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Moderate chocolate consumption is linked with decreased stroke risk in men

(NaturalNews) The scientific community has released yet more good news about the health benefits of chocolate - moderate consumption may reduce the risk of stroke in men. Earlier studies have shown this delectable food reduces the risk of stroke in women,...

Dance your way to better physical and mental health

(NaturalNews) Few activities can rival dancing's multifaceted benefits that encompass every area of health - physical, mental, emotional and social. While some activities are good mental stimulators and others are effective muscle toners, dancing is...

Apple peel compound may help fight obesity

(NaturalNews) Those who peel an apple before eating it may be discarding a helpful tool for fighting obesity. A study involving mice finds that a compound in apple peel called ursolic acid may curtail obesity by increasing muscle mass and boosting calorie...

Chocolate reduces stroke risk in women, study finds

(NaturalNews) Swedish researchers have contributed the latest glad tidings to a growing number of studies indicating chocolate is beneficial for the cardiovascular system. According to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology,...

An apple a day slashes stroke risk in half, study finds

(NaturalNews) A new study gives some credence to the old adage, "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" -- at least concerning strokes. In a study published in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association, Dutch researchers found that eating apples,...

Use of a big fork may make you eat less

(NaturalNews) The simple measure of using a big fork may assist dieting efforts by preventing overconsumption in restaurants. When given generous portions of food, restaurant patrons who use plus-sized forks eat significantly less than those who use...

Head injuries from war and football may increase dementia risk

(NaturalNews) Head injuries incurred in war and also in football may significantly increase the risk of developing dementia later in life, according to two recent studies: The Australian reports. Research at San Francisco Veterans Association Medical...

Massage outperforms meds for low back pain, study finds

(NaturalNews) Is it conceivable that massage can provide more effective relief from low back pain than medication? A new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests this therapy might indeed alleviate back pain better in the short term...

Olive oil may reduce stroke risk, study finds

(NaturalNews) A new study suggests consuming large quantities of olive oil through heavy use in cooking and dressings may significantly reduce your stroke risk. Investigators in France discovered that older adults who used olive oil extensively had a...

Know the most helpful and harmful foods for weight loss

(NaturalNews) It is commonly thought, even in some medical circles, that the caloric content of foods is the key factor to consider in the quest for weight loss. Although caloric count is important, new research suggests that the quality of food should...

City living intensifies brain stress response and increases mental illness risk

(NaturalNews) While city living offers many amenities and advantages not found in rural living, it might have a downside in the area of mental health. City dwellers generally are more stressed and are at a higher risk of developing mental illness than...

How to eat to boost brain function and cut Alzheimer's risk

(NaturalNews) Can dietary practices impact memory and affect Alzheimer's risk? A recent study published in Archives of Neurology found that a healthy diet may lower levels of brain chemicals linked to Alzheimer's disease, while an unhealthy diet may...

Breastfeeding may significantly reduce SIDS risk, study finds

(NaturalNews) The sobering statistic is that every day approximately seven babies die of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Recent research suggests the simple act of breastfeeding may significantly reduce the risk of this disease and the reduction...

Toxic chemicals found in baby products

(NaturalNews) Are efforts to protect babies from fire exposing them to chemicals that could harm their health? A study published in the Environmental Science and Technology Journal, examined flame retardant chemicals found in dozens of baby products...

Red meat and processed meat raise colon cancer risk, while fiber lowers it

(NaturalNews) An international research team has issued a report stating there is convincing evidence that consuming too much red meat and processed meat can dramatically increase colorectal cancer risk, while consuming lots of fiber from plant-based...

Cycling twenty miles a week cuts heart disease in half

(NaturalNews) A large study published in the British Medical Association, found that regular cycling can substantially lower the incidence of coronary heart disease: Medical News Today reports. The investigation of 10,000 participants suggests that those...

Sleep deprivation may cause weight gain

(NaturalNews) Those who try to lose weight by monitoring calories and increasing exercise may now have another weapon in their obesity-fighting arsenal -- a good night's sleep. A new European study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition...

Coffee may reduce prostate cancer risk (Opinion)

(NaturalNews) Men who have a love affair with coffee, but feel guilty about overindulging in it, may have cause to celebrate today. A recent study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health, found that men who consumed the most coffee had the lowest...

Low salt diet does not reduce heart disease, study finds

(NaturalNews) A new European study published in the May 4 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that a low salt diet increases the death rate from cardiovascular disease and fails to prevent high blood pressure. These startling...
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