Habits 

Opioid Addiction Now Surpasses Smoking

It’s time to face the facts. America has a very serious drug addiction problem, and it stems from overprescription of painkillers. According to a recent report by the U.S. surgeon general, more Americans now use prescription opioids than smoke cigarettes. Substance abuse in general has also eclipsed cancer in terms of prevalence. Addiction to opioids and heroin is costing the U.S. more than $193 billion each year. Alcohol abuse is costing another $249 billion. In total, the cost of substance abuse far exceeds the cost of diabetes, which is also…

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Life Style 

Surprising Ingredients Found in Lipstick

The annual revenue in the cosmetic industry is over $55 billion, yet the U.S. government does not require mandatory testing for these products before they hit store shelves. This means that the lipsticks, moisturizers and lip balms you use may contain more than you bargained for. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is charged with regulating the cosmetic industry but not approving products, except for color additives. Essentially the FDA is responsible for regulating a cosmetic product only after it has reached the consumer, except if it contains a…

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Life Style 

Safety Group Releases Annual Dangerous Toys

List  Risks include choking and suffocation, as well as injuries from shooting toys. With the holiday season approaching, the consumer watchdog group World Against Toys Causing Harm (WATCH) has released it annual list of the most dangerous toys. The organization urges parents to be cautious when buying toys this holiday season, noting that since January 2015 there have been recalls involving more than 800,000 individual products, including 500,000 this year alone. According to WATCH, every three minutes a child is treated in a U.S. emergency room for a toy-related injury….

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Diet 

Onions — A Powerful Anti-Cancer Food Staple

If you’re interested in using food to lower your risk of cancer, remember to eat lots of onions. Research shows that people with the highest consumption of onions (as well as other allium vegetables) have a lower risk of several types of cancer, including: Liver, colon and renal cell (kidney) Esophageal and laryngeal Prostate and colorectal Breast Ovarian and endometrial Onions contain several anti-cancer compounds, including quercetin, anthocyanins, organosulfur compounds such as diallyl disulfide (DDS), S-allylcysteine (SAC) and S-methylcysteine (SMC) and onionin A (ONA). Onion Compound Suppresses Ovarian Cancer Starting…

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Life Style 

What Happens to Your Body When You Stop Exercising

Evidence shows that physical exercise helps you build a brain that not only resists shrinkage as you age but also increases cognitive abilities. Exercise encourages your brain to work at optimum capacity by causing your nerve cells to multiply, strengthening their interconnections, and protecting them from damage. There are multiple mechanisms at play here, but some are becoming more understood than others. The rejuvenating role of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) is one of them. BDNF activates brain stem cells to convert into new neurons. It also triggers numerous other chemicals…

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Life Style 

How Your Appetite Can Sabotage Weight Loss

New research is shedding light on a question that has long confounded dieters and obesity researchers alike: Why do so many people regain weight after they’ve worked so hard to lose it? The answer, according to a new study, is appetite. People who successfully lose weight get really hungry — more than anyone had ever expected that they might. The body prompts us to eat about 100 calories more than usual for every 2 pounds or so of weight lost, researchers found. “That’s the very first time that number has…

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Life Style 

Smoking Damages Your DNA for Decades

Nearly 40 million adults in the U.S. smoke cigarettes. It is the leading cause of preventable death, accounting for 1 out of every 5 deaths in the U.S. Although smoking has declined by 4 percent over nine years, sales of e-cigarettes have risen an amazing 143 times from $20 million to $2.875 billion in sales per year. According to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, 130,000 cases of lung cancer diagnosed each year are attributed to smoking. New research now demonstrates damage to your DNA from smoking stays with you for…

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Diet 

Why Curry Will Surprise You

As a meat-and-potatoes nation for the better part of three centuries, to go so far as to choose authentic Indian, Middle Eastern or Thai cuisine is a milestone for many. Throughout the U.S., more and more people have begun embracing the idea of using an exotic curry to spice up their food. In the above-listed cuisines, curry is practically fundamental. In India, for instance, while there are more than a billion people who speak around 122 different languages and often have vastly diverse cultural differences, all of them love curry….

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Habits 

What Lack of Sleep Does to Your Brain

Science may still be discovering the mechanisms behind why sleep is so important to your health, but you have probably experienced waking up after a poor night’s sleep, feeling cranky, over-tired and mentally foggy. This is only a small fraction of the mental and physical health issues you may suffer from sleep deprivation. Sleep is one of the important pillars of good health; equally important as healthy foods, pure water and exercise. An increasing number of studies demonstrate how sleep relates to your sleep-wake cycles and plays a central role…

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Life Style 

Every heart beat counts; take the right steps

It is ninth month once again and on 29th September the world will celebrate World Heart Day. I am certain we do not wait for this date to take the appropriate steps amid fanfare but we strive to ensure that each heartbeat is an exciting and thrilling note. Together with its members, the World Heart Federation spreads the news that at least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided if the main risk factors, tobacco, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity, are controlled. More people tend…

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