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Young Adult Insomnia Linked to Chronic Pain

Young Adult Insomnia Linked to Chronic Pain

About two in five Dutch adults between the ages of 19 and 22 that reported problems sleeping had chronic pain three years later.

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Legumes Facilitate Weight Loss

Legumes Facilitate Weight Loss

Eating three-quarters of a cup of beans, lentils, chickpeas or other legumes per day as part of their usual diet helped subjects feel more full and shed nearly a pound in six weeks.

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Calcium Pills Don’t Build Bone Health

Calcium Pills Don’t Build Bone Health

Two prominent meta-studies have found that calcium in supplements have at most a tiny initial effect on bone density.

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Colorful Produce Slows Cell Aging

Colorful Produce Slows Cell Aging

Adults that eat hefty amounts of plants high in carotenoids have five- to eight-percent longer telomeres, cellular markers that typically grow shorter with age.

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Energy Drinks Harm the Heart

Energy Drinks Harm the Heart

Two cans of an energy drink per day produced abnormal heart rhythms and higher blood pressure in healthy adults.

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ADHD Meds Weaken Kids’ Bones

ADHD Meds Weaken Kids’ Bones

In a recent study, at least 25 percent of children between 8 and 17 taking such ADHD meds as Ritalin and Focalin were found to have osteopenia, early bone loss.

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Osteopathy Alleviates Low Back Pain

Osteopathy Alleviates Low Back Pain

People with severe low back pain had significantly less pain and more mobility after six sessions of osteopathic manual therapy.

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Neurotoxins Identified in Everyday Items

Neurotoxins Identified in Everyday Items

Six new neurotoxins identified in the British journal The Lancet include fluoride found in many municipal water systems and PBDEs, flame retardants found in electronics and plastics.

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Omega-3s May Increase Risk of Prostate Cancer

Omega-3s May Increase Risk of Prostate Cancer

High blood levels of DHA, EPA and DPA, found in fish oil supplements, increased prostate cancer risk by 43 percent in a recent study.

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Ashwagandha Pumps Up Testosterone

Ashwagandha Pumps Up Testosterone

The herb Ashwagandha raised testosterone levels and increased arm muscle mass in a study of 57 men between the ages of 18 and 50.

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