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Sufficient Sleep Supports Immunity

Fewer hours of sleep was linked to a depressed immune system in a University of Washington study that had ruled out genetic factors as contributors.

Massage Relieves Chronic Back Pain

Half of those with chronic back pain that participated in a study reported meaningful relief after 10 sessions of massage therapy, say Indiana University-Purdue University researchers.

Eating Fruit Lowers Cardiac Risk

Chinese and British adults that ate 100 grams of fruit a day lowered their heart-attack and stroke risk by a third over seven years.

Chinese Fungi Relieve Asthma Suffering

Chinese asthma sufferers reported fewer symptoms and improved lungs after taking a fungi-based traditional Chinese medicine for three months.

Meditating Raises Spirits More than a Vacation

Women between ages 30 and 60 that were novice meditators had less depression and stress markers after six days of meditating while at a resort than peers just vacationing there.

Natural Sounds Soothe the Brain

British researchers found that listening to natural sounds led to relaxed brain patterns, while artificial sounds activated stress.

Maple Syrup Gives Good Gut

The inulin in pure maple sugar encourages the growth of desirable bacteria in the gut, say researchers from the University of Rhode Island.

Coal Phase-Out Boosts Health

Both premature deaths and hospital admissions caused by air pollution have dropped sharply since Ontario systematically closed down its coal-fired power plants.

Unique Inflamed Gut Linked to Type 1 Diabetes

Italian researchers have found gut inflammation in Type 1 diabetics linked to 10 specific genes, raising hopes for treatment.

Tax and Pricing Policies Spur Healthier Eating

If prices are lowered on healthy foods and taxes are raised on unhealthy choices, consumers shift to better eating habits, report Tufts University researchers.


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