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Story at-a-glance Baking soda (sodium bicarbonate or NaHCO3) has a number of medicinal uses and benefits. It’s commonly known to have alkalinizing, antacid and electrolyte replacement properties Studies have shown drinking baking soda solution can help pregnant women who are having a slow or difficult labor to avoid C-sections in…
Story at-a-glanceHand washing is a simple, effective means of reducing your exposure to disease-causing germs and the potential you’ll spread infection to those around you Research demonstrates hand air dryers may spread bacteria and bacterial spores on your hands as you dry, and also spread bacteria as much as 3…
By David Irving | The Conversation I’ve always wondered why our veins are blue, when blood is red? - Alexandra, 28, Melbourne Blood is red, and a surgeon will tell you our veins too are red, they only look blue when we see them through our skin. But why? The…
Tea, particularly green tea, has been linked with a reduced risk of stroke, diabetes and depression, and improved blood pressure, abdominal obesity and glucose levels Coffee consumption is associated with reduced risk of premature death and cardiovascular death, heart disease, cancer, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, cirrhosis and diabetes Coffee should…
Story at-a-glance Giving up soda — both sugar-sweetened and diet — is one of the most fundamental steps you can take to improve your health. You likely have made that choice long ago, but it is one that is important to many that you know Research suggests sugary beverages are…
By: Susan Hazel | The Conversation Most pet owners know chocolate and dogs don’t mix. Despite this, chocolate poisoning in dogs remains a problem, particularly at Christmas, as a new study in the journal Vet Record shows. Chocolate and cocoa are products of cacao beans (Theobroma cacao) after they are…
Story at-a-glance Eggshells with the membrane intact have been studied and recommended as a good way to supplement your calcium levels, since 95 percent of the total makeup of eggshells is calcium The date on egg cartons may be intentionally cryptic enough to keep you guessing about how long your…
Story at-a-glance Na-Nose technology, which studies say accurately diagnosed the presence of several different diseases nine out of 10 times, uses an individual's "breathprint" made up of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) Developers describe the technology as easy to use, affordable and noninvasive, which also could be advanced to use for…
Story at-a-glance Coronary angioplasty and stents are often recommended for treatment of arterial blockage in your heart muscle, the goal of which is to repair and unblock the artery Researchers found this procedure may improve blood flow through the blocked artery but did not improve symptoms or exercise tolerance in…
Story at-a-glance While a regret can be phrased either as an action or as an inaction, regrets framed as actions tend to be more emotionally intense than regrets about inactions, but inactions tend to be longer lasting One of the most frequently cited regrets at the end of life is…
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