Physical Health

Video Unmasks Hidden Sun Damage

Photographs taken in the ultraviolet spectrum reveal sun damage unseen by the naked eye — an educational opportunity that may convince more people to protect their skin from the sun. NBC News reported Aug. 19 that photographer Thomas Leveritt made a video of the images and showed them to subjects, many of whom were shocked […]

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Got Sciatica? Try These Yoga Poses

Certain yoga poses may reduce sciatica pain, CNN reported Aug. 19. The sciatic nerve is the longest in the body, and when it’s aggravated it can cause discomfort from the base of your spine all the way down your leg. If you’re having a flare-up of sciatic pain, give these yoga poses a try: Modified boat […]

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Are You Making Your Workout Counterproductive?

Bad habits may cause you to unintentionally make all that work you put in at the gym less effective or even set you up for pain for injury, Daily Burn reported Aug. 18. Here’s what to avoid to make your workout all it can be: failing to warm up not eating enough not working opposing […]

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‘No-Brainers’ That Doctors Still Need to Tell Patients

Common sense isn’t all that common, doctors have discovered. CNN reports on some simple advice that physicians didn’t think they needed to tell patients, until experience taught them otherwise: Don’t stare at the sun (and always wear sunglasses when its sunny outside to protect your eyes). “Pulling out” doesn’t protect you from pregnancy or diseases […]

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Older People Are Sharpest in the Morning

Researchers say  that 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. are the “golden hours” for cognitive function among people ages 60-82, Medical News Today reported Aug. 13. “This age group is more focused and better able to ignore distraction in the morning than in the afternoon,” said lead study author John Anderson of the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest Health […]

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Don’t Wear Contact Lenses in the Pool or Pond

Contact lenses are porous and can absorb bacteria and other contaminants from water, which is why the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns against swimming while wearing your contacts. Fox News reported Aug. 17 that pool, pond, or ocean water can lead to eye infections or irritations if you don’t take out your contacts […]

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Plastic Substitute for BPA May Not Be Any Better

A public outcry over the health risks of BPA (biphenol A) has led many manufacturers to switch to a different kids of plastic called BPS (biphenol S), but limited research suggests that BPS may carry similar health risks, Newser reported Aug. 13. Critics say the fundamental problem is that companies are allowed to bring products […]

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Exercise Can Increase Your Pain Tolerance

Working out can make you more resistant to pain, and the more you exercise the more your tolerance grows, the New York Times reported Aug. 13. Research shows that as we exercise, the body releases endorphins to help ease the pain of aching muscles. The effect of these natural opiates can last for up to […]

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Obese People at Risk of Many Cancers, Study Says

Overweight and obese people are at higher risk of 10 types of cancer, according to British researchers. The Independent reported Aug. 14 that the study of 5 million people estimated, for example, that each five-point increase in body-mass index was associated with a 62 percent higher risk of uterian cancer, a 31 percent increase in […]

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Diabetes Risk Increases for Americans

Researchers estimate that 40 percent of all Americans are at risk of developing diabetes in their lifetime, Reuters reported Aug. 14. The findings apply to those born between 2000 and 2011 and compare to an estimated diabetes risk of  20 percent for men and 27 percent for women, respectively, for those born between 1985 and […]

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