Hand Sanitizer Doesn’t Work Against the Flu

In All Health Watch, Featured Article, General Health, Health Warning, Immune Health by Garry Messick0 Comments

With cold and flu season starting, you can be sure that you’ll be given this advice: The best defense is washing your hands. 

That’s because you typically get infected with viruses by touching a germy surface. Then, when you touch your face, the virus enters your body through the eyes, nose, mouth, or ears. You likely touch your face a lot more than you think.

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Could This Vitamin Save Alex Trebek?

In All Health Watch, Cancer, Diet and Nutrition, Featured Article, Pancreatic Cancer by Garry Messick0 Comments

If you’re a fan of the TV show Jeopardy, you probably know that host Alex Trebek is fighting for his life.

Trebek has stage 4 pancreatic cancer. That means the disease has spread to other parts of his body.

The 79-year-old publicly announced his condition in March.

He did surprisingly well after initial treatment. In May, his doctors said he was in “near remission.”

“It’s mind-boggling,” Trebek said at the time.

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Cutting Calories Is Bad for Your Bones

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If you are overweight, chances are your doctor will tell you to do one thing: Cut calories. 

Don’t do it. 

For one thing, it doesn’t work. 

Your chances of losing weight on a traditional low-calorie diet and keeping it off for five years are just 5%.[1]

And now, new research shows that low-cal diets are not only ineffective, but dangerous.

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Do This for 2 Minutes to Slash Your Alzheimer’s Risk

In All Health Watch, Alzheimer's and Memory, Cognitive Health, Dementia, Featured Article, Fitness and Exercise by Garry Messick0 Comments

It has long been known that exercise is one of the best ways to prevent age-related dementia.

A new study shows you don’t need a major time investment to keep your brain sharp as you age. Just two minutes a week can do it…if you choose the right kind of exercise. 

The research was done at Scotland’s Abertay University. Investigators enlisted 17 inactive people between the ages of 60 and 75.

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He Ate Nothing but Junk Food. Here’s What Happened.

In All Health Watch, Diet and Nutrition, Featured Article, Health Warning by Garry Messick0 Comments

He couldn’t stand most kinds of meat. He never ate fruit. And vegetables? Forget about it. 

The teenager ate nothing but French fries, Pringles potato chips, white bread, and processed ham and sausage. He took the Western diet to its extreme.  

The result? He suffered a severe deficiency that caused him to go blind. 

The tragic case is the subject of a case study in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.

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Why Einstein Walked to Work

In All Health Watch, Cognitive Health, Featured Article by Garry Messick0 Comments

It was a familiar sight around Princeton University… The man with the world’s most powerful brain was walking on the side of the road. 

People in cars would often stop and ask if he wanted a ride.

But Albert Einstein always refused. He insisted that the daily mile-and-a-half walk from his home to his university office was crucial to his thinking skills.

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