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FITNESS & WELLNESS


Walk hard, walk easy, repeat
The New York Times
Intense, interval-style workouts — brief bouts of very hard exercise broken up by periods of recovery — have been shown to improve the health and fitness of people who exert themselves for only a few minutes a week. Such efficiency is alluring, and has helped this kind of conditioning attract widespread media attention in recent years. But high-intensity interval training programs aren’t for everyone.
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Fitness apps that track exercise and meals can boost healthcare
The Associated Press via Newsday
That phone app keeping track of your exercise and meals might keep you out of the hospital one day. Why give your doctors permission to incorporate data from fitness trackers and health apps into electronic patient records? Well, they might spot signs of an ailment sooner and suggest behavioral changes or medication before you land in the emergency room.
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On top of the many reasons to hit the gym, working out may also improve the ability to persevere through hard times. In a series of recent experiments, neuroscientists at the University of Georgia have begun to unravel the link between long-term stress resilience and exercise.
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Reducing energy efficiency boosts calorie burning in muscle
ScienceDaily
A targeted approach that overrides muscles' intrinsic energy efficiency and allows muscle to burn more energy, even during low to moderate exercise, has been developed by scientists. The new findings might provide the basis of a therapy that could help people get a head start on losing weight by helping to overcome the body's natural resistance to weight loss.
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DIET & NUTRITION


Study: The modern diet is bad and getting worse
Newsweek
The world's diet has deteriorated substantially in the last two decades, a leading nutrition expert said, citing one of the largest studies available on international eating habits. Poor countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia are seeing the fastest increases in unhealthy food consumption, while the situation has improved slightly in Western Europe and North America, said Dariush Mozaffarian, Dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.
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The best and worst foods for your heart
Chicago Tribune
The importance of diet on the health of your heart can't be overstated. A balanced diet contributes to one's overall health and wellness, including maintaining weight, but certain foods can significantly improve your heart's health while others can damage it. Know the difference and show your heart some love.
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7 heart-healthy superfoods
Fox News
February is American Heart Month, which reminds us that heart disease is still the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. Every year, one in four deaths are caused by heart disease. The good news is that your lifestyle choices can improve the health of your heart.
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RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT


Exercise may prevent depression — not just alleviate it
TIME
Getting a decent amount of exercise may be one way to prevent depression symptoms, according to a new study. Prior research has shown that exercise is a noninvasive way to curb depression, but fewer studies have looked at whether exercising can actually prevent the emergence of depressive symptoms.
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Diet may be as important to mental health as it is to physical health
The Huffington Post
We know that food affects the body — but could it just as powerfully impact the mind? While the role of diet and nutrition in our physical health is undeniable, the influence of dietary factors on mental health has been less considered. That may be starting to change. For the first time, the FDA's new dietary guidelines, announced last week, included a point considering the possible role of diet in mental health outcomes.
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Study ties saunas to lower risk of death from heart disease
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Reort
Sweating it out in a hot sauna may be relaxing, and new research suggests it may also be good for your heart health. A study from Finland found that men who use saunas frequently are less likely to die from heart disease. Men's risk was even lower when they visited saunas more often in a week, and when they spent longer periods of time in a sauna each session, the researchers reported.
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VITAMINS & PHARMACEUTICALS


Who says vitamins are healthy?
The Dallas Morning News
There is much concern these days about what’s in our dietary supplements. Are they actually filled with the ingredients that the labels promise? Maybe, maybe not. Quality control issues in the estimated 85,000 dietary supplement products available in America should give every consumer pause. But even vitamins themselves — the 13 dietary chemicals necessary to prevent deficiency diseases like scurvy and rickets — pose hidden hazards of their own.
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Why we swallow the supplement industry's magic pills
Scientific American
Now and then a book comes along that educates and entertains at the same time. When an author manages this with the beaten-to-death topic of nutrition, it’s doubly impressive. Catherine Price’s forthcoming “Vitamania: Our Obsessive Quest for Nutritional Perfection,” is the surprisingly fascinating story of vitamins — their discovery, their functions in our bodies, and how they’ve been co-opted by an industry that has fostered a cultural infatuation with what we include, or fail to include, in our diets.
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Which supplements do you really need?
U.S. News & World Report
Few modern health controversies are as hot and cold as the supplement debate. In one corner, you have miracle pills touted by TV doctors and infomercials as cutting-edge breakthroughs that can banish belly fat, increase energy and regrow hair lost from male pattern baldness. Some have even started claiming that vitamins can cure cancer.
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