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Leigh Weingus is a Healthy Living Writer at The Huffington Post.

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Here's What You Need To Know About Ticks

(0) Comments | Posted July 27, 2015 | 9:46 AM


Bad news: Lyme disease, the most common tick-borne illness, has more than doubled over the past 20 years.


In 1995 there were just over 10,000 cases of Lyme disease reported. By 2013 there were over 25,000 confirmed cases and over 35,000 possible cases, according to the Centers...

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Recall Issued After 62 Salmonella Cases Are Linked With Raw Tuna

(0) Comments | Posted July 24, 2015 | 9:33 AM


The California-based seafood company Osamu Corporation has issued a recall after 62 salmonella cases were linked with raw tuna consumption.


Most of these cases have been in California (34), followed by Arizona (11). Other states affected include Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Mexico, South Dakota, Virginia, Washington...

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今すぐ短い睡眠をとるべき7つの理由

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 11:14 PM

「自分は眠らなくてもいい」などという言い訳は無用だ。

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If You Want To Get A Long Workout In, Drink Beet Juice

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 2:15 PM


Among the pantheon of great sports drinks, here's a new, not especially glamorous addition: Beet juice.


According to a small study, beet juice may have some cardiovascular benefit, both at rest and when a person is exercising. Researchers theorize that this is due to the nitrate in...

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What You Should Know About Armadillos And Leprosy

(0) Comments | Posted July 23, 2015 | 9:35 AM


By now, you may have heard that armadillos are causing leprosy outbreaks in Florida. Nine cases have been reported in Florida this year, which is close to the annual average of ten, according to Time. 


So, just how dangerous are these critters to your health? Before...

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Got A Sugar Craving? Try Looking At A Photo Of A Cockroach

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 2:52 PM


Being subjected to subliminal photos of disgusting things like insects and wounds could help curb your junk food cravings, according to a small new study.


Researchers from the University of Colorado asked 42 participants to look at photos of unhealthy foods like ice cream sundaes, pizza and...

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New Alzheimer's Research Reveals Startling Statistics For Women

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2015 | 9:56 AM


Alzheimer's disease may worsen twice as fast in women, according to a new study. 


The study, led by Katherine Lin of Duke University Medical Center, followed 400 men and women who all tested for mild cognitive impairment -- meaning they showed early signs of impaired thinking,...

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6 posições de ioga para quem trabalha o dia inteiro sentado

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 9:08 PM

Você já deve ter ouvido a expressão “ficar sentado é o novo fumar”.

Passar muito tempo sentado é associado a riscos de ataques cardíacos, síndrome metabólica, obesidade e diabetes tipo 2, além de morte prematura. Mas, para quem passa o dia no escritório, é...

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Coffee May Decrease Diabetes Risk, Because Coffee Is Awesome

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 11:11 AM


 


Your major coffee habit may help reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, according to a new study. 


Researchers found that habitual coffee drinkers -- meaning those who had more than 1.5 cups per day -- were half as likely to develop Type 2...

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Actually, All Food Is Full Of Chemicals

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 10:24 AM

You know that handful of wild, organic $10 blueberries you just ate? They were full of chemicals -- and that's okay!  

As a new AsapScience video explains, all foods have chemicals in them. So when companies are calling their foods "chemical-free," it's pretty meaningless. So too is that ubiquotous maxim of health nuts everywhere: "If you can't pronounce it, don't eat it."

Chances are, you can't pronounce everything in a banana: glucose, fructose, sucrose, maltose, starch, glutamic acid, aspartic acid, histidine, leucine, lysine, arginine, valine, alanine, serine and glycine, to name a handful. And, paradoxically, the chemical list is sometimes shorter in unhealthy foods. A candy heart, for example, has a shorter list of chemicals than a banana does, according to the video. 

While this might seem like semantics, it's an important concept to take into consideration with so many food companies using "natural" language to convince you their products are healthful. 

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As this video reminds us, sometimes you need a little food perspective. And it's worth taking blanket health claims with a grain of salt (or, y'know, NaCl).

In another example, did you know that pretty much all the food you eat is processed

"The idea of saying, 'Just avoid processed foods' is crazy," registered dietician Dawn Jackson Blatner told The Huffington Post. "Yogurt is a processed food. It’s actually been cultured and packaged. Canned beans, with no other ingredient besides beans, is processed because [the beans] have been cooked and they have been canned."

Of course, there is a difference between "good" and "bad" processed foods. Yogurt, for example, is minimally processed, meaning it retains the good qualities of its source, such as calcium and protein. Foods like soda and and refined bread fall, by contrast, fall in the "highly processed" category, meaning they're been processed to the point where they're not longer recognizable as their original plant or animal source. 

Which all goes to show you that there's no shortcut to consumer knowledge. Yep. There are tons of chemicals in your banana, and your can of beans is processed. You learn something new every day! 

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Cómo saber si tu hijo está preparado para tener un 'smartphone'

(0) Comments | Posted July 21, 2015 | 8:17 AM

¿Te preguntas si ha llegado la hora de darle a tu hijo o hija un teléfono móvil? Es normal sentir la necesidad de estar conectado con tu hijo las 24 horas del día, 7 días a la semana. Después de todo, muchos padres lo hacen.

Por desgracia, el...

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Comment savoir si votre enfant est en âge d'avoir un smartphone

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 10:56 AM

VIE DE FAMILLE - Vous vous demandez s’il est temps que votre fils ou votre fille ait son propre smartphone? Après tout, il est naturel que vous désiriez être en contact permanent avec votre enfant. En plus, beaucoup de ses copains en ont déjà un.

Malheureusement,

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Actually, All Food Is Full Of Chemicals

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 10:54 AM

You know that handful of wild, organic $10 blueberries you just ate? They were full of chemicals -- and that's okay!  

As a new AsapScience video explains, all foods have chemicals in them. So when companies are calling their foods "chemical-free," it's pretty meaningless. So too is that ubiquotous maxim of health nuts everywhere: "If you can't pronounce it, don't eat it."

Chances are, you can't pronounce everything in a banana: glucose, fructose, sucrose, maltose, starch, glutamic acid, aspartic acid, histidine, leucine, lysine, arginine, valine, alanine, serine and glycine, to name a handful. And, paradoxically, the chemical list is sometimes shorter in unhealthy foods. A candy heart, for example, has a shorter list of chemicals than a banana does, according to the video. 

While this might seem like semantics, it's an important concept to take into consideration with so many food companies using "natural" language to convince you their products are healthful. 

As this video reminds us, sometimes you need a little food perspective. And it's worth taking blanket health claims with a grain of salt (or, y'know, NaCl).

In another example, did you know that pretty much all the food you eat is processed

"The idea of saying, 'Just avoid processed foods' is crazy," registered dietician Dawn Jackson Blatner told The Huffington Post. "Yogurt is a processed food. It’s actually been cultured and packaged. Canned beans, with no other ingredient besides beans, is processed because [the beans] have been cooked and they have been canned."

Of course, there is a difference between "good" and "bad" processed foods. Yogurt, for example, is minimally processed, meaning it retains the good qualities of its source, such as calcium and protein. Foods like soda and and refined bread fall, by contrast, fall in the "highly processed" category, meaning they're been processed to the point where they're not longer recognizable as their original plant or animal source. 

Which all goes to show you that there's no shortcut to consumer knowledge. Yep. There are tons of chemicals in your banana, and your can of beans is processed. You learn something new every day! 

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Don't Forget To Brush Your Teeth. Seriously.

(0) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 9:36 AM


Brushing twice a day is good for your breath and gums and all, but it also helps out your whole body


Francesco D’Aiuto, senior lecturer at the Eastman Dental Institute in London, chatted with The Guardian about what he refers to as the the "mouth-body connection,"...

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Quer sair com uma pessoa mais bonita que você? A ciência diz que dá certo!

(2) Comments | Posted July 19, 2015 | 2:32 PM

A fim de alguém? Fazer amizade antes pode não ser má ideia, segundo uma nova pesquisa.

Um estudo conduzido por pesquisadores da Universidade Northwestern e da Universidade do Texas, em Austin, indica que, quanto melhor você conhece uma pessoa, maiores suas chances com ela – mesmo...

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What It Really Feels Like To Be In A Coma

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 3:59 PM

Claire Wineland is a 17-year-old Los Angeles teen living with cystic fibrosis, a serious genetic condition that causes fluid buildup in the lungs. After spending two weeks in a medically-induced coma, she decided to tell the world exactly what it was like.

Wineland explained the experience in a video for her YouTube channel The Clairity Project, a platform where she chronicles her experience of living with cystic fibrosis in humorous, upbeat and compelling videos. 

 In the video "What It's Like To Be In A Coma," Wineland described feeling like she was in Alaska -- only to find out that's when doctors were applying ice packs to her body while she was in a coma. 

 “I remember sitting there and staring at the most beautiful scenery ever for hours and hours … and it would be freezing cold but I didn’t care,” she explained in the video. “Turns out I was being ice-packed the whole time ... so I guess I thought somewhere in my brain I though, like, 'Ice, Alaska. Totally makes sense!'”

Michael DeGeorgia, a neurologist from University Hospitals Case Medical Center, told ABC that this happens because patients are in a dream-like state while sedated

"When you’re dreaming, your entire brain is not [synchronized]," he explained. "When you wake up from dream, the memory is almost there but can’t quite get it.When you’re in and out of sedation [your brain is] not quite synchronized in laying down memories.”

Wineland has had 35 surgeries over the course of her life, according to People magazine, and spends quite a bit of time in the hospital. She has been told she won't live a very long life, so she's living it in a way that makes her happy.

"A lot of people say when you get a short life span you want to go out and do all of this crazy stuff like go bungee jumping and travel to exotic places," she told People. "But you just want to live. You start to realize that the mundane stuff is really beautiful, and you want to experience the great stuff that everyone else gets to experience."

To see more of Claire's inspiring videos, head over to The Clairity Project

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Hospital's 'Laugh Cafe' For Seniors Proves That Laughter Is The Best Medicine

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2015 | 11:33 AM

Need a good laugh? Washington's Sibley Memorial Hospital has you covered with their "Laugh Cafe."

A part of the Sibley Senior Association, which was launched in 1987, Sibley's Laugh Cafe is exactly what it sounds like -- a room next to the hospital cafeteria where senior citizens go to tell...

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If You Bring Reusable Bags To The Grocery Store, You Might Buy More Junk Food

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2015 | 11:34 AM


Bringing your own bags to the supermarket? According to a new study, that's probably not as good for your diet as it is for the environment. 


The study, which was conducted by researchers from Harvard Business School and Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, found that...

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Here's What's Actually Happening To Your Body When You Get A Sunburn

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 5:23 PM


We all know too much time in the sun can cause skin cancer, but do you know what's actually causing your sunburn?


A new video from SciSchow explains exactly how your skin goes from its natural color to  brown or bright red. As the video puts...

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Under Armour's New Campaign Is All About The Power Of Female Athleticism

(0) Comments | Posted July 15, 2015 | 3:35 PM


In the company's latest campaign, Under Armour is all about highlighting the accomplishments of incredible athletes.


The fitness brand is promoting its Armour High Bra, which is built for high impact activities -- running, kickboxing etc -- with gorgeous posters of ballerina Misty Copeland, Apline ski...

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