Dried plums, with their wide array of phenolic compounds (plant nutrients that contribute to the flavor and color of produce and have potential health benefits), are rich in antioxidants. In fact, dried plums have one of the highest levels of antioxidant capacity, with more antioxidants per weight than many other foods. These antioxidants can help protect skin cells from damaging free radicals that form from outdoor exposure, which may help to guard against premature aging and wrinkle formation. Just five dried plums contain 3 grams of fiber and 30
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The health problems that often plague athletes are well-known, but what about the zealous followers who watch them play? Aside from the risks associated with dashed hopes and happy dances, is there much to be concerned about? In fact, there is. Researchers have been taking a look at what happens to sports fans who are emotionally invested in the outcome of a big game, and while there can be positive benefits of being a fanatic for your team, at times, even being a fan can be treacherous.
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Because of the connection between emotions and cardiac health, heart-related deaths can rise or fall in a region depending on how the local teams fare. In 2009, when the Pittsburgh Steelers beat Arizona in the Super Bowl, for example, Pittsburgh-area doctors noticed 25 percent fewer circulatory heart-related deaths than average over the following eight days, according to Robert Kloner, a cardiology professor at the University of Southern California who talked to the Wall Street
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What you need to know about getting pregnantEven if you're not planning on getting pregnant anytime soon, you might want to consider learning a a little more about science of baby-making. New research shows that a startling number of reproductive-age women still need to be clued-in about the basics of reproductive health. A study published in the January 27 issue of Fertility & Sterility found that about 50 percent of reproductive-age women had never discussed their reproductive health with a medical provider and about 30 percent visited their reproductive health provider less than once a year or never.
The study was conducted by researchers at Yale School of Medicine and is based on an anonymous online survey conducted in March 2013 of 1,000 women between the ages of 18 and 40 representing all ethnic and geographic regions of the U.S. The research includes the following major findings about women's understanding of fertility and pregnancy:
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My grandfather always said, "You're your own best doctor." But he didn't live to see the Information Age and couldn't have foreseen the anarchy that would ensue when his nutty granddaughter could Google "colon cancer symptoms" every time she got constipated. (Not that I ever get constipated, or even have bowels.)
The Internet has become a mind-blowing informational resource that's enabled patient self-advocacy on an unprecedented level. And isn't it all about self-advocacy these days, when our doctors have only milliseconds to spend with us? We've all seen those news stories about some plucky patient who did her homework and found out that rash was really caused by African sleeping sickness.
However, the stress of reading bullet points about jaundice and abdominal bloating has probably taken years off my life. At what point should I just close my browser and pop a laxative?
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When it comes to having a gorgeous complexion, you truly are what you eat.
Maintaining a consistent skincare routine that utilizes a powerful mix of anti-agers to reverse as well as prevent future damage is key to having youthful, radiant skin. However, it's not the only link in the quest for reaching skin nirvana. What you eat-and what you skip-day to day plays a vital role in the integrity and appearance of your skin. Nicole Avena, PhD, a nutrition expert and author of Why Diets Fail, shares some of the top foods that will solve, as well as halt, the main universal skincare concerns.
To get smoother, line-free skin: It's as simple as remember to a vast array of fruits and veggies.
WHAT TO EAT: Strawberries, peppers, oranges, broccoli, pineapples, kale, papaya, and kiwis.
"Each of these are rich in vitamin C, an antioxidant involved in collagen synthesis, among other essential skin functions," explains Avena. "While theRead More »from The Pretty Skin Diet
- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Mon, Jan 27, 2014 4:18 PM EST
undergoing a womb transplant (with her own mother serving as the donor) followed by a successful embryo transfer.It sounds like a futuristic medical miracle: A woman born without a womb gets a shot at giving birth to a baby after
But it's actually happened.
Now, if a pregnancy results, the unidentified woman (who used her own egg in the procedure) will become the first to give birth from a transplanted womb and the baby would be the first born to a mother using the same womb she was born from.
"We are hopeful that a baby will be produced in nine months," Mats Brannstrom, professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Sweden's University of Gothenburg, who led the transplant team, tells Yahoo Shine. "Right now, we have to wait and see. Even if the embryo is high-quality, there's still a 25 percent chance that it will result in a baby." Incidentally, those are the same odds an average woman has of an embryo turning into a viable pregnancy, and, according to Brannstorm, the fact that the wombRead More »from Whoa, Science: Woman Might Be Pregnant Using Womb She Once Occupied
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Long before Kate Middleton was a real-life duchess, she played a wanna-be one in her school play. As a Cockney-accented Eliza Doolittle in a production of “My Fair Lady,” Kate played a down-with-the-people role even back then. The adorable 1:23-minute video, from 1993, emerged Monday and is poised to blow up the Internet.Read More »from Found! 11-Year-Old Kate Middleton in 'My Fair Lady' School Play (Sorry, Kate!)
The footage shows the 11-year-old Middleton starring as the unpolished-to-posh faux duchess, reciting famous lines — “The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain” — and receiving lively applause, generally lighting up the scenes with her stage presence. And while no one seems to know where this video has been all our lives or why it’s here now, the consensus is that it’s awesome.
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Other worth-noting details about the short but satisfying clip: Middleton’s co-star in the St. Andrew’s School production was played by Andrew Alexander, who recently appeared as aristocrat Sir
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We love a good makeover as much--maybe even more--than the next girl, so we were pretty excited to learn that the FDA is planning on revamping its nutrition labels. After all, it's been 20 years since the last overhaul. Even the food pyramid has shape-shifted since then. "There's a feeling that nutrition labels haven't been as effective as they should be," says Michael Jacobson of the Center for Science in the Public Interest. So how, exactly, is the FDA going to make them better?
Strengthen your teeth naturally with these powerfully protective bitesBy Jessica Chia, Prevention
Show off those pearly whites! Can your smile give your diet away? It won't announce that extra piece of cake you had, but it can show more than you might think.
First, the bad news: Bacteria love feeding on sugar as much as you do, fermenting the sweet stuff into acid that eats away at your tooth enamel, leading to unhappy side effects like discoloration and cavities. Starchy foods have a similar effect, as enzymes in your saliva break starch down into acid-producing simple sugars.
Now the good: Instead of scrubbing after every bite and steering clear of sugar forever and ever (how sad would that be?), there are a number of foods that actually work wonders for your teeth. Check out these delicious ways to get a whiter, healthier smile.
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Firm, crunchy produce like raw carrots force you to chew more than you would while eating a softer
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Slow and steady wins the weight-loss race, right? Not according to a new study from the University of Florida, which found that people on plans that gave them a speedy initial drop were five times more likely to be 10 percent slimmer 18 months later than those who didn't accelerate their diet. "Not seeing results soon enough is the number-one reason women give up on weight-loss plans," notes Patricia Bannan, RD, author of Eat Right When Time Is Tight.
Whoa there! Don't resign yourself to using the latest cleanse or juice fast just yet. Super-restrictive diets lack the nutrients you need, leaving you sluggish, weak, and starving. So what's the happy medium? A plan that targets your biggest diet downfall, allowing you to get slim quickly but safely. Try these easy, no-hunger strategies to outsmart every craving, and watch the post-holiday pudge melt away in record time.
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