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Be Wary of Dental Antibiotics

Preventive antibiotics are frequently prescribed by dentists for older patients with certain heart conditions, but Oregon State University researchers recently found that those antibiotics, which can expose patients to unwelcome side effects, are unnecessary 81 percent of the time.

Lower Anxiety to Ease Allergies

In the study of 1,782 people, they also found that food and drug allergies were unaffected by psychosocial disorders.

Try Maqui Berry for Dry Eyes

Maqui, tiny black berries that grow wild in the rain forests of Chile and Argentina, are beloved by small birds.

Sleep Tight to Keep Ulcers at Bay

About one in 10 Americans develops painful peptic ulcers, open sores in the lining of the stomach and duodenum, that are sometimes caused by an overgrowth of the Helicobacter pylori bacteria.

Soak Up Rays for a Healthier Bowel

Regular exposure to sunlight decreases the incidence of irritable bowel disease (IBD) in children, researchers from the Australian National University report.

Be a ‘Warm’ Parent to Extend Kids’ Lives

Cold or unsupportive mothering styles can harm a child’s health into adulthood, Loma Linda University researchers have found.

Eat Vegan Without Compromising Stamina

For runners, food is fuel, and a new study lays to rest debates about which diet is best.

Take It Easy on the Eggs

Eating three to four eggs a week increases heart disease mortality by 6 percent and all-cause mortality by 8 percent, a new study found.

Savor Cherries to Lower Metabolic Syndrome Risk

Montmorency tart cherries in juice or capsules lower systolic blood pressure and insulin levels within hours, reducing factors that lead to metabolic syndrome.

Eat Plants to Live Longer

At least one-third of early deaths globally could be prevented if people moved to a largely plant-based diet, Harvard scientists have calculated.

Use Probiotics to Shed Pounds

Probiotics significantly reduce body weight and fat mass, concluded a Chinese meta-review of 821 obese and overweight people.

Quit Smoking to Avoid Rheumatoid Arthritis

In a 30-year study, women that quit smoking sharply reduced their risk of developing seropositive rheumatoid arthritis, which can cause joint deformities and disability.

Walk or Run to Keep Blood Vessels and Brains Young

After six months of marathon training, running novices reversed the aging of major blood vessels; in another study, heart failure patients that walked fast were less likely to have cognitive impairment.

Munch Nuts for a Healthy Brain

Chinese seniors that ate more than two teaspoons of nuts a day were found to have better thinking, reasoning and memory than those that didn’t eat nuts.

Sleep Better and Feel Happier With Probiotics

Italian students that took probiotics for six weeks were less depressed, angry and tired than those in a control group.

Get Eyes Checked to Detect Early Alzheimer’s

New infrared technology allows doctors to detect the weakened blood vessels at the back of the eye associated with early Alzheimer’s.

Eat Mostly Plants to Ease Gum Inflammation

Germans that ate a diet low in meat and carbs and high in plants and vitamins for four weeks had significantly less gum inflammation and bleeding that subjects that did not change their eating habits.

Take B12 to Help With Parkinson’s

The common vitamin B12 may help slow the progression of both hereditary and non-hereditary Parkinson’s Disease, new studies show.

Try Cordyceps to Strengthen the Lungs

The Chinese medicinal fungus cordyceps improved lung function, exercise endurance and quality of life in people with chronic lung diseases.

Snack on Walnuts to Slow Growth of Breast Tumors

Women with breast cancer that ate a handful of walnuts daily for two weeks experienced a change in gene expression that suppressed the tumor growth.

Eat More Carbs to Lower Heart Risk

Low-carb diets such as Atkins, ketogenic and paleo, which emphasize protein instead of fruits, vegetable and grains, significantly increase the risk of atrial fibrillation, a new study shows.

Sit Less to Live Longer

Replacing a half hour of sitting or lying around with brisk walking and other moderate physical activities reduces the risk of dying over 14 years by 45 percent.

Eat Med Diet to Boost Performance

Eleven athletes ran five kilometers a good six percent faster after four days on a Mediterranean diet compared to four days on a Western diet.

Imbibe Less to Lower Blood Pressure

Consuming as few as seven to 13 alcoholic drinks a week increases the risk of high blood pressure, say researchers.
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