Lifestyle changes to improve your health in 2021 – the pandemic proves you can

(Louis Bezich/ Philly Voice) –– There is much in life out of our control, but when it comes to the most important dimension, our health, we have more power than we realize.  The problem is too many Americans, particularly men over age 50, abdicate this power and fall victim to an unhealthy lifestyle. As we […]

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Tanning Beds and Sunbathing May Raise Endometriosis Risk

(Nicholas Bakalar/ The New York Times) — Women who use tanning beds or who sunbathe are at increased risk for endometriosis, according to new research. Endometriosis — the growth of uterine tissue outside of the uterus — is a painful chronic condition that in some cases can lead to infertility. Researchers used data on 116,429 […]

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Blinking hell: how to keep tired eyes healthy during a pandemic

(Elle Hunt/ The Guardian) — Are you worried your vision has grown worse this year? You’re definitely not alone. But from the 20-20-20 rule to changing the size of your text, there are simple ways to address it. In the pandemic, our eyes are working harder than ever. With the majority of our communication nonverbal, […]

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COVID-19 face mask study has good news for fitness enthusiasts

(Brittany A. Roston/ SlashGear) — A new study out of Canada has found that healthy people who exercised while wearing a three-layer face mask didn’t experience issues with blood or muscle oxygen levels. The study, which was recently published in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, addresses some of the controversy and claims […]

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Is your partner optimistic? Why that impacts your health as you age

(Nancy Schimelpfening/ Healthline) — According to a group of Michigan State University researchers, the secret to having a sharper mind as you grow older may lie in having a partner who’s optimistic. Previous research has linked optimism in individuals with healthy cognitive function. However, the research team for this study wanted to look at whether […]

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Searching for the genetic underpinnings of morning persons and night owls

(Veronique Greenwood/ New York Times) — Early to bed and early to rise is a maxim that’s easy to follow for some people, and devilishly hard for others. Now, in a study published in Nature Communications, researchers curious about the genetic underpinnings of chronotype — whether you are a morning person, a night owl or […]

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No amount of alcohol is good for your overall health, global study says

(Sandee LaMotte/ CNN) — If you’re one of the third of all humankind who drinks alcohol, take note: There’s no amount of liquor, wine or beer that is safe for your overall health, according to a new analysis of 2016 global alcohol consumption and disease risk. Alcohol was the leading risk factor for disease and […]

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What drinking alcohol means for your cancer and death risk

(Jacqueline Howard, CNN) —The science is clear: Drinking too much alcohol is bad for your health, but exactly how low-risk is light drinking? A study published in the journal PLOS Medicine on Tuesday provides some new insight. It found that those who drink the most have the highest risks of death and cancer. Yet the […]

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Loneliness is bad for heart health: new study

(Science News) — Loneliness is a strong predictor of premature death, worse mental health, and lower quality of life in patients with cardiovascular disease, according to a new study. “Loneliness is more common today than ever before, and more people live alone,” said study author Anne Vinggaard Christensen, a Ph.D. student in the Copenhagen University Hospital, […]

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Could an apple a day actually keep the doctor away? Scientists find a germ of truth in proverb

(Vanessa Hrvatin/ National Post) — There may be some truth at the heart of the ancient Welsh proverb that says “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” — and eating fruit might be especially good for your lungs. A study published Thursday in the European Respiratory Journal looked at 680 people’s food consumption over 10 […]

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