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Caring for Others Prolongs Life

Caring for Others Prolongs Life

In a multi-country study, half of seniors aged 70 to 103 actively caring for others—including grandchildren and friends—were alive seven years later, while half of those that weren’t care giving died within four years.

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Beetroot Juice Helps Older Brains Act Younger

Beetroot Juice Helps Older Brains Act Younger

Sedentary adults with hypertension that drank beetroot juice before a thrice-weekly treadmill session had brain connectivity markers of younger adults.

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Early Birds Eat Better and Exercise More

Early Birds Eat Better and Exercise More

People that rise early make healthier food choices and are more physically active throughout the day, say researchers.

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Less Salt Reduces Nighttime Potty Visits

Less Salt Reduces Nighttime Potty Visits

Japanese men and women that reduced salt in their diet made fewer trips to the bathroom at night, while those that increased salt intake made more.

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Yoga Eases Eating Disorders

Yoga Eases Eating Disorders

In two studies, regular yoga classes or individual practice lowered anxiety, depression and negative thoughts in people with eating disorders.

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Meditation and Music Aid Memory in Early Stages of Alzheimer’s

Meditation and Music Aid Memory in Early Stages of Alzheimer’s

West Virginia adults with early symptoms of Alzheimer’s improved their memory and cognitive functions after three months of kirtan kriya meditating or listening to other music 12 minutes a day.

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Tonsillectomies Help Only Temporarily

Tonsillectomies Help Only Temporarily

Children have fewer school absences and infections in the first year after a tonsillectomy, but the benefits ebb over time, reports a Vanderbilt University Medical Center study of 10,000 children.

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Sufficient Sleep Supports Immunity

Sufficient Sleep Supports Immunity

Fewer hours of sleep was linked to a depressed immune system in a University of Washington study that had ruled out genetic factors as contributors.

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Massage Relieves Chronic Back Pain

Massage Relieves Chronic Back Pain

Half of those with chronic back pain that participated in a study reported meaningful relief after 10 sessions of massage therapy, say Indiana University-Purdue University researchers.

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Eating Fruit Lowers Cardiac Risk

Eating Fruit Lowers Cardiac Risk

Chinese and British adults that ate 100 grams of fruit a day lowered their heart-attack and stroke risk by a third over seven years.

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