Health:

Pleasant smells may help smokers resist cigarette cravings

Kicking their cigarette habits for good represents a real challenge for many people. While most adult smokers admit they want to quit, about half of those who try to stop relapse within two weeks. There are many approaches that people use to cease smoking like nicotine gum or behavioral therapy, but most of them fail to treat the actual addiction. Now, a recent study has shown that there may be a novel option when it comes to giving up cigarettes. The findings suggested that smokers may find cigarettes easier to resist when they smell things they enjoy like peppermint or…

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  • Reuters
  • Date:04/23/2019

Parkinson’s patients are using boxing lessons to fight against disease

In the state of Maine, more than 150 people diagnosed with Parkinson’s are fighting against failing health with boxing lessons. Yes, you read that right. Boxing lessons. As a part of a program called Rock Steady Boxing, participants go to the gym twice a week and do everything that you might expect a boxer to do—other than actually fighting each other. The patients—the vast majority of them elderly—hit heavy bags with jabs and hooks, they jump-rope, and they snap off lefts and rights on a speed bag. A movement disorder specialist at Maine Medical Partners Neurology says the boxing program…

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  • Press Herald
  • Date:04/22/2019

Researchers may have finally found a way to wean kids off junk food

Good nutrition is essential for everyone, but it’s especially important for growing teenagers. However, due to the attractive and addictive nature of junk food, public-health researchers have been struggling for decades to get teens to adopt healthier diets. One of the biggest obstacles is the enormous volume of food marketing kids are exposed to every day. This type of marketing is designed to foster strong positive associations with junk food in kids’ minds and drive overeating, which in its turn leads to the obesity problem that the US is facing. Now, after years of research, scientists might have finally found…

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  • Chicago Booth
  • Date:04/18/2019

People who use SPF moisturizer tend to make this basic mistake, researchers say

If you’re one of the millions of people using a daily moisturizer with sun protection factor (SPF) to shield your face from sun damage, chances are you’re not getting as much protection as you think. According to new research published earlier this month, most people who use facial moisturizers tend to miss sensitive areas like the eyelids more than if they were applying regular sunscreen. While many moisturizers contain high SPF similar in strength to what you’d find in a sunscreen, they simply aren’t being applied in the same way. And that’s a problem because the eyelids are just as…

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  • Healthline
  • Date:04/16/2019

Suffering from allergies? Use these tips to deal with them properly

Spring can be the most delightful season of the year…unless you suffer from allergies. If you’re one of those people who huff and puff when pollen gets into the air, then springtime can be a miserable few months characterized by itchy red eyes and runny noses. And to make matters worse, warmer temperatures can lead to higher pollen counts, which translates into longer allergy seasons. Fortunately, medical science has identified practices that can help you deal with pollen. The first thing you must do is find out what specific allergens are causing your symptoms, which starts by noting when your…

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  • Salon
  • Date:04/15/2019

Georgia becomes first state to offer free tampons to low-income women

In the United States, access to tampons and pads for low-income women is a real problem: food stamps don’t cover feminine hygiene products, so some women resort to selling their food stamps in order to pay for “luxuries” like tampons, which can be very expensive. This is especially ridiculous when you consider that breast pumps and artificial teeth are sales tax-exempt, but tampons are not in many states. This week, lawmakers in the state of Georgia became the first in America to set aside money in next year’s budget to provide free menstrual pads and tampons to low-income women and girls. Lawmakers…

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  • Atlanta. News. Now
  • Date:04/11/2019

Cervical cancer rates have fallen to record lows in the UK. Here's why

Human Papillomavirus (HPV) is a very common virus, with as much as 75 percent of adults having it at some point in their lives. It's also known that some of the infection's types are linked to cervical cancer – the second most common type of cancer in women under 35 in the UK. The good news is the number of new cases of cervical cancer has seen a dramatic drop in Scotland, and researchers are suggesting that the country's routine vaccination of girls with the HPV vaccine is the cause. Apparently, the vaccine has led to a 90 percent cut in…

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  • BBC
  • Date:04/05/2019

How meditation can do wonders for your physical health

Meditation has become somewhat of a buzzword over the last few years, with everyone from scientists to celebrities advocating on behalf of the practice. So, is it just a bunch of hype? Or can meditation actually bring positive changes to one’s life? According to researchers, meditation can work well to cultivate attention and awareness, while also bolstering concentration. On top of this, science is also starting to prove that meditation can have lasting benefits on your physical health, from soothing stress-related conditions to regulating pain. For the full scoop on meditation and its ability to boost your health, have a…

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  • TIME
  • Date:04/04/2019

Suffering from migraines? Following this diet will help you keep the pain away

If you suffer from migraines frequently, you don’t need to rely on pain medicine to get the relief you desire. Instead, all you need to do to stave off migraines is make a few changes to your diet. After twenty-two years of clinical research on migraine management, Rodolfo Low discovered a connection between insulin levels and migraines, concluding that patients can eliminate migraines altogether by better managing their blood levels, for which he advises a hypoglycemic diet. What is a hypoglycemic diet, you might ask? This diet consists of balanced meals of protein, natural carbohydrates, vegetables, and fruits in six…

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  • Conscious Lifestyle Mag
  • Date:04/03/2019

What’s the deal with anti-pollution skincare products?

As more and more people become concerned with the effects of air pollution on the body, a wave of new skincare products have emerged that promise to combat harmful particles associated with air pollution. These products work by cleansing the skin from nanoparticles that are absorbed from the air or by creating a protective barrier that acts as a shield against pollutants. But just how effective are anti-pollution skincare products? A lot of the anti-pollution skincare products feature vitamin C as the main ingredient, which helps combat dark spots linked to pollution—and decreases discoloration. Another common ingredient in these types…

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  • Inhabitat
  • Date:04/03/2019
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