March 8-14, 2016 - Original Health Articles

Can You Actually Slow Down Aging?

Are you wading through the flood of anti-aging ads, fads, diets, supplements, and superfoods in search of the fountain of youth? With the sheer number of products out there, it can be hard to separate fact from fiction when it comes to anti-aging.

Why We Crave Sugar

Humans are born with a preference for sweet foods; most of us will eat almost anything made with sugar. We especially like sweetened, fatty foods like cakes and ice cream because while sugar enhances the flavor of these foods, fat provides a pleasant texture or "mouth feel.

Can Your Mood Predict Your Risk of Dying?

Donít worry, be unhappy: Your bad mood wonít increase your chances of getting sick and dying, according to a study in The Lancet. Happiness is often thought to affect wellbeing, and in a decade-long study of a million British women ages 50-69, researchers asked participants about how often they felt happy, stressed, or relaxed; they also studied official records of deaths and hospital admissions.

How Medical Detection Dogs Sniff Out Illness

Dogs are known as man's best friendóand here's another reason why they live up to their reputation: They may be able to detect cancer. Canine Cancer Screening How do pups go from canine companions to diagnosis dogs? They're trained at Medical Detection Dogs, a charity in Milton Keynes, England.

10 Health Experts Name Their Favorite Workout Songs

Music soothes your soul, helps you unwind, and can even inspire better athletic performance. With so many benefits, you may wonder what type of tunes your health professionals turn to, whether they're working out or just hanging out. We decided to find out! Here is what ten health experts listen to and why: Expert #1: Frank Farrelly, B.

8 Nutrition Experts Dish on Their Favorite Books

We know we need to eat well. But knowing exactly how to eat well is where things get tricky. With that in mind, we asked eight nutrition professionals for their number one book recommendation. Add something healthy to your bookshelf with one of these picks.

The Top Health Trends of 2016

A healthy lifestyle requires an ongoing commitment, but there's no reason you can't explore different ways to stay the course. After all, "New and trendy ways of eating and staying active prevent healthy habits from becoming stale, and that helps you stay motivated over time," says Jessica Crandall, RDN, CDE, AFFA, certified group fitness instructor and dietitian at Denver Wellness and Nutrition.

How Often Should You Wash Your Sheets?

What has eight hairy legs and snuggles up with you at night? A dust mite. These too-small-to-see creatures live in household dust, and almost everybody has them. When dust settles from the air or gets kicked up from the carpet, it lands on your sheets, pillowcases, covers, and quilts, and dust mites end up sleeping in your bed.

Quit Smoking at Any Age

Itís never too late to kick your addiction to cigarettes. But if you are a senior citizen, you may worry that after smoking for so many years, you'll find it impossible to quit. Or maybe youíve tried to quit before, and failed, and are reluctant to try again.

The Dangers of Holding in Your Emotions

If youíve spent years trying to repress painful emotions, youíre not doing your health any favors. Emotions, however uncomfortable, "are an important part of the human experience and they facilitate communication to others and sometimes ourselves about our needs and wishes," says Mayer Bellehsen, Ph.

How to Make Any Meal Diabetes-Friendly

Dealing with diabetes? You can eat just about anything, but the way your food is prepared, and how much you eat, determines its effect on your blood sugar. When most people think about eating to manage diabetes, they think about cutting back on carbohydrates and eliminating sugar.

The Biology of Addiction and Compulsive Behavior

Addiction is a devastating disease both for addicts and their loved ones. And unfortunately, it's not uncommon: 23.5 million people in the U.S. (9.3 percent) needed treatment for a drug or alcohol abuse problem in 2009. Addiction doesn't just refer to substance abuse: Pathological gambling, which is often regarded as a behavioral addiction that has many similarities with substance abuse disorders, affects between .

Could Caffeine Delay Multiple Sclerosis?

Could consuming caffeine reduce your chances of developing multiple sclerosis? New research suggests it's possible. Ellen Mowry, MD, MCR, of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, looked at the results of two large studies, one on Sweden, and one in the U.

Book Recommendations from 7 Fitness Experts

As with most things in life, when it comes to fitness, nutrition, and overall health, knowledge is important to success. You need to know how to exercise, what foods to eat, and what strategies to use to keep yourself motivated. With that in mind, we turned to seven fitness professionals and asked them for recommendations from their personal bookshelves.

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