Tampa Bay Edition

Archive of: Health Brief and NAPC

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Expecting Moms Need to Relax at Holidays

Expecting Moms Need to Relax at Holidays

South Korean mothers-to-be whose first trimester occurred during the stressful New Year’s holiday delivered babies a third of an ounce lighter.

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Meditation Soothes Anxiety and Improves Focus

Meditation Soothes Anxiety and Improves Focus

A single mindfulness meditation session reduced anxiety levels for participants in a Michigan study, evident even a week later, and breath-based meditation enhanced mental clarity in an Irish study.

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Blue Light Raises Cancer Risk

Blue Light Raises Cancer Risk

Spaniards exposed to the most blue light via white streetlight LEDs and screens on tablets and phones have up to twice the risk of prostate and breast cancer.

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Dark Chocolate Proven Healthier than Ever

Dark Chocolate Proven Healthier than Ever

Chocolate with at last 70 percent cacao can reduce stress and inflammation and boost infection-fighting cells and creativity.

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Rosemary Lowers the Blues, Aids Sleep and Memory

Rosemary Lowers the Blues, Aids Sleep and Memory

Iranian students taking rosemary for a month saw their anxiety and depression drop and their memory and sleep improve.

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Five Healthy Habits Add Years of Life

Five Healthy Habits Add Years of Life

People can live 12 to 14 years longer if they have a healthy weight, never smoke, exercise daily, eat healthy and drink alcohol only moderately, report Harvard researchers.

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Too Much Sitting Thins the Brain

Too Much Sitting Thins the Brain

Sitting for extended periods of time seems to thin out the medial temporal lobe, the part of the brain known for forming new memories.

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Yams Protect Against Liver Damage

Certain compounds in wild yam root help protect liver cells against damage from free radicals.

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Raw Fruit and Veggies Key to Mental Health

Raw Fruit and Veggies Key to Mental Health

Eating raw fruit and vegetables correlated more with psychological well-being in young adults than eating canned, cooked or processed produce.

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Eating Well Protects Hearing

Eating Well Protects Hearing

In a 22-year study of 33,000 women, Harvard researchers found that a healthy diet can lower the risk of moderate to severe hearing loss by nearly a third.

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