Your cell phone drains your brain (Even when you’re not using it)

By Editorial Staff It makes sense that your cell phone can occupy your brain when you’re using it; but guess what? Its mere presence can also take a mental toll. According to a paper published in the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research, even when a person is able to avoid the temptation 

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Drugged into Dementia?

By Editorial Staff Medication use comes with a potential price, no matter the drug; just listen to the laundry list of warnings that accompanies every TV ad for a new product. Here’s one you may not have heard – or may not have realized because it’s a possibility when taking any number of drugs: 

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Is your soap damaging your bones?

By Editorial Staff When it comes to hygiene, the stereotype (you can decide whether it holds up to reality) is that women are usually on the top of their game. Men – not so much. If you think otherwise, just ponder which gender gets the overwhelming share of marketing attention from the soap / 

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Don’t medicate your empathy away

By Editorial Staff Taking acetaminophen (common brand name: Tylenol, but also found in a variety of multi-ingredient medications including Excedrin) may make you feel less pain (although it won’t address the cause of your pain), but it also may blunt your feelings in general, particularly empathy: the ability to feel or understand what another 

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More red meat = Higher death risk

By Editorial Staff We’re talking about red meat and recent research that implicates increased red meat consumption with increased risk of mortality. Among more than 80,000 U.S. men and women who participated in the Nurses’ Health Study and the Health Professionals Follow-up Study, increases in meat consumption over an eight-year period increased the risk 

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Depression in older adults: Magnesium matters

By Editorial Staff Depression and anxiety are often unrecognized and as such, unaddressed in older adults. When these disorders are identified, a common treatment option, unfortunately, is the option that’s become all-too-standard for any senior health issue: medication. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Research suggests a simple mineral can help reduce 

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Low carb or low fat: Which is better for heart health?

By Editorial Staff The diet craze is in full force these days, but many diets seem to focus not on balanced nutrition so much as macronutrient extremes: high or low protein, carbohydrates and/or fat. Debate rages on as to which dietary strategy can best achieve weight loss, but let’s go beyond the pounds to 

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Too many seniors are falling (and dying), but here’s how to fix it

By Editorial Staff Seniors have always been at a higher risk of falling than any other age demographic, with the exception of babies first learning how to stand and walk (and falling a lot in the process). With age, our strength, balance, coordination, flexibility, vision and awareness can all suffer to varying degrees, depending 

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Depressed by poor fitness

By Editorial Staff ToYourHealth If you’re not as fit as you’d like right now, you might feel a little down, despondent … even depressed. There’s a connection, suggests research, particularly for women. Research published in the journal Menopause links poor lower- and upper-body physical performance with depression and anxiety in middle-aged women. Among more than 

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Antibiotic use and ALS: Food for thought

By Editorial Staff Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a progressive neurogenerative disease with an eventual death sentence. As motor neurons die, the brain is unable to initiate and control muscle movement, compromising activities we take for granted, such as the ability to speak, eat, move … and breathe. While people have been known to 

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