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Spotlight on Pumpkins

A Source of Healthy Nutrition   While savoring a slice of pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving, consider that this favorite and versatile fall vegetable is a nutritional powerhouse. Pumpkins are high in carotene, which protects against vision loss, heart disease and cancer. Pumpkin seeds, which can be eaten raw, baked or roasted, are particularly rich in zinc, which helps prevent prostate ... Read More »

Red/Purple Produce is Best for Our Weight and Heart

New research published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition has found the color of the fruits and vegetables we eat may affect our weight and heart health differently. The study followed 1,272 people over a three-year period, beginning in 2006 and 2008. The researchers compared their respective diets over both periods with levels of cholesterol, weight and waist circumference—all measures of ... Read More »

Rejuvenated Skin- Just in Time for the Holidays

Now is the time to rejuvenate your skin for the Holidays You’ve gone to the beach, you’ve lounged in the sun, you’ve enjoyed your summer— but how has your skin weathered the season?  If you’re like most people, your fine lines might be a little more pronounced, your complexion a bit blotchy or discolored, or maybe you’ve gained a few extra freckles. Can the damage be reversed? Dr. Boneva ... Read More »

Muscle-Building Supplements Linked to Testicular Cancer

Research Finds Raised Risk New research published in the British Journal of Cancer has found that taking muscle-building supplements can increase the risk of testicular cancer by up to 65 percent. The study monitored 356 cancer patients and 513 control subjects, all from Connecticut and Massachusetts. The case-control study was conducted by researchers from the Yale School of Public Health ... Read More »

Think Before You Ink

How to Make Body Art Safe and Reversible APRIL THOMPSON  Few things in life are more permanent than a tattoo. Yet those most likely to change their life course—in careers, relationships or fashion styles—are also most inclined to get inked. Nearly 40 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 25 have at least one tattoo, according to a ... Read More »

Call for Worldwide Protection from Wi-Fi Radiation

Possible Cause of Cancer   In May, 190 scientists from 39 nations appealed to the World Health Organization (WHO) to “exert strong leadership in fostering the development of more protective EMF guidelines…” The letter was developed by a committee that included professors from Columbia University, Trent University, the University of Washington and the University of California, Berkeley. It was then ... Read More »

Happy Couples Sleep Closer Together

Proximity at Night Linked to Contentment in Relationships   Researchers from the UK’s University of Hertfordshire conducted a study that measured the relative relationship satisfaction between couples and their sleeping proximity. More than 1,000 people were surveyed for the study. The researchers found that 55 percent of couples that typically faced each other but did not touch while sleeping were ... Read More »

Sad Music Can Lift Our Mood

Melancholy Tunes Improve Spirits Astudy from Free University, in Berlin, has determined that listening to sad music may actually lift our mood. The researchers conducted a survey of 772 people, 44 percent of which were musicians, asking each subject about their emotional responses after listening to sad music. While 76 percent felt nostalgic, more than 57 percent of the respondents ... Read More »

Pistachio Nuts Help Cholesterol, Blood Sugar and Artery Health

Food for the Heart Anew study published in the journal Nutrition found that eating pistachio nuts may improve cholesterol parameters, increase glycemic (blood sugar) control, decrease artery stiffness and improve overall blood vessel health. The study tested 60 adults with poor cholesterol lipid levels. They were randomly split into two groups—one (control) was given lifestyle modifications (LSM) while the other was given ... Read More »

Produce Produces Heftier Newborns

Fruits and Veggies Linked to Healthy Birth Weights   A review of research from the Center for Chemical Regulation and Food Safety finds that the quantity of food consumed by pregnant women for increasing a baby’s birth weight is less important than what types of foods she eats. After systematically analyzing 11 relevant studies, the researchers found that higher birth weights—associated ... Read More »