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Sauna Helps Control Blood Pressure

Readers will not be surprised to learn it was Finnish researchers who recently determined that frequent saunas can help keep blood pressure in check. A news release from the University of Eastern Finland reports that researchers at the school surveyed 1,621 middle-aged men who did not have elevated blood pressure […]

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The Best Exercise? All Of Them

What’s the best exercise you can do? Researchers at Skidmore College believe the answer is “all of them, all the time.” HealthDay reports that when Skidmoore researchers compared the effects of different exercise regimens, they found the greatest benefits from a program that included resistance exercise, cardio workouts, interval training and […]

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Wealthy Seniors Get Healthier

By the time people reach the age of 65, most know that life is not fair. And so the latest news about the health of people over 65 should surprise few seniors.  Researchers at the University of Michigan have found that older Americans report feeling dramatically healthier than they did […]

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Flu Shot Effectiveness Is In Your Genes

The annual question: “Does this flu shot really work?” has a brand new answer this year: “It depends on your genes.” Researchers at Yale have identified several genes and gene clusters associated with the immune response to influenza (“flu”) vaccination, a finding that suggests that doctors may someday use genetic profiles […]

Attitude Health

You Are What You Think, Fitness-Wise

Thinking that you’re less fit than others, even if you are actually just as fit as they are, can shorten you life. That’s the verdict from researchers at Stanford University, who analyzed surveys from more than 60,000 U.S. adults, documenting participants’ levels of physical activity, health and personal background, among […]

Health Pain

Clipping Knee Cartilage Doesn’t Help

For decades, surgeons treating meniscal tears have clipped and smoothed any dislodged cartilage they found. Why?  Because it seemed like it would help. But now comes a study from doctors at the University of Buffalo suggesting that the practice, called debridement, doesn’t actually benefit the patient. In fact, patients who […]

Eating Well Health

Better Food Means Longer Life

No, it’s not surprising, but it’s important: people who eat better food– more whole grains, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and fish and less red and processed meats and sugary beverages–live longer than people who don’t. We know that because, well it makes sense, but also because researchers at Harvard’s T. H. […]

Attitude Health

Better Sleep With A Life Purpose

Want to stop tossing and turning? Get yourself a purpose in life. Researchers at Northwestern University and Rush University Medical Center have found that people with a purpose in life were 63 percent less likely to have sleep apnea and 52 percent less likely to have restless leg syndrome. They also had […]

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No, The Pool’s Chlorine Won’t Hurt You

Writing in the New York Times, Karen Weintraub tells a concerned reader not to worry about the chlorine in swimming pools. Weintraub quotes Lindsay Blackstock, a doctoral student in analytical and environmental toxicology at the University of Alberta in Canada who recently authored an article about chemicals in swimming pools and […]