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PREVENTION & FITNESS
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Should you get the flu vaccination this winter?

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For most people, flu is unpleasant, but it’s not serious. However, some people can develop potentially serious complications from flu, such as bronchitis and pneumonia. These people are advised to have a flu jab each year. Who should have a flu jab? Pregnant women If you’re pregnant, you’re advised to have the flu vaccine, regardless of the stage of pregnancy you’ve reached. That’s because there’s strong evidence to suggest pregnant women have an increased risk of developing complications if they get flu. It’s safe to have the flu vaccine at any stage of pregnancy from conception onwards. The vaccine doesn’t…

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Is keeping your hairstyle fresh stopping you from exercising?

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A study conducted by the Center for African American Health and the University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Center for Women’s Health Research finds that black women whose hairstyle is affected by perspiration may avoid physical activity altogether. Prior studies have found that between 29 percent and 48 percent of black women say that their hairstyle was a factor in deciding whether or not to exercise. One key focus of this study was to learn more about cultural barriers to physical activity among black women — including hairstyle-related factors. Some women involved in the study who experience hairstyle barriers to physical activity explained…

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Dont step on others on the way up-it’s bad for your health

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Climbing the ladder of social status through aggressive, competitive striving might shorten your life as a result of increased vulnerability to cardiovascular disease. And good news for successful types who are friendlier: Attaining higher social status as the result of prestige and freely given respect may have protective effects, the researchers found. In surveys with 500 undergraduate volunteers, hostile-dominant types reported greater hostility and interpersonal stress. Warm-dominant types tended to rank themselves as higher in social status. Both styles were associated with a higher personal sense of power. The psychologists also monitored the blood pressure of 180 undergraduates as they…

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Think it’s safe to SMS while walking? Think again

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Texting and walking is a known danger, but Dietrich Jehle, professor of emergency medicine at the University at Buffalo, says distracted walking results in more injuries per mile than distracted driving. Consequences include bumping into walls, falling down stairs, tripping over clutter or stepping into traffic. The issue is so common that in London, bumpers were placed onto light posts along a frequented avenue to prevent people from slamming into them. “When texting, you’re not as in control with the complex actions of walking,” says Jehle, MD, who is also an attending physician at Erie County Medical Center, a regional…

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Flabby gums are worse than flabby abs, say dentists

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When you hear your dentist or dental hygienist reciting numbers while the inside of your mouth is being examined you may think your teeth are being counted. Not so. Your gum health is actually being assessed. “Gum health can be assessed with a calibrated dental instrument,” says Martin Hogan, DDS, Loyola University Medical Center. “The pocket between the gum and the tooth or root is measured. Dentists will often take measurements of the pocket depth to get a feel for the health of a patient’s gum tissue. Healthy gum tissue will usually yield numbers of less than 4 mm. Higher…

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Turns out, an Achy breaky heart is a real medical condition

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On Valentine’s Day, people who have been unlucky in love will be said to suffer from a “broken heart.” Broken heart also refers to an actual medical condition that feels like a heart attack. Broken heart syndrome occurs during highly stressful or emotional times, such as divorce, the death of a spouse, a serious medical diagnosis or significant financial problems, said Loyola University Health System cardiologist Sara Sirna, MD. Broken heart syndrome also is known as stress-induced cardiomyopathy, Takosubo’s cardiomyopathy or transient apical ballooning syndrome. The underlying cause is not known but is thought to be secondary to the release…

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One more reason to love wine, it could be a fat burner

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Drinking red grape juice or wine -in moderation – could improve the health of overweight people by helping them burn fat better, according to a new study. The findings suggest that consuming dark-colored grapes, whether eating them or drinking juice or wine, might help people better manage obesity and related metabolic disorders such as fatty liver. Neil Shay, a biochemist and molecular biologist in OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences, was part of a study team that exposed human liver and fat cells grown in the lab to extracts of four natural chemicals found in Muscadine grapes, a dark-red variety native…

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4 easy ways to a great smile

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Taking care of your oral health not only means you will have a bright shiny smile, it could slash your risk for heart disease, breast cancer, or pregnancy complications. Follow these top tips to keep your mouth healthy Clean every day Brush twice a day and floss at least once daily to remove the plaque and bacteria that accumulates on your teeth and under your gum line. To dislodge the offending build-up take a regular soft bristle toothbrush and make a few gentle strokes down the tongue from back to front once a day See your dentist twice a year…

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4 great reasons to exercise in the morning

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If getting more exercise was one of your New Year’s resolutions and its STILL not happening, maybe you’re trying to do it at the wrong time. It turns out that working out first thing in the morning has many advantages. Here are the top 4 reasons that working out in the morning is better than at any other time. 1. You can focus better When you exercise in the morning you find that there are fewer distractions. Fewer people are up, so your cell phone wont be buzzing yet and you can complete your workout without interruption. 2. Gym is…

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Want to get healthy? Rope in your partner

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People are more successful in taking up healthy habits if their partner makes positive changes too, according to research published in JAMA Internal Medicine. Scientists at looked at how likely people were to quit smoking, start being active, or lose weight in relation to what their partner did. They found that people were more successful in swapping bad habits for good ones if their partner made a change as well. For example, among women who smoked, 50 per cent managed to quit if their partner gave up smoking too at the same time, compared with 17 per cent of women…

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