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How Higher Temperatures Could Hurt COPD Patients

For people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, higher temps may be the enemy, according to a small new study.<p>The study included 84 former smokers who all had moderate to severe COPD. Researchers from Johns Hopkins University observed them for three-week periods, three months apart from each …

Why Children Need Mindfulness Just As Much As Adults Do

In the growing conversation around mindfulness, we're constantly hearing about meditation in the workplace and tech CEOs who swear by the practice. But less attention is being paid to the quietly growing movement for mindfulness in the family, and the use of meditation to optimize the health, …

I'm Addicted to the Internet -- So What?

Here's what I know: This addiction sure feels a lot less shameful and dangerous than my coke addiction did. But also my already short attention span is growing ever shorter as a result of my behavior and true serenity comes from being in the moment and not from checking out.<p>I'm writing this while …

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Insurance Fee For Big Businesses Helps Fund Obamacare

The world of health care, like any, is full of haves and have-nots.<p>It's not hard to the haves at Sherwin-Williams' corporate headquarters in downtown Cleveland where some 2,500 employees have access to an in-house health and wellness center.<p>The huge paint company offers comprehensive health …

The Ingredient You Need at Every Meal

That is, if you want to be stronger, slimmer, and healthier.<p>When it comes to building muscles, post-workout snacks and meals are everything—until now. It turns out that if you eat protein at every meal, you could increase your muscle synthesis by a whopping 25 percent, according to a new study in …

Wastewater a source of antibiotic-resistant bacteria: study

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Wastewater from cities and hospitals releases some antibiotic-resistant bacteria into the environment, according to a new French study.<p>And although wastewater treatment plants cut the number of bacteria overall, the treatment process boosts the proportion of bacteria …

The Best Exercise for Better Posture

Learn this crucial move plus three muscle-sculpting variations that target your arms, back, and core.<p>Pulling exercises are the key to a well-rounded strength routine—in fact, people who sit a lot (which, ahem, is most people) should actually do <i>twice</i> as many pull moves (to work those back muscles) …

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Studies still looking for link between cell phones and brain tumors

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The heaviest users of cell phones may be at higher than average risk of being diagnosed with a brain tumor, according to a recent French study.<p>City workers make phone calls outside the London Stock Exchange in Paternoster Square in the City of London at lunchtime October …

Childhood trauma may leave its mark in blood vessels

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Young adults who were exposed to adverse experiences as children have greater signs of unhealthy blood vessel function than young people without a traumatic past, a new study finds.<p>The results suggest that early-life stress may raise the risk of heart disease later on by …

How Yelp Can Help Disease Detectives Track Food Poisoning

Almost 50 million Americans get food poisoning every year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates. But only a tiny fraction of those cases get reported, making it tough to figure out where they came from.<p>But health officials recently discovered a trove of data that may help them …

Diabetes Raises Women's Risk Of Heart Disease More Than For Men

Diabetes increases a woman's risk of dying from a heart attack or a stroke much more than it does for men, and scientists are trying to figure out why.<p>Women with diabetes were almost three times more likely to develop heart disease than women without the disease, a relative risk that's 44 percent …

Why Is the U.S. So Fat? Katie Couric Documentary Fed Up Seeks to Explain

The U.S. government plays both sides of the obesity street -- admonishing people to eat right while pushing the foods that make them fat -- because of the USDA's double mission of protecting the nation's health and protecting the health of the nation's farmers.<p>Released in theaters on May 9, the …

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Kidney dialysis machine 'miniaturised' for babies

<b>Italian scientists have designed a dialysis machine specifically to treat babies with kidney failure, which they say could improve treatment.</b><p>Dialysis machines for adults can cause complications when used in very young children, the Lancet study says.<p>The miniaturised machine has been tested on a …

Virtual Heart: How engineering is helping medicine

Sheffield is becoming a centre for a practice called "in silico" medicine, a project to map the human body in software.<p>Using modelling techniques from the field of engineering, it aims to improve diagnosis, treatment and clinical trials.<p>Rory Cellan-Jones spoke to Dr Paul Morris, of the Medical …

5 Fat-Blasting Workout Tools That You'll Use Forever

These super-versatile pieces of equipment are practically plateau-proof.<p>Do the same workout over and over again, and eventually you'll plateau, right? Well, the same goes with the equipment you use: If your gear doesn't progress with you, it will just hold you back, says Retro Fitness trainer Mike …

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Giant rats that can sniff out TB

Scientists have trained the much-maligned rodent to detect tuberculosis much quicker than humans. What is it that makes a rat's sense of smell so much better than ours?<p>Derided as dirty, dangerous and diseased, if there is one creature that tops the list of people's most hated animal, it is the rat. …

Signs You May Be Aging Too Fast

Your body is like a machine—it wears down over time. But with proper maintenance, you can add years and quality to your life. Here are the numbers …

Is This The Reason America Keeps Gaining Weight?

When it comes to how economic factors play a role in the U.S. obesity epidemic, no factor may be as strong as the increased availability of cheap food, according to a new review.<p>The review, published in CA: A Cancer Journal For Clinicians, examines all the different potential causes -- including …

How to Deal With Stress at Work

Stress is an integral part of what makes work work, but it doesn't mean you're doomed to fall apart at the seams. I don't believe that. Just because stress levels are rising, doesn't mean you can't learn to swim.<p><i>By Jan Bruce</i><p>For the past four years, Everest College in Washington has conducted a …

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z redirected 5 Foods with More Potassium Than a Banana

Turns out it isn't the only food packed with this powerful nutrient.<p>Potassium is a crucial nutrient, playing key roles in muscle strength, nerve function and heart health. And if you don't get enough—4,700 mg a day—it could lead to a deficiency, complete with fatigue, muscle cramps, heart …

6 Simple Ways To Take Your Small Talk To The Next Level

"What do you do?" It's one of the first questions people lead with when introduced to someone new, and it's also one of the fastest ways to kill a conversation -- or ensure it never moves beyond the realm of career basics.<p>But research backs what most of us already know intuitively: meaningful …

The One Move That'll Help You Get Strong, Toned Abs FAST

A trainer shares her go-to exercise for a flat tummy.<p>It's time to stop cranking out endless crunches if you want to achieve killer abs. Holly Perkins, C.S.C.S., recommends one basic move that you can do in your living room: the single-leg holding plank. "It's a bit challenging, but it's super …

Living Rooms

5 Signs You Should Be Eating More Carbs

It's unfortunate how we treat the poor carbohydrate. Mistakenly associated with weight gain and empty calories, carbs are actually an essential part of a balanced diet -- especially if you want to do any sort of physical activity -- and often a tasty one, at that.<p>The Dietary Guidelines for …

First operation streamed live with surgeon wearing Google glass

A British surgeon wearing Google glass has broadcast an operation live across the globe for the first time<p>A surgeon at The Royal London Hospital has become the first to broadcast online a live surgical procedure using a pair of Google Glass eyewear.<p>The glasses, which the surgeons wears as normal, …

7 Things Remarkably Happy People Do Often

Happiness can be a choice -- especially when you take the right actions.<p>Happiness: Everyone wants it, yet relatively few seem to get enough of it, especially those in their early 40s. (I'm no psychologist, but that's probably about when many of us start thinking, "Wait--is <i>this</i> all there is?")<p>Good …