Category : Prevention

Health Studies, Prevention
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Is Your “Weird” Sleep Normal? History Says Yes.

public domain - Teodoro S GruhlAccording to the National Institute of Health, sufficient sleep is required to keep your brain working well and to protect your physical health. It’s when you are asleep that the brain is forming new pathways to help you learn and remember. It’s also when your body is most involved in healing and repair of your heart and blood vessels. Chronic sleep deficiency is tied to heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke. It even increases the likelihood that you will become obese.

We’ve long known that between 7 and 8 hours of sleep seems to be ideal. Most of us assume that means we need about 8 uninterrupted hours if we’re going to feel our best, but at least one researcher is saying we may be wrong.

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Disease, Health Studies, Prevention
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First-time Ever: New Method Detects Alzheimer’s Before Symptoms

Copyright: nebari - 123RFUntil now, no methods have existed for early detection of Alzheimer’s, a disease which currently affects an estimated 5.2 million Americans. Up until this point, we’ve had to wait for serious memory loss to take its toll before identifying Alzheimer’s, and many people wait even longer, mistakenly believing that memory loss is a normal part of aging.

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Exercise, Prevention
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7 Steps to a 30-sec. Full-Body Workout

plankingthumbnailExercises aimed at strengthening your core are said to enhance balance and stability as well as to positively influence arm and leg movements. One of the most popular new exercises is planking. Planking is raising yourself from a prone (push-up) position to support your weight on your elbows and the balls of your feet. Internet challenges say you can see benefits in as little as 30-seconds a day.

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Exercise, Prevention
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3 Ways Your Phone Can Improve Your Health

phone fitnessThere are times when all of us get busy or forget to do even even the simplest things that we know keep us healthiest.

We’ve paired three of the most efficient ways to stay healthy with three popular mobile apps that can help you stay on track.

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Disease, Prevention
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Travel Plans? Check the Flu Map!

Most of us check the weather forecast before we travel, but now you can check the flu forecast!

A team from Columbia University has created a new computer model designed to track flu cases in the U.S. The model can be used to predict where the flu will break out next.

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Disease, Prevention
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Hidden Risks of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Osteoarthritis is one of the most common causes of disability in the U.S., but rheumatoid arthritis is also a serious concern. Four in every 100 adults will suffer from rheumatoid arthritis.

Statistically, rheumatoid arthritis accounts for 22% of all deaths due to arthritis-type conditions. About 40% of those deaths are related to cardiovascular causes, including heart disease and stroke. Because rheumatoid arthritis can affect any part of the body and because the common medications for rheumatoid arthritis may have serious side affects, it’s important for people with rheumatoid arthritis to be aware of their other health risks. If you or someone you love has rheumatoid arthritis, never ignore these 10 symptoms:

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Natural Remedies, Prevention
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Saffron: Healthy Alternative Treatment for Depression

Klearchos Kapoutsis, Saffron of Santorini, Flickr, CCBYSaffron is a spice derived from the crocus flower (Crocus sativus) originally from Southeast Asia. Well-known as the most expensive spice in the world, saffron comes from the delicate stigma of the flower. Its cost comes from the fact that it must be gathered by hand, and it takes 75,000 flowers to produce just a single pound of the spice.

So saffron is pricey, but it just may be the cheapest treatment you ever get.

Because saffron may be an effective alternative treatment for depression.

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