Physical Health

U.S. Diabetes Rate Doubles in 20 Years

Diabetes in the U.S. has reached epidemic proportions in the last two decades, with twice as many Americans having the disease as did in 1994. CNN reported April 14 that 9.3 percent of the U.S. population now has diabetes, up from 5.5 percent 20 years ago. The diabetes rate has risen alongside the increase of […]

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Preparing Your Own Food Means Less Risk of Illness

Your risk of getting food poisoning is about twice as high if you eat meals at restaurants as opposed to cooking your own food at home, Counsel & Heal reported April 11. The findings were based on a review of more than 10,000 incidents of food-borne illness reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention […]

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FDA Calls for More Honesty in Honey Labeling

Some of the stuff labeled as “honey” on store shelves may be much more than that — and not in a good way. Tech Times reported April 9 that some manufacturers have been adding sweeteners like corn syrup to their products but still calling the final product honey. Under new rules from the U.S. Food […]

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Tick Prevention Tips, Just in Time for Spring

Ticks are nasty and dangerous bugs, but if you get bitten by one, resist the urge to flush it down the nearest toilet. Fox News reported April 13 that ticks can carry Lyme disease and transmit other illnesses, although not every tick bite causes Lyme. If you get a tick bite you should save the […]

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Sneeze Germs Travel Far, MIT Study Says

Gesundheit! Sneezing can be a powerful weapon of mass infection if you don’t cover your nose, with germs traveling up to 200 times further than previously believed, a new study says. Medical News Today reported April 10 that researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology say that sneezing projects germ-laden droplets accompanied by a gas cloud […]

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The Milk Bone Connected to the Knee Bone?

Drinking milk could slow the progression of osteoarthritis in your knees, a condition that affects more than one in three people over the age of 65, the New York Times reported April 10. Researchers studied diet and behavior among more than 2,100 people with osteoarthritis and x-rayed their knees over the course of four years. […]

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Foods You Love, With Ingredients That are Good for You

We all love our comfort foods, but unfortunately most of the classic feel-good dishes are full of fat and calories. Self magazine reported April 11 on ways to add more “super foods” to your comfort-food recipes so you can get a bigger nutrition boost even when you indulge a bit. Recipes include: Tuscan lasagna made […]

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Strength or Cardio: Which Should Come First?

Do you find yourself running out of gas when you do strength-training exercises at the gym? Try working the weights before you do any cardio, fitness experts suggest. Details magazine reported April 10 that fitness expert Ashley Borden also points out another good reason to lift weights first: if you’re tired from cardio your form […]

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Smoking Accelerates Cardiovascular Damage, Study Shows

Both smokers and nonsmokers can get coronary artery disease, but the condition of smokers’ arteries tends to be as bad as those of a nonsmoker 10 years older, according to a study of patients admitted to hospitals for a heart attack. Reuters Health reported March 31 that smoking seemed to offset any advantages of being […]

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Exercise May Protect Against Breast Cancer

Women may be able to reduce their risk of breast cancer by exercising for an hour or more each day, according to French researchers. The Ivanhoe Newswire reported March 21 that women who exercised regularly were 12 percent less likely to get breast cancer than those who did not, regardless of age, weight, or geographic […]

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