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Dancing Prevents Senior Decline

Elderly Japanese women who danced for exercise were 73 percent less likely to be impaired eight years later doing “activities of daily living” such as walking, cooking, dressing and bathing.

U.S. Heart Disease on the Rise

An estimated 48 percent of American adults have cardiovascular disease, but about 80 percent of the time the disease can be prevented with precautionary medical care and lifestyle changes.

Mindfulness May Ease Menopausal Symptoms

Women in menopause that are mindful and nonjudgmental of their thoughts are less irritable, anxious and depressed, says the Mayo Clinic.

Prenatal Yoga Reduces Caesareans and Labor Pain

Mothers-to-be that practiced yoga had fewer C-sections, fewer low-weight newborns, and milder and briefer labor pains.

Fruits and Veggies Boost Moods

Based on health data of 40,000 people, British researchers found that simply eating more produce measurably heightens mental well-being.

Exercise Improves Young Brains, Too

Aerobic activities improve the executive thinking skills of both young and old people, report Columbia University researchers.

Selenium and CoQ10 Provide Lasting Benefits

Twelve years after a study ended, senior participants that had taken CoQ10 and selenium had lowered their cardiovascular mortality risk more than 40 percent.

Household Cleaning Products Affect Babies’ Guts and Weight

Canadian toddlers in households that used chemical disinfectants at least once a week had disturbed gut microbes and higher body mass index scores than toddlers in households that used vinegar or other eco-friendly cleaners.

Smoking Bans Lower Blood Pressure

Non-smokers in areas that have banned smoking in public space have lower systolic blood pressure.

Curcumin Boosts Fertility in Men

In a 10-week study, infertile Iranian men that took curcumin experienced a significant increase in sperm count, concentration and motility.

Sugary Drinks Linked to Kidney Disease

African-American adults that consumed the most sugar-sweetened drinks were 61 percent more likely to develop kidney disease within 13 years than those with the lowest consumption.

Probiotics Ease Bipolar Disorder

Hospitalized bipolar patients that took probiotic supplements upon release were three times less likely to re-enter the hospital than those given a placebo.

Gut Susceptible to Food Additives

Testing of food additives in a Czech lab found that gut microbes with anti-inflammatory properties were easily harmed by additives, while microbes with pro-inflammatory properties were mostly resistant.

Stress May Be Worse in the Evening

Faced with stress, cortisol levels rise strongly in the morning but not in the evening, suggesting that the human body is more equipped to deal with stress early in the day, say Japanese researchers.

Meditation and Music Slow Cellular Aging

Doing a chanting meditation or listening to classical music 12 minutes a day for three months altered biomarkers associated with cellular aging and Alzheimer’s disease in adults with early memory loss.

Vegetables and Orange Juice Protect Memory

A Harvard study of 27,842 older male health professionals found those that ate the most vegetables and drank the most orange juice suffered less memory loss over a span of two decades.

Lemon Balm Lowers Blood Pressure, Reduces LDL

Taking three grams a day of powdered lemon balm for two months significantly improved the condition of Iranian patients with chronic stable angina.

Rose Hip Reduces Cold Symptoms

Danes that took two grams of liquid rose hip during the winter had 13 percent fewer colds and less coughing, headaches, stiffness and fatigue when they did get sick.

Pine Bark Soothes Prostate

Italian men with benign prostate hypertrophy that took 150 milligrams a day for two months of a pine bark extract significantly improved in urination frequency, urgency, intermittency and nighttime occurrences.

Herbs Make Worthy Prebiotics

Ginger, black pepper and holy basil showed significant prebiotic activity compared to the well- known prebiotic fructooligosaccharide (FOS).

Light Pollution Disturbs Sleep

A study of 52,027 South Koreans found that those exposed to high levels of artificial outdoor light at night were more likely to have sleep issues and take sleeping pills.

Bitter Melon Eases Knee Pain

Patients with knee osteoarthritis who took a bitter melon supplement for three months had significantly less pain, lower analgesic use, and reduced body weight and blood glucose levels.

Harmful Bacteria Linked to Certain Showerheads

Mycobacterium that lurk in showerheads are more often found in homes using municipal water, using plastic showerheads, and in certain regions of the country.

Zinc Combo Fights Aging Diseases

When Zinc combines with certain antioxidant compounds found in tea, coffee and other foods, it produces a type of enzyme that prevents the oxidative stress linked to such diseases as dementia and cancer.

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