Dark Chocolate Lowers Your Stress Levels, Studies Say

April 29, 2018

If you’re a dark chocolate lover, your day is about to get a little sweeter. That’s because two new studies presented at the Experimental Biology 2018 annual meeting this week in San Diego have shown that certain types of dark chocolate offer health benefits – specifically, positive effects for your stress levels, inflammation, mood, memory and immunity. This applies to dark chocolate with a high cacao concentration – minimally 70 percent cacao and 30 percent organic cane…

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How to stay active in the workplace

April 29, 2018

Millions of us have jobs that require us to sit at desks or around conference tables for several hours per day. Many health risks are associated with sitting down for prolonged periods — but how do we stay active in the workplace? We find out. Even if you are desk-bound all day at work, there are plenty of ways to stay active. Research has demonstrated that sitting for an extended…

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Cycling can keep you young in wide-ranging ways!

April 26, 2018

Exercises like cycling can hold back the effects of ageing and keep people young in profound ways, a new study has found. Activities like regularly riding a bike appear to undo the assumption that we get more frail as we get older, the authors of the new research claim. The studies compared data on amateur cyclists with healthy adults that did not regularly exercise. It found that those who were…

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Best way to avoid back pain?

April 26, 2018

Most people think that the human spine is one of evolution’s great flaws. After all, around 80 per cent of adults suffer from lower-back pain. What more evidence do you need? The truth is, the spine is a robust structure. We’re just using it incorrectly. Everybody “knows” that you put your back out if you lift objects that are too heavy. As a result, many workplaces have introduced lifting training and…

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Autism prevalence increases: 1 in 59 US children

April 26, 2018

One in 59 US children has autism, according to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The new estimate is a prevalence rate of 1.7%, up from one in every 68 children (1.5%) in the 2016 report, which was based on data from 2010. The new figure was derived from 2014 estimates for 8-year-olds diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder in 11 communities across the nation. Autism spectrum disorder, a…

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The best carrier oils for essential oils

April 26, 2018

Carrier oils are used in aromatherapy, a complementary therapy where various essential oils are applied to the body to aid both physical and emotional health and well-being. Carrier oils dilute the concentrated essential oils so they can be applied to the skin without side effects. Aromatherapy is used to help with a wide range of health issues, from acne to asthma, depressionto insomnia, and migraine to worms. In this article, we examine what carrier oils are, and…

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Researchers use light to battle chronic pain

April 26, 2018

A groundbreaking new technique prunes the nerves responsible for neuropathic pain using near-infrared light. The results could help to develop effective relief for this hard-to-treat condition. Neuropathic pain is caused by either damage or disease in parts of the nervous system. Its exact symptoms vary from person to person, and they range from odd sensations to intense pain. In some individuals, a light breeze can trigger significant discomfort, whereas in…

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