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Yoga's Spiritual Balance May Boost Health

(HealthDay News) Yoga may be becoming more of a mainstream approach to Americans' health woes…
Research has found that yoga can help people who are dealing with health problems as wide-ranging as back pain, chronic headaches, sleeplessness, obesity, neck aches, upset stomach, anxiety, depression and high blood pressure, said Sat Bir Singh Khalsa…
The relaxation, meditation and breathing of yoga has been shown to improve a person's sense of well-being and can be a good treatment for anxiety and depression, Khalsa said.
Yoga may also help bolster the immune system by lowering stress. "When you reduce stress, you make the body healthier," he said. "When the body is healthy, it is able to use its own defenses better."
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Mindfulness Meditation Training Changes Brain Structure in Eight Weeks

(Science Daily) Participating in an 8-week mindfulness meditation program appears to make measurable changes in brain regions associated with memory, sense of self, empathy and stress… [R]esearchers report the results of their study, the first to document meditation-produced changes over time in the brain's grey matter…
[Says the study's senior author,] "This study demonstrates that changes in brain structure may underlie some of these reported improvements and that people are not just feeling better because they are spending time relaxing."
Community: You can train yourself, using an audio CD made by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., the founder and director of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.
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Patients' stories helps others lower blood pressure

(UPI) Watching a DVD of patients telling how they control their blood pressure helped African-Americans patients control their blood pressure, U.S. researchers said.
Researchers … created three videos with recognizable members of the community -- "exceptionally eloquent and persuasive" hypertension patients -- who told how their hypertension was controlled through diet and medication…
The study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found patients with uncontrolled hypertension who viewed the stories had better blood pressure control than the control group.
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For Joint Health Think Vitamin K

(RealAge.com) To keep your knees and hands free of arthritis, here's what you should have before each meal: a small salad.
Why? Because the vitamin K in leafy greens -- think cabbage, spinach, and swiss chard, for starters -- could help reduce your risk of joint damage.
In a study of older adults, those with higher blood levels of vitamin K were significantly less likely to develop the bone spurs and cartilage damage that are common in painful osteoarthritis. Hands seemed to benefit most, but people's knees got some protection, too. Just one word of caution: If you're on blood thinners, check with your doctor about appropriate K intake.
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The Basics of a Balanced Diet

(SouthBeachDiet.com) [A] balanced diet means regularly eating a wide variety of nutritious foods, such as lean protein, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans and legumes, low-fat dairy, and healthy, unsaturated fats… Eating a balanced diet not only helps improve your overall health, but it can also help you lose weight faster and keep it off. Here’s a breakdown of foods and nutrients you should enjoy for a balanced diet.
Lean Protein: Lean protein is necessary for building strong muscles and regulating your metabolism. It also slows the speed of digestion, helping you to feel fuller longer. You can get lean protein from a variety of sources, including beans and legumes, eggs and soy products, low-fat dairy products, poultry, seafood, and lean cuts of meat.
Low-Fat Dairy: Low-fat dairy products contain calcium, vitamins A, D, B12, and riboflavin. The South Beach Diet recommends choosing reduced-fat and fat-free dairy, such as milk and yogurt, and avoiding the full-fat varieties.
Fats: Fats often get a bad rap when it comes to dieting, but not all fats are bad for you. “Good” fats, also known as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, have been shown to help prevent heart disease and lower cholesterol levels when substituted for saturated fats in the diet. Excellent sources of “good” fats are extra-virgin olive oil, canola oil, avocado, nuts, and omega-3-rich fish and shellfish.
Whole Grains: Whole grains contain important nutrients like fiber, which helps slow down digestion, stabilize blood-sugar levels, and ward off hunger and cravings. Studies show that eating whole grains instead of refined grains can help to lower total cholesterol, LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, and dangerously high triglyceride and insulin levels. Whole grains can be introduced starting on Phase 2. Be sure to check that the label says "100% whole wheat" or "whole grain" and choose products that contain 3 grams of sugar or less per serving and have no trans fats.
Vegetables: Packed with a wealth of nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, vegetables have been shown to help prevent cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Enjoy vegetables of all colors, such as tomatoes, eggplant, squash, and kale.
Fruits: Fruits are just as healthy as they are delicious. Like vegetables, fruits are chock-full of health-boosting nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber… Blueberries, blackberries plums, oranges, and red grapes are some examples of antioxidant-rich fruits to include in your diet.
Fiber: There are two types of fiber — soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber helps slow the rate of digestion and may also help lower cholesterol. Insoluble fiber improves bowel function and may help protect against intestinal disease. Moreover, fiber can help you feel fuller and more satisfied for a longer period of time. Good sources of fiber include whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and beans and legumes.
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Recipes

MyRecipes.com:
Pork Tenderloin Studded with Rosemary and Garlic
Tender, moist, and fragrant, this hearty pork tenderloin with rosemary and garlic is a breeze to prepare.
EatingWell:
Creamy Hungarian Mushroom Soup
Mushroom-soup lovers, this soup is for you! Russet potatoes make it hearty, and dill and paprika add plenty of flavor. We skip the generous amount of full-fat sour cream and butter typically used in creamy mushroom soups. Serve with a green salad and warm pumpernickel bread.
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4 Healthy Lunch-on-the-Go Suggestions

(SouthBeachDiet.com) Brown-bagging it to work can be a challenge, especially when you’re trying to stick to a healthy eating plan. With a little forethought and planning, however, you can purchase and/or prepare [diet]–friendly foods that will travel well, taste great, and keep you on track wherever you are. These nutritious lunch suggestions are also family-friendly, so your loved ones can enjoy the same health benefits too. Keep these ideas in mind for healthy on-the-go lunches:
Choose healthy breads. Pass by white breads in the store and go right to nutritious breads that work well for traveling sandwiches: 100 percent whole-wheat or whole-grain sliced bread, whole-wheat pitas, and whole-grain tortillas are terrific options…
Enjoy lean deli meats. Choose lean deli meats like turkey breast, chicken breast, roast beef, and ham. Make sure you select varieties without added sugars (for instance, avoid honey-baked ham) and serve deli meats with [diet]–friendly condiments like Dijon mustard or sugar-free salsa… Forgo the sandwich bread and opt for a roll-up with lettuce…
Prepare a salad. Make a hearty Cobb or chef salad with dark, leafy greens, tomatoes, cucumbers, avocado, reduced-fat cheese, turkey bacon, and/or lean deli meats… Select a salad dressing with fewer than 3 grams of sugar per 2-tablespoon serving, or create your own dressing using extra-virgin olive oil, Dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar or lemon or lime juice, garlic, and fresh herbs.
Consider pea- and bean-based soups. Lentil, split pea, and black bean are nutrient-dense, fiber-rich, satisfying choices… Opt for broth-based vegetable soups over cream-based soups, which are high in saturated fat. [P]ass over soups that contain refined carbs (like white rice or pasta) and concoct a homemade version using brown rice or whole-wheat pasta instead.
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Michelle Obama teams up with Wal-Mart on healthy food initiative

(MSNBC) First Lady Michelle Obama has, for the first time, teamed up with a single company, Wal-Mart, to roll out a new initiative [Thursday] that is intended to provide healthy and affordable food…
Through the initiative, Wal-Mart pledged to reduce sodium, a catalyst to high blood pressure, by 25 percent and added sugars, one of the leading causes of diabetes and subsequently a growing health problem in the Unites States, by 10 percent over a five-year period. Over this period it will also work on development for front-of package seals to make healthier food easily identifiable, address food dessert issues, and increase support for nutrition programs.
On the longevity of the time frame and slow introduction of the changes, Andrea Thomas, senior vice president of sustainability at Wal-Mart, said the company wanted to make sure taste wasn’t adversely. Wal-Mart is also vowing price cuts on fruits and vegetables.
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WHO recommends food marketing curbs for child obesity

(Reuters) Governments must work with industry to restrict advertising of foods high in salt, sugar and dangerous fats targeted at children to tackle an epidemic of obesity and other diseases, health officials said on Friday.
The call is part of a focus on combating non-communicable diseases -- cancer, diabetes, heart and lung disease -- that are a growing cause of premature death in poor countries.
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Pain Patches Making Gains in U.S.

(HealthDay News) Americans suffering from muscle pain are used to taking a pill or rubbing in a cream to help soothe their aches.
But a new form of pain relief seems to be catching on: analgesics delivered through a medicated patch…
Pain patches have a number of benefits, [the researchers] said, not the least of which is convenience. With a patch, you "put [it] on and forget about it, rather than having to remember to take pills," [Dr. John] Dombrowski said.
The patches also deliver their medicine directly to the site of a person's pain. This may eliminate some of the side effects that come with taking pills…
And, because patches release their medication slowly into the body through the skin, people also should get more consistent pain relief than they do with pills.
On the other hand, people have to be sure to carefully follow instructions for using the patches, to avoid overdose.
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Radiation may increase long-term heart risks

(Reuters Health) Women treated for breast cancer with radiation therapy are more likely to die from heart disease 20 years or more down the line than women who don't get radiation, according to a new study.
Previous studies have suggested that radiation close to the heart can increase a woman's risk of getting heart or blood vessel-related disease in the future - but little is known about how that risk plays out over multiple decades. The results are from women who received radiation in the 1980's and earlier, when doses of radiation were significantly higher than those used today.
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New doubts cast on safety of common driveway sealant

(Chicago Tribune) [P]laygrounds, parking lots and driveways in many communities are coated every spring and summer with coal tar, a toxic byproduct of steelmaking that contains high levels of chemicals linked to cancer and other health problems.
Nearly two decades after industry pressured the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to exempt coal tar-based pavement sealants from anti-pollution laws, a growing number of government and academic studies are questioning the safety of the widely used products. Research shows that the tar steadily wears off and crumbles into contaminated dust that is tracked into houses and washed into lakes…
"This is a real eye-opener, even for scientists who work frequently with these chemicals," said Barbara Mahler, a USGS researcher involved in the studies. "Such high concentrations usually are found at Superfund sites, but this could be your church parking lot or your school playground or even your own driveway."
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Are Positive Emotions Good for Your Health?

(Science Daily) "We all age. It is how we age, however, that determines the quality of our lives," said Anthony Ong of Cornell University… The data he reviews suggest that positive emotions may be a powerful antidote to stress, pain, and illness.
There are several pathways through which a positive attitude can protect against poor health later in life. For example, happier people might take a proactive approach to aging by regularly exercising and budgeting time for a good night's sleep. Alternately, these people may avoid unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking and risky sex. The benefits of these healthy lifestyle choices may become more important in older adults, as their bodies become more susceptible to disease.
An optimistic outlook has also been shown to combat stress -- a known risk factor for a lot of disease. Studies have found that people with stronger positive emotions have lower levels of chemicals associated with inflammation related to stress. Also, by adopting a positive attitude people may even be able to undo some of the physical damage caused by stress.
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Strong Social Ties Benefit Breast Cancer Patients

(Science Daily) Breast cancer patients who have a strong social support system in the first year after diagnosis are less likely to die or have a recurrence of cancer, according to new research…
Compared to women with the lowest scores, women who scored highest on the social well-being quality of life scale had a 48 percent reduction in their risk of a cancer recurrence and a 38 percent reduction in the risk of death.
Emotional support was the strongest predictor of cancer [non-]recurrence.
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Stress, Anxiety Both Boon and Bane to Brain

(Science Daily) A cold dose of fear lends an edge to the here-and-now -- say, when things go bump in the night…
But it sounds like there's also a catch…
"It makes us more sensitive to our external surroundings as a way of learning where or what a threat may be, but interferes with our ability to do more complex thinking," [researcher Richard ] Davidson says…
The resulting confusion favors quick, reflexive actions, the "survival instincts" often mentioned by trauma survivors -- Noise? RUN! -- in a way that was likely adaptive in the dangerous environments in which the ancestors to modern humans evolved.
"In our evolutionary past, the dangers we faced were really survival-threatening," Davidson says. "That's not so much the case now. Because of the nature of our brains, we can use our neural capacity to create our own internal danger. We can worry about the future and ruminate about the past."
Either one is likely to present a real hurdle to effective decision-making under stress.
Community: It’s up to us to resist those who would keep us worried and afraid. Too many people think that scaring us is the only way to get our attention.
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Nearly Half of Americans Still Suspect Vaccine-Autism Link

(HealthDay News) Just a slim majority of Americans -- 52 percent -- think vaccines don't cause autism, a new Harris Interactive/HealthDay poll found.
Conversely, 18 percent are convinced that vaccines, like the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, can cause the disorder, and another 30 percent aren't sure.
The poll was conducted last week, following news reports that said the lead researcher of a controversial 1998 study linking autism to the MMR vaccine had used fraudulent research to come to his conclusion.
Community: Unscrupulous liars do a lot of damage in the world. And there are so many of them!
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Emotions May Sidetrack Use of Safety Devices

(HealthDay News) Emotions can get in the way of rational decisions about safety products such as airbags, vaccines and smoke detectors, researchers report.
They said people can feel betrayed if they learn that a safety product may carry certain risks…
"The findings show that people have strong emotional reactions when safety devices have even a very small potential to betray them," the researchers wrote in a journal news release. "So rather than weigh the costs and benefits, they will reject these options outright, even if it makes them worse off for doing so."
They also found that the participants could be influenced to make safer choices if they had to make choices for strangers rather than for themselves.
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The Snack That Closes Up Nutrition Gaps

(RealAge.com) Even the most faithful of healthy eaters have occasional nutrition gaps. So here's a snack choice that can help you stay on the Best Fed list, no matter what: nuts.
Research shows that people who eat an ounce of nuts a day enjoy better nutritional status and healthier eating patterns compared with folks on nut-free diets.
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Eat This for Breakfast to Raise Self Esteem

(RealAge.com) A breakfast choice that can make you love yourself more? But a new study suggests it may be so.
The breakfast item in question? Cereal. In a study, the women who had it for breakfast every morning experienced greater self-esteem than the women who started their days with a muffin -- even though both breakfasts had the same number of calories…
[T]he cereal eaters felt fuller, happier, and more relaxed, according to food diaries the women kept to record how many calories they thought they'd had and what they felt after eating it. Even though both breakfasts had 400 calories, women who ate the cereal thought it had fewer calories -- and they felt better about themselves because of it. And a mood boost like that is good for self-esteem, researchers note, because how people feel is closely linked to their perceptions of their weight and body image.
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Recipes

MyRecipes.com:
5 Hearty Slow-Cooker Chilis
Get more from your meal, your wallet, and your free time with these 5 easy chilis, cooked low and slow in a crock pot.
EatingWell:
Mustard-Crusted Salmon
This updated French bistro dish makes a simple dinner any night of the week. You might want to consider doubling the batch and using the remaining salmon in a tossed salad the next day.
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No best way to dry hands

(UPI) Washing hands with soap and water is the best way to keep germs from spreading but there is no best way to dry hands, a U.S. infectious disease expert says…
"The most important issue is to focus on the hand washing," [Dr. Jeffrey] Kahn says in a statement. "Few people consider all of the things that we touch every day that are also touched by other people including door knobs, railings and elevator buttons. This is particularly important during the flu season, when these surfaces can easily become contaminated and the virus can spread readily through the population."
Kahn says the best way to wash hands is to use warm, soapy water and rub hands together vigorously for at least 30 seconds. If soap and water aren't available, use a hand sanitizer gel with at least 60 percent alcohol, Kahn says.
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Scientists Grow Human Liver Tissue to Be Used for Transplantation

(Science Daily) A new study reports on the success of growing human liver cells on resorbable scaffolds made from material similar to surgical sutures. Researchers suggest that this liver tissue could be used in place of donor organs during liver transplantation or during the bridge period until a suitable donor is available for patients with acute liver failure…
As of January 2011, more than 16,000 Americans are on the waiting list to receive a suitable liver according to data from the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network. Liver cell (hepatocyte) transplantation offers a possible solution in overcoming the organ shortage.
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Rural residents more likely to get some surgeries

(Reuters Health) People living in rural areas were more likely to get nine different surgical procedures -- including both elective and non-elective surgeries -- compared to people living in urban areas, in a study of all Medicare beneficiaries…
The results have a few possible explanations, [lead author Dr. Mark] Francis said, and this study on its own can't determine which one is correct. It could be that people in rural areas are less healthy in general than people in urban areas, and so require more surgeries, he said. Or a lack of access to primary care might cause health problems to stack up in rural residents by the time they're 65 and old enough to qualify for Medicare.
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New Low-Cost Method to Deliver Vaccine Shows Promise

(Science Daily) Researchers have developed a promising new approach to vaccination for rotavirus, a common cause of severe diarrheal disease that is responsible for approximately 500,000 deaths among children in the developing world every year…
[A] vaccine delivered as nasal drops effectively induced an immune response in mice and protected them from rotavirus infection. The new vaccine delivery system has also been tested successfully and found to be heat stable with tetanus and is currently being tested with diphtheria and pertussis.
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40 States Get an 'F' in Tobacco Prevention From New Report Card

(HealthDay News) A new report card gives the U.S. government relatively high marks for advances in treating people with tobacco-related illnesses, but gives low or failing grades to most states as their anti-smoking programs falter.
The report, from the American Lung Association, finds most states sorely lacking in efforts to get people to stop smoking or help them quit…
Each year in the United States, 443,000 people die from illnesses directly related to tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke. This makes tobacco the number one cause of preventable deaths, [Association president Charles D.] Connor said.
Moreover, tobacco-related illness saps the country of more than $193 billion in health-care costs and lost productivity each year, he added.
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Rep. Giffords Standing Up, Set to Begin Rehab Friday

(HealthDay News) Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' remarkable progress, including standing up with the help of aides Wednesday, bodes well for her continued recovery at a Houston rehabilitation center, where she will be moved Friday, just 13 days after a bullet pierced her brain.
Latest reports from University Medical Center in Tucson indicate that the Arizona congresswoman is able to move both hands and communicate with those around her, although it is unclear if she can speak. All this indicates a high level of motor and emotional function, experts say.
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Reach for the Tiny Weights

(RealAge.com) Don't knock yourself out with super-heavy lifting. You can make your muscles bigger and stronger by pumping the little stuff.
You just have to lift it more times. In a study, researchers found that the men who did 24 leg extensions with lighter weights built just as much muscle as the men who did 5 reps with heavier weights…
Whether you like big weights or little ones, the key seems to be lifting them to the point of fatigue. That's important in building more muscle mass, researchers note. And strength training that combines light weights with high reps is a great way to stimulate those muscle cells to build more tissue. That's all the more important as we get older, because our bodies tend to lose muscle with age.
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Killer Paper for Next-Generation Food Packaging

(Science Daily) Scientists are reporting development and successful lab tests of "killer paper," a material intended for use as a new food packaging material that helps preserve foods by fighting the bacteria that cause spoilage…
The scientists describe development of an effective, long-lasting method for depositing silver nanoparticles on the surface of paper that involves ultrasound, or the use of high frequency sound waves. The coated paper showed potent antibacterial activity against E. coli and S. aureus, two causes of bacterial food poisoning, killing all of the bacteria in just three hours. This suggests its potential application as a food packaging material for promoting longer shelf life, they note.
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Daily Fruit, Veggies May Cut Risk of Heart Disease Death

(HealthDay News) Along with all the other well-known reasons to eat more fruits and vegetables, new research indicates that doing so may reduce your risk of dying from heart disease.
Researchers analyzed data from more than 300,000 people from eight European countries, aged 40 to 85, who took part in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition study and were followed for an average of nearly 8.5 years.
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Halt Gradual Weight Gain with This Cuisine

(RealAge.com) Gained a few pounds in 2010? And 2009? And 2008? Well, here's a great way to reverse the trend in 2011. Eat Mediterranean-inspired cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Research shows that, compared with people who favor other types of cuisine, people who eat Mediterranean-themed fare are much less likely to gain weight over time…
So how can you make your meals more Mediterranean? For starters, include a couple of servings of vegetables or fruit at each meal. And choose whole grains over white or refined grains, olive oil over butter, and fish over red meat. That's a good beginning.
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Recipes

Cooking Light:
Best Recipes for Winter Fruits & Veggies
Don't let the cold weather keep you from enjoying fresh produce. Our best winter fruit and vegetable collection proves that flavorful, fresh ingredients can be enjoyed year-round.
Season's Best: Chicken Soup
Nothing is more comforting and nourishing than a bowl of hot chicken soup on cold nights. Find our editor's top recipes.
Superfast Comfort-Food Recipes
Whether it's soup, stew, sandwiches, mashed potatoes, or mac 'n cheese, if it puts a smile on your face, there's a 20-minute recipe for it here.
MyRecipes.com:
Beef-Broccoli Lo Mein
Serve this quick-and-easy noodle dish with store-bought egg rolls and fortune cookies.
EatingWell:
Thai Chicken & Mango Stir-Fry
Both ripe and underripe mango work well in this chicken and vegetable stir-fry.
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Make Over Your Salads

(SouthBeachDiet.com) Tired of eating the same salad, day after day? An easy fix: Hit up your supermarket or farmers market for some new ingredients, which is a great way to sneak in extra nutrients and help prevent food boredom. Here are a few alternatives to typical salad fixings…:
Choose a darker, more nutrient-dense green, such as baby spinach, romaine, arugula, or a spring mix, rather than iceberg lettuce.
Opt for eggplant, artichoke, or zucchini grilled with a basting of extra-virgin olive oil, instead of (or in addition to) more traditional veggies, like tomatoes and cucumbers.
Add sliced avocado or olives for a touch of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat.
Toss in grilled salmon, tuna, shrimp, or even tofu, rather than grilled chicken.
Top with pecans, almonds, sunflower seeds, flaxseeds, or another nut or seed, instead of buttery white-bread croutons.
Make your own salad dressing with a mix of extra-virgin olive oil, Dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt, and freshly ground black pepper. Store-bought dressings are fine, too, as long as they don't contain more than 3 grams of sugar per 2-tablespoon serving.
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Appetite-Related Chemical Also Affects Drug-Seeking

(Science Daily) A behavioral study of food-deprived rats shows that the animals were less likely to return to heroin-seeking habits when given a compound that blocks specific brain receptors…
The new results suggest that a molecule known as NPY, which is released into the body in times of food restriction, also acts as a trigger for drug-seeking. In this study, Concordia University researchers found that rats given a chemical that blocks the NPY brain receptors don't search for heroin. Moreover, the authors observed no side effects from the drugs in the rats, such as weight loss or behavioral changes.
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Long-Term, High-Fat Diet Alters Mice Brains

(Science Daily) The brains of mice fed a high-fat diet for an extended period of time showed irreversible changes in areas associated with reward and pleasure, a new study has found…
"These results provide further insight into the health consequences of long-term, high-fat diets, and suggest one explanation for why some people face such difficulty in the path to weight loss and healthier eating," [senior author Teresa Reyes, PhD,] said.
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Heavy drinking may raise abnormal heart rhythm risk

(Reuters) People who drink regularly, especially heavy drinkers, may be more likely than teetotalers to suffer atrial fibrillation, a type of abnormal heart rhythm, according to a research review.
In an analysis of 14 studies, a team led by Satoru Kodama at the University of Tsukuba Institute of Clinical Medicine in Japan found that the heaviest drinkers were more likely to be diagnosed with the condition than people who drank little to no alcohol.
Though definitions of "heavy" drinking varied, it meant at least two or more drinks per day for men, and one or more per day for women. In some studies, heavy drinkers downed at least six drinks per day.
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New Clue to How Chinese Remedy Curbs Drinking

(HealthDay News) Taking kudzu root extract to curb drinking leads to an increase in blood ethanol levels, which might lessen the desire for more alcohol, researchers report.
In China, kudzu root extract has long been used to reduce, but not stop, alcohol consumption and dependence, but the mechanism of action has been a mystery.
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Maintaining Healthy Teeth and Gums May Reduce Risk for Respiratory Diseases

(Science Daily) A new study suggests that periodontal disease may increase the risk for respiratory infections, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pneumonia. These infections, which are caused when bacteria from the upper throat are inhaled into the lower respiratory tract, can be severely debilitating and are one of the leading causes of death in the U.S…
The study found that patients with respiratory diseases had worse periodontal health than the control group, suggesting a relationship between respiratory disease and periodontal disease. Researchers suspect that the presence of oral pathogens associated with periodontal disease may increase a patient's risk of developing or exacerbating respiratory disease. However, the study authors note that additional studies are needed to more conclusively understand this link.
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New CPR Technique for out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest Increases Survival by 53 Percent

(Science Daily) A study … shows an alternative method of cardio-pulmonary resuscitation increases long-term survival of patients…
The new technique uses two devices simultaneously to increase circulation. One is a handheld device that attaches with a small suction cup to the patient's chest. After each compression, the suction cup allows the chest to be lifted up, stimulating blood flow. The second device, called an impedance threshold device, attaches to the patient's airway using a facial mask or breathing tube. When the chest lifts upward, the impedance threshold device prevents air from rushing into the lungs. That creates a vacuum inside the chest and helps refill the heart after each compression. Researchers found in each compression-decompression cycle, the heart and brain receive nearly three times more blood flow when compared with standard CPR.
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Health-Care Systems Not Using Best Evidence in Decision-Making, Expert Argues

(Science Daily) Health care systems around the world are failing to use evidence obtained through research when making decisions, causing inefficiencies and reduced quantity and quality of life, according to a leading expert in the field of "knowledge translation."…
Extrapolating data from the United States, Dr. [Sharon] Straus estimated in her article that about 55 per cent of adult patients do not receive recommended care. Studies have shown that only 40 per cent of people with osteoporosis get appropriate therapy, as do only two-thirds of stroke patients.
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No regular doctor for 60 million in U.S.

(UPI) One in five Americans -- some 60 million people -- have no family doctor, clinic or regular source of medical care, U.S. health officials say.
A report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, says in 2007 two-thirds of those who reported not having a usual source of care said the main reason was because they seldom or never got sick, while 14 percent say their main reason was the high cost of care.
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MDs fear healthcare reform: Thomson Reuters survey

(Reuters) Nearly two-thirds of U.S. doctors surveyed fear healthcare reform could worsen care for patients, by flooding their offices and hurting income, according to a Thomson Reuters survey released on Tuesday.
The survey of more than 2,900 doctors found many predict the legislation will force them to work harder for less money.
"When asked about the quality of healthcare in the U.S. over the next five years, 65 percent of the doctors believed it would deteriorate with only 18 percent predicting it would improve," Thomson Reuters, parent company of Reuters, said in a statement.
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House backs repeal of Obama healthcare law

(Reuters) The Republican-led House of Representatives passed legislation that would repeal President Barack Obama's landmark healthcare reform law on Wednesday in a mostly symbolic move likely to be scuttled in the Senate.
The House voted 245-189 to approve the Republican bill that would scrap the law, which was passed by Congress last year after a bitter debate and signed by Obama when his fellow Democrats still controlled both the House and Senate.
The unified House Republicans were joined by three Democrats in backing the bill, which also needs Senate passage but is unlikely to get it. The Senate remains under Democratic control and is not expected to take up the repeal legislation.
Community: “Symbolic” doesn’t mean useless, however. I disagree with most of what Republicans stand for, but at least they fight for what they believe. Democrats don’t.
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Attractiveness = higher intelligence

(UPI) A study puts to end the myth of dumb blondes and geeky nerds -- a British researcher says those who are more attractive have higher IQs…
The study … finds both the British and American data show physical attractiveness is significantly positively associated with general intelligence -- attractive men scored an average of 13.6 points above average and pretty women scored 11.4 points above average.
Community: So maybe that’s why attractive people (or men, anyway) are more likely to get a job, and are paid more and get more attention from the boss.
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Does Long-Term Cell Phone Use Lead to Brain Tumors?

(Science Daily) The highest-quality research data available suggests that long-term exposure to microwaves from cellular phones may lead to an increased risk of brain tumors, reports a paper…
Based on an analysis of pooled data from different studies, researchers write, "[L]ong-term cell phone usage can approximately double the risk of developing a glioma or acoustic neuroma in the more exposed brain hemisphere" -- that is, on the side where the user typically holds the phone to the ear…
It's unclear exactly how exposure to microwave radiation from cell phones may increase brain cancer risk. However, studies have shown that the cell signal is absorbed up to two inches in the adult skull.
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Chinese Drug for Cataracts Seen Effective

(Science Daily) Scientists are reporting a scientific basis for the long-standing belief that a widely used non-prescription drug in China and certain other countries can prevent and treat cataracts, a clouding of the lens of the eye that is a leading cause of vision loss worldwide…
[The researchers] note that eye drops containing pirenoxine, or PRX, have been reputed as a cataract remedy for almost 60 years. Currently, the only treatment for cataracts in Western medicine is surgical replacement of the lens, the clear disc-like structure inside the eye that focuses light onto the nerve tissue in the back of the eye.
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