Quitting alcohol improves mental well-being & quality of life

Quitting alcohol may improve health-related quality of life for women, especially their mental well-being, revealed by researchers. “More evidence suggests caution in recommending moderate drinking as part of a healthy diet,” says Dr. Michael Ni, School of Public Health and The State Key Laboratory of Brain and Cognitive Science, University of Hong Kong (HKU). The … Read more

Tai chi reduces falls among older adults

A program of tai ji quan balance and movement classes based on tai chi was more effective at reducing falls among older, high-risk adults than conventional stretching exercises or a multimodal exercise program. Trial participants (670 adults aged 70 years and older who had fallen in the previous year or who had impaired mobility) were … Read more

Limit screen-based recreational media at home

Screen time from computers, phones, tablet computers, video games, TV and other screen-based devices is associated with an increased amount of sedentary behavior in children and teens, according to a new scientific statement released by the American Heart Association and published in its journal Circulation. Sedentary behaviors include sitting, reclining or laying down while awake … Read more

Stem cell transplants can cure Crohn’s disease patients

A clinical trial has begun which will use stem cell transplants to grow a new immune system for people with untreatable Crohn’s disease – a painful and chronic intestinal disease which affects at least 115,000 people in the UK. The study, led by Queen Mary University of London and Barts Health NHS trust, is funded … Read more

Mangoes – heart healthy fruit – eat 2 cups daily

Two cups of mangos a day had beneficial effects on systolic blood pressure among healthy postmenopausal women, revealed by researchers at the University of California, Davis. Mango consumption helped relax blood vessels in as little as two hours after intake. Additionally, some of the participants showed favorable changes in the production of breath methane, an … Read more

Melania Trump recovering from Kidney Surgery

US’ First Lady Melania Trump underwent an embolization medical procedure to treat a benign kidney condition at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. President Donald Trump’s wife Melania Trump is reported to be recovering without any trouble now and will likely remain there for the duration of the week. “The procedure was successful and there … Read more

5 healthy lifestyle habits may add 10 years more

Maintaining five healthy habits — (1) eating a healthy diet, (2) exercising regularly, (3) keeping a healthy body weight, (4) not drinking too much alcohol, and (5) not smoking–during adulthood may add more than a decade to life expectancy, revealed by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Researchers also found that U.S. … Read more

Wash apples with baking soda to remove pesticide

Removal of pesticide residues from fresh produce is important to reduce pesticide exposure to humans. A new study, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry on Thursday, found that baking soda could remove far more pesticide from the surface of an apple than just tap water or a bleach rinse. This study investigated … Read more

Gene editing may prevent genetic and inherited diseases

For the first time, researchers have corrected a disease-causing mutation in early stage human embryos with gene editing. The technique, which uses the CRISPR-Cas9 system, corrected the mutation for a heart condition at the earliest stage of embryonic development so that the defect would not be passed on to future generations. With advances in stem … Read more

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