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Controlling your blood pressure with sweat and a smile

Almost half of adults in the U.S. have delayed going to the dentist because of the pandemic -- 75% of those folks postponed a regular checkup and over 12% skipped care for something bothering them, like bleeding gums. That's bad for oral health, but it has even more far-reaching repercussions, according to a study in Hypertension.

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Fitness trackers and weight loss -- a good combo

Actor Jon Hamm, President Barack Obama and Google CEO Sundar Pichai have all been spotted wearing fitness trackers and smartwatches -- the latest tools designed to count your steps, heart rate, calories burned, even monitor your sleep quality and provide long-term biomonitoring. They can cost from $13 to more than $400 -- or you can download a ...Read more

Severe illness from COVID-19. What's your risk?

NFTs, non-fungible tokens, are being used to sell (nonexistent or over-existent) digital art. For example, a digital video by Mike Winkelmann, AKA Beepie, sold for $6.6 million, but you can have precisely the same thing in your living room if you Google "Crossroad #1/1." The art market is risky business, but it's nothing compared to the chances ...Read more

Become a threat to what threatens your health

Bo Jackson is the only athlete named to the NFL Pro Bowl and MLB All-Star game in the same season. Deion Sanders hit a home run in the MLB and scored a touchdown in the NFL in the same week. Multi-threats we'd like to see more of. In contrast, we'd like to see less of the multiple threats of diabetes and lung cancer that menace many Americans.

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The sugar-fatty liver connection

Singer-songwriter Antoine Dominique Domino Jr. was known as Fats Domino; silent-screen star Roscoe Conkling Arbuckle went by Fatty Arbuckle; and jazz pianist Thomas Wright Waller was called Fats Waller. These legendary celebs embraced their corpulent nicknames, but most folks don't want to see their extra padding talked about on a billboard.

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Are you bringing home the bacon? Stop it!

There are many types of Bacon: Sir Francis, who helped develop the scientific method of inquiry and experimentation; Kevin, who's won hearts with his film work in "Mystic River" and "Footloose;" and Max, lead singer for the '80s British heavy metal band Moby Dick. However, the type of bacon made from fatty pork is not one that you want to serve ...Read more

Don't go breaking your heart

In 1976, when Elton John and Kiki Dee sang "Don't go breaking my heart," they were more concerned with love gone bad than food that done 'em wrong. But now, 45 years later, it turns out that the real risk for heartbreak comes from ultraprocessed foods. A new study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology shows that eating ...Read more

Vaccines and variants

Marvel Comics specializes in mutant superheroes -- from Hope Summers and Wolverine to Iceman and Storm. They're only scary to the bad guys. Mutant viruses, on the other hand, are more troubling, and we know COVID-19 is mutating:

There is the British variant (officially called B.1.1.7), the South African strain (B.1.351), the Brazilian one (P.1)...Read more

How to make smart changes when you have Type 2 diabetes

The French Chef, Julia Child, was a CIA intelligence officer before she moved to Paris with her husband at the age of 36 and discovered the joy of cooking. That's a pretty big lifestyle change! Well, if you're overweight or obese and have Type 2 diabetes, it's also a great idea to make far-reaching lifestyle changes. A new study reveals how to ...Read more

More proof that cancer is sweet on sugar

Beyonce made a cool $50 million partnering with Pepsi. Britney Spears also raked in a truckload as a famous frontperson. You wonder if they would have done it if they knew just how dangerous it is for them to drink sugar-sweetened sodas.

A new study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention shows that women who drink sugar-laced...Read more

Broadband protection: Promote heart health and KO cancer

Over 30% of U.S. adults watch movies on their digital devices several times a week thanks to broadband technology and higher connection speeds. Well, it turns out that you can get broadband health results flowing your way, too -- through your cardiovascular connections! In a study published in JACC: CardioOncology, researchers found good heart ...Read more

Alternative milks

Tom Robbins, author of "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues," once said, "You should never hesitate to trade your cow for a handful of magic beans." A 1960s point of view, perhaps. The 2020s point of view is that you shouldn't hesitate to trade cow's milk in for a glass of soy, oat or almond milk. Is that a smart trade?

Almond milk contains no ...Read more

Want your nutrition to mushroom? Then mushrooms it is

Why did the mushroom go to the party? Because he's a fungi! But there's so much more to a mushroom than a good time! A new study in Food & Nutrition Research uncovered the amazing nutritional bounty the happy 'shroom can add to your diet.

About five medium white button mushrooms or 3 ounces (84 grams) of cremini or portabellas increase the ...Read more

Is arthritis pain making your lose sleep? Try this

In the 2002 movie "Insomnia," Al Pacino plays a Los Angeles detective looking for a suspect in the land of the midnight sun -- an Alaskan town named Nightmute (we kid you not). His character, Dormer, is racked with insomnia caused by personal and professional problems and the endless daylight.

For the 32.5 million Americans with osteoarthritis,...Read more

More risks associated with artificial sugars

When Matchbox Twenty sang, "I just want to make you go away/ But you taste like sugar/ Yeah, you taste like sugar," they could have been talking about saccharine, sucralose, aspartame and acesulfame potassium -- and that would have been a really smart for the health of the quartet. (They've struggled to keep their once robust popularity.)

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Directed daydreaming -- the rewards are huge

The Monkees recorded "Daydream Believer" in 1967, and it topped the charts at No. 1. Believing in daydreams has always been a winning idea. Now researchers have confirmed that. They suggest that when you turn your idle thoughts to daydreaming about pleasant memories, a future accomplishment or an event you're looking forward to, you boost your ...Read more

Diabetes, inflammation and cancer

When wildfires sweep across California, the risk of respiratory distress increases. In the summer and fall of 2018, the smoky air in San Francisco was as toxic as smoking a half a pack of cigarettes a day.

When a wildfire hits your body in the form of chronic inflammation, it's a serious health hazard too. If you have prediabetes or full-blown ...Read more

Catching up with kombucha

When the cartoon program "Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!" premiered in 1969, hardly anyone in the U.S. had heard of the ancient Chinese brew kombucha, a fermented drink that's made from tea, sugar and a glob of yeast and bacteria called a SCOBY (symbiotic cultures of bacteria and yeasts). But recently, kombucha has become one of the top-selling ...Read more

One more way to strengthen your immune system

In "Parks and Recreation," Chris Pratt was a lovable tubby; today, as one of the Guardians of the Galaxy, he's toned and healthy. Making $10 million a movie may be an incentive, but you don't have anything if you don't have your health -- and his amazing exercise routine has given him a lot of valuable perks.

Turns out exercise doesn't just ...Read more

 

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