Religious People Live Longer

Ohio State University scientists have examined two samples of more than 1600 obituaries looking for religion, marital status and social activities. They found religious people lived an average of 5.64 years longer than nonbelievers. When controlled for gender and marital status the advantage was 3.82 years. Religious values, prayer and mediation, and volunteerism may all help…

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Physical Inactivity Leads to Higher Cancer Risk

More than a quarter of adults in America age 50+ reported no physical activity outside of work during the past month--that is about 31 million people at higher risk for obesity, heart disease, and cancer. The largest demographic of inactive people was in the South. The American Institute for Cancer Research reports too much body…

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Small Steps to Big Changes

Confused over sugar vs. fat or exercise vs. diet? You are not alone! You might benefit from the American Heart Association's "Life's Simple 7" small steps to big change. Here it is: Manage Blood Pressure Control Cholesterol Reduce Blood Sugar Get Active Eat Better Lose Weight Stop Smoking Any one can follow these. They are…

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Important Touchy-Feely Stuff

Rabbits were placed on a high-cholesterol diet thinking they would all get heart disease. They were stacked in cages to the ceiling. Those in the higher cages got significantly more heart disease compared to the lower ones. It was found the technician caring for them was short and only played with the lower ones. The study was repeated.…

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Introducing Solids to Baby

Mothers who did not exclusively breast feed their infants were twice as likely to start solids foods before 4 months of age. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends no solid foods until at least 4 months old because infant head and neck coordination needed to safely eat solids is not present until that age.…

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Health, United States, 2011

We know our readers are interested in health and life choices. You may be interested in the report card released each year by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control on the health of the nation. In Brief provides a summary of the larger report in text, tables, and graphs. For those who are more data-obsessed,…

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Poverty, Disease and Opportunity

Many people in this world face challenges those in the economically blessed parts have never dreamed of facing. Poverty, disease, and minimal education impact people for their entire lives. This short video will raise your awareness of some of the issues girls and women face.PositiveTip: Be grateful for all your blessings today--and help someone not…

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Tobacco Use

An estimated 440,000 people die from smoking - related causes each year in the United States. Nearly all smoking - related deaths occur after the age of 35, but the majority of adults who smoke began during adolescence. Eighty - two percent of adults who smoke started smoking before age 18, and virtually no adult…

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Fat Tax in Denmark

Thinking of buying a hamburger in Denmark? You’ll pay extra because of a new tax based on the amount of saturated fat contained in the food. This Scandinavian country is the first in the world to do penalize all foods based on saturated fat content above 2.3% of calories. Will Danes lower their health risks…

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Protecting Health May Also Reduce The Risk of Dementia

After following over 7200 participants for 10 years, investigators with the Canadian Study of Health and Aging examined 19 different health problems such as hearing difficulties, vision problems, arthritis, denture fit, skin issues, stomach health and more.  Findings showed that each problem reported increased dementia risk by 3.2%.  Individuasl with 8 and 12 health problems…

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