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Tax and Pricing Policies Spur Healthier EatingA meta-study from Tufts University, in Medford, Massachusetts, documents a revealing relationship between diet and...

Tart Cherry Aids Runner PerformanceA study of distance runners by Texas A&M University, in College Station, determined that short-term supplementation of dried tart cherry powder improved...

Acupuncture for Treating Chronic Pain ConditionsNo longer considered an exotic curiosity, acupuncture is now widely accepted by the medical community as well as...

Combo Probiotics Ease Hay FeverA study from the University of Florida, in Gainesville, has found that the probiotic combination of lactobacilli and bifidobacteria...

Ginger Relieves Infected Root CanalsResearch from the University of Medical Sciences and Technology, in Khartoum, Sudan, tested the efficacy of ginger, cinnamon and a combination of...

Vitamin D Helps Babies Grow Strong Bones and MuscleResearchers from McGill University, in Montreal, Canada, have discovered a connection between vitamin D supplementation during infancy and...

Why Lyme Disease Ticks Thrive in the NorthResearchers from the University of Rhode Island, in Kingston, have studied the rapid increase in Lyme disease in the northern U.S. Only 11 cases of the disease, which annually impacts...

High-Intensity Workouts MayKeep People Coming BackA study from McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ontario, has found that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) makes working out more enjoyable for individuals that struggle with...

California Wins Cancer Label Case Against Monsanto’s RoundupA Fresno County Superior Court Judge Kristi Kapetan has ruled that the state of California will require Monsanto to place a cancer warning label on...

Inactive Lifestyle Accelerates AgingGetting off the couch and just moving may help slow the aging process in women that do no...

Healthy Eating Can ImproveBone Density in WomenA new study suggests that a diet of foods considered low-inflammatory, such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains, may help reduce bone loss and...

Latin American Tree Bark Improves Diabetes MarkersA study from the University of Prague, in the Czech Republic, has found that extracts from the bark of the Hintonia latiflora, a tree grown in...

Not-So-Speedy Pedaling Boosts BenefitsResearchers from the United Kingdom’s University of Winchester have found that cycling improves brain function. The study tested the...

dangdumrong/Shutterstock.comResearchers from the Copenhagen University Hospital, in Denmark, discovered expectant mothers that take omega-3 supplements while pregnant reduce the risk that their babies will...

MG Symbol Anything that is tight, crampy and stiff-whether it is a body part of even a mood-can be a sign of magnesium deficiency. This critical mineral is responsible for hundreds of...

Even One Drink Daily Increases Melanoma RiskA study from the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, in Providence, Rhode Island, has linked alcohol consumption with an increased risk of melanoma, the most...

DNA Markers Link Lifespan to NutritionTelomeres, located at the end of human chromosomes, protect DNA from deterioration. Multiple studies over the past decade have associated longer telomeres with increased longevity and...

New Hope for Cancer SurvivorsA new study published in the Journal of Cancer Survivorship suggests that the Neuro Emotional Technique, or NET, may be a highly effective treatment to help cancer patients decrease their physiological...

Wheezing Toddlers Prone to Food AllergiesResearchers in Singapore studied the relationship between eczema and wheezing in babies and food allergies in toddlers. They collected data from 849 children that had...

No Benefit to Cutting Fat in CheeseAnyone that has struggled to reduce their intake of low-density lipoprotein (LDL or “bad” cholesterol) may have considered avoiding saturated fat in their diets, although the latest meta-study published...

The Five-Second Rule DebunkedThe five-second rule is a belief that food that falls to the floor can be safely eaten as long as it’s picked up quickly. Researchers from Rutgers University, in New Brunswick, New Jersey, sought to test its...

Tai Chi Eases Chronic Neck PainA study from Harvard Medical School, in Boston, has found that tai chi, a low-impact exercise and movement meditation, can...

Chelation Cuts Risk of Cardiovascular DiseaseResearchers from the Mount Sinai Medical Center, in Miami Beach, concluded in a 2016 review of research that chelation therapy using agents such as ...

Sage Linked to Cognitive HealthA 2016 review from Australia’s Murdoch University, in Perth, confirms the cognitive benefits of consuming plants in the Salvia genus, particularly...

Sedentary Kids Lag in Reading SkillsA study from the University of Eastern Finland, in Kuopio, has found that less active boys perform worse in reading and arithmetic classes than...

Drinking More Water Improves Food IntakeRuopeng An, Ph.D., a kinesiology and community health professor at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, studied the hydration and dietary habits of more than...

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