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Steam Baths Ease Allergies

Steam Baths Ease Allergies

Thais with hay fever that soaked in half-hour steam baths three times a week reported fewer symptoms such as sneezing, nasal itching and congestion.

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Eating Apples and Tomatoes Repairs Lungs

Eating Apples and Tomatoes Repairs Lungs

Fresh tomatoes and fruit, especially apples, help heal damaged lungs of ex-smokers and can slow the natural decline of lung function that typically occurs after age 30.

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Bee Venom Is Powerful Lyme Disease Remedy

Bee Venom Is Powerful Lyme Disease Remedy

Bee venom reduces the Lyme disease bacterium more effectively than antibiotics, reports the Lyme Disease Research Group, in Connecticut.

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Walking Speed May Predict Dementia

Walking Speed May Predict Dementia

Seniors whose walking slowed by as little as 0.1 percent a year were 47 percent more likely to decline cognitively.

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Only One in 10 U.S. Adults Eats Healthy

Only One in 10 U.S. Adults Eats Healthy

Just 9 percent of U.S. adults eat enough vegetables and only 12 percent eat enough fruit every day, with consumption lowest among men, young adults and people living in poverty.

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Air Pollution Affects Teen Menstruation

Air Pollution Affects Teen Menstruation

Teenage girls in polluted areas have a slightly greater likelihood of menstrual irregularity and take longer to achieve regularity in high school and early adulthood.

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Pesticides Lower Birth Weights

In one California agricultural region studied, the 5 percent of women with the highest exposure to pesticides had negative effects for all birth outcomes, including low birth weight, gestational length, preterm birth and birth abnormalities.

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Facial Exercises Ease Midlife Signs of Aging

Facial Exercises Ease Midlife Signs of Aging

Middle-aged women doing 30 minutes a day of specific facial muscle movements looked an average of two-and-a-half years younger in 20 weeks.

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Exercise Boosts Good Gut Bacteria

Exercise Boosts Good Gut Bacteria

Exercising 30 to 60 minutes three times a week improved healthy gut microbes in people even without dietary changes.

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Seek 15 Minutes of Device-Free Time

Seek 15 Minutes of Device-Free Time

Spending just 15 minutes away from a device reduced unhealthy intense emotions in young adults, reports a University of Rochester study.

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