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Bananas Beat Sports Drinks

They are cheaper, better, and their packaging is completely organic. Bananas, it turns out, are better than sports drinks when it comes to providing anti-inflammatory agents during and after workouts. The New York Times reports that researchers (partially funded by Dole Foods) put 20 competitive cyclists through a 47-mile bike […]

Attitude Health

Meditation Lowers Blood Pressure

Clearing your mind can clear up your blood pressure problems. That’s the verdict of a recent study by researchers at Harvard University, who monitored the blood pressure of people who were asked to meditate for 20 minutes a day for eight weeks. WBUR reports that the study was small, involving […]

Health Sex

For Most, Testosterone Supplements Do Nothing

Yes, we’ve read about how testosterone can increase strength, sex drive and confidence, but a 2015 study from researchers at Harvard Medical School suggests that for most men, that is, those whose testosterone is within the normal range, testosterone does almost nothing. The New York Times reports on the research, […]

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Exercise Slows Aging

Want to get older slower? Run faster, or at least more often. Researchers at the University of Birmingham, U.K. are convinced that people who exercise regularly maintain more muscle mass and have immune systems that appears to have aged slower than the immune systems of people who do not exercise. […]

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Consumer Product Chemical Linked to Obesity

A class of chemicals called perfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) have long been linked with cancer, hormone disruption, immune dysfunction, and high cholesterol. Now comes a new study from Harvard’s Chan School of Public Health, linking them to obesity.  A Chan School news release reports that the chemicals have been used for more than 60 […]

Eating Well Health

A Little Alcohol Is Good For Your Brain

Sure, serious drinking is a seriously bad idea. But while excessive alcohol consumption is a well-documented health hazard, a little bit of alcohol could be a good thing. Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center report that low levels of alcohol consumption, generously defined as less than two and […]

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Pats vs Eagles and the Dangers of Double Dipping

It’s old news, but it’s still depressing. In 2008, yet another year that the Patriots played in the Superbowl, the New York Times reported that researchers at Clemson University had looked into the likelihood that bacteria would be transferred by double dipping chips or crackers in a bowl of party dip. The […]

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To Lose Weight, Stand, Don’t Sit

The difference in calorie burn is small, but researchers are convinced that standing rather than sitting could help keep the weight off. Science Daily reports on research conducted at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, which  analyzed results from 46 studies with 1,184 participants, average age 33. Ready? The envelope please… […]