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Ginger Relieves Infected Root Canals

A paste of ginger extract slashed infection colonies by two-thirds in a lab study of teeth extracted from Sudanese root canal patients.

High-Intensity Workouts May Keep People Coming Back

Sedentary Canadian adults that underwent high-intensity interval training found it more enjoyable that those who performed ongoing moderate exercise.

Why Lyme Disease Ticks Thrive in the North

Ticks love cool, high-humidity climates where they can reside on shrub and tree leaves, which explains why Lyme disease is far more common in Vermont than Alabama.

Vitamin D Helps Babies Grow Strong Bones and Muscle

Canadian infants given more than 400 IUD per day of vitamin D had stronger bones and muscle and less body fat at age 3.

Inactive Lifestyle Accelerates Aging

Women ages 64 to 95 with sedentary lifestyles had significantly shorter leukocyte telomere length, which is a marker for faster genetic aging.

Healthy Eating Can Improve Bone Density in Women

In a six-year Ohio State study, women that ate the most low-inflammatory foods, such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains, had less bone loss in their hips.

California Wins Cancer Label Case Against Monsanto’s Roundup

A judge has ruled that California can require the chemical giant Monsanto to place a cancer warning label on its controversial Roundup weed killer.

Not-So-Speedy Pedaling Boosts Benefits

Biking a half hour to work improves brain function, but if pollution hangs in the air, a moderate pace of 8 miles per hour tests best for overall health.

Prenatal Omega-3 Reduces Kids’ Asthma Risk

Babies born to mothers given 2.4 grams of omega-3 supplements in the third trimester of pregnancy had nearly a third lower risk of experiencing asthma by age 5.

Even One Drink Daily Increases Melanoma Risk

Brown University researchers found that each alcoholic drink consumed on average per day increased melanoma skin cancer risk by 14 percent.

DNA Markers Link Lifespan to Nutrition

In a 10-year study, Korean researchers found a link between vitamin C, folate and potassium intake and the length of telomeres associated with increased longevity.

Latin American Tree Bark Improves Diabetes Markers

Type 2 diabetics that ingested a dry extract of the bark of Hintonia latiflora, a tree grown in Mexico and South America, experienced a 25 percent reduction in fasting blood glucose levels, as well as improved cholesterol and liver markers.

Negative Stereotypes Sabotage Girl Soccer Players

Teenage girls performed worst in a soccer ball-dribbling drill after reading an article about the perceived incompetence of female soccer players.

Barefoot Running Improves Technique

Spanish athletes that ran barefoot for 12 weeks during a study saw positive changes in their foot rotation while running and landed more often in a desirable mid-foot position.

Drinking More Water Improves Food Intake

People that drink more water in the course of a day tend to eat less, especially fat, sugar, and sodium, a University of Illinois study found.

Chelation Cuts Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

Heart-attack patients that underwent chelation therapy to remove heavy metals from their blood suffered fewer heart-disease events than a placebo group.

Sage Linked to Cognitive Health

Australian scientists report that sage appears to preserve memory by inhibiting changes to an enzyme that’s key in cognitive functions.

Sedentary Kids Lag in Reading Skills

Young Finnish children that tend to be sedentary showed lower reading scores than peers that are generally physically active.

Tai Chi Eases Chronic Neck Pain

In a Harvard Medical School study, patients with chronic neck pain that practiced tai chi won the same reduction in pain as those doing conventional neck exercises.

No Benefit to Cutting Fat in Cheese

Danish researchers found no difference in LDL “bad cholesterol” levels between people that ate low-fat cheese or regular-fat cheese for 12 weeks.

Kids Going Online at Bedtime Sleep Poorly

British kids between 6 and 19 that used devices within 90 minutes of falling asleep were more likely to sleep badly and be sleepy during the day, which also can lead to poor diet choices.

The Five-Second Rule Debunked

Rutgers researchers found that food dropped on the floor for even one second can be contaminated with bacteria, and that carpet transferred fewer bacteria than tile and stainless steel.

Veggie, Fish and Nut Fats Preserve Heart Health

In a Harvard study, people that replaced a portion of their normal dairy foods with vegetables, nuts and fish reduced their heart-disease risk by a quarter, while people that replaced the dairy with animal fats increased their risk by six percent.

Eye Health Nutrients Also Aid the Brain

Older adults with higher levels of the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin nourishing their eyes also performed better on a cognitive test.

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