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Delicious and Fruity Drinking Vinegars That Are Healthy, Too! Food 

Delicious and Fruity Drinking Vinegars That Are Healthy, Too!

World (Foodista) – Is drinking vinegar the new kombucha? OLITALIA, the Italian manufacturer of oils and vinegar, has recently come out with a new line of drinkable vinegars. Yes, vinegars you can drink, and they are delicious! Like kombucha, these beverages are a perfect balance between sweet and sour, and they’re good for you! They’re made from a blend of concentrated natural  grape juice, Balsamic Vinegar of Modena, apple cider vinegar (which has numerous health benefits), and natural fruit juices (no added sugar). They’re rich in polyphenols (a powerful anti-oxidant that helps fight free radicals), they help support and improve your metabolism, Read More

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Are high heels bad for your health? Health 

Are high heels bad for your health?

(Conversation) – The answer to the question: “Are high heels bad for your health?” may seem obvious to some. There is copious research into the manifold ways that high heels affect their wearers’ well-being, but it is highly fragmented, often focusing on specific health issues. Plus, there is also research that shows benefits to wearing high heels. We decided to take the many factors involved in high heel health into account and conduct the first systematic review of research into both the benefits and harms of high heel wear. We identified 506 individual studies on the issue of high Read More

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WE CAN NO LONGER OUTRUN ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE. SO, HERE’S WHAT WE NEED TO DO INSTEAD. Health 

WE CAN NO LONGER OUTRUN ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE. SO, HERE’S WHAT WE NEED TO DO INSTEAD.

World (Ensia) – Researchers are tackling the problem of antibiotic resistance head on — by hunting for the genes that enable bacteria to become resistant to life-saving medications. From the muddy bottoms of deep ocean trenches to Komodo dragon blood, scientists have scoured Earth’s remote corners in search of molecules that could yield the world’s next antibiotic. They hope to discover powerful new medicines against which bacteria have not yet evolved defenses. It’s a high-stakes pursuit. Disease-causing bacteria are becoming resistant to antibiotics more quickly than we’re discovering new ones. That’s a big problem for humans. Infections that throughout the 20th Read More

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Go On, Have Dessert: New Study Finds Chocolate Helps Memory, Cognitive Function Food Health 

Go On, Have Dessert: New Study Finds Chocolate Helps Memory, Cognitive Function

Italy (Sputnik) – Go on, treat yourself. A recent Italian study has found that eating chocolate not only helps improves memory and cognitive function in the short term – it can even help prevent cognitive decline as we age. The study, published in May in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition, focused on cocoa flavanols, the chemical compounds in cocoa beans, and their effect on brain function, both right after ingesting the flavanols and as a result of regular consumption. Researchers Valentina Socci and Michele Ferrara of the University of L’Aquila reviewed the available literature on a variety of studies and found that eating cocoa — which is, of course, the foundation of chocolate — boosts memory performance, Read More

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Get It On To Stay Sharp: Research Shows Regular Sex Boosts Brain Activity Featured Health 

Get It On To Stay Sharp: Research Shows Regular Sex Boosts Brain Activity

World (Sputnik) – New research from scientists at Coventry and Oxford Universities indicates that people over 50 can boost their brain activity, particularly visual memory and verbal fluency, by having sex regularly. Key processes that help neurological function are activated at the point of orgasm, according to scientists at New Jersey’s Rutgers University, as the brain floods with nutrients, oxygen and blood. Along with mood-enhancing properties, there’s evidence that people who don’t maintain active sex lives live shorter lives than those who do, with cardiovascular advantages for women who have sex regularly and decreased chances of prostate cancer for men. A 10-year study at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital found that sexually active Read More

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Over A Quarter Of World Population Overweight Or Obese Health 

Over A Quarter Of World Population Overweight Or Obese

World (Sputnik) – Congratulations, humanity! We’ve finally passed the 2 billion mark for people who are overweight or obese. According to a new study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, more than 27 percent of the world’s population is overweight or worse, with about 10 percent of them also being obese. “Our results show that both the prevalence and disease burden of high BMI are increasing globally. These findings highlight the need for implementation of multicomponent interventions to reduce the prevalence and disease burden of high BMI,” wrote the international team of authors. Overall, human health has improved, according to the ambitious study, which Read More

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Social Media & The Stigmatization of Mental Illness Health 

Social Media & The Stigmatization of Mental Illness

Connecticut (GREED) – Mental illness is on the rise in Western society, and social media is feeding the stigma that prevents so many people from seeking the help they need.  If you are paying attention to current events and consuming any of your news online, chances are you’ve seen it. The House of Representatives passes their health care bill, sending it to the Senate for approval (which, as of this writing, is pending), and angry declarations of “they’re ALL mentally ill” start popping up. A man violently takes the lives of two men on a Portland, Oregon train, badly Read More

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The science of taste, or why you choose fries over broccoli Science and Nature 

The science of taste, or why you choose fries over broccoli

(Conversation) – Most people say that if there is a healthy choice on a menu they will take it. But observations and research show this is generally not the case. Instead, people tend to make choices based on how food tastes. Typically, the more sugar, salt and fat in the food, the more we will like it. Genetics, experience and environment also influence our perception of food and the consumption choices we make. Australians are still not eating as healthily as they should, despite years of programs and publicity warning of the health impacts of poor diets. But what Read More

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The Placebo Effect: Works Even When Patients Know No Actual Medicine Is Being Used Health Science and Nature 

The Placebo Effect: Works Even When Patients Know No Actual Medicine Is Being Used

World (Futurism) – Clinical epidemiologist Dr. Jeremy Howick recently published a review of five research studies covering 260 patients that showed how “open-label” placebos can be an effective treatment for a number of health issues. Placebos are treatments that have no active medications in them (often they’re just “sugar pills”). So called “open-label” placebos are just like normal placebo pills except patients know they don’t contain any medication. While the belief that placebos only work when patients believe they are real medication is a commonly held one, this open-label study proves that this isn’t necessarily always the case. In fact, this isn’t even a new phenomenon: In 2009, Read More

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New Study Shows Alcohol Increases Breast Cancer Risk; Exercise Reduces It Health Women 

New Study Shows Alcohol Increases Breast Cancer Risk; Exercise Reduces It

World (Sputnik) – Consuming just one small alcoholic beverage a day puts a person at a higher risk for breast cancer, according to a report released on Tuesday by the American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund. Having analyzed data on 12 million women and 260,000 cases of breast cancer from 119 studies, the researchers found that consuming as few as 10 grams of alcohol a day can increase premenopausal breast cancer risk by five percent and postmenopausal breast cancer risk by nine percent.Alice Bender, head of nutrition programs at AICR, explained in the study that alcohol is a known carcinogen that can damage DNA and boost Read More

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