Healthy Tips from HealthyLife

Beth Cooney offers tips to keep you healthy

The Corn Syrup Diabetes Connection

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Controversial high fructose corn syrup; the sugary sweetener often blamed for skyrocketing obesity rates in American adults and kids just got blot on its already tarnished public image. A new study suggests that diabetes rates are higher in countries where the use of high fructose corn syrup as food  additive  is more prevalent, according to […] [Read More]

E-Medicine Not a Cost Cutter

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As our nation grapples with the complex and politically-charged debate over health care; more and more experts have suggested the practice of e-medicine –encouraging patients to access their medical test results and communicate with physicians online–might be the essential wave of the future. But a new study suggests that giving patients access to their records […] [Read More]

Bulk Up Those Boy Biceps

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If you’ve got a teenage boy at home, you may want to encourage him to bulk up his muscles a bit. A recent study out of Sweden makes an intriguing correlation between low muscle density in teenage boys and higher death rates (from a variety of causes) in adult men. In what may simply be […] [Read More]

Airport Smoking Areas: Unhealthy Zones

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Ever walk by one of those airport smoking lounges and wrinkle your nose at the stench? Well, unless you are a smoker who wants to light up before take off; you’ve got a good, science-based reason for avoiding them. The Centers for Disease Control has declared that levels of unhealthy secondhand smoke are five times […] [Read More]

Is Obesity Worse Than Smoking?

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If you want to keep the doctor away, lose weight. In a provocative study out of Canada, an economics professor has determined that obese people visit doctors most — even more than smokers. “The fact that obesity is more serious than smoking helps people understand the gravity of the problem because they already have some […] [Read More]

Family Matters: The Case for Friends

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Turns out there’s really something to the expression “friends with benefits.” But the tongue-in-cheek double entendre we’re using here isn’t exactly what British researchers had in mind when they delved into the importance of friends and relatives in the lives of middle-aged men and women. Researchers concluded that the broader a circle of friends men […] [Read More]

Material Girls (And Boys) Unhappy

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Want to keep your kids from being unhappy and materialistic? Reduce their exposure to advertising.  Researchers out of the Netherlands, who studied the emotional life of a group of 8- to 11-year-old children over a period of two years, found the happiest kids on the proverbial block were those who didn’t crave material goods or […] [Read More]

Older Dads Pass On Genetic Risks

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Fathers of a certain age can pass along more than love and wisdom to their offspring: Researchers have concluded that they also run the risk of passing along more genetic mutations, elevating the risk of autism and schizophrenia in their children. The researchers noted that while most genetic mutations are harmless, the age at which […] [Read More]

Vitamin D for Respiratory Infections

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OK, here’s yet another reason to consider vitamin D supplements: It seems they can reduce the incidence of acute respiratory infections in children. A study reported in a recent issue of the journal Pediatrics noted a dramatic reduction of respiratory infections in vitamin D-deficient school children in Mongolia, when they received milk fortified with the […] [Read More]

Dirty Ink

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Here’s a new rub on tattoos that may have you rethink the process: A new study has associated contaminated ink with a rash of skin infections in upstate New York. The infections were ultimately traced to the same pre-mixed tattoo ink. Even when the tattoo parlor maintains the highest of standards of hygienic practice, there’s […] [Read More]