Physical Health

Obesity Costs $2 Trillion Annually, Report Says

The worldwide cost of obesity rivals that of smoking and wars, according to a new report from the McKinsey Global Institute. The Associated Press reported Nov. 20 that the report estimated the cost of obesity at $2 trillion annually, noting that 2.1 billion people — about 30 percent of the population — is overweight or obese. […]

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Tea May Protect Against Ovarian Cancer

Women who regularly drink black tea enjoyed a 31-percent reduction in risk for deadly endothelial ovarian cancer, Prevention reported Nov. 21. Researchers said the protective effects of tea can be traced to its high levels of antioxidant flavonoids. The findings were based on a study of 170,000 women over more than three decades. Apples, grapes, blueberries, red wine, […]

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Hand Dryers May Spread Germs, Study Says

The next time you’re in a public restroom, you may want to consider using paper towels to dry your hands rather than a powered hand-dryer. Newser reported Nov. 21 that researchers who airborne measured germ levels in bathrooms found levels 27 times higher around jet-air dryers than in the air near paper-towel dispensers, and 4.5 times […]

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Snow Shoveling Safety Tips

Having a heart attack while shoveling snow is common enough to be a stereotype; Newser reported Nov. 20 on some some ways to prevent a winter-cleanup tragedy, including: Breathe while you shovel. Push the snow, don’t lift it. Dress warmly. Take regular breaks. Avoid shoveling between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m., when hormone levels make […]

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Chinese Crackdown on Smoking

China, which has more smokers than any other country on earth, may finally be taking some serious steps to counter the deadly addiction. Reuters reported Nov. 25 that the Chinese government is considering new laws to ban indoor smoking, limit outdoor smoking, and prohibit tobacco advertising. Smoking scenes on TV and in movies also would be restricted. […]

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Eating Yogurt May Protect Against Diabetes

Eating yogurt can reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes by 18 percent — a benefit not associated with consumption of other dairy products — the New York Times reported Nov. 24. Researchers who studied about 200,000 men and women ages 25 to 75 for up to 30 years found that those who ate 12 ounces of […]

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Be Careful With You Use of Nutmeg

Nutmeg is a favorite cold-weather and holiday spice, but overuse can cause some significant health problems, the New York Times reported Nov. 25. The positive benefits of nutmeg (besides its flavor) include use to fight infections. But the spice has long been used to induce abortions, and eating as little as two tablespoons can have […]

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Depression Rises Among Farmers Exposed to Pesticides

Farmers exposed to high levels of pesticides are far more likely to suffer from clinical depression, Modern Farmer reported Nov. 11. The 20-year study found that farmers who used a class of pesticides known as organochlorines were 90 percent more likely to have been diagnosed with clinical depression, while those who used fumigants were 80 percent more likely […]

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Massage, Acupuncture Can Reduce Cancer Pain

Cancer pain and anxiety can be effectively addressed through the use of complementary medicine such as massage, acupuncture, guided imagery, and relaxation response interventions, according to researchers at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing. The study, funded by the National Center of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, aimed to determine whether such therapies could be an effective […]

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Longer Lifespan May Be One Benefit of Better Wellbeing

People who have a higher level of personal wellbeing seem to live longer, according to a study led by British researchers. Medical News Today reported Nov. 8 that the study of about 9,000 people with an average age of 65, found that just 9 percent of those with the highest wellbeing scored died during an 8.5-year […]

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