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Stay Youthful, Keep Running

Stay Youthful, Keep Running

For individuals who run on a regular basis, you may be prolonging your disability-free, higher quality of life. In 1984, when senior author, James Fries, began research on vigorous exercise, many other scientists were critical about whether the results would cause more benefits than problems. Read More


Living Past 100 - Outlook May Trump Genes

Living Past 100 - Outlook May Trump Genes

The secret to living past 100? With more and more people reaching the centenarian mark, researchers are beginning to collect data on the underlying factors that will help us undersatnd the factors to a long life. Read More


How Meditation Works to Treat Pain

How Meditation Works to Treat Pain

In today's fast-paced society, it's easier than ever to get wound up, worked up and stressed out. And that means enduring constantly high bodily levels of the "fight or flight" hormones cortisol and epinephrine. While these two proteins are very helpful, when the body is constantly charged wit... Read More


Studies Confirm: Chiropractic Care Works for Back Pain

Studies Confirm: Chiropractic Care Works for Back Pain

For low back pain suffers, new research offers an old solution: chiropractic manipulation is more effective as a treatment for back pain than common treatments like painkillers. What the researchers found that chiropractic manipulation, "appears to be no better or worse than other existing the... Read More


More Evidence That Fish Oil Aids Heart Health

More Evidence That Fish Oil Aids Heart Health

Omega-3 fatty acids from fish or fish oil supplements not only help prevent cardiovascular diseases in healthy individuals, but also reduce the incidence of deadly cardiac events in patients with existing heart disease, according to new research published in the Journal of the American College... Read More


Why a Cognitive Workout is Important to Brain Health

Why a Cognitive Workout is Important to Brain Health

According to Shlomo Breznitz, former professor of psychology, and president of University of Haifa, Israel - as we age, the choices we make about diet, exercise, and sleep can impact our brain's health over time. Some of these choices not only keep our brain functioning, but can also reduce th... Read More


Want a Tan? Eat Your Vegetables

Want a Tan? Eat Your Vegetables

Do you want a rich, healthy glow? Eat your vegetables. A recent study done by Dr. Ian Stephen at the University of Nottingham gives the same advice your mother did, eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables gives your skin better condition and a golden glow, similar to the appearance of a ta... Read More


Exercise Lowers Your Risk of Colon Cancer

Exercise Lowers Your Risk of Colon Cancer

More research confirming what we already know but need to hear again, leading a healthy active lifestyle lowers your risk of contracting several diseases, including colon cancer. In a study released by a research team at the Siteman Cancer Center at Washington University School of Medicine and... Read More


Omega 3 Fats Appear to Aid Against Child Allergies

Omega 3 Fats Appear to Aid Against Child Allergies

The health benefits of fish oil have often been well documents, including as a popular form of treatment for cancer and chemotherapy. Among the conditions people use fish oil for are depression and anxiety, including improving the benefits of depression medications. Some have found omega-3 to ... Read More


The Positive Emotional Effects of Aging

The Positive Emotional Effects of Aging

As we age, the way we deal with and experience our emotions change, in a mostly a positive way, according to many recently published studies at the University of California and USC. Researchers found that we experience less and less negative emotions such as loneliness, depression, anger, and ... Read More


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