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The real reason men don’t like going to the doctor

It’s a well-known fact that women, in general, outlive men. Many experts have offered reasons why: men take more risks than women and perform more dangerous jobs; they smoke more, handle stress worse and succumb to heart disease – the leading cause of death – earlier. Survey data suggests another reason might be at play: men go to the doctor ...

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Eating certain foods may prevent muscle loss in aging

Recent research suggests eating green tomatoes and apples may be key in avoiding muscle atrophy as people age. University of Iowa scientists discovered the first example of a protein that causes muscle loss during aging. They also discovered two natural compounds, one found in apples and one found in green tomatoes, which reduced the activity of this protein, leading to a reduction in ...

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Attentiveness saved mom’s life from pancreatic cancer

As a working mother of twins under the age of two, Corinn Sparks thought her chronic heartburn was related to a busy lifestyle, too much coffee and stress. When it persisted, she began taking medication hoping it would provide relief. “The medication helped some, but not enough,” says Sparks, an elementary school librarian who like many, took to the internet and ...

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Can exercising at a certain time improve your memory?

Want the information you just learned to stick? A new study suggests hitting the gym four hours later may be the key. Published in the journal Current Biology, the study – conducted by Dutch researchers – asked participants to match a series of 90 locations with pictures over a 40 minute timeframe. They were split into three groups: one that ...

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9 things not to do if you’re trying to get pregnant

Almost every woman has at one point in time asked themselves “do I want to have children?” While the answer is not always yes, for those that do answer in the affirmative, another question follows: “what should I do when the time comes?” While there are many lists of dos, Dr. Elizabeth Mlynarczyk, an obstetrician and gynecologist at Advocate Lutheran ...

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One woman’s journey to lose over 100 pounds

At the age of 56 and weighing in at 283 pounds, Hope Brown had a number of health problems that were affecting her quality of life. She suffered from obesity, arthritis and even breathing issues. While she had long been well aware of the negative effects her weight had on her everyday life, the turning point came at her grandson’s ...

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Do you know your calcium score?

Anyone who has been told they have risk factors for heart disease might want to consider learning their calcium score. So what does that mean exactly? A calcium score reflects whether people have calcium deposits in their coronary arteries, the major blood vessels to their heart. The lower their score, the less likely they are to have major blockages in their coronary arteries or to have a heart attack. Health care providers can determine a person’s calcium ...

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Leafy green vegetables fuel good digestive health

Eating leafy green vegetables may be key to good digestive health. Researchers in Australia and the United Kingdom say vegetables like spinach, kale, lettuce and Brussels sprouts have exceptionally high levels of sulfoquinovose, or SQ sugars. These sugars could be key to protecting your gut and promoting good gastroenterological health. Their findings, just released in the journal Nature Chemical Biology, ...

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