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What happens to your body when you exercise?

Starting a new exercise routine may seem overwhelming, but regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). When beginning to exercise, studies show that changes can occur to the body’s heart, muscles, fat, bones and even the brain. Exercise also helps to ...

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Want to lose weight? Step on the scale daily

Stepping on the scale daily and tracking your progress may be the best way for dieters to successfully lose weight and keep it off, according to one study. Researchers from Cornell University found that study participants who weighed themselves daily and charted their results lost significantly more weight than those who did not. They were also able to keep the weight off. “Obesity is ...

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Who starts drinking earlier: Boys or girls?

Girls in the United States are more likely to take their first full alcoholic drink at a younger age than boys, according to a new study. The study, conducted by researchers at Michigan State University (MSU), looked at data from 12 years of national drug and alcohol use surveys, focusing on 12- to 24-year-olds. Most public health concern and education ...

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Tips for preventing and treating motion sickness

You’re on the move. Feeling dizzy? Fatigued? Nauseous? Motion sickness is a common problem that can make even the simple task of riding in a car, train, plane or boat a stressful event. There are several parts of the body that combine to let the brain know that your body is moving. When one part of the balance-sensing system – ...

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What is your body telling you when you get the chills?

You can expect to get the chills when in a cold environment or if you have a cold or the flu. While chills and fever often come together, they don’t necessarily have to. Chills are brought on by your muscles expanding and contracting; it’s your body’s attempt to burn energy to keep you warm. By themselves, the chills are not ...

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Do you look older than your age? Here’s why

If you look older than your actual age, it might not be entirely your fault. A new study has isolated a specific gene that plays a clear role in a person’s appearance. Past research has acknowledged that one’s appearance is significantly influenced by environmental or lifestyle factors, such as sun exposure, smoking or overall “hard living.” But Dutch and British ...

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