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Will You Die Young? Answer May Be in Your Grasp

Grip better than blood pressure at predicting health risks: study

(Newser) - Perhaps palm readers are on to something. A massive study of some 140,000 people aged 35 to 70 in 17 countries finds the palms of a person's hands may be better than blood pressure at indicating their risk of heart attack, stroke, or an early death. Specifically, researchers... More »

How Music Helps Hospital Patients Breathe Again

It helps lower anxiety, dyspnea during ventilator weaning: study

(Newser) - Scientists have discovered proof that music is its own kind of medicine, at least when it comes to patients on a ventilator. In a study out of the University of Pittsburgh, 22 males and six females coming off of mechanical ventilation after at least four days were given a "... More »

Breastfeeding Lowers Breast Cancer Deaths

Study finds that both breast cancer recurrence and mortality rates drop

(Newser) - It appears that women who breastfeed are imparting health benefits not just to their children but to themselves as well. So suggests a new study out this week in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute involving 1,636 women with breast cancer; those who breastfed their babies were 30%... More »

Climate Change Will Wreck Our Health: Obama

But Google, Microsoft will help us out, president set to announce today

(Newser) - At Howard University's College of Medicine today, President Obama will ask Americans to think of climate change as a threat not just to the environment, but also to their health. The president is set to announce a series of steps that corporate entities like Google and Microsoft are taking... More »

Why Nuts, Peanuts Are Good for You After All

It's time to turn nuts' reputation around

(Newser) - You may hear that nuts and peanuts are fattening, constipating, and allergy-inducing, but don't worry: They're good for you after all, the New York Times reports. Several large studies —at least two with tens of thousands of participants—found that more nut consumption led to less chance... More »

Let's End the 'War' Against Cancer

It's time to 'lay down our weapons,' writers say

(Newser) - We can "stand up to" it, "fight" it, "beat" it, and even "survive" it, but does this macho language help us deal with cancer? No way, say David Hauser and Richard Wassersug: "Not only has the military motif not led to a cure for the... More »

Health Risks Predicted in 'Loneliness Epidemic'

BYU researchers say isolation affects mortality as much as obesity

(Newser) - Being a loner can ruin your health as much as obesity, say researchers. The new study out of Brigham Young University warns that loneliness and social isolation can affect longevity as severely as more common health risks, reports the Salt Lake Tribune . The effect is more pronounced among young people,... More »

Cook Pitches Apple Watch: 'Sitting Is the New Cancer'

CEO extols health benefits of smartwatch, says people won't want to live without it

(Newser) - If you could use a helper to occasionally tap you on the shoulder and remind you to get up out of your seat, Tim Cook knows just the gadget: the soon-to-arrive Apple Watch , which he talked up yesterday at the Goldman Sachs Technology and Internet Conference in San Francisco. "... More »

6 Reasons Why You Should Sleep Naked

Ditch the pajamas and reap the benefits

(Newser) - Pack away the flannel pajamas: A handful of studies and surveys show sleeping naked could actually be good for you. Six reasons why you should consider it:
  1. You may like your partner more: A 2014 survey of Brits by Cotton USA (which promotes cotton products that likely include both pajamas
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Feel Younger Than Your Age? You'll Live Longer

Self-perceived age actually alters mortality rates, study says

(Newser) - If you eat well and exercise, you'll probably feel younger than your chronological age. But new research suggests that simply feeling younger than your age—even when accounting for other longevity factors, such as alcohol intake, wealth, illness, education, and smoking—improves longevity, reports Medical News Today . Studying 6,... More »

Obesity Can Knock 8 Years Off Your Life

Severe obesity can slash up to 8 years off a life: researchers

(Newser) - If you haven't yet grasped the danger of obesity, Canadian researchers have attempted to quantify it: Being obese can slash as many as eight years off your life—and leave you in ill health for up to 19 years before that death. Researchers compiled data from roughly 4,000... More »

Midnight Snacks Could Hurt Your Memory

It's not just poor sleep that affects memory—odd eating hours don't help, either

(Newser) - Flying for the holidays? Eating and sleeping on an odd schedule? Jet lag and disrupted sleep have already been shown to impede memory in both humans and mice, and trans fats have also been shown to "eat away" at memory, reports Time . Now UCLA researchers say they're seeing—... More »

Scientists Are Decoding the Genetics of Height

They've now identified nearly 700 genetic variants related to height

(Newser) - Scientists are knee-deep in a freakishly large study (part of the aptly named GIANT Consortium) to better understand the genetics at play in human height. They tell Reuters that height can tell us a lot about various aspects of human health—including diseases like "obesity, diabetes, asthma that are... More »

Your Sense of Smell May Predict Longevity

Seniors who couldn't detect common scents died sooner than peers

(Newser) - Seniors who want to gauge their own longevity might want to take a simple sniff test. Researchers at the University of Chicago found that older people with a lousy sense of smell were significantly more likely to be dead in five years than those who could easily detect common scents,... More »

To Help Seniors Stop Falling, Scientists Trip Them

Researchers say people can learn how to react better

(Newser) - When 81-year-old Mary Kaye trips and falls—usually on Chicago's sidewalks—she lands on her face. "It's usually quite disastrous—for my face," she tells the AP . Falls are dangerous for seniors, so physical therapist Clive Pai is testing what sounds like a cruel way to... More »

New Heart Disease Culprit: Ramen?

Study examines South Korea's intake—the highest in the world

(Newser) - Think of this the next time you slurp a cheap cup of hot ramen noodles: It could be linked to heart disease, especially if you're a woman, the AP reports. A new American study of South Korea's ramen consumption examined the diets of 10,700 people aged 19... More »

Researchers: Yes, You Do Eat Too Much Salt

As two other studies counter: Salt? No big deal

(Newser) - Whether due to a love of processed food or soy sauce, almost every adult on the planet likes salt way too much—on average, we consume almost double the amount of sodium recommended by the World Health Organization, a new study finds. Think that's no big deal? Well, researchers... More »

Drink Up, America, It's Good for You

Moderate drinking is better than abstinence: Stanton Peele

(Newser) - Those who like a glass of wine or two each day will be happy to read Stanton Peele's essay in Pacific Standard with a headline that nicely sums up his case: "The Truth We Won't Admit: Drinking Is Healthy." Peele sets out not just to back... More »

The Benefits of Exercising 6 Seconds at a Time

High-intensity bursts may pay off for seniors, study says

(Newser) - Not feeling up for a half-hour on the bike? Can't find the time to jog or walk a few miles? Good news out of Abertay University in Scotland, where researchers put 12 retired people to the test. Coming in twice a week for six weeks, the volunteers, all over... More »

How Food Affects Your Stress Level

Sugars and white pastas don't help, but fish does

(Newser) - What did you eat last time you got stressed? Odds are it was packed with sugar or refined carbs, and apparently that's not good. "There can be a bit of a vicious cycle," Harvard professor David Ludwig tells NPR . People often remedy stress with comfort foods, he... More »

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