Physical Health

Allspice and Nutmeg are Healthy Fall Flavors

The allspice and nutmeg that tend to make an appearance in fall dishes and desserts also have a long history as traditional medicines, Fox News reported Oct. 29. Allspice, the fruit of an evergreen shrub, has been used to relieve digestive complaints, while nutmeg, a tree seed, has been used to cure indigestion, as a sleep aid, […]

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Some Colleges Offer On-Campus Tanning Beds

Despite the well-reported risks of skin cancer, some U.S. colleges provide students with access to tanning beds on campus, NBC News reported Oct. 29. A recent survey found that 12 percent of the nation’s top colleges had tanning beds on campus, and even more have them at off-campus facilities like student housing complexes. In some […]

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Diabetes Contributing to Rise in Tuberculosis Cases

Diabetes weakens the immune system and makes diabetics three times more at risk of contracting tuberculosis, a bacterial infection of the lungs, Reuters reported Oct. 29. Health officials are concerned that the global rise in diabetes is also fueling an increase in TB cases. TB kills about 1.5 million people worldwide each year, according to […]

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Ibuprofen Can Treat Pain From Broken Bones

Children who break bones can have their pain eased just as well — and more safely — with ibuprofen as with morphine, according to Canadian researchers. Reuters reported Oct. 28 that researcher Naveen Poonai of the London Health Sciences Centre in Ontario and colleagues found that both painkillers were equally effective, but that morphine caused more […]

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Whole Foods Produce, Flowers to Get Environmental Scores

Many flowers, fruits and vegetables sold at Whole Foods store will now be rated for its environmental impact, with scores of “good,” “better,” and “best” assigned, the New York Times reported Oct. 16. The “Responsibly Grown” ratings are based on a variety of factors including producers’ use of plastic bagging and the degree to which […]

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Obese Kids Have Worrisome Signs of Future Health Problems

Obese children and teens have a host of troubling health problems that could presage future heart problems, German researchers say. The New York Times reported Oct. 27 that when compared to a group of normal-weight 8- to 21-year-olds, obese kids had: higher triglycerides higher total cholesterol lower HDL (“good”) cholesterol higher LDL (“bad”) cholesterol higher […]

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Caffeine Intoxication a Real Thing, But Hard to Do

Heard of a caffeine overdose? It can happen, but you’d have to drink about 140 cups of coffee to reach a toxic level. The Wall Street Journal reported Oct. 27 that “caffeine intoxication” was recently added as a diagnosis to the DSM-5, the “bible” of mental-health treatment. Caffeine works by blocking adenosine, which itself blocks neurotransmitters […]

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Finland, Sweden Pull Fireball Liquor Over Ingredient Concerns

Popular Fireball brand cinnamon whiskey contains the mineral oil propylene glycol — used in antifreeze — leading regulators in two Nordic countries to order the product off store shelves, Uutiset reported Oct. 27. Officials in Finland and Sweden said that Fireball was being manufactured according to North American consumer standards and therefore contained more propylene […]

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Study Shows Memory Boost from Chocolate Ingredient

A small research study found that people who consumed high levels antioxidants called cocoa flavanols did better on memory tests than those who had low levels of the antioxidants in their diet, the New York Times reported Oct. 27. The study involved healthy adults ages 50-69 who were observed over a three-month period. Those who […]

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Body is a Trendy Fitness Tool

More Americans are discovering that you don’t need a gym membership or even weights to get a good workout. The American College of Sports Medicine’s new list of top fitness trends for 2015 is topped by body-weight training, which is just what it sounds like: using your own body weight as the basis for exercise, […]

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