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Milk Chocolate Also Benefits Heart Health

Harvard researchers found that people eating one to 12 ounces a month of milk chocolate – but less than 30 ounces – had a lower risk of irregular heartbeat.

Gut Bacteria Imbalance Linked to Chronic Fatigue

In a Columbia University study, people with chronic fatigue syndrome were found to have an imbalance in the levels of certain gut bacteria.

Pink Noise While Asleep Helps Memory

Random sound with more bass than white noise—known as pink noise—improved sleep brainwave patterns linked to memory retention in older adults.

Alcohol Affects Our Heartbeat

In a study during German Oktoberfest, arrhythmia showed up in the heart rhythms of 30 percent of drinkers, compared to 4 percent of the general population.

Dear Diary Comforts the Elderly

Elderly volunteers that kept reflective journals on the dying process were better able to be companions for those in their final days.

Tree Nuts Cut Colon Cancer Relapse

Two or more ounces of tree nuts a week sharply reduced cancer recurrence and premature death risk in patients with Stage III colon cancer.

Long-Term Cell Phone Use a Health Risk

Swedish scientists have found an increased risk of glioma, a type of brain cancer, in cell phone users, with risks rising with the years and with frequency of use.

Naps Boost Toddler Talk

Toddlers under age three that took the most daytime naps developed larger vocabularies over time, British researchers found.

Tai Chi Eases the Blues

Weekly lessons in tai chi along with thrice-weekly home practice sessions significantly lowered depression in Boston Chinese-Americans.

Regular Sleep Times Promote Health

Picking a wake-up time and sticking to it is a way to train the brain to fall asleep, which boosts the sleep time helpful in appetite control.

Onions Healthy for Heart and Kidneys

Using six years of data from 12,000 people, Iranian scientists found that regular eaters of garlic and onions lowered their cardiovascular disease risk by 64 percent and chronic kidney disease risk by 32 percent.

Teetotalers Enjoy Less Heart Disease

A Canadian meta-analysis of 45 studies found that former and occasional drinkers have a 45 percent greater risk of heart disease than non-drinkers.

Overtime Hours Linked to Tooth Decay

Japanese financial workers that worked more than 45 hours of overtime a month had more than twice the tooth decay as those with no overtime.

Aerobics Improve Brain Function

People with mild cognitive impairment that exercised aerobically four times a week for six months had increases in overall brain volume and gray matter and enjoyed better cognitive functioning.

Cranberry Prebiotic Promotes Gut Health

The cell walls of cranberries contain a compound that acts as a prebiotic by feeding more nutrients to the “good bacteria” in our gut.

Acupuncture and Herbs Ease Delirium in Patients

Japanese cardiovascular patients admitted to an intensive care unit that received acupuncture and traditional herbal medicine daily along with conventional care had about a sixth the rate of delirium as a control group.

Black Cumin Oil Helps Control Asthma

Asthma patients given 500 milligrams of black cumin oil twice a day for four weeks had better functioning lungs and normalized levels of disease-fighting white blood cells.

Resveratrol May Help Eye Health

Chinese researchers have determined that oral resveratrol passes through the brain to the eyes, where it may prevent vision degeneration.

Music Soothes Pain after Surgery

Patients that listened to a half-hour of music soon after spinal fusion surgery reported lower levels of pain.

Banning Trans Fats Lowers Heart Attacks

Heart attack hospital admissions declined in New York counties that banned trans fat food in restaurants.

Walking Reduces Symptoms of Dementia

After six months of hour-long walks three times a week, patients with early symptoms of dementia found it easier to focus and make decisions.

Women Live Longer When Surrounded by Greenery

In a Harvard study, women living in the greenest areas had a 12 percent lower mortality rate over an eight-year period.

Vitamin D plus Calcium Lowers Cancer Risk

Postmenopausal women that took D3 and calcium daily had a lower cancer rate four years later than women that didn’t.

Spirulina Reduces Weight and Cholesterol

Obese adults that ate blue-green algae twice a day for 12 weeks experienced a lower appetite, reduced body mass index and lower cholesterol.

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