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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.

Aloe Vera Juice Allays Diabetes

Data from nine clinical studies found that oral doses of aloe vera reduced two common markers of Type 2 diabetes.

Fenugreek Eases Menopause

An extract of fenugreek husk sharply slashed the incidence of hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, headaches and mood swings in menopausal Indian women.

Parents Use Complementary Health Care for Kids

The latest American survey on the subject found that almost one in nine children used complementary medicine or practices, such as fish oil, probiotics, chiropractic care and yoga, in the previous year.

Exercise in Midlife Helps Preserve Mental Sharpness

A Finnish twins study found that people that exercised physically in middle age were less likely to be cognitively impaired when elderly.

Ayurvedic Program Improves Blood Chemistry

Men and women that underwent a six-day ayurvedic detox and rejuvenation protocol showed measurable decreases in blood test markers for inflammation and cardiovascular disease.

Early-to-Bed Kids at Less Risk of Obesity

Young children that were tucked into bed before 8 p.m., when examined 10 years later, had less than half the obesity rate of those that had gone to bed after 9 p.m.

Autism Risk Linked to Banned Chemicals

Children born to mothers with high exposures to PCBs, DDT and other banned-but-still-present chemicals had a 50 to 82 percent greater chance of being born with autism.

Early Job Satisfaction Supports Long-Term Health

People that were dissatisfied with their jobs throughout their 20s and 30s were more likely to experience sleep problems, depression and excessive worry after age 40.

A Cup of Peppermint Tea Boosts Alertness

After sipping peppermint tea, people’s alertness and memory improved, while chamomile tea slowed thinking.

Fracking Linked to Asthma Attacks

A seven-year study in fracking-heavy Pennsylvania found that people living close to a fracking site were up to four times more likely to suffer asthma attacks.

Cranberries Reduce Urinary Tract Infections

Pile on the cranberry sauce. Women given 500 milligrams of cranberry powder daily for six months had significantly fewer UTIs.

Bright Lights Encourage Healthy Eating

Diners at a chain restaurant picked healthier choices from the menu when a dining area was brightly lit.

Teens Hooked on Ear Buds Prone to Tinnitus

Half of a group of 170 teenagers that used ear buds reported bouts of ringing or buzzing in their ears.

Why Some Kids Grow Up with Fewer Allergies

Children that sucked their thumb or bit their nails had fewer allergies as adults, reports a study by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Silence De-Stresses the Brain

Studies increasingly link noisy surroundings to stress hormones and cognitive difficulties in children.

Gut Bacteria Linked to Toddler Temperament

Toddlers with diverse gut bacteria proved to be more curious and sociable and less impulsive than toddlers with fewer types of bacteria.

Music Makes Exercise Easier

Individuals that worked out to music rather than silence felt less fatigued and exercised more effectively.

Acupressure Eases Fatigue in Cancer Survivors

In a recent study, two-thirds of breast cancer survivors that used an acupressure routine on themselves slashed their chronic tiredness to normal levels.

Exercising Women Have Fewer C-Sections

Women that worked out regularly during pregnancy had fewer cesarean deliveries and a lower risk of hypertension and diabetes.

Heavy TV Watching Linked to Poor Bone Health

Children between 5 and 20 years of age that watched more than 14 hours a week of TV had lower bone mineral content as young adults.

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