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Facial Exercises Ease Midlife Signs of Aging

Middle-aged women doing 30 minutes a day of specific facial muscle movements looked an average of two-and-a-half years younger in 20 weeks.

Exercise Boosts Good Gut Bacteria

Exercising 30 to 60 minutes three times a week improved healthy gut microbes in people even without dietary changes.

Seek 15 Minutes of Device-Free Time

Spending just 15 minutes away from a device reduced unhealthy intense emotions in young adults, reports a University of Rochester study.

Energy Drinks Hurt Youth Health

Over half of teenagers that have consumed energy drinks report experiencing nausea, increased heartbeat and other negative health consequences.

Preterm Births Down After Coal Plant Shutdown

After a polluting coal-fired power plant was shut down, women living 30 miles downwind had a 28 percent lower chance of a pre-term birth.

Scientists Discover Alcohol-Cancer Link

British researchers have discovered why DNA mutation results from alcoholic consumption that’s linked to seven types of cancer.

Mangoes Carry Health Benefits

Two studies have found that mangoes fight inflammation and have properties useful in treating gastrointestinal disease.

People that Don’t Slight Sleep Eat Better

People that sleep more than seven hours a night are likely to eat less sugar, fat and carbohydrates the following day, British researchers report.

Healthy Oils Improve Good Cholesterol

In separate studies, virgin coconut oil, walnut oil and camlina oil improved cholesterol levels, making them good alternatives to olive oil.

Eye Contact Syncs Baby and Adult Brainwaves

When an adult looks into the eyes of a baby, a synchronization of brain waves occurs that supports early learning and communication skills, say Cambridge University researchers.

U.S. Midlife Women Choosing Natural Health Care

More than 80 percent of midlife women reported using complementary approaches in a recent survey, with herbal teas and vitamins the top choices.

New Guidelines Lower the Bar for Risky Blood Pressure

With new guidelines that define high blood pressure as being 130/80 instead of 140/90, nearly half of U.S. adults are considered at risk.

Acetaminophen Linked to Delayed Language Skills

Swedish moms that took acetaminophen during pregnancy gave birth to girls which 30 months later showed slower ability in acquiring language skills.

Seniors Eating Mediterranean Diet Retain Independence

Seniors that ate a diet high in veggies, fruit, whole grains, nuts and legumes were markedly more independent and less frail over a four-year period.

Yoga Soothes the Blues

A twice-weekly yoga class lowered symptoms of depression in participants within eight weeks.

Young Women Outdo Male Peers in Oxygen Uptake

In an important fitness marker, young women were found by Canadian researchers to process oxygen about 30 percent faster and more efficiently than men their age when they began exercising.

Whole Grains Help Us Eat Less

When overweight Danes exchanged refined grain products such as white bread and pasta for whole-grain equivalents, they tended to feel full sooner, eat less, lose weight and have less inflammation.

Herbs Ease Polycystic Ovary Symptoms

Ingesting a combination of five herbs returned menstrual cycles to normal durations for 55 percent of women with polycystic ovary syndrome among those participating in an Australian study.

Fruit Pesticides Lower Fertility in Women

Women undergoing fertility treatments were 18 percent less likely to become pregnant and 26 percent less likely to have a live birth if they were eating pesticide-laden produce.

Less REM-Stage Sleep Linked to Dementia Risk

People older than 60 that get less rapid eye movement (REM) sleep may have a greater risk of developing dementia.

Air Pollution Linked to Psychological Distress

People living in areas with the highest levels of airborne fine particulates were 17 percent more likely to be psychologically distressed, feeling sad, nervous or hopeless.

High-Fat Diet Risks Multiple Sclerosis Relapse

Eating a high-fat diet increases the risk of multiple sclerosis relapse in children by as much as 56 percent, while each additional cup of weekly vegetables cuts the risk by 50 percent.

Nature Videos Calm Prisoners

Maximum-security prison inmates reported feeling significantly calmer, less irritable and more empathetic after spending an hour a day watching nature videos for one year.

Leafy Greens Lower Risk for Heart Disease

Teenagers that eat few leafy greens are at triple the risk for enlargement of the heart’s left ventricle, reducing blood pumping volumes, than teens that eat greens.

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