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The Real Reason Chia Seeds Are So Good for You

Seems like everyone is chatting about chia lately. Check out the the video to find out if these little seeds are worthy of all the hype.<p>If you don’t …

Breakfast

Why does restless sleep predict Parkinson's disease?

Rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder is associated with an increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease. For the first time, researchers …

How I Stopped Chasing Happiness and Started Enjoying My Imperfect Life

<b>“I want to live my life without stress and worries. I don’t need to be rich or famous. I just want to be happy.” ~Unknown</b><p>Have you ever set a goal and …

Happiness

It’s Fructan, Not Gluten, That’s Causing Stomach Problems, Says New Research

The gluten-free craze may be misguided since there's another culprit behind bloating, says new research. <br>Read More

Research

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Health Care

38 Foods for Depression That Are Instant Mood Boosters

We’re not going to sit here and tell you that you can totally beat depression just by eating certain foods—it doesn’t work that way—but by consuming …

Canola oil linked to Alzheimer's complications in new study

Canola is generally considered a healthy oil thanks to its ability to reduce LDL cholesterol in the blood and lower the risk of heart disease. A new …

Neuroscience

The Story of Human Migration Out of Africa Just Got Rewritten

Some of our ancestors jumped the gun.<p>For anyone trying to trace the roots of the human family tree, it would have been very convenient if our …

Humanity

University study shows iPhones can miss 21% of your steps – but half of it is your fault

If you use the Activity or Health app on your iPhone to keep track of the number of steps you walk each day, you’re probably doing better than you think. A study by the University of British Columbia found that the iPhone underestimates the number of steps people take by up to 21.5% …<p>The study …

A scientist explores the mysteries of the gut-brain connection

<i>Sacha Vega/iStock</i><p>The brain in your head and the one in your gut are always exchanging info. But how do they do it? Neuroscientist Diego Bohórquez is …

North Carolina State University

There's a Weird Feedback Loop Between Guts And Brains That Can Turn Deadly

It's all connected.<p>As if experiencing a traumatic brain injury wasn't enough of a problem on its own, it turns out the consequences can have an …

The Brain
Neuroscience

The 8 Things The Happiest People Do Every Day

University of California professor Sonja Lyubomirsky details the things research shows the happiest people have in common.<p>They devote a great amount …

How to trick your brain into breaking bad habits

Why is it so hard to stick to goals to live better? We promise ourselves we're going to eat better, for example, but then at the end of the night we …

The Brain

What to Cook When It's Insanely Cold Outside

Unless you're fortunate enough to be in sunny Hawaii, you're probably staying bundled up indoors as the temperatures plummet.<p>Get extra cozy by …

Cooking

Kicking Back Cognitive Ageing: Leg Power Predicts Cognitive Ageing after Ten Years in Older Female Twins

Abstract<p><b>Background:</b> Many observational studies have shown a protective effect of physical activity on cognitive ageing, but interventional studies …

‘Non responders’ need to try harder when exercising, study suggests

When BBC journalist Dr. Michael Mosley slogged through four weeks of workouts under the guidance of researchers at the University of Birmingham, he expected to get fitter.<p>Instead, as he reported in a 2012 documentary called <i>The Truth About Exercise</i>, his aerobic fitness didn't budge.<p>"It turns out …

Should you walk or run for exercise? Here's what the science says.

<i>Welcome to</i> Dear Julia<i>, a weekly column where readers can submit everyday health questions on anything from the science of hangovers to the mysteries of back pain. Julia Belluz will sift through the research and consult with experts in the field to figure out how science can help us live happier and</i> …

Plantar Fasciitis

There's a lot of confusion about eating fat. Here's what scientists agree on.

Media coverage of dietary fat has been confusing and contradictory over the years, as you can see in this graphic of Time magazine covers:<p>Back in the 1960s, the magazine suggested that everyone should lower their total fat intake, which turned out to be bad advice. (Many of the replacements for fat …

Nutrition

How Do I Train for an Obstacle 5-K?

This runner is making the transition from walking to running.<p><i>About a year ago I decided I didn't want to get old and watch the world go by. I am 55 years old - I guess it's not that old – but I was acting it. Since then I have dropped 30 pounds, and gotten in much better shape. I walk 2 miles at</i> …

Marathons

How To Get A Caffeine Boost Without Swallowing

Your brain gets a boost from the presence of caffeine in your mouth - and you go faster.<p>Over the last few years, there have been a bunch of studies about the performance boost that results from rinsing your mouth with a carbohydrate drink (and then spitting it out). The evidence suggests that our …

Wellness

Exercise to Fight Jet Lag

The general principle is clear, but the details of how to do it are still murky.<p>I've blogged before about the potential role of scheduled exercise to fight off jet lag, and I think the evidence is pretty strong that physical activity can act as a zeitgeber ("time-giver") to set your internal clocks …

Exercise

Only 20% of Americans Meet Cardio & Strength Guidelines

New report from the CDC includes strength training for the first time.<p>One-fifth of the nation is doing enough aerobic activity and strength training to meet exercise guidelines, according to a new report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.<p>In an analysis of a 2011 survey of …

Exercise

Hungry Shoppers Buy Higher-Calorie Food

New study supports the don't-grocery-shop-when-hungry theory.<p>Walk into a grocery story hungry and you’re more apt to leave with bags full of meats, candy or other high-calorie foods than non-hungry shoppers.<p>That’s the takeaway from a new study, published in <i>JAMA Internal Medicine</i>, that analyzed the …

Nutrition