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Study Shows Healthy Eating Habits Lengthen Life

vegetable-juiceA new study from researchers in New York shows the value of an all-around healthy diet, even if people aren’t eating perfectly. If you eat a healthy diet, you’re likely to live longer. It might be trite advice, but a new study offers proof that it can make a difference in your longevity. Those with the best diets reduced their risk of death by up to 25% over a 10-year follow-up, said study author Ashima Kant, a professor of nutrition at Queens College of the City University of New York. Full Story : Skininc.com…..

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Women who gossip can live a happy and healthier life, study finds

Gossiping may be just what the doctor ordered because it increases progesterone, a hormone that reduces anxiety and stress and makes women happier, according to an article in the London Daily Mail. The new research, at the University of Michigan, paired up 160 female students. After 20 minutes, the girls who had asked each other “chatty” questions were found to have increased or steady progesterone levels, while the progesterone levels of the girls who‚Äôd worked on the botany project declined, Brown explains. Full Story : Nydailynews.com….

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Mexico to invest 2 billion dollars to combat flu effects

mexico flagMexico launched Tuesday a plan to provide more than 2 billion dollars to help alleviate the ’significant impact’ of the influenza outbreak on the Mexican economy. Mexican Finance Minister Agustin Carstens said the plan includes fiscal stimuli, measures to promote tourism and loans, in an effort to induce rapid recovery.¬† According to the latest report from the World Health Organization earlier Tuesday, there were a total of 1,490 human infections in 21 countries.
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Therapists still offering treatments for homosexuality despite lack of evidence

A significant minority of psychiatrists and therapists are still attempting to help lesbian, gay and bisexual clients become heterosexual despite lack of evidence that such treatment is beneficial or even safe, according to research funded by the Wellcome Trust. Full Story : Physorg.com….

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TV linked to higher asthma risk

Children who watch television for more than two hours a day have twice the risk of developing asthma, British researchers reported today. Asthma affects more than 300 million people worldwide and is the most common children’s chronic illness. Full Story : Independent.co.uk….

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Bionic eye gives blind man sight

Bionic eye, known as Argus II, gives sight to a man who lost his sight 30 years ago. It uses a camera and video processor mounted on sunglasses to send captured images wirelessly to a tiny receiver on the outside of the eye. It is designed to help people, who have been made blind through retinitis pigmentosa. Full Story : BBC.com…..

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White House to create $634bn health fund

President Barack Obama will on Thursday announce the creation of a $634bn healthcare reserve fund that would help pay for his plans to provide universal insurance partly by raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans. Full Story : FT.com……

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Fiddling with biological clock suppresses cancer

geneA circadian rhythm is how a body maintains the 24 hour cycle of sleep and wakefulness‚Äîit is literally our biological clock. A new paper, published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, explains that tinkering with a cancer cell‚Äôs circadian rhythm makes it more susceptible to chemotherapy and thus easier to eradicate. Full Story : Examiner.com…….

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Obama picks Anti-Tobacco activist for Health post

Smoke Free ZoneWilliam Corr, currently executive director of the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, was nominated by president elect Obama as deputy secretary of health and human services. Corr previously directed four private, non-profit, community-run primary health care centers. Corr holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law

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World Toilet Day

Water AidDid you know that 40% of the world’s population, 2.6 billion people, don’t have access to a toilet. To raise awareness of this global sanitation crisis and to celebrate a humble yet essential bathroom fixture, World Toilet Day is being proclaimed today, November 19.

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Diet for Better Sex

vegetablesDoes it really matter what you eat when it comes to a better sex life? According to this nutritionist it does. ‘Mike Harris wrote in his blog..’I find it interesting or rather amusing that nutritionists are suggesting that there is a diet for better sex. I am from the old school of thought that sex is what you do and just get over and done with, but I maybe wrong as this nutritionist has proved. View the video here.

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Allow Producers to Irradiate Your Vegetables?

vegetablesThe Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved food producers to irradiate vegetables such as spinach and iceberg lettuce to increase the shelf life and also to limit the growth of pathogens especially Salmonella and E. coli.

Although there are many other effective ways available,  Irradiation is considered to be safe and effective by FDA. But this may contaminate the mass distribution of food. The irradiation is a Band-Aid solution to keep a broken system in place, but not an ultimate solution. Some consumer groups are worried that irradiated vegetables are inferior, contaminated and unhealthy. But studies done by the FDA showed no relationship between radiation and long-term health risks such as cancer.

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61 Year Old Woman Had A Baby

NeonateA Japanese woman aged 61 gave birth to her grandchild. Her daughter donated an egg a clinic said on August 22, 2008. Surrogate births are rare in Japan and banned by industry groups, but it is not illegal. The Clinic refused to provide information regarding the baby. This procedure has been done because the woman’s daughter has no uterus. Both surrogate mother and baby were fine.

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Get a Good Night Sleep

SleepHere are few tips for good night sleep and sleep hygiene :

  • Go to bed at the same time everyday.
  • Set aside enough time to get the 7 hours of sleep.
  • Aviod caffeine, heavy and spicy foods, and alcohol 4-6 hours before hitting the bed.
  • Block any distracting lights and noises, computers or any other blinking devices.
  • Only engage in sleep and sex in bed; don’t watch TV, or read or eat.
  • Exercise regularly but not before bed-time.
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Birth Weight Can Predict Future Health

Smart KidBoys born small develop poor health later in life, say scientists. But no such problem was seen in low birth weight girls. When they tested child’s response to stress, problem in vascular resistance was observed. Vascular resistance is a property of blood vessels which makes it harder for the blood to be pumped through. This can lead to blood pressure problems in adulthood. After going through public speaking and mental arithmetic test designed to make them nervous, and increase heart-rate, boys who born smaller were more likely to have higher vascular resistance than those born bigger.

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Keep Your Teeth Clean

myteethDaily brushing and flossing are very important to keep your teeth pearl white. Here are few steps that might be useful to you.

  1. Don’t brush too hard ( it can damage sensitive gums)
  2. Brush from gumline to the top of each tooth (short and gentle strokes)
  3. Thoroughly brush the entire height of your teeth
  4. Brush the insides of your teeth
  5. Always brush the tongue and the roof of the mouth
  6. Brushing should be two to three minutes at a time.
  7. Floss between the teeth (first back and forth, and then gently down to the gumline)
  8. Floss around each tooth (including the backs of teeth)
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Peer Pressure To Be Slim

ttengirlsTeenage girls identify themselves according to the peer groups that they belong to. A study done in University of Miami proved that girls’ own definition of normal body weight and their perception of what others consider normal body weight depend on the peer group that they are in.

Dangerous weight control behaviours such as excessive dieting and can lead to serious long-term health implications. Teen girls identifying with athletic peers are less concerned about their weight while girls identifying with non-conformist peers are more concerned about their weight and appearance. Latter group tends to practice dangerous weight losing techniques.

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Amazing Power of Yoga

yoga Yoga is being used as mental health tool by many psychotherapists. Some of the physical poses can lead to unexpected emotional breakthroughs such as urge to weep. The recognition of the body, mind and spirit are important in the cure of trauma victims. The Walter Reed Army Medical Center is now practicing Yoga to help soldiers to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Yoga’s also been used for a wide range of situations, including sexual abuse, domestic and family violence, chronic pain, depression, relationship issues, anxiety, grief and eating disorders. It can help cure diseases ranging from asthma, insomnia, heart disease, stress and weight loss.

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Urban planning and Obesity

TorontoResearch led by the University of Alberta and funded by the Canadian Institute for Health Information shows that there is a clear link between the urban surrounding and likelihood of obese. The study found that lower-income neighbourhoods were more likely to have greater access to sources of high-calorie foods, such as fast-food outlets, and lower access to supermarkets or other stores stocking healthy foods.

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New Brain mapping technique

brain-languagemap.pngNeurosurgeons from the University of California, San Francisco are reporting significant results of a new brain mapping technique that allows for the safe removal of tumors near language pathways in the brain. The technique minimizes brain exposure and reduces the amount of time a patient must be awake during surgery.
Language mapping, originally created to help guide epilepsy surgery, has proved to be an essential tool in helping neurosurgeons identify which parts of the tumor can be safely removed and in protecting patients from damage to speech and language centers.

Earlier it was estimated that 20,500 men and women will be diagnosed with, and 12,740 men and women will die of, cancer of the brain and other areas of the nervous system in 2007, according to the American Cancer Society.

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