Health & Spirit

Planting the Idea

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You know this, but it bears repeating: A diet rich in plant-based foods may be better for heart health than an animal-based one or one with insufficient daily fruit and vegetable servings.

A study of more than 12,000 adults, surveyed periodically between 1987 and 2017 about their food habits and heart health, found that those who consumed four to five servings of fruit and vegetables daily and less than one daily serving of red or processed meat had a 16% lower risk of cardiovascular disease and about a 30% lower risk of cardiovascular-related mortality compared to enthusiastic meat-eaters.

Taking a Hit

There's strong evidence that concussions in football players can cause brain damage, but a new report finds that even hard hits or a season full of small hits that don't concuss can lead to reduced white matter in the brain, perhaps resulting in cognitive and motor problems.

The study measured more than 19,000 hits sustained by 38 college players during one season of practices and games. MRIs comparing start and end of the season revealed an overall reduction in white matter in the players, even though only two players suffered concussions. The extent of brain damage corresponded with the number of hits sustained.

Body of Knowledge


Toenails grow more slowly than fingernails, a fact that's related to the relative lengths of their "terminal phalanges," the last bone at the end of your toes and fingers. The shorter the bone the slower the rate of nail growth.

The same things holds true for individual fingers. The longer middle fingernail grows faster than the nail on your pinky.

Get Me That, Stat!

The rate at which teens are using e-cigarettes has doubled in just one year. In 2019, the prevalence of nicotine vaping in the past month was more than 1 in 4 students in the 12th grade, 1 in 5 in the 10th grade and 1 in 11 in the eighth grade, according to newly published data.


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