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Story at-a-glance Handwashing is an important strategy to reduce the spread of infections, colds and the flu; the key is to perform the task correctly and for the right amount of time Research has shown 84 to 95 percent of people do not wash their hands long enough to remove…
Story at-a-glance Ginger is a wonderful addition to your cooking and has a wide variety of medicinal benefits, including broad-spectrum antibacterial, antiviral, antioxidant and antiparasitic properties Growing your own ginger is a simple way to ensure you always have this medicinal wonder worker on hand, and will provide you with…
Story at-a-glance More than 10,000 studies confirm excessive sitting is an independent risk factor for illness and premature death. Overall, chronic inactivity has a mortality rate similar to smoking Physical inactivity raises your risk of general ill health by 114 percent, your risk of Alzheimer’s disease by 82 percent and…
Story at-a-glance Researchers at the University of Adelaide in Australia revealed that artificial sweeteners impair the body’s response to glucose, reducing control of blood sugar levels It took just two weeks for the artificial sweetener group to show adverse effects to their blood sugar levels, including a reduction in numbers…
Story at-a-glance Vitamin E is an important fat-soluble vitamin and antioxidant that combats inflammation, makes red blood cells, supports healthy immune function and helps your body use vitamin K, which is important for heart health Vitamin E deficiency increases your risk for immune dysfunction, cognitive deterioration, cardiovascular disease and certain…
Story at-a-glance Your body contains about 11 gallons of water: Your blood is 85 percent water; your muscles 80 percent; your brain 75 percent and your bones are 25 percent water, which illustrates the importance water plays in your health Drinking 16 ounces of water can raise your metabolic rate…
Story at-a-glance Exposure to microwave radiation from cellphones, routers, cordless phones, smart meters, baby monitors and other wireless devices causes massive mitochondrial dysfunction due to free radical damage Excessive free radicals triggered by low-frequency microwave exposure from wireless technologies have been linked to cardiac arrhythmias, anxiety, depression, autism, Alzheimer’s, infertility…
Story at-a-glance Globally, 83 percent of tap water samples tested were found to contain tiny microplastic particles In the U.S., 94 percent of tap water samples were found to contain plastic — the most out of all the locations tested Large quantities of microplastics are likely being transferred to agricultural…
Story at-a-glance A parasite called cryptosporidium, or crypto, may contaminate pools and water parks and is spread by contact with the feces of an infected person The number of outbreaks of a diarrhea-causing infection has doubled from 16 to 32 cases in the U.S. in just two years, from 2014…
By Cara McDonald | The Conversation Makeup is an everyday item for many people and non-negotiable for some. Is it bad for our skin? As always, the answer is not clear-cut and depends on the individual, their skin type, and the products they use. With an overwhelming choice of cosmetic…
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