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Older folks are happier with their sex lives, study says

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Senior citizens have experienced a considerable improvement in their sex lives since the 1970s.  Nils Beckman at Sahlgrenska Academy has found that six out of every ten women and seven out of every ten men over 70 are highly satisfied with their sex lives. Researchers at the University of Gothenburg Center for Aging and Health (AgeCap) have examined the sexual attitudes of senior citizens and identified the factors that determine whether or not they remain sexually active. Childhood experiences Childhood experiences have a major impact on the sexuality of senior citizens. The studies, which offered a unique opportunity to monitor…

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Have high blood pressure? talk to your pharmacist

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If you have high blood pressure, it pays to include a pharmacist in your medical care team. That’s the upshot from research by the University of Iowa that found patients with uncontrolled high blood pressure had better blood pressure control when being cared for by pharmacists working in care teams (with a physician, for example) than patients who relied mostly on a doctor for medication guidance. The researchers showed pharmacist-included care teams delivered more hands-on and tailored medication regimens to patients, which yielded more effective blood-pressure control results than for those patients who did not have a pharmacist on hand….

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Trying to quit smoking? Get on top of your self-control first

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Early evidence suggests that exercises aimed at increasing self-control, such as mindfulness meditation, can decrease the unconscious influences that motivate a person to smoke. Scientists are looking to the brain to understand why setting a “quit day” isn’t a surefire way to rid oneself of a cigarette habit. Recent neuroimaging studies have shown that smokers have less activity in the brain regions associated with self-control, raising questions around whether targeting these neurobiological circuits could be a way to treat addiction. Some studies showed how integrative body-mind training could decreases participant’s levels of the stress hormone cortisol, as well as increase…

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Travelling abroad? everything you need to know about vaccinations

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Your reservations are made, flight is booked and your itinerary is exciting and full of exhilarating experiences. However, before you go, get protection from illness. Travel vaccinations are an essential part of holiday and travel planning. What are vaccines? Travel vaccines are injections people get before visiting certain countries to help protect them from contracting serious illnesses. Vaccinations expose the body to germs of a disease and the body responds to the vaccination by making antibodies that will protect you if you are exposed to the disease in the future. You can’t get the disease from the vaccine because the…

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Gel manicures look gorgeous…but could hurt your nails

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Women are discovering that gel manicures offer long-lasting and durable results in a quick manner, but dermatologists are concerned that they can cause nail problems — such as nail thinning associated with brittleness, peeling, and cracking — with frequent use and can camouflage nail disease if done repeatedly. American Academy of Dermatology expert Chris Adigun, MD, FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist and assistant professor of dermatology at The Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology at New York University School of Medicine in New York, N.Y. explains that Gel nail polish is more durable than other nail polishes and can last two…

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Are skinny jeans bad for your health?

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A new study says squatting in the tight jeans for a long time may lead to nerve and muscle fibre damage in legs and feet. Published in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, the study points to the case of a 35-year-old woman who was treated at the Royal Adelaide Hospital in Australia for severe weakness in both ankles. “On the day prior to presentation, she had been helping a family member move house. This involved many hours of squatting while emptying cupboards. She had been wearing ‘skinny jeans,’ and recalled that her jeans had felt increasingly tight and…

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Fitness foods may make you eat more, exercise less

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Weight-conscious consumers are often drawn to foods such as health bars and cereals, whose packaging suggests that they promote fitness. But according to a new study in the Journal of Marketing Research, such “fitness branding” encourages consumers to eat more of those foods and to exercise less, potentially undermining their efforts to lose or control their weight. “Unless a food was forbidden by their diet, branding the product as ‘fit’ increased consumption for those trying to watch their weight,” write authors Joerg Koenigstorfer (Technische Universität München) and Hans Baumgartner (Pennsylvania State University). “To make matters worse, these eaters also reduced…

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How to winter-proof your fitness routine

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Keeping up your fitness routine can be extra hard in winter because all you want to do is stay on the couch and sip on hot chocolate and enjoy the latest series on TV. However, keeping up with your fitness will allow you to stay energetic in winter and stay in shape the whole year round. Here are a few tips on how to winter-proof your fitness routine Dress for it Update your workout wardrobe with this season’s latest fitness gear to keep you warm. Stock up on warm items such as gloves, headbands, leggings and socks- but make sure…

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Tattoos may come with long-term medical risks, say doctors

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Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have found that as many as 6 percent of adult New Yorkers who get “inked” — in other words, those who get a tattoo — have experienced some form of tattoo-related rash, severe itching or swelling that lasted longer than four months and, in some cases, for many years. “We were rather alarmed at the high rate of reported chronic complications tied to getting a tattoo,” says senior study investigator and NYU Langone dermatologist Marie Leger, MD, PhD, whose team’s latest findings appear in the journal Contact Dermatitis online May 27. “Given the growing…

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6 Tips for a healthier winter

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Keep those hands clean Hands are a hub for germs, especially in winter when more people around you are likely to be suffering from flus and colds. Wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap and keep your fingers away from your nose and mouth wherever possible so that they don’t attract germs. And if you need to sneeze, try to do so in the crook of your arm so that the germs on your hands don’t come into contact with your nose. Boost your immune system A healthy body fights off illness much quicker, so exercise to build…

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