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Tomato Juice To Lower Blood Pressure

This post was originally published on this siteJapanese researchers report that 481 adults at risk of heart disease lowered their blood pressure and cholesterol by adding unsalted tomato juice to their daily diets for a year. The participants were provided with as much tomato juice as they wanted… Continue Reading →

Eat Blueberries To Protect Your Heart

This post was originally published on this siteThis news comes from a study performed in the UK where researchers tested the benefits of a daily dish of blueberries among people at high risk of cardiovascular disease. The study participants had been diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, a combination… Continue Reading →

Why Weigh Yourself Daily?

This post was originally published on this siteEven if you work out purposefully and regularly, you can still gain weight over the holidays (like July 4th), according to a study from the University of Georgia. It found, however, that participants who weighed themselves daily during the holiday… Continue Reading →

Replacing Meat With Fish

This post was originally published on this siteThe cumulative health impact of replacing meat with fish was calculated for Denmark, a country with a population of 5,772,903 (compared to 8,398,748 in New York City). The new research shows that if adult Danes ate the recommended amounts of… Continue Reading →

Crossword Puzzles For Your Brain

This post was originally published on this siteThis finding comes from an online survey in which researchers in the UK first questioned some 19,000 seniors about how often they practiced word or number puzzles and then asked them to take cognitive tests that help measure changes in brain function. Results showed that the… Continue Reading →

Sweet Drinks And Early Death

This post was originally published on this siteThese findings come from an Emory University study including 13,440 adults whose average age was 64. The researchers found that the more sweet drinks – including fruit juices – these seniors consumed, the higher their risk… Continue Reading →

Morning Exercise Boosts Cognition

This post was originally published on this siteParticipants in the study were 67 men and women age 55 to 80 who exercised on a treadmill. Later in the workday, some took 3-minute walking breaks while others didn’t. Cognitive testing measured the participants’ psychomotor function, attention, executive… Continue Reading →

Older Fathers: Risks To Mothers, Babies

This post was originally published on this siteA Rutgers University review of 40 years of research found that men 45 and over can put their partners at risk for a higher than normal rate of pregnancy complications, including gestational diabetes. The investigation also showed that the children of older men are… Continue Reading →

Fast Walkers Live Longer

This post was originally published on this siteThese new findings come from information gathered on 474,919 people. Analysis of their walking speed showed that people who were underweight and walked slowly had the lowest life expectancy – an average of 64.8 years for men… Continue Reading →

Death Of A Friend

This post was originally published on this siteMany of the current studies about grief have focused on the death of close relatives, often a spouse, but new research from the UK’s Stirling University and Australian National University looked into the effects of losing a… Continue Reading →

Pets & Your Health

This post was originally published on this siteResearch suggests that cat owners – past and present – are 30 percent less likely to have a heart attack and 40 percent less likely to have a stroke than people who don’t share their homes with feline companions. The same study showed a… Continue Reading →

Weekend Workout Benefits

This post was originally published on this siteIdeally, everyone should perform moderate to vigorous exercise for 150 to 300 minutes per week. But if you can’t manage to do that during the work week, a new study suggests that a weekend workout or two will do… Continue Reading →

Timing Your Doctor’s Appointments

This post was originally published on this siteA new study from the University of Pennsylvania found that cancer screening tests – specifically mammograms and colonoscopies, sigmoidoscopies and fecal occult blood tests for colon cancer – are more likely to be recommended for patients who see their doctors… Continue Reading →

Update On Breakfast And Heart Health

This post was originally published on this siteThis latest word on the role breakfast appears to play in health comes from a University of Iowa investigation that analyzed information from 6,550 people between the ages of 40 and 75. None had heart disease when they enrolled…. Continue Reading →

Where Measles Will Strike Next

This post was originally published on this siteNumber one on the list for measles outbreaks is Cook County, IL (Chicago), followed by Los Angeles and then Florida’s Miami-Dade. The 25 counties were identified by a team of researchers at Johns Hopkins and the University of Texas at Austin based on… Continue Reading →

Skipping Easier On Knees Than Running

This post was originally published on this siteResearchers at East Carolina University measured the force put on knees by skipping and running to see which exercise takes less of a toll. Noting that every year an estimated 79 percent of runners report injuries the… Continue Reading →

Walnuts For Lower Blood Pressure

This post was originally published on this siteThese findings come from a Penn State study of the effects of adding walnuts to the diet of people at risk of cardiovascular disease. The 45 participants were 30 to 65 years old and overweight or obese. The idea was to see… Continue Reading →

Second Hand Smoke Threat

This post was originally published on this siteWe’ve long known that regular exposure to second hand smoke raises the risk of developing high blood pressure, but now the largest study ever done on the subject has found that even minimal… Continue Reading →

Overcoming The Risks of Sitting

This post was originally published on this siteSitting has been called the “new smoking” because of the risk it appears to pose of premature fatality and cardiovascular death. Researchers in Australia wanted to know whether sitting or simply the lack of physical activity is the actual problem. To find out they recruited 149,077 men and… Continue Reading →

Losing More Than Just A Little Sleep

This post was originally published on this siteResearchers at the University of South Florida have found that losing even a little sleep can impair judgement at work, so you don’t perform as well as usual. This finding came from a survey of 130 healthy, middle-aged information technology workers who… Continue Reading →

There Is No Safe Amount Of Alcohol During Pregnancy

This post was originally published on this siteWe know that alcohol is unhealthy for growing brains and can result in fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) – it’s estimated that two to five percent of children have significant cognitive deficits that are not associated with genetic heritage. The latest… Continue Reading →

Whitening Might Harm Your Teeth

This post was originally published on this siteWhether you use the over-the-counter strips or go to the dentist to brighten your smile the same active ingredient – hydrogen peroxide – is responsible for the whitening. Researchers at New Jersey’s Stockton… Continue Reading →

Becoming Happier & Less Anxious

Focusing on loving kindness helped students participating in the research feel happier, more connected, empathetic and less anxious. Researchers instructed a group of students to spend 12 minutes walking around a building and silently wish happiness for the people they… Continue Reading →

Mobile Phones, Sleep & Productivity

Time spent on mobile phones is costing some people their sleep, affecting their productivity and threatening their safety while driving. Mobile phone use also seems to lead to more aches and pains. These findings from a recent Australian study reveal… Continue Reading →

Sugar Sweetened Drinks Are Killing You

This news comes from a Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health study showing that the more sugar-sweetened beverages you drink daily the greater your risk of premature death from heart disease or, to a lesser extent, from cancer. To… Continue Reading →

Mushrooms For Memory

New research from Singapore suggests that consuming more than two portions of mushrooms weekly can cut the risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) by 52 percent, while eating one to two portions can reduce it by 43 percent. A portion… Continue Reading →

A Mediterranean Diet Bonus For Runners

If you want to run faster, planning your meals based on the Mediterranean diet could speed you up in just four days. A small new study from St. Louis University found that eating the Mediterranean way helped participants run five… Continue Reading →

What Is The Healthiest Country?

In this year’s ranking of the world’s healthiest countries Spain came out on top, displacing Italy, which was number one in 2017, the last time the research was done. The ranking, by Bloomberg Global Health, placed Italy second and Iceland… Continue Reading →

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