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Warming Planet Will Worsen Sleep

Rising temperatures could cause six additional nights of poor sleep per 100 people by 2050 and 14 by 2099, say scientists.

Exercise Benefits Cancer Survivors

Breast cancer survivors that regularly perform moderate-to-vigorous physical activity show improved attention, memory and multitasking abilities.

Eating Apples and Tomatoes Repairs Lungs

Fresh tomatoes and fruit, especially apples, help heal damaged lungs of ex-smokers and can slow the natural decline of lung function that typically occurs after age 30.

Steam Baths Ease Allergies

Thais with hay fever that soaked in half-hour steam baths three times a week reported fewer symptoms such as sneezing, nasal itching and congestion.

Bee Venom Is Powerful Lyme Disease Remedy

Bee venom reduces the Lyme disease bacterium more effectively than antibiotics, reports the Lyme Disease Research Group, in Connecticut.

Walking Speed May Predict Dementia

Seniors whose walking slowed by as little as 0.1 percent a year were 47 percent more likely to decline cognitively.

Only One in 10 U.S. Adults Eats Healthy

Just 9 percent of U.S. adults eat enough vegetables and only 12 percent eat enough fruit every day, with consumption lowest among men, young adults and people living in poverty.

Air Pollution Affects Teen Menstruation

Teenage girls in polluted areas have a slightly greater likelihood of menstrual irregularity and take longer to achieve regularity in high school and early adulthood.

Pesticides Lower Birth Weights

In one California agricultural region studied, the 5 percent of women with the highest exposure to pesticides had negative effects for all birth outcomes, including low birth weight, gestational length, preterm birth and birth abnormalities.

Facial Exercises Ease Midlife Signs of Aging

Middle-aged women doing 30 minutes a day of specific facial muscle movements looked an average of two-and-a-half years younger in 20 weeks.

Exercise Boosts Good Gut Bacteria

Exercising 30 to 60 minutes three times a week improved healthy gut microbes in people even without dietary changes.

Seek 15 Minutes of Device-Free Time

Spending just 15 minutes away from a device reduced unhealthy intense emotions in young adults, reports a University of Rochester study.

Energy Drinks Hurt Youth Health

Over half of teenagers that have consumed energy drinks report experiencing nausea, increased heartbeat and other negative health consequences.

Preterm Births Down After Coal Plant Shutdown

After a polluting coal-fired power plant was shut down, women living 30 miles downwind had a 28 percent lower chance of a pre-term birth.

Scientists Discover Alcohol-Cancer Link

British researchers have discovered why DNA mutation results from alcoholic consumption that’s linked to seven types of cancer.

Mangoes Carry Health Benefits

Two studies have found that mangoes fight inflammation and have properties useful in treating gastrointestinal disease.

People that Don’t Slight Sleep Eat Better

People that sleep more than seven hours a night are likely to eat less sugar, fat and carbohydrates the following day, British researchers report.

Healthy Oils Improve Good Cholesterol

In separate studies, virgin coconut oil, walnut oil and camlina oil improved cholesterol levels, making them good alternatives to olive oil.

Eye Contact Syncs Baby and Adult Brainwaves

When an adult looks into the eyes of a baby, a synchronization of brain waves occurs that supports early learning and communication skills, say Cambridge University researchers.

U.S. Midlife Women Choosing Natural Health Care

More than 80 percent of midlife women reported using complementary approaches in a recent survey, with herbal teas and vitamins the top choices.

New Guidelines Lower the Bar for Risky Blood Pressure

With new guidelines that define high blood pressure as being 130/80 instead of 140/90, nearly half of U.S. adults are considered at risk.

Acetaminophen Linked to Delayed Language Skills

Swedish moms that took acetaminophen during pregnancy gave birth to girls which 30 months later showed slower ability in acquiring language skills.

Seniors Eating Mediterranean Diet Retain Independence

Seniors that ate a diet high in veggies, fruit, whole grains, nuts and legumes were markedly more independent and less frail over a four-year period.

Yoga Soothes the Blues

A twice-weekly yoga class lowered symptoms of depression in participants within eight weeks.

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