Stop smoking! Quitting at any age reduces the risk of death after 70

Stop smoking! Quitting at any age reduces the risk of death after 70

Ann Arbor, MI, November 30, 2016 – Tobacco use continues to be a major cause of cancer and premature death. Most studies of cigarette smoking and mortality have focused on middle-aged populations, with fewer studies examining the impact of tobacco cessation on disease and mortality risk among the elderly. A...

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Safe hair care spares hair

Safe hair care spares hair

A common cause of hair loss and breakage known as acquired trichorrhexis nodosa, or TN –often more prevalent in African-Americans — can actually be remedied through appropriate use of cleansing products, hair care and styling practices, say researchers at Johns Hopkins. “It’s imperative that we offer dermatologist and patients alike...

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Beans and peas increase fullness more than meat

Beans and peas increase fullness more than meat

Sustainable eating Meals based on legumes such as beans and peas are more satiating than pork and veal-based meals according to a recent study by the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Nutrition, Excercise and Sports. Results suggest that sustainable eating may also help with weight loss. Numerous modern dietary recommendations...

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Brains of depressed kids don’t react strongly to rewards

Brains of depressed kids don’t react strongly to rewards

Brain waves show that clinically depressed children don’t respond to rewards the same way as other children do. Previous research from the same group of scientists found that a reduced ability to experience joy is a key sign of clinical depression in young children. The findings in the new study...

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‘Baby boomers’ on dope: Recreational marijuana use is on the rise among adults over 50

‘Baby boomers’ on dope: Recreational marijuana use is on the rise among adults over 50

The recent legalization of recreational marijuana (cannabis) use in California, Colorado, and Washington reflect the sweeping changes in the attitudes and perceptions towards marijuana use in the United States. Eight states have voted in favor of legal recreational marijuana and 26 states in total allow medicinal marijuana. There is a...

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Women are more active with free community workouts

Women are more active with free community workouts

A government-sponsored program in Brazil is improving the physical activity of women there. Researchers think it could work in other communities around the world. “To combat rising obesity rates, the Brazilian government created the Academia das Cidades program, or City Academies, to give residents free access to fitness facilities and...

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Some teens just don’t buy warnings about cigars

Some teens just don’t buy warnings about cigars

Specific warnings about cigars aren’t striking some teens as believable, report researchers. Overall, a majority of adolescents in the United States report current cigar warning labels to be very believable, according to the new study from the UNC School of Medicine. But the results suggest more work is needed to...

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Changing brain anatomy may make seniors shun risk

Changing brain anatomy may make seniors shun risk

Older adults are less inclined to take risks, but this behavior may be linked to changes in brain anatomy rather than age, new research shows. “Older adults need to make many important financial and medical decisions, often under high levels of uncertainty,” says lead author Ifat Levy, an associate professor of...

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Should couples learn to check each other’s moles?

Should couples learn to check each other’s moles?

The benefits of having a partner check your skin for dangerous moles outweigh the potential embarrassment, say researchers. Common places to develop potentially fatal melanoma include hard-to-see areas where it is difficult to apply sunscreen such as behind the ears and knees, the top of the head, and around the...

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Brains of ‘supernormal’ seniors seem to resist damage

Brains of ‘supernormal’ seniors seem to resist damage

Scientists are studying a small group of older adults with excellent memories called “supernormals” to determine their risk for Alzheimer’s. They compared them to older adults at high risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease, and a healthy control group. They specifically measured functional connectivity—the connection among spatially separated structures of the...

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