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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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Are Wedding Diets Healthy?

Yesterday
Now, luckily, comes Lauren Conrad, whose refreshing bride-to-be preparation is just business as usual, meaning she’ll avoid both carbs and the gym. A Cornell University study, in fact, found several years ago that the goal of losing 20 pounds was right up there with that of ordering flowers and planning a honeymoon for 70 percent of the 272 brides-to-be surveyed — and 14 percent even purposely bought wedding dresses that were too small, as cruel incentive. Related: The Truth About Binge Eating The practice of crash dieting before you tie the knot — or at any time — ...

Buyer Beware: Fruit Recalled Nationwide for Possible Listeria Contamination

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Photo by rageforst æsthir/Flickr CUTLER, Calif. (AP) — A Central California company is recalling specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots sold nationwide over concerns of possible listeria contamination. Wawona Packing Co. President Brent Smittcamp said in a statement that he is not aware of any illnesses caused by the fruit, and the voluntary recall was announced after consulting with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The recalled fruit was packed and shipped to retailers including Costco Wholesale Corp. and Trader Joe’s from June 1 through July 12, Wawona Packing said.

How to Overcome Depression After a Sports Injury

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By Hannah Webster Photo by redmuffinshow.tumblr.com If you’ve ever experienced a sports injury, you’re probably familiar with that sinking feeling after hearing a pop followed by a sharp pain. Whether you’re a professional hockey player, a college gymnast or a recreational basketball player, an injury certainly has the potential to impact your psychological well-being. John Murray, a clinical sports psychologist based in Palm Beach, Florida, focused his doctoral dissertation on how an injury – and subsequent social support – affects an athlete’s identity. Murray’s patients range from junior to professional athletes, and he’s seen patients from all levels on the athletic spectrum experience ...

Probiotics May Help Lower Your Blood Pressure

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Probiotics have long been known to promote healthy digestion. But a new study reveals they’ve been harboring a somewhat surprising benefit — the ability to reduce high blood pressure.

Why a Parenting Class Might Help Fight Poverty

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Photo by At first, it may not seem that body inflammation — a condition that can lead to chronic health issues like obesity, depression, diabetes, and heart disease — has any connection to the cycle of poverty. The school’s Strong African American Families Project (SAAFP), part of the Center for Family Research, is a seven-week project in which parents from low socio-economic levels were given parenting assistance.

Getting Eight Hours of Sleep a Night? You Might Just Want to Cut Back

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“The lowest mortality and morbidity is with seven hours,” Shawn Youngstedt, a professor in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University Phoenix, told the Wall Street Journal. It’s why both the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has funded a partnership with the American Academy of Sleep Medicine — the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project — to discern how to best update recommended sleep guidelines in the coming year, and why the nonprofit National Sleep Foundation is doing the same. Related: Go to Sleep: Which Pill Is Right for You The CDC currently suggests ...

Pure Caffeine Powder: What You Need to Know

2 days ago
The FDA released a statement on Friday warning against the dangers of powered caffeine, a pure chemical substance responsible for the recent death an Ohio teenager. Here are a few things that you should know to keep yourself or your children safe.

How an Embryo Grows

2 days ago
Mapping what happens to each and every cell as a fly develops.

These Seven People May Hold Key to the Aging Process

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She just might, according to Richard Walker, a Florida-based researcher whose latest study involves examining the DNA of Mackenzee Wittke — a 6-year-old who is the size of an infant — and six other girls like her.  “The pitfall of the scientist is to hope for something,” Walker, a retired professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of South Florida in Tampa, tells Yahoo Health. “But the potential here is to find the genes that cause us to develop and, subsequently, to grow older.” Walker, who is 74 and has dedicated his 50-year career to the study ...

How Young Is Too Young for Botox?

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You probably know someone who has been injected with Botox – and you might be surprised by how young they are. Botox has become the most popular cosmetic treatment in the United States, accounting for 3.77 million of the 5.89 million injectable procedures performed in 2013, according to a survey conducted by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS).

Headed to the Hospital? Beware the 'July Effect'

2 days ago
Recent medical school graduates step foot in teaching hospitals as residents for the first time, as the class above them takes on new duties. “If you talk to anyone who works in a hospital … unequivocally they will tell you care is worse in July,” says Anupam Jena, an internist and assistant professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School.

The Ultimate Staircase Workout for Serious Fitness Gains

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By Nick English Photo by Reddit, Chart by Greatist We’re not talking about StairMaster workouts, though they might have their place. A staircase workout is an incredibly effective way to improve fitness and overall health: One study found that simply walking up 200 steps twice a day, five days a week, for eight weeks, can cause a 17 percent increase in VO2 max, which is a common way of measuring someone’s aerobic fitness.  Related: 11 Things Top Trainers Wish They’d Known Before Their First Workout Running up stairs brings even more benefits. Plus, according to Greatist Expert and strength trainer Jordan Syatt, running ...

You Ate It? Negate It! Summer Indulgence Edition

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By Jessica Smith Photos by Shape.com 1 Cup Vanilla Soft Serve Ice Cream 382 calories = 60 minutes hiking *Calorie burn totals are based on a 140-pound woman and may vary based on fitness level, body composition, and exact intensity. Related: Easy Ways to Tone Up at Your Desk 1/2 Rack Homemade BBQ Ribs 450 calories = 85 minutes kayaking 2 12-Ounce Beers 307 calories = 42 minutes jogging Related: The No. 1 Way to Keep Your Metabolism Soaring Post-Workout 1 Glass Sangria 285 calories = 65 minutes doubles tennis 14 Tortilla Chips and 1/4 Cup Guacamole 400 calories = 35 minutes full-court ...

Crazy Food-Industry Tricks You Don't Know About

3 days ago
By Jessica Migala The process of getting that apple on your plate sounds simple enough: farmer picks apple, apple gets loaded on a truck and shipped off to the grocery store where it lands in your cart. Related: 30 Healthy Foods That Could Wreck Your Diet Produce gets a wax coating  To prevent bruising, mold growth, and dehydration in storage, some fruit and veggies (apples, cucumbers) are coated with a drop or two of food-grade wax. Your body doesn’t digest them, and there’s no reason to avoid eating them, says Luke LaBorde, PhD, associate professor of food science at ...

When Vegans Crave Meat: How to Stick to Your Guns

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Eat more veggies! “Just because you’re a vegan doesn’t mean you’re on a healthy diet — or even that you’re eating a lot of vegetables,” Joel Fuhrman, MD, family physician, vegan nutrition expert and author of “Eat to Live” tells Yahoo Health. For vitality and energy, he stresses eating a daily dose of the most nutrient-packed vegetables such as kale, chard, arugula, carrots and broccoli.  Scale back on processed foods “Make sure you’re not wasting calories on processed foods,” Fuhrman notes.

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