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Magnesium Factor May Explain Vitamin D Deficiencies
Take Magnesium With Vitamin D, Image: Tang Yan Song/Shutterstock.comVitamin D can’t be metabolized without sufficient magnesium levels. Thus, it remains stored and inactive for as many as 50 percent of Americans on...

Empathy From Loved One Helps
Holding Hands Reduces Pain, Image: Holding hands with a loved one reduces physical pain, report researchers at the University of Colorado and University of Haifa that studied the brainwaves of...

Device-Free Time, Image: Stanisic Vladimir/Shutterstock.comWhen we’re feeling angry, stressed or overexcited, just 15 minutes of being alone without a device can...

Scientists Discover Alcohol-Cancer Link, Image: anyaivanova/Shutterstock.comAlcohol has been linked to seven types of cancer, including breast and bowel, and scientists at...

Warming Planet Will Worsen Sleep, Image: Photoonlife/Shutterstock.comAs Earth’s climate becomes warmer, sleepless nights will increase for many, predicts a study from...

 

Pesticides Lower Birth Weights, Image: The danger of pesticide exposure for expectant mothers has been confirmed by a study of half a million people in...

 

Exercise Benefits Cancer Survivors, Image: wavebreakmedia/Shutterstock.comModerate-to-vigorous physical activity increases cognitive function and reduces fatigue in breast cancer survivors, concludes a...

 

Eating Apples and Tomatoes Repairs Lungs, Image: ULKASTUDIO/Shutterstock.comEating lots of fresh tomatoes and fruit, especially apples, helps heal damaged lungs of ex-smokers, reports...

 

Walking Speed May Predict Dementia, Image: Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock.comA recent study published in Neurology suggests there is a link between walking speed and the onset of dementia in...

 

Counseling AdolescentUsing Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) can be used to diminish internal resistances during wraparound sessions, says...

Energy Drinks Hurt Youth Health, Image: d1sk/Shutterstock.comMore than half of teens and young adults that have slaked their thirst with energy drinks report consequently suffering...

 

Solving Skin Issues Simply and NaturallyMany natural, yet modern, solutions to skin challenges can be found now in single ingredients that are multi-functional. What we are seeing is...

Tips for Healthy Looking Skin, Hair and Nails, Image: Each person is unique when it comes to diet. Foods that create problems (food sensitivities) for some can be good for others. For example, grains such as wheat and corn can trigger inflammation...

Exercise Boosts Good Gut Bacteria, Image: Africa Studio/Shutterstock.comCardiovascular exercise improves a person’s healthy gut microbes even without making dietary changes, University of...

Facial Exercises Ease Midlife Signs of Aging, Image: Maksym Povozniuk/Shutterstock.comIn the first scientific study of facial exercise, 27 middle-aged women that performed specific facial muscle movements looked an average of...

Choosing Happiness, Image: Now, more than ever, people are concerned about wellness of mind. Mental wellness is a conscious effort to maintain a positively healthy...

Healthy Oils Improve Good Cholesterol, Image: kellyreekolibry /Shutterstock.comA spate of recent worldwide studies reveal several cholesterol-healthy alternatives to olive oil...

Body Makeover Trends, Image: Holly Cutler, America's Skin Saint®We caught up with Holly Cutler, America's Skin Saint™, about some of the trends and less-invasive therapies she's seeing today in Body Makeovers...

Third Person Self-Talk, Image: MaxFX/Shutterstock.comAs reported in Scientific Reports, two studies of 37 and 52 people at Michigan State University have discovered that talking to ourselves in the...

Eye Contact Syncs Baby and Adult Brainwaves, Image: Alexey Saxarov/Shutterstock.comWhen an adult looks into the eyes of a baby, a synchronization of brain waves occurs that could indicate an intention to communicate, concludes...

U.S. Midlife Women Choosing Natural Health Care, Image: SvetlanaFedoseyeva/Shutterstock.comIn a survey of 171 midlife American women, more than 80 percent reported using complementary and alternative medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine...

Lowering the Bar for Risky Blood Pressure, Image: Africa Studio/Shutterstock.comNew guidelines that change the criteria for healthy blood pressure mean that nearly half of U.S. adults are now considered to have...

Young Women Outdo Male Peers in Oxygen Uptake, Image: Young women process oxygen about 30 percent faster and more efficiently than men when they begin exercising, according to...

Acetaminophen Linked to Delayed Language Skills, Image: Maridav/Shutterstock.comGirls born to 754 Swedish mothers that used acetaminophen during pregnancy showed less ability in acquiring...

Plant-Based Diet Good for Seniors, Image: Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock.comSeniors that ate a Mediterranean diet high in vegetables, fruit, whole grains, nuts and legumes were able to live independently longer, had fewer...

Yoga Soothes the Blues, Image: Lev Kropotov/Shutterstock.comTaking a 90-minute hatha yoga class twice a week for eight weeks steadily lowered symptoms of depression in all 20 men and women with...

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