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  • Scientists identify brain regions that may predict success rate for quitting smoking

    Scientists identify brain regions that may predict success rate for quitting smoking

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    Activity in the brain’s self-control center may predict the chance of relapse after an attempt to quit smoking, according to new research from Penn Medicine.Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), researchers studied the neural activity of 80 smokers seeking treatment. Participants were between ages…

  • 7 simple weight-loss foods

    7 simple weight-loss foods

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    Looking to lose weight? You’re not alone. With the majority of Americans wanting to slim down, it’s all too common to hear what you should cut out of your diet to drop a few pounds. For a refreshing change, check out these seven simple foods…

  • 6 health risks of staying in a stranger’s home

    6 health risks of staying in a stranger’s home

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    Holiday travel season is almost here, and this year more people than ever could opt for nontraditional lodging once they reach their destination—renting rooms, apartments, or entire houses on home-sharing websites like Airbnb, HomeAway, and VRBO.(Airbnb had 1 million guests in the last two months…

  • Sickle cell trait tied to kidney disease among blacks

    Sickle cell trait tied to kidney disease among blacks

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    African Americans with sickle cell trait - generally thought to be benign, unlike sickle cell disease - may still be at increased risk of kidney disease, a new study suggests.Based on data for more than 2,000 people, researchers found that about 19 percent of…

  • Tomato-rich diet found to lower risk of prostate cancer

    Tomato-rich diet found to lower risk of prostate cancer

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    When it comes to staying prostate-cancer free, there's nothing like a routine checkup at the doctor's office ... or, easier yet, some tomatoes.It turns out that putting away 10 portions of the not-a-vegetable a week can lower your risk of developing prostate cancer by…

  • Eating certain fats might offset some heart risk from weight gain

    Eating certain fats might offset some heart risk from weight gain

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    If you're going to overindulge and gain weight, at least try to make sure the extra calories come from unsaturated fats, a new study suggests.When lean people pack on even a few extra pounds, heart disease risk factors in the bloodstream change – some…

  • Smoking causes 14 million medical conditions in US yearly, study finds

    Smoking causes 14 million medical conditions in US yearly, study finds

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    Smoking is to blame for about 14 million major medical conditions among American adults yearly, a new study shows.That number is higher than the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) last estimate, in the year 2000, which found that American adults suffered…

  • Does the brain's cerebellum make humans special?

    Does the brain's cerebellum make humans special?

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    The brains of apes and humans evolved unusually quickly when it came to the cerebellum, a part of the brain involved in control of movement, researchers say.The finding may change what is considered special about the human brain, scientists added.The unique mental abilities…

  • 14 non-dairy foods that are high in calcium

    14 non-dairy foods that are high in calcium

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    Calcium builds healthy bones and teeth and ensures your muscles, cells, and nerves work properly. Adults need about 1,000 milligrams a day—that's a little more than three 8-ounce glasses of milk—but what if you're vegan, lactose intolerant, or just don't like the taste of dairy…

  • 7 natural ways to soothe a sore throat

    7 natural ways to soothe a sore throat

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    Salt WaterSwishing sea water has merit: Salt kills bacteria, which is why it’s used as a preservative, said Marcia Degelman, author of “Explaining Health” and a massage therapist at the University of California San Francisco’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. Studies show that gargling…

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