Why Do People Get Sick When the Seasons Change?

People seem to come down with a cold or the flu when the seasons change. But these dramatic temperature changes aren't the direct cause of these illnesses, experts say. Rather, the temperature shifts permit a different group of viruses to flourish, and it's these viruses that make people sick, said Dr. Benjamin Kaplan, an internal-medicine physician at Orlando Health in Florida. "Many studies...

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How to Practice Mindfulness Throughout Your Work Day

You probably know the feeling all too well: You arrive at the office with a clear plan for the day and then, in what feels like just a moment, you find yourself on your way back home. Nine or 10 hours have passed but you’ve accomplished only a few of your priorities. And, most likely, you can’t even remember exactly what you did all day. If this sounds familiar, don’t worry. You’re not alone....

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Could a Few Extra Pounds Help You Live Longer?

People who are slightly overweight but not obese—as defined by their body mass index (BMI)— tend to live longer than their normal-weight counterparts, according to a new Danish study. But that has not always been the case. In the 1970s, the Danish data show, study subjects with the best chance of living longer tended to have a BMI in the normal range, defined as being between 18.5 and 25. Someone...

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5 Keys to Success in Love and Dating

Love acts in mysterious ways, but research can help you learn some of its secrets and make yourself a more attractive love prospect. Love is a complex mixture of biochemistry, thoughts, feelings, and behavior. Yet science reveals simple rules you can follow for success. In addition to the predictable factor of physical attractiveness, traits like being open, confident, engaged, and positive make...

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Eating Chocolate Sharpens Your Brain, Study Finds

Researchers at the University of Maine have found that chocolate intake is associated with improved cognitive function.  Tracking 968 participants ages 23-98, the researchers found that “more frequent chocolate consumption was significantly associated with better performance” in a number of cognitive tests, including Visual-Spatial Memory and Organization, Working Memory, Scanning and...

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7th April:World Health Day - Halt the rise in Diabetes

World health day: Halt the rise in Diabetes   We start by looking at some estraordinary statistics: Today: 4 out of 10 Irish adults are overweight                 3 out of 10 Irish adults are obeses The cause is simple: we are eating too many calories and not getting enough exercise. The World Health Organistaion...

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BMI may be flawed measure of health

The body mass index, or BMI, may not be an accurate indicator of a person's risk of heart disease or diabetes, according to a new study. The results suggest that about 75 million adults in the United States may be misclassified — they have a true risk of heart disease or diabetes that is either lower or higher than suggested by their BMIs, the researchers said. For more on this article,...

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Can coffee prevent obesity?

Drinking coffee can help prevent obesity, scientists claim. A new study has identified a chemical compound in the caffeinated drink helps prevent some of the damaging effects of being overweight. Cholorgenic acid, or CGA, significantly reduced insulin resistance and the accumulation of fat in the livers of mice who were fed a high-fat diet. The rodents were put on a high-fat diet...

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