Health, Fitness & Food

You’ve spent the past few months hibernating in your warmest coat, but it’s almost time to shed those bulky layers. If you check your wardrobe and find it a bit lacking in the spring essentials department, you’ll find everything you could possibly need in our round-up of shirts, sweaters, jackets, trousers, trainers and accessories. Browse all
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that between 1.6 and 3.8 million concussions occur each year in the US. In addition, research indicates that nearly a quarter of annual traumatic brain injuries among children are sustained during high-contact/collision recreational activities or sports. Unfortunately, current methods for diagnosing and evaluating concussion severity are not
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A fracture is a broken bone. It requires medical attention. If the broken bone is the result of major trauma or injury, call 911 or your local emergency number. Also call for emergency help if: The person is unresponsive, isn’t breathing or isn’t moving. Begin CPR if there’s no breathing or heartbeat. There is heavy
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I was recently diagnosed with MS. Is there a special diet I should follow? Answers from Orhun Kantarci, M.D. There is no evidence that a specific diet can prevent, treat or cure multiple sclerosis (MS). Some special diets can actually be harmful because they contain too much of certain vitamins or not enough of others.
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Researchers recently published a study evaluating the potential benefits of both fish oil and vitamin D supplements in women with gestational diabetes. During pregnancy, the woman’s body experiences several physiological changes. Some women develop gestational diabetes as a result of high blood sugar levels. This occurs due to insulin resistance and the body’s inability to
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The type of exercise that children get in school does make a difference. This is shown by a major Danish study from researchers at the University of Southern Denmark and University of Copenhagen. Eight to ten-year-old schoolchildren develop stronger bones, increased muscular strength and improved balance when ball games or circuit training are on the
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Prophylactic oophorectomy: Preventing cancer by surgically removing your ovaries Prophylactic oophorectomy (o-of-uh-REK-tuh-me) significantly reduces your odds of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer if you’re at high risk. Weigh the pros and cons of this cancer-prevention option. By Mayo Clinic Staff Women with BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene mutations have a significantly increased risk of developing
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While vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is an essential nutrient, it’s possible to have too much of it. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that supports normal growth and development and helps your body absorb iron. Because your body doesn’t produce or store vitamin C, it’s important to include vitamin C in your diet. For most
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A recent study in Australia explores the effect of new front-of-pack nutrition food labels on food choice and willingness to pay. The requirement of including nutritional information on packaged foods has been established in various countries by governments or by the food manufacturers themselves. The most frequently used method employed to present this information is
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Having cold hands even when you’re not in a cold environment is common. Often, having cold hands is a part of your body’s natural response to regulate your body temperature and shouldn’t be cause for concern. But if you have persistently cold hands, particularly if accompanied by color changes, it could be a warning sign.
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A life-threatening allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) can cause shock, a sudden drop in blood pressure and trouble breathing. In people who have an allergy, anaphylaxis can occur minutes after exposure to a specific allergy-causing substance (allergen). In some cases, there may be a delayed reaction or anaphylaxis may occur without an apparent trigger. If you’re with
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Getting past a weight-loss plateau Just because your weight loss has stalled, don’t revert to bad habits. These tips can help you restart your weight-loss plan. By Mayo Clinic Staff You’ve been working hard to follow a healthy, low-calorie diet and improve your exercise habits, and your reward has been watching your weight go down
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