Physical Health

We Lose Much of Our Weight Via Our Lungs

Losing weight isn’t all about burning calories or “breaking down” fat: in fact, much of the weight we lose when we diet ultimately leaves our bodies via our breath, LiveScience reported Dec. 17. The body stores excess fat and carbs as triglyceride molecules, which are comprised of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. When a triglyceride molecule […]

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Limited Research Suggests Smoking Cessation Role for E-Cigarettes

There’s not much research available yet on e-cigarettes, but the few studies out there indicate that electronic cigarettes may help people quit smoking tobacco cigarettes, Reuters reported Dec. 17. A review of existing research found that 9 percent of e-cigarette users with nicotine were able to stop smoking tobacco for a year, compared to 4 […]

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Yoga’s Heart Benefits Comparable to Walking, Biking

Like walking or biking, practicing yoga may provide cardiovascular health benefits — good news for people with limited mobility, Fox News reported Dec. 16. Researchers found that compared to people who did not exercise, yoga practitioners lost an average of 2.32 kg (5.11 pounds), total cholesterol fell by 18.48 mg/dl, and heart rate slowed by […]

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Tanning Beds Can Cause Serious Burns

Spending too much time in a tanning bed can land you in the emergency room, NBC News reported Dec. 16. The risk of skin cancer from indoor tanning is a long-term hazard, but tanning beds and booths can pose a more immediate threat to your well-being, too. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

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Heart Disease Top Killer of Pregnant Women

Cardiovascular illness is a surprisingly common cause of death during pregnancy. ABC News Radio reported Dec. 8 that the U.S. death rate during pregnancy rose during 2006-10 compared to previous years. Cardiovascular disease was found to be the leading cause of death; others included infections and the flu. Risk of death was especially high among older […]

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Kids Can Still Buy E-Cigarettes in Many States

Children in 10 states and the District of Columbia are legally able to purchase electronic cigarettes, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says. Fox News reported Dec. 12 that the CDC report estimated that 16 million U.S. children can legally buy e-cigarettes, which contain addictive nicotine and whole health risks have not […]

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How to Feed a Hangover (and Ease the Pain)

Too much punch at the holiday office party? If you’re feeling the effects of too much celebrating, Details recommends some foods you can eat to restore the nutrients you lost the night before and ease your hangover pain: Eggs: full of toxin-fighting cysteine and B vitamins Coconut water: helps you rehydrate and replace electrolytes, minus the […]

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Dietary Additive May Make You Feel Fuller

British scientists have developed a food additive that they say makes people feel fuller when they eat, Fox News reported Dec. 11. Called inulin-propionate ester (IPE), the additive includes a chemical released naturally by gut microbes when fiber is processed, sending a satiety message to the brain. “Molecules like propionate stimulate the release of gut hormones […]

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Male Fertility Problems May Be Related to Heart Health

If you are having trouble getting pregnant, the problem may be poor semen quality. Male infertility is the problem in about half of couples having fertility problems, and it’s often related to poor cardiovascular health. Conversely, if you’re a man who has been diagnosed as being infertile, it may be a good idea to get your heart […]

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Even a Minute of High-Intensity Exercise Has Benefits

Including just one minute of high-intensive activity in your 10-minute workout could yield big health and fitness benefits, the New York Times reported Dec. 10. Canadian researchers who studied a small group of sedentary and overweight men and women found that endurance and blood pressure improved significantly after a workout that included three, 20-second periods […]

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