living in or near natural surroundings. It found that when trees covered 30 percent or more of city neighborhoods, residents within that area were 31 percent less likely to develop psychological problems and 33 percent less likely to rate their general health as fair to poor compared to […]

Smartphone Use Could Make You Fat

This post was originally published on this siteNews of the connection between smartphone use and obesity comes from a study performed at the Simón Bolívar University in Columbia, South America. Researchers looked at 1,060 students whose average age was 19 to 20 and found that young women who used their phones five or more hours per day were 63.9 percent likely to […]

Blueberries For Healthy Aging

This post was originally published on this siteThose findings come from recent studies of the role blueberries can play in healthy aging. One investigation found that eating blueberries regularly improved seniors’ performance on memory tests, a change that was attributed to the polyphenols in the berries. Another reviewed study showing that blueberry supplementation benefited memory in children and older adults with mild cognitive impairment. Findings that consuming a […]

How You Can Affect Climate Change

This post was originally published on this siteSubstituting a serving of chicken for beef could help reduce the carbon footprint of our diets, a Tulane University study found. The researchers reported that the foods with the highest impacts on the environment are cuts of beef, and of the more than 16,000 people in the U.S. participating in a diet survey more than 20 percent reported eating beef […]

Downside Of Smartphone Use

This post was originally published on this siteA survey of more than 3,400 university students in the U.S. found widespread problems linked to excessive smartphone use, including lower grades, trouble concentrating in class or at work, feeling fretful or impatient without their phones, missing work due to smartphone use and developing light-headedness or blurred vision due to excessive screen […]

Retirement Peril For Women

This post was originally published on this siteTransitioning to retirement? This finding came from a study performed in Finland that looked at the time spent sitting, lying or reclining among both men and women before and after retiring from the workforce. Although men generally spent more time than women sitting prior to retirement, no significant changes were seen among them afterwards. But the researchers found […]

Sleep & Your Blood Pressure

This post was originally published on this siteResearchers at the University of Arizona found a link between getting a bad night’s sleep and increased blood pressure in a study that included 300 men and women between the ages of 21 and 70. None had a history of heart problems. For two days the study participants wore portable blood pressure cuffs that […]

Body Shape & Heart Disease

This post was originally published on this siteWomen whose bodies are “apple-shaped” (more fat around the waist) appear to be at higher risk of cardiovascular disease than “pear-shaped” women (fat is around the hips and thighs). This finding comes from a study that followed 2,683 postmenopausal, normal weight women for an average of 18 years. The researchers reported that the risk of developing cardiovascular disease was tripled among women whose fat was mostly around […]

Reducing Menstrual Pain

This post was originally published on this siteIt takes a while for benefits to kick in, but a new study from New Zealand showed that running on a treadmill three times a week for four weeks followed by exercise at home for six months helped ease menstrual pain for women taking part in a seven-month study. The researchers reported that after four weeks, […]

Best Time To Exercise

This post was originally published on this siteTo arrive at this conclusion researchers from Brown Alpert Medical School followed 375 adults who lost weight and managed to keep it off. The study found that a consistent routine schedule was key to achieving higher levels of moderate to vigorous physical activity among the participants. This remained true regardless of the actual time of day they worked out (although […]

Exercise To Lower Blood Pressure

This post was originally published on this siteA new study from the University of Connecticut was designed to show patients with hypertension that exercise has an immediate, positive effect on blood pressure. During the study, half the 24 participants checked their blood pressure twice a day as well as before and after exercising. The others didn’t check […]

How To Lower Your Risk Of Early Death

This post was originally published on this siteIf you’re middle-aged – or older – it’s not too late to get in shape. And if you do, chances are you will live longer. That’s the conclusion of a study from the UK’s University of Cambridge published in June 2019. The researchers recruited 14,599 adults age 40 to 79, some of whom had cardiovascular disease or […]

Poor Sleep Can Prevent Weight Loss

This post was originally published on this siteResearchers in Spain have concluded that having inconsistent sleeping habits or sleeping less than six hours a night can have a negative effect on weight loss. This held true even with an intensive structured program in place to help. The investigators followed 1,986 adults whose average age was 65 who were taking part in […]

Swimming Pool Sickness

This post was originally published on this siteThe bug is Cryptosporidium (Crypto for short), an organism that can cause outbreaks of diarrhea lasting up to three weeks. You (or your kids) can get infected by swallowing water from contaminated pools, lakes and rivers, the CDC warns. The bugs can survive even in chlorinated water for up to 10 days or […]

Toxic Chemicals in Beer, Wine Bottles

This post was originally published on this siteResearcher Andrew Turner of the University of Plymouth reports that although cadmium, lead and chromium were found in the glass of the containers tested, levels were too low to present health risks. But he and his team found cadmium concentrations of up to 20,000 parts per million and lead concentrations of 80,000 parts per million in the enameled […]