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Dec14Party Tips for Teetotalers

Party Tips for Teetotalers

You love social gatherings, but you’re not a social drinker. Peer pressure can make it harder when you want to abstain for health or religious reasons, for instance. And while you might be OK telling one or two people about your reasons for not drinking, you probably don’t want to repeat it multiple times at […]

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Dec14Family Meals Serve Up Better Behaved Kids

Family Meals Serve Up Better Behaved Kids

Children whose families regularly eat meals together tend to have better social skills and fitness levels, researchers report. Family meals yield multiple physical and mental health benefits, according to the long-term Canadian study. “The presence of parents during mealtimes likely provides young children with firsthand social interaction, discussions of social issues and day-to-day concerns,” explained […]

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Dec14Your Pets Can’t Put Your Aging on ‘Paws’

Your Pets Can’t Put Your Aging on ‘Paws’

In a finding that’s sure to ruffle some fur and feathers, scientists report that having a pet doesn’t fend off age-related declines in physical or mental health. “Our results showed that in this sample of almost 9,000 people — average age 67 years — for those who owned a pet, no health benefits were found,” […]

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Dec14Health Highlights: Dec. 14, 2017

Health Highlights: Dec. 14, 2017

John McCain Hospitalized Due to Side Effects of Brain Cancer Treatment Computer-Illiterate Doctor Again Denied Request to Regain License Flu Kills 646,000 People Worldwide Each Year: Study Baby Born With Heart Outside Body Recovering After Surgeries

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Dec14Health Tip: Dental Association Supports Fluoridated Water

Health Tip: Dental Association Supports Fluoridated Water

(HealthDay News) — Not every community in the United States adds fluoride to drinking water. Nonetheless, the American Dental Association supports the practice, saying fluoridated water: Helps prevent tooth decay. Protects all ages against cavities. Is safe and effective. Saves money. The average lifetime cost per person to fluoridate a community’s supply of drinkingwater is […]

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Dec14Health Tip: Practice Mindful Eating

Health Tip: Practice Mindful Eating

(HealthDay News) — Slowing down and paying more attention to what you eat can make you appreciate food more and eat healthier. The American Heart Association suggests: Ponder: Ask yourself if you are really hungry before you eat. Appraise: Notice your food and how it smells and looks. Slow: Eat your food slowly. Savor: As […]

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Dec14Drinking More Wine These Days? Your Glass May Be to Blame

Drinking More Wine These Days? Your Glass May Be to Blame

Wonder why people seem to be drinking more these days? Perhaps it’s the size of their wine glass. British researchers suggest there’s a connection between the rise in drinking — especially wine — in the U.K. since the 1960s and expanding wine glass sizes since the 1990s. They noted that wine glass volume has increased […]

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Dec14Rain May Not Cause Achy Joints After All

Rain May Not Cause Achy Joints After All

Many people insist their joints ache more when it rains. But that popular notion might be all wet, a new study suggests. The study of more than 1.5 million older Americans found that people were no more likely to visit the doctor with joint or back pain during rainy weeks than sunny ones. Even among […]

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Dec13Some Great Holiday Foods for Weight Loss

Some Great Holiday Foods for Weight Loss

Many of the foods most associated with holiday meals can actually be good for you and, because they’re filling, leave you feeling satisfied with small servings. Skinless white turkey meat tops the list. A 3-ounce slice has 26 grams of protein, less than 1 gram of saturated fat and just 130 calories. Skip the gravy, […]

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Dec13Can Video Games Hone ER Docs’ Skills?

Can Video Games Hone ER Docs’ Skills?

Emergency room doctors must think fast — and video games might help boost their decision-making, new research suggests. A study led by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine found an adventure video game improved ER doctors’ ability to assess the level of care needed by trauma patients. “Physicians must make decisions quickly and with […]

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