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Tattoo risks

Tattoos are no longer an act of outrageous rebellion. Fully 32% of U.S. adults have one, and that number rises to 40% of folks 18-34 years old. But it turns out all that ink is lighting up more than folks' appearance.

It can trigger an increased risk of heart failure, as well as allergic dermatitis, according to a study in the Journal of the ...Read more

Protecting yourself from wildfire pollution's health risks

Last year's wildfire season was truly wild -- there were more than 6,500 fires in Canada from May to October. Air quality in Alberta, Canada, was nine times worse than usual, and it had far-reaching effects on air quality in the lower 48 states and parts of Alaska. The more than 7,000 wildfires in California just added to the dangerous air ...Read more

Taking a bite out of poor nutrition

Don't you hate it when good news is also bad news? Take the latest findings about Americans' nutritional quality. Analysis of info on over 51,000 adults shows that since 2000, the number of folks who have a very lousy diet has decreased from 49% to around 38% of the population. But almost four of every 10 folks still have poor nutrition -- and ...Read more

Straining to understand new flu strain?

"No strain, no gain" may be the mantra of fitness buffs (better than "no pain, no gain"), but when it comes to understanding what happens to the flu virus year to year -- there's a lot of strain to gain solid data, even for researchers. Relax. We (and the flu vaccine) have got you covered!

Fact 1: There are new mutant strains of the H1N1 flu ...Read more

Longing for a definition of long COVID-19? We may have one now

Despite the dramatic reduction in the number of COVID-19 cases, the number of folks in the U.S. contending with long COVID-19 remains steady, at around 17 million people in March 2024. And overall, it affects about 30% of folks who contract COVID-19, whether it's mild or severe.

According to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and ...Read more

Circling around curcumin's amazing benefits

Turmeric root is everywhere these days -- getting grated into curries, added to smoothies, even showing up in marinades and salads. It's loved for its color, flavor and remarkable health benefits. They are powered by curcumin, a polyphenolic compound that is the active ingredient in turmeric. Unfortunately, curcumin is not well absorbed in the ...Read more

Eat away at anxiety -- instead of letting it eating away at you

"You are what you eat" first appeared in the writings of the French gastronome Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin as the phrase, "Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are." That turns out to be especially true if you contend with anxiety and stress.

A new study in the journal Nutrients found that people over age 60 who stick to a ...Read more

Out with BMI, in with BRI

For years, healthy-weight guidelines have relied on BMI (body mass index), but recently it has been (rightly) criticized because a truly fit person can have a high BMI that proclaims he or she as a health disaster zone (muscle weighs more than fat). And two people with the same BMI at any level can have very different percentages of body fat, ...Read more

Another unsweet tale about artificial sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners were heralded as a solution to American's sugar addiction. After all, the average person consumes 17 teaspoons of added sugar a day, according to the American Heart Association -- and that spells an epidemic of chronic inflammation, overweight, Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and even psoriasis...Read more

Two easy ways to lower your blood sugar

Around 90 million folks in the U.S. take metformin to treat Type 2 diabetes. And recent research shows that it offers many added benefits: It helps folks with prediabetes avoid progression to full-blown Type 2, helps protect the heart, reduces the risk of stroke and lowers the risk of some cancers and of dementia in folks with diabetes. That's ...Read more

Hands down the best ways to protect your hands

You've got to hand it to your hands -- they are magnificent pieces of engineering. Twenty-nine bones and a network of muscles, nerves, ligaments, tendons and blood vessels work together to allow you to do precise movements or grand gestures. Until they don't.

One study found that more than 40% of participants of all ages and races had ...Read more

How to avoid a stroke of bad luck

You may think that a stroke, caused by a blockage in a blood vessel in the brain or by a brain bleed, only happens to older folks. Well, think again. From 2011 to 2022, the rate of stroke jumped by almost 15% in people ages 18 to 44.

Researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that the increase in strokes among younger ...Read more

Your steps count

We have long advocated walking -- with an ultimate goal of 10,000 steps or step equivalents a day, every day, no excuses -- as a consistently good way to protect your health. But official exercise recommendations -- get 150 minutes a week of moderate to intense exercise weekly -- haven't ever said how much walking might provide benefits that are...Read more

Windowsill gardens boost immune strength and cool inflammation

About 40% of Americans live in buildings with five or more residences -- and for most folks, that means they're cut off from outdoor green spaces where they can grow veggies. That's both a culinary loss (what tastes better than lettuce or tomatoes that you grew yourself?) and it short-changes your health.

But it does not have to. Many folks can...Read more

The power of exercise to prevent and control symptoms of PD

Michael J. Fox once said, "We may each have our own individual Parkinson's, but we all share one thing in common. Hope." Well, new research published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, backs that up.

Danish researchers analyzed various studies and found that high levels of physical activity, particularly from middle age on,...Read more

 

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