Healthy Tips from HealthyLife

Beth Cooney offers tips to keep you healthy

Grapefruit and Meds Don’t Mix

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If you take certain kinds of prescription drugs; better to skip the morning  grapefruit. Indeed, Canadian researchers are reporting that because of new chemical formulations, more medications now interact badly with tart  and refreshing grapefruit. According to research reported recently online in the journal of the Canadian Medical Association some 85 prescription medicines are now […] [Read More]

Autism: Is it Something in the Air?

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Concern about skyrocketing rates of autism in children has prompted a growing body of research into genetic and environmental factors that may play a role in the disorder. Now scientists are looking at whether there’s something in the air that’s playing a role in escalating rates of this heartbreaking disorder. And a new study out […] [Read More]

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]