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A Beautiful Diet: The Whole Foods You Need to Look Your Best

To vitamin or not to vitamin: a query as old as The Flintstones. Do dietary supplements impart health and provide beauty benefits? Or are they just a …

How has the smoking ban impacted on health of nations?

<b>At midnight on 29 March 2004, the Republic of Ireland became the first country in the world to ban smoking in the workplace.</b><p>It was one of the first moves in a global trend.<p>The Irish health minister at the time, Micheál Martin, remembers a conversation with his counterpart from New Zealand.<p>She told …

The Fitness Class That Burns More Calories Than Cycling

PLUS: A 20-minute workout to try on your own<p><i>So</i> over indoor cycling? There’s a fresh new way to get fit indoors: Indoor rowing fitness classes are popping up around the country in gyms like CrossFit, Equinox, and dedicated rowing studios.<p>While some experts trace the trend to CrossFit, which offers a …

Workouts

Stand Up Straight: It's Good for Your Health

"Sometimes I slouch so much after a day of staring at my computer screen, my chin nearly reaches the dining room table." A friend who had been a physical therapist in her early career was berating herself for her inattention to good posture. The rest of us sitting around a restaurant table …

Can a Hat Trick Reverse Obesity?

I joined the medical staff of the Kaiser Richmond Medical Center in 1981. Much in medicine has changed since then. We're better at preventing smoking and in controlling high blood pressure, but we have witnessed the development of an obesity epidemic that threatens to bust the bank of U.S. health …

Miscarriage risk 'reduced by lifestyle changes'

<b>More than a quarter of first-time miscarriages could be prevented by making a combination of lifestyle changes, research in Denmark suggests.</b><p>Researchers said lifting more than 20kg (44lbs) each day during pregnancy and being obese or underweight increased the risk of miscarriage.<p>Women beyond their …

how to improve heart health

So, yeah, it's time to give this pulsating powerhouse some love. The AHA released new guidelines in November that urge people to fill up on produce and whole grains, break a sweat for at least 40 minutes a few times a week, and keep cholesterol in check. The research revealed in the following …

The Health Care Doctors Forgot: Why Ordinary Food Will Be the New Medicine of the Future

Few if any topics get more press than the effect of food on our health. It's constantly present, even if buried in our subconscious mind. Sex, politics and religion are intensely personal topics, but food and health is in that same rank.<p>Intense interest, however, does not translate into a consensus …

Pesticides Linked With Increased Parkinson's Risk

Pesticide exposure could increase the risk of developing Parkinson's disease for people who possess a particular gene variant, according to a new study.<p>The Neurology study not only showed that Parkinson's risk is increased from exposure to pesticides that inhibit aldehyde dehydrogenase, or ALDH (an …

Cancer 'tidal wave' on horizon, warns WHO

<b>The globe is facing a "tidal wave" of cancer, and restrictions on alcohol and sugar need to be considered, say World Health Organization scientists.</b><p>It predicts the number of cancer cases will reach 24 million a year by 2035, but half could be prevented.<p>The WHO said there was now a "real need" to …

Parents often underestimate children's weight: study | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Half of parents with an overweight or obese child think their kids are slimmer than they actually are, according to a new review of past studies.<p>Fernanda Garcia-Villanueva, 8, does jumping jacks at a group exercise session in the 10-week Shapedown Program at The …

10 Weird Things That Destroy Your Immunity

Nix these bad habits, and the cold and flu will be no match against your immune system

Wellness

Sweet Tooth Gone Bad: Why 22 Teaspoons Of Sugar Per Day Is Risky

We've written lots lately about the potentially addictive qualities of sugar and the public policy efforts to limit consumption.<p>Now comes a new study, published in <i>JAMA Internal Medicine,</i> which finds that Americans who consumed the most sugar — about a quarter of their daily calories — were twice as …

Cancer Cases Rising At An Alarming Rate Worldwide

As countries modernize around the world, they're increasingly being hit with one of the curses of wealth: cancer.<p>There are about 14 million new cancer cases globally each year, the World Health Organization reported Monday. And the trend is only getting worse.<p>The global burden of cancer will grow …

Winter Must-Have: A Cool Humidifier

We’re in the homestretch of winter right now. Spring is almost here but before those crocuses bloom, we’re still in parched skin, chapped lips, and …

Battery Failure: Unplugging to Recharge

Unplugging. We unplug our chargers, we unplug our tablets, and we unplug our camera phones. But when -- and how -- do we unplug our most valuable device of all: ourselves?<p>In our fast-paced, 21-century society, we keep our smart phones at the ready 24/7 in order to remain ahead of the curve. In the …

21 Days to Fit and Lean: Three-Week Workout Plan

This sensible-yet-butt-kicking plan will get you in the habit of working out—and you'll love the results so much that at the end of the three weeks, you won't wanna stop<p>Welcome to February—the month where weight loss and fitness resolutions go to die. (No, seriously—February 7 is actually known as …

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How American Food Companies Go GMO-Free In A GMO World

Quite possibly, you've noticed some new food labels out there, like "Not made with genetically modified ingredients" or "GMO-free." You might have seen them on boxes of Cheerios, or on chicken meat. If you've shopped at Whole Foods, that retailer says it now sells more than 3,000 products that have …

Obese Saudi Loses 700 lbs, On Orders from King

You know you have a weight problem when all of the king’s horses and all of the king’s men struggle to whip you into shape again.<p>CNN reports that a …