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Study: Diet Affects Brain Size

Omega 3 fatty acids and other nutrients such as vitamins C, D, E, and B, can prevent brain shrinkage according to a study in the December issue of the journal Neurology.

Researchers at the Oregon Health and Science University found a definite correlation between nutrients found in vitamin and Omega 3 rich foods and the brain, though the exact benefits have yet to be determined.

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Pen Swimming in Stomach Acid for 25 Years Still Writes

Doctors at a U.K. hospital proved the pen is truly mightier than the sword, when they discovered a pen that was sitting in stomach acid for 25 years still writes.

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Can You Stop Future Heart Attacks by Checking Your Blood Pressure? — Health Check

Getting your blood pressure taken isn’t the most fun activity in the world, but now it looks like we have a better reason to get it measured than simply “because we have to.”

Sorry to freak you out, but scientists discovered blood pressure fluctuations in middle age may be a precursor to both heart attacks and strokes.

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Ex-Smokers Are Not Just Healthier, They’re Happier Too — Health Check

If you’ve decided to greet the New Year with a resolution to quit smoking, you may be dreading the stress and jitters often associated with nicotine withdrawal. But take heart! A new study says you’ll be healthier and happier.

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Want a Smaller Backside? Stand Up — Health Check [VIDEO]

It’s already well-known that a sedentary lifestyle can make one heavier, but new research indicates the simple act of sitting too much can actually generate more fat in the hips and posterior.

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Dreaming Away Your Stress May Actually Work — Health Check

While brain activity during sleep is still largely a mystery, scientists have discovered that dreaming not only consolidates our memories and helps us learn, it may also soothe stressful reactions to bad experiences.

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Want to Weigh Less? Eat More Often — Health Check

A new study finds those who’ve lost weight and kept it off tend to eat more often than heavier people — yet still took in fewer daily calories.

Lead researcher Jessica Bachman, assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at Marywood University in Scranton, PA, was part of a group that profiled 250 people who’d lost significant amounts of weight. The key was to learn how they maintain their weight loss in order to help others lose weight and keep it off.

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New Heart-Monitoring Device for Smartphones Could Save Your Life

Swiss researchers say new technology that interacts with smartphones could revolutionize the treatment of heart patients.

The device in question consists of four electrode sensors attached to the skin and linked to a radio module and computer chip that clips onto a patient’s belt. Data from the device is sent to a smartphone and can be viewed in real-time for up to 150 hours on a single charge. Any abnormalities are sent to a doctor via text or email with a picture attachment.

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