75-year study reveals the secret sauce for a happy, healthy life

Take a moment and think about what your vision for a happy and fulfilled life looks like. What do you see? Wealth? Fame? Awards? Where would you need to invest your time and energy in order to bring that vision to life? A recent survey of millennials asked what their most important life goals were. Over 80 percent said a major life goal was to get rich and 50 percent said another major life goal was to become famous.

Extreme obesity may be taking years off a person’s life

Obesity is on the rise, not only in the United States but around the world. According to the Global Burden of Disease Study 2013, more than a third of all adults are now overweight or obese. But despite how common it is to be overweight or obese, body weight can be a difficult topic to discuss. It is often discussed in the context of how you look and feel. But we would be remiss if we didn’t talk to you about your quality of life and life expectancy too. We want you to love yourself and love how you look and feel, but we also want you to enjoy a long and healthy life.

Inaccurate beliefs about black patients’ biology can lead to inaccurate treatment recommendations

Are some doctors letting skin color affect their clinical decisions? A new study published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that medical students’ false beliefs about biological differences between black and white patients may affect how they perceive a patient’s pain. Researchers collected survey results from 222 white medical students at the University of Virginia.

What is oxidative stress?

Oxidative stress – it’s one of those words that gets tossed around without much explanation. Who really knows what it means? Well, fear not, today is the day that all changes for you. Take a few minutes to understand what oxidative stress is and how it affects your long-term health. With this information, you can take proactive steps to help you enjoy life to the fullest.

Glutathione: Why you need to know about this powerful detoxifier

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a “soldier” in your body who fights almost anything that could make you sick and age faster? Yes, the body has many ways of repairing itself, including abilities to bind and neutralize chemical free radicals and toxins, increase immune defenses, fight cancer and even combat aging skin. Most aging occurs when the human body is unable to deal with incoming environmental and other unhealthy stresses. Having little buddies inside you to elbow those nasty toxins and radicals can help!

Is all that sitting shortening your life?

The issue of too much sitting has been catching national headlines, with recent studies associating that desk job with an increased risk of mortality. Research has shown prolonged sitting may increase your risk for fatty liver disease, and that even regular exercise may not be enough to counteract its harmful effects. Now, a new study is adding another reason to get that walking desk – your life span.

Of course we want less arsenic in infant rice cereal!

Ever thought about arsenic in the rice you feed your family? Probably not. Arsenic in baby cereal? Unthinkable. However, concerns over inorganic arsenic levels in infant rice cereal has caught the attention of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), prompting the agency to propose a new limit for how much arsenic is OK in your baby’s cereal. The proposal limits inorganic arsenic to 100 parts per billion. Currently, there is no such limit.

Why won’t my doctor provide hormone replacement therapy for menopause?

Middle aged-women often experience hot flashes, trouble sleeping and hormone changes as they go through the process of menopause. Their quality of life is affected, so they look for solutions, scouring the Internet to learn about their dropping estrogen and progesterone levels. Interested in hormone replacement therapy, they schedule appointments with their doctors. But ever since the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) in 2002, which found the risks outweighed the benefits, many doctors now shy away from hormone replacement therapy.

Why do you need vitamin B3?

Vitamin B3 is one of the B-complex vitamins, and there are three types: niacin, niacinamide and inositol hexaniacinate (also called “no flush niacin”). Niacin is important for your digestive system, skin and nervous system. It helps make sex hormones and stress-related hormones. It also helps improve circulation and suppress inflammation. Niacin is used to treat high cholesterol, and is also used alongside other treatments for circulation issues, migraines, dizziness, as well as reducing the diarrhea associated with cholera.

What’s your coffee habit doing to your liver? The answer may surprise you

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning? Was it … coffee? If you’re an avid coffee-drinker, you’ll be excited to know there are more perks in your cup than the pick-me-up.

Are all forms of smoking bad?

You’ve heard said it before: Smoking is bad for your health. But usually, when we talk about smoking, the conversation centers around cigarettes. But are all forms of smoking harmful? Science points toward a resounding yes. No form of smoking is completely “safe” or “risk-free.” Even new forms of smoking like e-cigarettes can pose risks, especially because they have yet to be regulated the same way cigarettes are, so it isn’t always clear what chemicals are in them or how much.

What does the gallbladder do and how can you be proactive?

The gallbladder may not be the most glamorous organ, but it’s an important one. Unless you’re a health care worker, or you’ve recently taken an anatomy class, you may not even know what the gallbladder does or why you need it. Despite its inconspicuous size, the gallbladder can cause some serious pain and damage when you’re not proactive, so take a few minutes to educate yourself about its function and how you can keep it healthy.

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