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Almond joy Snacking on almonds seems to lessen the risk of heart disease and reduce belly and leg fat, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. In a 12-week study at Penn State University, 52 overweight, middle-aged adults who were basically healthy but had high cholesterol levels followed nearly identical cholesterol-lowering diets. The only difference in the diets was that some participants ate a daily snack of 1.5 ounces of almonds while others ate a banana muffin containing the same number of calories as the almonds. Those who ate the almonds experienced a decrease ...

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Health Capsules: Bye-bye bedbugs

A woman who is immune to bedbug bites has enabled scientists to figure out what attracts the insects to human skin, and as a result, bedbug traps should be available sometime this year.

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Mature Focus: News and Notes

A researcher at the University of Missouri-Columbia (MU) has found a rather simple way to improve older adults’ satisfaction with hearing aids.

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Finding your way to fitness

Joining a gym, signing up for an exercise class, hiring a personal trainer or committing to an at-home fitness regimen all are great ways to kick-start a healthy new year, but will you still be sticking with it by the time spring break rolls around?

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Health Capsules: Infant and child safety warnings

The rate of toy-related injuries to children rose nearly 40 percent from 1990 through 2011, a study from the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital found. Much of that increase occurred after a new type of foot-powered scooter became popular in 2000, researchers said.

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Mature Focus: News and notes

Sleeping in dentures Elderly people who wear their dentures to bed at night are putting themselves at increased risk for coming down with pneumonia, a recent study found. Because poor oral hygiene is a known risk factor for pneumonia in the elderly, researchers in Japan investigated various oral health behaviors and incidences of pneumonia among more than 500 adults aged 85 and older. In a three-year period, 48 cases of pneumonia were identified among the study participants, and those who wore their dentures overnight had a little more than double the risk of contracting pneumonia than those who removed their ...

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