August 2014


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How to get all the mood-boosting benefits of an awesome getaway—minus the huge price tag

Need a happiness boost? Get out of town! No, seriously. The further you are from home, the happier your tweets tend to be, according to a new study from the University of Vermont.

To read the full article The Random Thing That Boosts Your Happiness, click here.

vitDkirk110x170.jpgWomen who had sufficient amounts of vitamin D were 32 percent less likely to develop fibroids than women with insufficient vitamin D, according to a study from researchers at the National Institutes of Health.

To read the full article Vitamin D May Reduce Risk of Uterine Fibroids, click here.

stomach-pain170x136.jpgWomen who have been abused and who experience strong mood changes in tandem with their menstrual cycle also feel pain more acutely than other women, according to new research.

To read the full article Some Women Feel More Pain, click here.

chocolate-DM146x170.jpgCraving chocolate, but not sure if you should indulge? The American Diabetes Association (ADA) says it’s OK to give into temptation every once in a while even if you are diabetic. Consider these healthier ways to satisfy your taste for this treat without sabotaging your blood sugar control.

To read the full article Chocolate and Diabetes, click here.

marinol170x160.jpgA pill form of marijuana may work just as well to relieve pain as the smoked form, but with fewer side effects, new research suggests.

In the study, people who either smoked marijuana or took the drug dronabinol — a pill that contains the active ingredient of marijuana — were able to hold their hands in a bath of ice water (showing that they could tolerate the pain of the cold temperature) for longer than participants who took a placebo.

To read the full article Marijuana Pill May Be Better for Pain, click here.

dental170x160Too Poor for Dental Care Robs Wife of Husband's Kiss

Val Crosby has been unable to kiss her husband for a year. A degenerative disease has rotted her teeth down to the gums, and they cannot afford dental care in their isolated pocket of Tennessee.

To read the full story Too Poor for Dental Care Robs Wife of Husband's Kiss, click here.

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Walking May Be Just As Effective As Running For Bringing Heart Benefits


If you're a runner, a new study suggests you may be able to slow down and still gain the same health benefits.

A study of almost 50,000 Americans finds brisk walking can be just as effective at reducing heart health risks like high blood pressure and cholesterol as going on a full-speed run.

To read the full story Walking May Be Just As Effective As Running For Bringing Heart Benefits, click here.

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Lead Poisoning Rates Rise in U.S. After CDC Lowers Blood Cutoff

More than half a million U.S. children are now believed to have lead poisoning, roughly twice the previous high estimate, health officials reported Thursday.

The increase is the result of the government last year lowering the threshold for lead poisoning, so now more children are considered at risk.

To read the full story Lead Poisoning Rates Rise in U.S. After CDC Lowers Blood Cutoff, click

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Food as Medicine? What to Make of the Claims

Many Foods Are Pitched as Being Healing. It Might Be Best to Focus on Healthful Food, and Start with Real Food.

What's a healthful food and what's a healing food? Is there a difference? At least since the mid-19th century, when the Battle Creek Sanitarium opened its doors and people flocked there to follow John Harvey Kellogg's regime of whole grains, nuts and frequent enemas, many Americans have sought food as medicine.


To read the full story Food as Medicine? What to Make of the Claims, click here.

whole-graincereals130x170Whole Truth About Which Whole-Grain Foods Are Best

"Whole grain" has become a healthy eating buzz phrase, and food companies aren't shy about using it to entice us to buy products. Browse the bread, cereal or chip aisles of your favorite grocery store, and you'll see the upsell.


To read the full story Whole Truth About Which Whole-Grain Foods Are Best, click here.

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Attitude may play an important role in how exercise affects menopausal women, according to Penn State researchers, who identified two types of women - one experiences more hot flashes after physical activity, while the other experiences fewer.

To read the full article  Menopause, Hot Flashes, Exercise And Attitude, click here.

HealingWoman-170x170.jpgA national study shows that women are less likely than men to get at least 30 minutes of exercise per day, resulting in greater odds of developing metabolic syndrome - a risky and increasingly prevalent condition related to obesity.

To read the full article Women Who Lack Exercise At Greater Risk Of Developing Metabolic Syndrome, click here.
stressincontinence170x140.jpgA type of exercise called pelvic floor muscle training is effective for treating adult women with urinary incontinence (the involuntary loss of urine) without risk of side effects, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).

To read the full article Pelvic Muscle Training Effective in Treating Urinary Incontinence for Women, click here.

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Fact or Fiction? Common Exercise Myths BUSTED

New client consultations always remind me of the common misconceptions about exercise that continue to be perpetuated.

To read the full article Fact or Fiction? Common Exercise Myths BUSTED, click here.

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Would you like to have some simple, easy-to-learn (and free!) techniques at your fingertips to relieve stress?

To read the full article Is Stress a Choice?, click here.

MetabolicSyndromeMan52x170.jpg"Guy walks into a doctor's office . . . " That's not the start of a joke—that is the joke. Men don't go to doctors unless they're in serious pain or really spooked about something.

To read the full article 7 Instant Health Checks to Save Your Life, click here.
metformin120x170.jpgDiabetes drug metformin may double as cancer-fighting medicine. Metformin  is a workhorse drug for people with diabetes. It helps patients control their blood sugar and makes them more sensitive to insulin. But soon, metformin  may take on a new role fighting cancer.

To read the full Article Diabetes Drug Metformin May Double as Cancer-fighting Medicine, click here.
foot130x170.jpgYour feet can carry you far, approximately 5,117 steps each day, as one study shows. Kickstarting a life of better health doesn't require you to be a marathon runner, according to Dr. Weil.

To read the full article 5 Steps For Better Foot Health, click here.
60minutessugar170x100.jpgIf you are what you eat, then what does it mean that the average American consumes 130 pounds of sugar a year? Sanjay Gupta reports on new research showing that beyond weight gain, sugar can take a serious toll on your health, worsening conditions ranging from heart disease to cancer. Some physicians go so far as to call sugar a toxin.

To read the full article Is Sugar Toxic?, click here.
60minutessugar170x100.jpgNew studies are supporting claims that sugar is poisoning us Sanjay Gupta reports on "60 Minutes." Also, nutritionist and registered dietician Cynthia Sass speaks to the "CBS This Morning" co-hosts about the war on sugar.

To read the full article War on Sugar: Is it Toxic?, click here.
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(CBS News) The amount of sugar consumed by Americans today is unprecedented, and is contributing to heart disease and high blood pressure, a dietitian said on "CBS This Morning."

To read the full article Americans' Consumption of Sugar "Unprecedented", click here.
strawberrys-100x140.jpgFrozen Strawberries, Key To Throat Cancer Prevention

In a country where there is the highest incidence of throat, or esophageal cancer, Chinese researchers have found that simple strawberries may be an affordable and commonly found prevention tool to stave off this deadly disease.

To read the full article Frozen Strawberries, Key To Throat Cancer Prevention, click here.
propecia140x100.jpgHair-growth drug tied to male sexual problems

Propecia can cause persistent sexual dysfunction well after consumers stop the medication. Your plans for a new thick head of hair to restore your confidence and sexual allure just might backfire.

To read the full article Hair-growth drug tied to male sexual problems, click here.

meditation-pain190x140.jpgBrain Imaging Shows Impact of Brief Mindfulness Meditation Training. Even very brief instruction in meditation appears to help people cope with pain, and a newly published brain imaging study may explain why.

To read the full article Meditation May Reduce Pain, click here.
workaholic100x140.jpgHeart disease hits workaholics hard: Are you at risk?

If you're reading this at work, go home. That's the advice from new research showing that working long hours can dramatically increase your risk for heart attack.

To read the full article Heart disease hits workaholics hard: Are you at risk?, click here.
bladder-cancer190x140.jpgA new study suggests using over-the-counter Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory medications can reduce your risk of bladder cancer by more then 40%. Also, a few other helpful tips to prevent bladder and other cancers.

To read the full article Preventing Bladder Cancer, click here.
saltsugar130x100.jpgSugar and Salt Are Becoming Your Enemies

We do love our chips, our cookies, and every restaurant table is set with a salt shaker and several forms of sugar, but the truth is that the use of both sugar and salt is constantly being discouraged by new research.

To read the full article Sugar and Salt Are Becoming Your Enemies, click here.


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Is Organic Food Marketing Hype?
Six experts, including a farmer and a food critic, square off.


Organic produce, and meat and dairy products, are a tiny—although growing—fraction of what Americans spend on food, on the order of 3 percent.

To read the full article Is Organic Food Marketing Hype?, click here.
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Fat Kids, Cruel World
Why the first lady's fight to end childhood obesity does damage to the children it's trying to help.


I didn't write, "I am 9 (almost ten) and I love unicorns," although that was true. Nor did I write, "I am 9 (almost ten) and I live in Florida with my dad and my dog Priscilla, who is all black with a big poofy tail," although that was likewise accurate.

To read the full article Fat Kids, Cruel World, click here.

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Predicting Kids' Success ... with Marshmallows
Studies Show Kids Who Can Force Themselves to Wait for Greater Rewards Tend to go on to Better Academic and Personal Lives


Testing footage shows children desperately trying to resist temptation. Their dilemma? Ring the bell, and get one marshmallow now. Or, wait, and get two marshmallows later.

To read the full article Fat Kids, Cruel World, click here.

lowsexdrive130x100.jpgMore Young Women, 18-30, Report Low Libido
Sexperts Say Women are Stressed; Birth Control and Antidepressants Are Also to Blame

Iris, a young woman from North Carolina, can't understand why she has no sexual desire -- she is only 30 and in love.

To read the full article More Young Women, 18-30, Report Low Libido, click here.


sexually-transmitted-diseases130x100.jpgSexually Transmitted Disease: The Next Superbug?

A sexually transmitted infection may be on its way to becoming untreatable after showing growing resistance to multiple antibiotic drugs.

To read the full article Sexually Transmitted Disease: The Next Superbug?, click here.

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When Divorce Isn’t the Only Choice
A Montana writer's husband said he was leaving, but she saw another way out.


Her husband's words hit Laura Munson "like a sucker punch." And yet, she says, she was able to duck. After two decades together, he came to her on a summer day and told her: "I don't love you anymore.

To read the full article When Divorce Isn’t the Only Choice , click here.

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1 in 4 will need health decisions made for them
Those who have living wills usually get treatment they wanted, study finds


A significant number of the elderly — more than one in four — will eventually need someone to make end-of-life decisions about their medical care, a new study suggests.

To read the full article 1 in 4 will need health decisions made for them, click here.

suicide130x100.jpgHow To Prevent Young Suicides

This academic year, a cluster of six suicides at Cornell University shocked the nation. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among people ages 10 to 24. Dr. Jon LaPook reports.

To read the full article How To Prevent Young Suicides, click here.

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Magnet Mayhem: Modifying Morality with Magnets?
Electromagnet Gives Moral Compass a Jolt, Study Finds


An electromagnetic jolt to your brain can temporarily impair your sense of morality.
The FDA has approved a brain stimulator for those suffering from depression.

To read the full article Magnet Mayhem: Modifying Morality with Magnets?, click here.


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Diabetes? Some beat it, but are they cured?


JoAnne Zoller Wagner's diagnosis as prediabetic wasn't enough to compel her to change her habits and lose 30 pounds.

To read the full article Diabetes? Some beat it, but are they cured?, click here.


Active ImagePsoriasis link to health problems

Women with psoriasis have an increased risk of developing diabetes and high blood pressure, a study suggests.

To read the full article Psoriasis link to health problems, click here.
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What Are Friends for? A Longer Life

In the quest for better health, many people turn to doctors, self-help books or herbal supplements. But they overlook a powerful weapon that could help them fight illness and depression, speed recovery, slow aging and prolong life: their friends.

To read the full article What Are Friends for? A Longer Life, click here.

Active ImageMusic for the Heart

The sweet sound of music may benefit heart patients who undergo treatment for their disease.

To read the full article Music for the Heart, click here.

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Dieters’ best intentions hijacked by their brains
Yummy snacks trigger vicious cycle of cravings, former FDA chief warns


Not apples or carrots. The scientist who once led the government's attack on addictive cigarettes can't wander through part of San Francisco without craving a local shop's chocolate-covered pretzels. Stop at one cookie? Rarely.

To read the full article Dieters’ best intentions hijacked by their brains, click here.
Active ImageAre They Freshness Deadlines Or Guidelines? Expert's Answers May Surprise You
On average, a family of four throws out more than 120 pounds of food each month. But plenty of perishables have a shelf life long beyond their "sell-by" dates. So, just how strictly should you adhere to expiration dates?

To read the full article The Truth Behind "Sell-By" Dates On Foods, click here.
Heart-Health Foods

Over the years you have probably heard lots of input on which foods are good for your heart and which are not. A recent investigation has looked at the information from nearly 200 studies  involving millions of people. The results of this investigation produced a recently published article touting a much shorter list of foods you should be including in your diet. The list appears to much shorter than we would have imagined or has been previously suggested.

This new “short” list of heart-healthy foods contains no surprises highly recommended are vegetables, nuts and foods that would normally be considered part of the Mediterranean diet. These are the “good" heart foods. On the "bad" lis, once again are no significant surprises as we see high on this list starchy carbs like white bread and the trans fats found in many cookies and fried foods such as fried chicken and French fries.

There are however still some "questionable" foods such as meat (beef and pork particularly), and well as eggs and milk.

With few changes positive or negative and still many unanswered questions about a number of specific foods there is still confusion around what we should and should not eat.

The study did however, clearly demonstrate that smoking is neither good for the heart nor for your  lungs. Within this investigation multiple studies when certain food or specific diets showed a strong link with better heart health, they put these food or diet at the top of the list.

In the end this study reaffirmed the benefits of a Mediterranean diet, a diet which is rich in vegetables, nuts, whole grains, fish and olive oil when compared to a Western diet, heavy on processed meats, red meat, refined grains and high-fat dairy.

Their conclusion was that we should look at eating differently if we are not already using a Mediterranean style diet. It was also suggested that what you chose to eat is really about the totality of your usual eating pattern, don’t worry if you eat a hot dog on opening day of baseball season, just eat healthy and heart-healthy foods the rest of the time.

The specific study referenced here was supported by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health.


For more information on the Mediterranean Diet and other Heart-Healthy Diets,
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Active ImageKids Can Make a Beautiful Marriage Ugly
Study: Marital Satisfaction Takes a Dive When Baby Arrives


The birth of children has an immediate negative impact on even blissfully happy couples, raising stress and reducing satisfaction levels of husbands and wives, new research says.

To read the full article Kids Can Make a Beautiful Marriage Ugly, click here.


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More Kids with Bad Teeth?

More and more children are being admitted to the hospital for tooth decay and other dental conditions, according to a new study.

To read the full article More Kids with Bad Teeth?, click here.


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Heart-Healthy Foods

Over the years you have probably heard lots of input on which foods are good for your heart and which are not. A recent investigation has looked at the information from nearly 200 studies  involving millions of people. The results of this investigation produced a recently published article touting a much shorter list of foods you should be including in your diet. The list appears to much shorter than we would have imagined or has been previously suggested.

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Feds Waking Up To Nightmare Of Bedbugs
EPA Hosts Summit To Address Nationwide Outbreak Of Tiny Reddish-Brown Insects

The federal government is waking up to what has become a growing nightmare in many parts of the country - a bed bug outbreak.

To read the full article Feds Waking Up To Nightmare Of Bedbugs, click here.

Active ImageStudy: Link Between Diabetes And Dementia
CBS Evening News: Letting Blood Sugar Get Too Low May Damage The Brain


A study was released Tuesday that has important information for older diabetics, reports CBS News medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook. More than 23.5 million Americans have diabetes, and half of them are over 60. Researchers have discovered a link between that disease and dementia.


To read the full article Link Between Diabetes And Dementia, click here.


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Broccoli Sprouts Ward Off Stomach Cancer


People who carry the H. pylori bacteria in their guts are at higher risk for stomach cancer. Eating as little as 2.5 oz of broccoli a day can prevent stomach cancer.

To read the full article Broccoli Sprouts Ward Off Stomach Cancer, click here.

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Blood sugar can be anyone's problem
High-normal levels are often overlooked, but can harm your health


The average American consumes more than a pound of refined sugar a week. It sounds unbelievable until you realize that sugar goes by more than 50 names and is an ingredient in virtually all processed foods, from your morning doughnut to the ketchup on your burger.

To read the full article Blood sugar can be anyone's problem, click here.


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Programs offer free, cheaper prescription meds
1 in 5 in U.S. skips drugs or split pills to save money, but help is available


Jaimy Gerler was frantic this past winter when the doctor prescribed yet another costly medicine for her toddler daughter, whose allergies had landed her in the hospital the winter before.

To read the full article Programs offer free, cheaper prescription meds, click here.

Active ImageEarly Alzheimer's Increases Driving Hazard
Study: More Mistakes Made Behind The Wheel Among Those With Early Signs Of Disease


Scientists are creating tests to show when it's time for people with early Alzheimer's disease to stop driving.

To read the full article Early Alzheimer's Increases Driving Hazard, click here.

Active ImageRestless Legs Syndrome Linked to Obesity, Fat Waistlines
Overweight Americans Face Double the Risk of Getting the Neurological Disorder


A new study suggests that people who have big bellies are more likely to develop restless legs syndrome (RLS), a condition that makes sleep or rest nearly impossible.

To read the full article Restless Legs Syndrome Linked to Obesity, Fat Waistlines, click here.

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Overuse of CT Scans Risky Business


CT scans are great at helping doctors determine what’s wrong. But too many of these scans might be promoting illness rather than helping to diagnose it.

To read the full article Overuse of CT Scans Risky Business, click here.
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Five-in-one Heart Health Pill Deemed Safe


A five-in-one pill that may cut a person's risk of cardiovascular disease by 50 to 60 percent was well-tolerated by participants in the first study to evaluate the pill in humans.

To read the full article Five-in-one Heart Health Pill Deemed Safe, click here.


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Understanding Skin Cancer


A case of mistaken identity may ultimately end up benefiting people with the most deadly form of skin cancer.

To read the full article Understanding Skin Cancer, click here.


Active ImageFor those who swear by antioxidant-rich food and drink, two new studies show those health benefits can wane if the products are stored for too long a time.

To read the full article Antioxidant-rich foods lose impact if packed too long, click here.

Active ImageBuy in bulk, find a CSA, plant a garden and know when to go organic

It took a vicious case of Lyme disease to convince Keith Schorsch to change his diet — and his family's. The 44-year-old Seattle resident credits his recovery to nutritional improvements, and ever since then he has insisted on organic, unprocessed, and low-sugar everything.

To read the full article Eat better — for less money, click here.

Active ImageNumber Has Doubled In Past Seven Years; Five Times Higher For Diabetic Teens

The number of pregnant women with pre-existing diabetes has more than doubled in seven years, a California study found, a troubling trend that means health risks for both mothers and newborns.

And the number of diabetic teenagers giving birth grew fivefold during the same period, according to the study, the largest of its kind.

To read the full story Study: Pregnant Women With Diabetes Rising, click here.



Active ImageResearchers: Brain Exercises That Improve Working Memory Also Increase Intelligence

An intense game of Concentration or other demanding memory task might kick your intelligence up a notch or two, and the more you engage your brain this way, the smarter you might become.

Researchers reporting in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences say that brain exercises designed to improve working memory also increase scores in fluid intelligence. Fluid intelligence is the ability to reason and solve new problems. It does not rely on memory and is often thought of as having a strong hereditary component. Such intelligence is considered one of the most important factors in learning and is linked to academic and professional success, according to researchers.

To read the full story Boost Your Memory, Become Smarter?, click here.

Active ImageReckless Homicide Charges Filed After 11-Year-Old With Untreated Disease Dies

The parents of an 11-year-old Wisconsin girl who prayed instead of seeking medical help for the diabetic child are facing homicide charges in connection with her death.

Dale and Leilani Neumann were charged with second-degree reckless homicide, Save
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Marathon County District Attorney Jill Falstad announced at a press conference today. If convicted, the couple could be sentenced to up to 25 years in prison.

To read the full story Parents Who Prayed While Child Died Charged, click here.

Active ImageImmunization Rates Falling, CDC Study Finds
Toddlers May Be Missing Crucial Vaccines, CDC Says

Fewer children in the United States are getting the immunizations they need, putting themselves and others at much greater risk of contracting and spreading vaccine-preventable diseases, new research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests.

To read the full story Immunization Rates Falling, CDC Study Finds, click here.

Active ImageWomen with positive findings need repeat tests to assess risk, experts say

With apologies to Mark Twain, reports of the death of the Pap smear are premature.

Yes, new research suggests a test for the HPV virus that causes cervical cancer may replace the old-fashioned Pap one day as that cancer's primary screening tool. But even enthusiasts say it will take years of additional research to make such a big switch.

To read the full story Pap plus HPV tests can bring confusing results, click here.

Active ImageBenefits of early detection seen even after age 80, new study finds

Women aged 80 and older who have regular mammograms significantly reduce their chances of being diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer, according to a new study. Yet only about 20 percent of women in this age group get mammograms regularly.

To read the full story Women are never too old for a mammogram, click here.


Active ImageGovt. recommended plan lowered heart attack rate 24 percent, study says

A large study offers the strongest evidence yet that a diet the government recommends for lowering blood pressure can save people from heart attack and stroke.

Researchers followed more than 88,000 healthy women for almost 25 years. They examined their food choices and looked at how many had heart attacks and strokes. Those who fared best had eating habits similar to those recommended by the government to stop high blood pressure.

To read the full story Diet helps prevent cardiac trouble in women, click here.

Active ImageNew Study Shows That Act of Choosing Leads to Mental Fatigue, Decreased Productivity

Do you find yourself in a brain fog after choosing which flavor to put in your morning latte? Don't blame it on being sleepy. A new study shows that while mulling over a few options may weigh heavily on your mind, finally choosing one may just plain wear you out.

To read the full story Too Many Choices Exhaust The Brain, click here.


Active ImageBrain Imaging Studies Show Fair Treatment Activates Portion of Brain Linked to Happiness

There's no escaping the fact that life isn't always fair, but that usually doesn't make unfair treatment any easier to accept. Now new brain imaging studies may help explain why.

The research shows that being on the receiving end of fair treatment is inherently rewarding, activating the portion of the brain associated with happiness.

To read the full story Treated Unfairly? Here's Why You're Sore, click here.


Active ImageMid-life high cholesterol raises Alzheimer's risk

High cholesterol levels in your 40s may raise the chance of developing Alzheimer's disease decades later, according to a study underscoring the importance of health factors in middle age on risk for the brain ailment.

The study involving 9,752 people in northern California found that those with high cholesterol levels between ages 40 and 45 were about 50 percent more likely than those with low cholesterol levels to later develop Alzheimer's disease.

To read the full story Mid-life high cholesterol raises Alzheimer's risk, click here.


Active ImageHardly a week goes by without news of antioxidants' health-promoting benefits. Experts believe these nutritional substances may help prevent heart disease, fight certain cancers, ward off dementia, and even slow certain aging processes.

There are thousands of antioxidants found in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, legumes, meats, poultry, and fish. Even foods once not known for being especially healthful, such as chocolate, coffee, and red wine, are now recognized as potent delivery systems for beneficial antioxidants.

To read the full story The DNA of antioxidants, click here.

Active ImageDespite objections from the indoor tanning industry, dermatologists present more evidence that there's no such thing as a healthy tan.


At this year's Oscars actress Anne Hathaway stood out not just because of her gorgeous red Marchesa gown but because of the creamy pale skin she wore under it. If her decision to appear sans tan was an attempt to send a signal that tanning is losing its glamorous glow, her timing couldn't be better, dermatologists say.

To read the full story Fake Bake Debate, click here.

Active ImageKaro syrup for constipation: Is it safe for babies?

Is it safe to give my baby corn (Karo) syrup for constipation?

Giving infants corn (Karo) syrup for constipation is no longer recommended.

It is true that corn syrup draws more fluid into the intestine, which makes stool less hard. But in excess, corn syrup can cause diarrhea in infants, resulting in water and electrolyte losses.


To read the full story Karo syrup for constipation: Is it safe for babies?, click here.

Active ImageBisephenol A, Used In Many Shatter-Proof Containers, Liked To Hormone Issues, Tumors

A chemical used to make baby bottles and other shatterproof plastic containers could be linked to a range of hormonal problems, a preliminary government report has found.

The report was greeted by some environmental groups as confirmation of their warnings, while chemical makers latched on to the report's preliminary nature and its authors' warning against drawing overly worrisome conclusions.

To read the full story Chemical In Plastic Bottles May Be Toxic, click here.


Active ImageThey Can Make All The Difference During Emergencies; Dr. Emily Senay Treats Conventional Wisdom

Almost everyone has been faced with a medical emergency.

And the first aid measures you take at the scene -- even before you call 911 or head to the emergency room -- could make all the difference.

On The Early Show Wednesday, medical correspondent Dr. Emily Senay looked at common first aid mistakes. Her do's and don'ts may surprise you.

To read the full story Common First-Aid Mistakes, click here.

Active ImageBreathing Problems During Sleep May Cause Fatigue That Masquerades as Depression

When Lissa Schulz, a 34-year-old mother of two living in Austin, Tex., was diagnosed with depression six years ago, she never suspected that something that she was doing in her sleep could be the root of her problem.

To read the full article Depressed? You May Be Snoring, click here. 
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Active ImageStudy With Mice Suggests Antioxidant May Stop Breast Cancer Growth

An antioxidant in green tea may be a powerful weapon against breast cancer. A new study shows the green tea antioxidant EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate) significantly slowed breast cancer growth in female mice.

To read the full article Green Tea Ingredient Slows Breast Cancer, click here.

Active ImageDr. Jon LaPook And Dr. Lori Warren Respond To Most Frequent Queries From Viewers

n the CBS Evening News Thursday, CBS News medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook had a report featuring Dr. Lori Warren, a gynecologic surgeon. She believes strongly in a new way to do hysterectomies. Dr. Warren says laparoscopic hysterectomies dramatically reduce the invasiveness and pain involved, as well as the length and difficulty of recovery -- yet most doctors still use the standard method of performing the procedure.

To read the full article Hysterectomies: Your Questions Answered, click here.

Active ImageThe Pill Is Back; IUDs Safer

Birth control options are growing for women 40 and older - a group that once viewed its choices as pretty much limited to tube-tying surgery and condoms.

For them, the pill is back. So is the IUD. The reason is that both are safer. There's even a nonsurgical method of tube-tying.

To read the full article Birth Control Options After 40, click here.

Active ImageFrom Ear Candling To Colon Cleansing, Here Are 5 Home Remedies To Avoid

Some home remedies like cornstarch and water on a bee sting work just fine, but other do-it-yourself health techniques can spell trouble. For instance, do you really think you should be cleansing your colon from the comfort of your home? Or removing wax from your ear by holding a lit candle inches from your head?

To read the full article 5 Home Remedy No-No's, click here.


Active ImageNearly a third were 1 week old or younger, first U.S. study reveal

About 1 in 50 U.S. infants is a victim of nonfatal child abuse or neglect in a year, according to the first national study of the problem in that age group.

The study focused on children younger than 1 year, and found nearly a third were one week old or younger when the abuse or neglect occurred.

To read the full article 1 in 50 infants suffers abuse, CDC finds, click here.

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A study in mice shows that moderate alcohol consumption stimulates the growth and progression of breast cancer by fueling the development of new blood vessels -- a process called "angiogenesis." It does this by boosting expression of a key growth factor known as vascular endothelial growth factor or VEGF.

Drinking alcohol -- even moderate amounts - is a well-established risk factor for breast cancer in women. A recent study found that 60 percent of breast cancer cases in women worldwide were attributable to alcohol consumption. But the mechanism(s) of alcohol-induced breast cancer are poorly understood.

Dr. Jian-Wei Gu and colleagues from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson examined the effects of alcohol on tumor growth and progression of breast cancer in mice.

To read the full story Why alcohol boosts breast cancer risk: study, click here.

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Sugary foods and drinks and nonfluoridated bottled water may be helping to rot the teeth of more young U.S. children, reversing four decades of progress against tooth decay, U.S. health officials said on Monday.

An estimated 28 percent of U.S. children ages 2 to 5 had a cavity in at least one baby tooth between 1999 and 2004, the National Center for Health Statistics said. This compared to a 24 percent rate from 1988 to 1994.

Fewer older children and adults had tooth decay, the report found.

 "The main finding is that tooth decay is rising in our preschool children," said Dr. Bruce Dye, a dentist and epidemiologist with the center, which is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Perfectionists are more sensitive to psychosocial stresses than their more relaxed peers, and this greater responsiveness to stress may have health consequences.

In a study of 50 middle-aged men, those who measured highest on tests of perfectionism also secreted more of the stress hormone cortisol while undergoing a stressful public speaking task, Dr. Petra H. Wirtz of the University of Zurich in Switzerland and colleagues found.

Perfectionists also showed more symptoms of vital exhaustion, defined as a sense of feeling fatigued, irritable and demoralized. This state is itself a risk factor for heart disease.

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Self-imposed behavior can have health consequences, study shows

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Study Shows High-Fat Meal May Heighten Unhealthy Effects of Stress on Heart --


Just one trip through the drive-through for a fatty, fast-food meal could put your heart at risk.

A new study shows eating a fatty meal heightens the unhealthy effects of stress on the heart, like raising blood pressure.

Researchers found that people who ate a fatty, fast-food breakfast were more prone to suffer the negative effects of stress than those who ate a healthy, low-fat breakfast.

"What's really shocking is that this is just one meal," says researcher Tavis Campbell, PhD, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Calgary, in a news release. "It's been well documented that a high-fat diet leads to atherosclerosis [hardening of the arteries] and high blood pressure, and that exaggerated and prolonged cardiovascular responses to stress are associated with high blood pressure in the future."

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Having a High IQ Is No Guarantee of a Healthy Bank Account --

Having a high IQ isn

Active ImageScientists Identify 7 New Diabetes Genes

Researchers said yesterday that they had identified seven new genes connected to the most common form of diabetes

Active ImageAntidepressants' benefits exceed risks: study

The benefits of antidepressants for children and teens far outweigh the risk of suicide, and U.S. regulators should revise strong warnings that may have scared off some doctors and patients, researchers said on Tuesday.

A wide-reaching review of studies on antidepressants in young patients showed the risk of suicidal behavior is smaller than previously thought and should be viewed in light of the relief these drugs can offer, the researchers said.

"The benefits seem to be much stronger than the risks," said Dr. David Brent, a researcher at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, whose study appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Active Image5 fixes to help you stand up to back pain

Are you sitting up straight? Super -- because if you slump, slouch, or hunch through the day, you may join the 80 percent of Americans who will suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. Recent research confirms that what you do every day can trigger soreness or spasms. So whether you're at home Googling for a great deal on Jimmy Choos or sashaying down the street in those heels, you can save yourself some discomfort by babying your back. Here's how.

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Active ImageBreastfeeding May Cut Breast Cancer Risk

Breastfeeding can offset the increased risk of breast cancer faced by women who have their first baby after they turn 25, new research suggests.

"Breastfeeding offers protection against breast cancer for all women, even those who have their first full-term pregnancy later in life," says Giske Ursin, MD, PhD, associate professor of preventive medicine at the Keck

School of Medicine of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

Ursin notes that the findings come at a time when more women are choosing to delay childbirth until their late 20s, their 30s, and beyond.

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Study Shows Protective Effect Even In Women Who Delay Childbirth

Active ImageMarijuana May Fight Lung Tumors

Cannabis may be bad for the lungs, but the active ingredient in marijuana may help combat lung cancer, new research suggests.

In lab and mouse studies, the compound, known as THC, cut lung tumor growth in half and helped prevent the cancer from spreading, says Anju Preet, PhD, a Harvard University researcher in Boston who tested the chemical.

While a lot more work needs to be done, the results suggest THC has therapeutic potential,

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Cannabis Compound Slows Cancer Spread In Mice, Researchers Say

Active ImageTrauma on TV: Should Kids Watch?


As the story of the Virginia Tech shooting unfolds, people across the nation will inevitably be glued to their television screens.

But while it's tempting to keep the television on 24/7, psychology experts caution that parents may want to keep an eye on how much of the violent coverage they allow their children to watch.

Of course, in this day and age, it's almost impossible to completely shield children from talk and images of violent current events. Kids will likely hear small amounts of information from friends, other parents, teachers and the media.

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Active ImageBullying Common in Grade School

Many elementary school students report being bullied by their peers and bullying other children, a new study shows.

The study included 270 children in grades 3-6 at two schools in California and one school in Arizona.

The students completed an anonymous survey about their experience with bullying.

The survey included 22 statements about bullying, which included emotional and physical bullying.

Some survey statements focused on being bullied. Those statements included "Other students make me cry," "I want to stay home from school because students are mean to me," and "I am hit or kicked by other students."

The survey also included statements about being a bully, such as "I am mean to other students," "I push or slap other students," and "I say mean things about a student to make other kids laugh."

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Study Shows Bullying Affects Most Elementary School Students

Active ImageStress and Cancer

Here's another downside to stress. New research shows the stress hormone epinephrine causes changes in cancer cells, making them more resistant to cell death.

Researchers from Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, N.C., looked at how levels of epinephrine relates to changes in cancer cells. George Kulik, D.V.M., Ph.D., from Wake Forest University reports a link between stress and cancer has been made, but studies in large groups of people have had mixed results. He writes, "We asked the question, 'If stress is linked to cancer, what is the cellular mechanism?' There had been no evidence that stress directly changes cancer cells." Previous research shows levels of epinephrine are significantly higher when someone is going through a stressful situation. Those levels can remain high during chronic stress and depression.

Dr. Kulik studied prostate and breast cancer cells in the laboratory and found some interesting results. He and colleagues found a particular protein called BAD, which causes cell death, becomes inactive when cancer cells are exposed to epinephrine.

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Active ImageConclusions Are Reported on Teaching of Abstinence

Students who participated in sexual abstinence programs were just as likely to have sex as those who did not, according to a study ordered by Congress.

Also, those who attended one of the four abstinence classes reviewed reported having similar numbers of sexual partners as those who did not attend the classes. And they first had sex about the same age as other students

Active ImageDoes drinking your fruit and veggies count?

recommendations to make vegetables and fruits a major part of our diets. Is drinking more juice the solution?

Research supports categorizing juice as a nutritious beverage, but juice cannot provide the full benefits that come from eating solid vegetables and fruits.

Evidence continues to accumulate on the many ways that vegetables and fruits promote good health, reducing risk of major chronic disorders such as heart disease and cancer. Although for more than 20 years Americans have been told a mostly plant-based diet lowers cancer risk, American

Active ImageFruits, Veggies May Cut Cancer Risks

Sure, you've heard it a thousand times, but three new studies cement mom's advice to eat your fruits and veggies: It may help ward off a host of cancers.

One study of 183,518 men and women suggests that a diet high in flavonol-rich apples, berries, kale, and broccoli may help cut the risk of pancreatic cancer, especially in smokers.

Another study of about 500,000 people aged 50 and older shows eating an additional two servings a day of fruit and vegetables

Active ImageHealth Tip: Understanding Male Pattern Baldness

Pattern baldness in men is the most common type of hair loss, and usually involves a receding hairline and baldness on the crown of the head. The condition is usually caused by hormonal and genetic factors.

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Active ImageHot Flashes Linked to High Blood Pressure

While past research has shown a link between menopause and high blood pressure, a new study suggests there is a relationship between hot flashes and high blood pressure, independent of menopausal status. In the study, reported in the journal Menopause, ambulatory blood pressure monitors worn for 24 hours recorded awake and sleep blood pressure of 154 women, ranging in age from 18 to 65 years (with an average age of 46), no previous cardiovascular disease and either mildly elevated or normal blood pressure.

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Active ImageNo genetic link found for heart risk, study says

Genetic testing failed to find any gene mutations that predict a higher risk of heart disease, a study released on Tuesday said.

Scientists at Yale University worked up the genetic profiles of nearly 1,500 people to examine 85 genes that smaller, earlier studies suggested might confer susceptibility to heart problems.

More than half the patients had come to a hospital having suffered a heart attack or other acute symptoms, while the others had experienced no heart trouble.

Only one genetic variation showed even a modest association to heart problems in the study, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Editorial:

If there is no genetic predisposition toward heart disease, still a question without complete solution then lifestyle factors become more important as a cause and predisposing factor. If this study is correct and no genetic relationship can be found to account for an individuals increased risk of heart disease then one has to be gin to look at other factors such as lifestyle, diet, stress, exercise, psychological and emotional facts as underlying causes for heart disease. Since the question is still up in the air then prevention becomes more and more important. To learn more about lifestyle and dietary factors that are known to contribute to the risk of heart disease, click here.

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A Mediterranean-style diet rich in fruits, vegetables and olive oil can help reduce childhood respiratory allergies and asthma, researchers reported Thursday.

Their study of children living on the Greek island of Crete showed that diet may explain why skin allergies are as common as anywhere else, but wheezing and sneezing are more rare.

Dr. Paul Cullinan of Britain's Royal Brompton Hospital and National Heart and Lung Institute, and colleagues in Greece and Spain, studied 690 children aged 7 to 18.

Children who ate the most fresh fruits and nuts were the least likely to suffer from breathing allergies, and those who ate the most margarine were the most likely to, they found.

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We have uploaded this article for your education and interest as allergies are an important problem and fining help thorough means other than medications and abstinence if a difficult problem.

With this said, however, we feel that this particular article contains some serious logic flaws. Had the writer suggested that the Mediterranean diet, because it is made up of whole fresh nutritionally dense foods which are a value to health and well-being, we would likely have stood behind the article 100%. The problem is the conflict it creates in opposing the Mediterranean diet up against margarine as a culprit in causing allergies in children. While this may well be a misstatement of the condensation of the information from the original study, it creates problems for those readers who might well think that the issue is Mediterranean diet versus use of margarine. This is not the issue. Had the writers suggested that olive oil was better for reducing allergies versus margarine even that might be questionable. In this article at least no evidence or proof is given to justify or explain this conclusion. We are proponents of the Mediterranean diet for its value as a group of foods which are low in fat and high in nutrition. We are a proponent of olive oil as a better form of oil or fat which can reduce heart disease and improve overall health. Unless these children referred to were eating a daily diet high in margarine it makes no sense to us to compare margarine use to the use of the Mediterranean diet on a daily basis. So please as you read this article do not take from it that margarine causes allergies, which may or may not be true, but is neither proved or allowably indicated as logical by the information provided in this article.

Rather consider that the Mediterranean diet is a diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, primary reliance on olive oil and non saturated fat to lower the risk of heart disease and that it provides in its best form a highly nutritious and healthful way of eating. More proof is necessary to jump to its role in reducing allergies and no poof was demonstrated in this summary article to suggest that occasional use of margarine can be a reason for allergies in children.

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Study Questions Criteria for Depression Diagnosis After Loss

After a major setback, such as divorce or job loss, intense sadness may be normal and not warrant a depression diagnosis, researchers report.

They include Jerome C. Wakefield, PhD, DSW, University Professor and professor of social work at New York University.

"Normal grief ... is a reaction to a lot more things than just the death of a loved one, and the diagnostic criteria [for depression] have never confronted that issue," Wakefield tells WebMD.

He explains that depression diagnosis is based on having a certain number of depression symptoms such as sadness, fatigue, sleep problems, lack of appetite, lack of pleasure in usual activities, and low self-esteem for at least two weeks.

An exception is made for people grieving a loved one's recent death. That exception should be broadened to include people recovering from other major losses, Wakefield's team argues.

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Mourning and grief are essential parts of life. They are as many scientists believe that they are part of what make us human as compared to animals who may often do not mourn or miss their dead. Some authorities believe that murning is normal for about a year or so afte the death of a loved one, other say that one never gets over such a death but can at some point we can move past it. To be human is to understand that our time in life is but a brief stay that we all die and that death is a normal part of life. The healthy individual knows that mourning is needed to allow separation to accept loss and at some point as it is often said in burieal services, "we bury our dead, and we move on." It is the and that is important here for at some point we must all move on past the deal or loss of a loved one and creat for our self a meaningful life.

Active ImageA Healthier Bowl of Pasta

Whole-grain and higher-fiber pastas are healthier. But how do they taste?

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Active ImageGo Fish, Put seafood on your plate--and heart disease on ice

If the only fish to cross your lips on a regular basis is the crunchy cheddar kind, it's time to find Nemo

Active ImageLessons of Heart Disease, Learned and Ignored 

Keith Orr thought he would surprise his doctor when he came for a checkup.

His doctor had told him to have a weight-loss operation to reduce the amount of food his stomach could hold, worried because Mr. Orr, at 6 feet 2 inches, weighed 278 pounds. He also had a blood sugar level so high he was on the verge of diabetes and a strong family history of early death from heart attacks. And Mr. Orr, who is 44, had already had a heart attack in 1998 when he was 35.

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Active ImageStudy Questions Exam to Detect Breast Cancer

A highly promoted and widely used computerized system for examining mammograms is leading to less accuracy, not more, a new study finds.

The system, known as computer-aided detection, or CAD, did not find more breast cancer, researchers are reporting today. But it did lead to many more false alarms that resulted in additional testing and biopsies for spots on mammograms that turned out to be harmless.

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Active ImageVitamin pills prevent low-weight babies

Extra vitamin supplements can reduce the risk of having an underweight or undersized baby, and all pregnant women in developing countries should get them, researchers said Wednesday.

But the team, reporting in the New England Journal of Medicine, said the supplements did not lower the likelihood of premature birth or losing the fetus before birth.

The study, conducted in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, involved 8,468 pregnant women who were free of the AIDS virus and who received iron and folic acid supplements, both proven prenatal treatments. Half were given supplements containing vitamins C, E and a mix of B vitamins. The rest got placebos.

The fetal death rate stayed around 5 percent and the rate of premature delivery was nearly 17 percent regardless of whether mothers got the vitamins, the team, led by Wafaie Fawzi of Harvard University's School of Public Health, reported.

But the risk of having a low birth-weight baby dropped from 9.4 percent among the placebo recipients to 7.8 percent for the babies whose mothers took the supplements.

"In light of these findings, we recommend that multivitamins be considered for all pregnant women in developing countries, regardless of their HIV status," Fawzi said in a statement.

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Active ImageHormone therapy safe for younger women

Younger women may be able to safely take hormone replacement therapy to treat menopause symptoms based on a new analysis of a big U.S. study that had raised alarms about health risks and driven down sales of treatment drugs, according to a report released on Tuesday.

A second look at the highly publicized 2002 study called the Women's Health Initiative, or WHI, suggests that women who begin hormone replacement therapy within 10 years of menopause may have less risk of heart attack than women who start hormone therapy later.

The results are "somewhat reassuring," said Dr. Jacques Rossouw, lead author of the study, which appears in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association.

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Active ImagePregnancy Weight May Boost Toddler Obesity

Study Shows Risk Of Obese Child 4 Times Higher For Women Who Gained Recommended Weight


The standard advice for how much weight a woman should gain during pregnancy may need to be changed, concludes a rigorous and provocative study suggesting that even accepted weight gains may raise the risk of having an overweight toddler.

Women in the study who gained the recommended amount of weight ran four times the risk of having a child who was overweight at age 3, compared to women who gained less than the advised amount.

The outcome was about the same for women who gained more than the advisable amount.

So what is a pregnant woman to do? Clearly, she should not gain more weight than recommended, said the study's lead author, Dr. Emily Oken of Harvard Medical School.

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Active ImageExercise May Fend Off Arthritis in Women

Get moving, Grandma! Exercise isn't just about improving your heart and fighting flab that comes with aging. It may also be the answer to preventing stiff, achy joints that can lead to debilitating arthritis.

An Australian study suggests the more time older women spend exercising, the better their chances are of staying pain-free from one of the biggest chronic conditions plaguing developed countries.

Even exercising as little as one hour and 15 minutes a week now can make a difference over the next three years, according to findings recently published in the journal Arthritis Research & Therapy.

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