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Keep Active to Protect Your Brain

Keep Active to Protect Your Brain

Exercise may delay mental aging, preserve gray matter.

July 2016 - Two new studies provide important evidence of how physical activity might reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of cognitive decline. One study reported that participants who were most active showed the least decline - the equivalent of 10 years of mental aging. In a second study, the most active older adults were found to have the largest volume of gray matter in brain regions typically affected most by Alzheimer's.

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Keep Your Summer Picnic Food Safe

Keep Your Summer Picnic Food Safe

Don’t let foodborne illness spoil your outdoor fun.

Summer is picnic and outdoor barbecue time - which also makes it prime time for foodborne illnesses. Warm, humid weather encourages the growth of bacteria, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), but so can human factors such as lax outdoor sanitation and inadequate refrigeration. The combination causes foodborne illness to spike in summer months.

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Worried About Diabetes or Your Heart? Eggs Not Harmful

Worried About Diabetes or Your Heart? Eggs Not Harmful

No need to feel guilty about eating eggs in moderation.

Two recent studies suggest egg lovers aren't at higher risk of type 2 diabetes or coronary artery disease. In a new meta-analysis, egg consumption was largely unrelated to risk of type 2 diabetes. And in a population study, egg consumption was not associated with increased incidence of coronary artery disease among men, even those with a genetic risk factor.

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Colorful Produce Could Help Counter

Colorful Produce Could Help Counter "Middle-Age Spread"

Fruits and vegetables high in flavonoids associated with less weight gain.

Substituting colorful fruits and vegetables such as berries, peaches and peppers into your diet could help combat the gradual weight gain with age sometimes referred to as "middle-age spread." A large new study, published in BMJ, links greater consumption of foods high in plant pigments called flavonoids to less weight gain over time.

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Green Tea Extract Fails to Fight Fat or Boost Bones

Green Tea Extract Fails to Fight Fat or Boost Bones

Study in overweight and obese women finds no difference between pills and placebo.

Don't count on green-tea pills to help you lose weight or keep your bones strong. A new clinical trial testing year-long supplementation of green-tea extract reports no difference between the pills and placebo in changes in body mass index, total fat mass or percentage of body fat, or bone-mineral density.

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Even After 70, Staying Active Pays Off

Even After 70, Staying Active Pays Off

Walking and other moderate exercise linked to lower stroke and heart attack risk.

Continuing to exercise as you age really can make a difference. Researchers reported in the journal Circulation that even people in their 70s have much lower risk of stroke and heart attack with regular moderate exercise such as walking.

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92% of Restaurant Meals Too High in Calories

92% of Restaurant Meals Too High in Calories

Little difference between chains and local eateries.

If you're eating out often, you're probably overdoing calorie consumption - even if you avoid fast-food restaurants. Meals consumed at fast-food restaurants have been singled out as culprits in America's obesity epidemic.

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