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Sufficient Sleep Supports Immunity, Image: ASIA IMAGES GROUP/SHUTTERSTOCK.COMA study from the University of Washington, in Seattle, tested the relationship of immune system functioning to lack of adequate sleep. To rule out...

The Body’s FasciaFascia is a word that has received much attention in the last few years. There is even a yearly international conference to...

Post-Stroke Exercise Improves Brain FunctionResearch from the University of Pittsburgh, in Pennsylvania, has established that structured physical activity following a stroke can significantly...

Coal Phase-Out Boosts HealthThe province of Ontario began a complete phase-out of its coal-fired power plants in 2005, with all of them having...

Unique Inflamed Gut Linked to Type 1 DiabetesResearchers in Milan, Italy, have found that individuals with Type 1 diabetes display a unique inflammatory signature and microbiome in...

Colicky Babies Respond to AcupunctureResearch from Sweden has found that acupuncture helps reduce the crying of colicky babies. The study monitored 147 babies between...

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...

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