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STORY AT-A-GLANCE U.S. inactivity and sedentary lifestyles cause obesity and other health problems Car-based lifestyles based on commuting from suburbs to job sites have greatly increased inactivity Incorporating walking into personal lifestyles can lower blood pressure, reduce susceptibility to diabetes and lower the risk of developing some cancers and cognitive…
STORY AT-A-GLANCE The Indian cooking spice asafoetida is a gum obtained from a type of giant fennel. It has an offensive smell akin to that of rotting garlic and sweaty feet, but an appetizing savory, umami taste With its onion-garlic flavor, you can use it as a substitute for either…
STORY AT-A-GLANCE Compared with sleeping seven to eight hours a night, those who slept for nine hours or more had a 23% greater risk of stroke Those who took long midday naps of more than 90 minutes also had a greater stroke risk — by 25% — than those who…
STORY AT-A-GLANCE A 2015 analysis supports the notion that animal fats are a healthy and important part of the human diet, ranking pork lard the eighth healthiest food out of 100 Pork fat’s nutritional fitness score was 0.73 — one of the highest scores within the “fat-rich” category. Only dried…
STORY AT-A-GLANCE Anxiety attacks are characterized by intense and overwhelming mental and physical symptoms If there are recurrent and unexpected feelings of anxiety, and long periods spent fearing another attack, these are signs of panic disorder Written by Dr. Joseph Mercola If you or someone you know has been diagnosed…
STORY AT-A-GLANCE Ears are normally self-cleaning, but if you experience symptoms of excess earwax, including hearing loss, you may safely remove it using oil to soften the wax and a 3% hydrogen peroxide soak for five minutes Cotton swabs are a major cause of eardrum punctures; a sample of emergency…
STORY AT-A-GLANCE After an examination of 75 popular vaping cartridges, researchers found 27% contained traces of an endotoxin found on gram-negative bacteria and 81% contained glucan, a compound found in the cell walls of most fungi The meteoric rise in the number of teens vaping has overshadowed traditional tobacco use,…
STORY AT-A-GLANCE Excessive sitting contributes to back pain and is an independent risk factor for ill health and premature death Foundation Training exercises — simple yet powerful structural movements that help strengthen and realign your posture — can help compensate for long hours spent sitting and significantly reduce back pain…
STORY AT-A-GLANCE Mosquitoes are a summertime annoyance many seek to avoid using chemical repellents. One study shows electronic music chosen for the high and low frequencies in the soundtrack reduced mosquito biting activity and breeding Most traditional chemical repellents contain either DEET or permethrin, both of which have significant side…
STORY AT-A-GLANCE Growing spinach in your garden, containers or indoors is easier when you provide the plants with well-drained soil, mulch to retain moisture and a rich source of organic fertilizer, as the fast-growing plant is also a heavy feeder Spread the plants 6 to 8 inches apart if you…
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