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Are You Getting Pain Meds You Don't Need?

Posted by on Dec 4, 2013 in Health & Fitness | 0 comments

Oxycontin. Vicodin. Percocet. Opiates like these can make the agony of surgery or cancer more bearable. But potent painkillers come with serious risks–namely addiction and even death. That’s why health experts have repeatedly warned against their overuse–especially for those with less-severe complaints. But a new report raises questions about whether people are listening. The findings: Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston analyzed the records of more than 1 million patients hospitalized for reasons other than surgery, finding that more than half were given some opioid pain medications, such as codeine, morphine, or oxycodone. Of those, one-quarter …read...

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5 Swaps for a Better Burn

Posted by on Dec 3, 2013 in Health & Fitness | 0 comments

Everybody wants to know how they can get a high-revving metabolism. But even before you jump on a treadmill to crush calories and deplete your visceral fat, there are simple nutrition tricks you can use to get your flab-torched fast. Check out these 5 simple food swaps to speed up your metabolism–and the workout style you need to ignite your fuel-burning furnace. WATER Drink tap or mineral water, not purified water. In a Swiss study, purified water didn’t boost men’s metabolic activity, but water that contained minerals did. OIL Use olive oil, not flaxseed oil. Both are sources of omega-3s, but olive oil triggers …read...

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The Dark Side of Your Brew

Posted by on Nov 27, 2013 in Health & Fitness | 0 comments

Bad news: Beer can leave behind more than a hangover. People who consumed an average of 2.5 beers per day raised their body’s arsenic content by 30 percent, according to new research from Dartmouth College. You heard that right: arsenic–that potent poison worthy of murder mysteries. So what’s going on? The alcohol in beer could impair your body’s ability to metabolize the content present in the grains used in brewing, allowing it to linger in your system. Grossly enough, researchers discovered this by testing toenail clippings–markers of prolonged exposure to arsenic–finding that other foods including fish, rice, and Brussels sprouts are …read...

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Your 3-Minute Mood Booster

Posted by on Nov 21, 2013 in Your Life Now | 0 comments

Looking to your past can bring a brighter future. Feeling nostalgic makes you less lonely and more optimistic, says new British research. In the study, people who listened to songs that reminded them of a good memory felt more confident about the future than those who heard tunes with no flashbacks attached. Wonder why? It’s a chain reaction: Nostalgia spurs a feeling of social connectedness. That in turn raises self-esteem, which makes you more optimistic, says study author Wing-Yee Cheung, Ph.D. Boost your mood in 3 minutes: Crank up a song from the first concert you attended with your friends, or listen …read...

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10 Signs You’re Gluten Intolerant –

Posted by on Nov 20, 2013 in Health & Fitness | 0 comments

More than 55 diseases have been linked to gluten, the protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. It’s estimated that 99% of the people who have either gluten intolerance or celiac disease are never diagnosed. It is also estimated that as much as 15% of the US population is gluten intolerant. Could you be one of them? Read...

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