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Increased muscle power may prolong life

Increased muscle power may prolong life

Increasing muscle strength is good, but increasing muscle power may be even better for enjoying a longer life, according to a recent study. Increased muscle power can improve longevity, new research suggests. Professor Claudio Gil Araújo, who is the director of research and education at Exercise Medicine Clinic — CLINIMEX in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, […]

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People are living longer despite care inequalities

People are living longer despite care inequalities

The World Health Organization report that life expectancy has increased by 5 years, but data show inequalities in access to health services among countries. A new global report finds that people are living longer, despite disparities in healthcare access. The World Health Statistics series is an annual snapshot of global health compiled by the World […]

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Dark spots on the skin: Causes and how to treat them

Dark spots on the skin: Causes and how to treat them

Dark spots on the skin, or hyperpigmentation, occur when some areas of the skin produce more melanin than usual. Melanin gives the eyes, skin, and hair their color. Dark spots on the skin are not a cause for concern and do not need treatment, though people may choose to remove them for cosmetic reasons. Depending […]

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Knee osteoarthritis: A low-carb diet may relieve symptoms

Knee osteoarthritis: A low-carb diet may relieve symptoms

A randomized controlled study finds that a diet low in carbs can relieve pain for people who have knee osteoarthritis. Seniors with knee osteoarthritis may benefit from switching to a low-carb diet. Osteoarthritis is the most widespread form of arthritis among older adults in the United States. Knee osteoarthritis, in particular, affects about 10 percent […]

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Why your gut may hold the key to cardiovascular health

Why your gut may hold the key to cardiovascular health

New research, which appears in The Journal of Physiology, examines the role that gut bacteria might play in preserving the health of our arteries. Your gut may control the health of your arteries and heart, suggests new research. An increasing number of studies suggest that the bacteria in our guts hold the key to healthy […]

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This ‘caterpillar fungus’ may help treat osteoarthritis

This ‘caterpillar fungus’ may help treat osteoarthritis

A parasitic fungus that infects caterpillars and various other insects may hold the key to better treatments for osteoarthritis, a condition characterized by pain and stiffness in a person’s joints. This, at least, is what new research from the United Kingdom suggests. A parasitic fungus could offer an improved treatment for osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is the […]

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Skin moisturizer could reduce risk of disease

Skin moisturizer could reduce risk of disease

According to a small pilot study, moisturizing our skin might reduce the risk of developing a range of chronic conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, and even Alzheimer’s disease. Aging skin may play a role in driving chronic disease. The skin is our largest organ. One of its primary functions, of course, is to protect our […]

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Genes may contribute to marital satisfaction

Genes may contribute to marital satisfaction

Genes may have a discernible impact on the quality of a marriage, according to a recent study of couples in their middle and later years. New research suggests that being happily married may have less to do with chance and more to do with genes. Researchers at the Yale School of Public Health, New Haven, […]