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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.

Stress and Fatigue Abate with Combo Supplement

Stressed and fatigued individuals that took a supplement containing magnesium, probiotics, vitamins and minerals for 30 days saw sharp reductions in these symptoms.

Wheezing Toddlers Prone to Food Allergies

Singapore toddlers that experienced eczema or wheezing in their first 18 months were more likely to have a food allergy at 36 months.

DHA Boosts Elder Brain Function

Researchers have discovered that regularly taking DHA improves brain function in older adults with mild cognitive impairment.

Infants Breathing Bad Air May Suffer as Teens

A Swedish study found that 15-year-olds that had been exposed as 1-year-olds to high levels of air pollutants had more difficulty getting air through their lungs.

Reflexology and Imagery Relieve Preoperative Anxiety

Israelis facing surgery that received reflexology massages, acupuncture and guided imagery exercises beforehand experienced a 60 percent drop in anxiety levels.

Chinese Herbs Lessen Postpartum Blues

A Chinese study pooling 47 clinical trials concluded that Chinese herbs are a safe, effective remedy that work either with antidepressants or alone.

Fortified Foods Cut Into Supplement Use

Nutritional supplements sales are growing nationwide, in spite of the fact that up to a fifth of U.S. adults often pass them up for fortified foods.

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