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Hand Washing: Hot Doesn’t Matter

Your mother was wrong. So, apparently, are U.S. Food and Drug Administration guidelines recommending that plumbing systems at food establishments and restaurants deliver water at 100 degrees Fahrenheit for handwashing. Rutgers University reports that researchers at the school put large amounts of harmless bacteria on the hands of 21 people […]

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Exercise Can Slow Aging By Nine Years

Exercise, actually lots of exercise, can slow your body’s biological aging by as much as nine years. That’s the verdict of researchers at Brigham Young University, who looked at the length of telomeres (nucleotide endcaps of our chromosomes that correlate with age) in 5,823 adults who participated in the CDC’s […]

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Mindful Swimming

Swimming is a great exercise for lots of muscles all over our bodies. It can also be great for our minds. Writing in the New York Times, David Gelles suggests eight things swimmers can do to practice mindful swimming: Begin each swim with an intention to be fully present in […]

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Frequent Steroid Use Can Weaken Muscles

Steroids, such as prednisone, can be a good thing, repairing and strengthening damaged muscles. But too much of a good thing can be a bad thing, and researchers at Northwestern University are convinced that steroids taken too frequently for long periods of time can weaken muscles. A Northwestern news release […]

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Cycling Won’t Hurt Your Sex Life

After years of somewhat authoritative reports that cycling could hinder the sex lives of both men and women, two new studies are telling us not to worry. A news release from the American Urological Association reports that one study, which included nearly 4,000 men, of whom 63 percent were cyclists […]

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Can Marijuana Reverse Brain Aging?

Nobody is claiming that smoking pot will make you smarter (and there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence that suggests that it does the opposite), but researchers at the University of Bonn are convinced that the active ingredient in pot–cannabis- can reverse the brain’s natural aging process. A University of Bonn news […]

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New Treatment For Enlarged Prostate

About 50 percent of men over the age of 50 have enlarged prostates. Yes, it’s unpleasant, and it’s what keeps many men getting up several times a night to pee. For years, surgery and meds have been the most common treatments, and both can have unpleasant side effects, including, yes, […]