August 2017

Meditating Raises Spirits More than a Vacation

More Effective at Reducing Stress POPTIKA/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM Scientists from the University of California at San Francisco, and Harvard Medical School, in Boston, tested the effect of vacations and meditation on the genes of 64 women between the ages of 30 and 60 that were novice meditators. They all spent six days

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Chinese Fungi Relieve Asthma Suffering

Naturally Improves Lung Health  Researchers from Capital Medical University, in Beijing, China, tested the effectiveness of Cordyceps sinensis, a traditional Chinese medicine derived from fungi, on the treatment of patients with moderate-to-severe asthma. They followed 120 subjects, divided into two groups of 60. One group received a capsule containing 1,200 milligrams

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Eating Fruit Lowers Cardiac Risk

Keep the Heart Healthy with a Serving a Day   Scientists from the University of Oxford and the Chinese Medical Academy studied 500,000 healthy adults in China for seven years, tracking medical records of illnesses and deaths. They found that a 100-gram serving of fruit per day (primarily apples and

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Massage Relieves Chronic Back Pain

Study Finds Effectiveness Researchers from Indiana University-Purdue University, in Indianapolis, set out to find out if massage therapy—typically an out-of-pocket expense not covered under most insurance plans—can provide effective treatment for individuals suffering with chronic back pain. The study followed 76 primary care patients with chronic back pain for 24

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Sufficient Sleep Supports Immunity

Stay Healthy with Adequate Rest A study from the University of Washington, in Seattle, tested the relationship of immune system functioning to lack of adequate sleep. To rule out genetic factors, which experts say account for 31 to 55 percent of individual sleep patterns, researchers tested blood samples from 11 pairs

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Get a Good Night’s Sleep

Five Solutions for Sleep Apnea LLOYD JENKINS JUAN NEL/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM An estimated 18 million people in the U.S. suffer from some form of sleep apnea. From the Greek expression for “want of breath,” sleep apnea causes cessation of breathing during the night. Bouts usually last from 10 to 30 seconds and

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Feast in the Fields

The Rise of Pop-Up Organic Dining JOHN D. IVANKO AND LISA KIVIRIST PHOTOS BY JOHN D. IVANKO The flip side of enjoying farm to table is taking the table to the farm. So-called “pop-up feasts” are booming at farms throughout the country during growing and harvest seasons. While the format

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How Changing Your Thinking Changes Everything

Interview with Ellen Langer APRIL THOMPSON For 40 years, Social Psychologist Ellen Langer has conducted pioneering research on the power of our minds to shape health and well-being. Langer’s work demonstrates that changing what we think and believe can transform not only our experiences, but also our bodies—a once-radical idea

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Dogs at Work

Finding the Right Dog for the Job SANDRA MURPHY Every dog needs a meaningful job. Like us, some need help figuring out what they want to be when they grow up; others choose their own specialty. With imagination and experimentation, even a problem pooch can became an unexpected blessing. Comforting

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Take a Hike

Escape into Nature with a Day Trip MARLAINA DONATO SYDA PRODUCTIONS/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM To many, hiking means long-distance treks through forests or backpacking remote terrain. “In reality, it’s more about getting out into green areas close to home,” says Wesley Trimble, of the American Hiking Society. “It’s about immersion in nature.” Day

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