Do Grapefruit Have “fat-burning” Powers?

No, grapefruit won’t burn off the fat or melt the pounds report researchers who looked at the evidence for the effectiveness of consuming grapefruits on body weight.

Grapefruit is a relative newcomer to the fruit bowl. Our hunter-gather forebears would not have bumped into it in the forest. But they may have met its parents, the pummelo and the orange because it’s a shining example of citrus doing what comes naturally – cross pollinating. The deed was probably done in Barbados sometime in the eighteenth century (the parents were immigrants from Asia). Now fast forward a hundred years to 1823 …

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How to Bounce Back from Winter With a Healthier Lifestyle

Now that the long awaited spring has finally arrived, here are some tips that will help you bounce back from winter with a healthier lifestyle.

Winter can be a difficult time to get through for many people; between the dreary weather and the extreme cold in a lot of areas, it can be hard to find motivation to get up and work out, leaving us feeling tired, irritable, and unhealthy. When spring comes, many of us feel the need to get outside as much as possible to make up for all those months stuck indoors, and it’s a great time …

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Second-Hand Smoke

There is no safe level of exposure to second-hand smoke, also called passive, involuntary or environmental tobacco smoke.

 

Facts:
* Nicotine, carcinogens and toxic chemicals found in tobacco smoke are inhaled when people breathe in second-hand smoke.

* Similar to smokers, non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke have an increased risk of lung cancer, coronary heart disease and respiratory illnesses.

* Infants whose mothers smoked during pregnancy and those exposed to second-hand smoke after birth have an increased risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

*Infants and children exposed to second-hand smoke have a higher risk of developing severe acute …

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Popularity or Success: Which Brass Ring for You?

The two biggest accolades you can receive as a team leader are popularity and success. The question becomes which of the two holds the greatest leverage on you.

The two biggest accolades you can receive as a team leader are popularity and success. Unfortunately, most of us are driven more by our fears than by the promise of accolades. The two greatest fears for most leaders on point are the fear of failure and the loss of popularity within the team. Few people willingly accept the stigma associated with failure, and it is hard to fathom anyone actually wanting to …

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Women’s Health is Catching Up – Women and Men Have Different Symptoms and Treatments

Information about women’s health and aging is catching up, but there is still much more research to be done in that area.

With the busy lifestyles that many of us lead, it can be difficult to maintain healthy habits and active lives. In addition, it is important to stay informed about changing health needs throughout aging. This is especially important for women, whose bodies experience more physiological stresses and changes during their lifetime.

In general, women are vastly underrepresented in medical studies and clinical trials. The effects of menstrual cycles, pregnancy, and menopause are important to consider during medical evaluations …

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Some Alternatives to Liposuction

Liposuction used to be the only alternative for people who wanted to get rid of belly fat. Liposuction works, but like all surgical procedures it has its risks.

By: Dr. Debra Jaliman, M.D.

For most people, January is a time for good resolutions that will make up for the dietary excesses of the holidays. It’s hard to say no to all those delicious cookies and treats, which is why after New Year’s Day, waistbands seem tighter than they were in November. Going on a diet and getting more exercise are excellent ideas for getting in shape, but why stop there? …

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How Much Does That Home Renovation Project Cost?

Renovation requires careful planning, which includes budgeting, timing and a lot of contractor interviews if you want to find the right person and price.

By: Stephanie Lynch

Renovations, depending on what you want to be done, can be all over the place.  Some jobs can be in the low thousands, while some extensive jobs could be as much as your home mortgage.

If you’re thinking about any home renovation project in the future, let’s dig deep and see what the job may cost you.

What determines the cost of renovation?
It goes without saying that the more extensive the project …

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How to Deal With Modern Stress

Under stress, the brain’s blood flow to the hemispheres is unequal, and this makes you have more worry thoughts.

By: Dr. Carol Kershaw and Dr. Bill Wade

We live in a world of information overload.  The words “breaking news” flash across the screen of your smart phone multiple times a day telling your brain that you are in immediate danger and to Pay Attention.  Add to this reality the fact that the country is seriously divided politically and that more people are frightened about their immediate and long-term security, physically, economically, and emotionally than for generations.  When you hit overload, …

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5 Tips for Staying Active in Winter

Our five tips for staying active and healthy in winter will get you up and moving even when the thermometer doesn’t.

By: Helen Carter

It’s tempting to curl up on the couch with a blanket and read books, drink hot cocoa, and watch movies when the weather turns cold, but hibernation is not something we need to pursue, especially if we want to stay healthy during the winter and throughout the rest of the year. It is much better for our health if we maintain an exercise routine and healthy lifestyle year-round, and our five tips for staying active and …

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2017 Consumer Electronics Show Highlights

Although, there were many interesting exhibits at the 2017 CES, I visited only areas that might interest baby-boomer women.

From the many interesting exhibits at the 2017 CES, I selected the following products for my review:

Reliefband: Drug-free relief from nausea, retching and vomiting

This is a wearable “smartband” that uses the body’s natural neural pathways to regulate the mechanisms causing nausea, retching and vomiting.

When activated, the device emits gentle pulses to the P6 pressure point of the median nerve on underside of the wrist. These intermittent signals modulate the body’s natural neural pathways and block the sensation …

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Ten Tips to Protect Seniors from Financial Crimes

Thieves frequently target seniors for many financial crimes including burglary, robbery and personal theft. Don’t be a victim.

Sweet, trusting, kind. These are three words most people use to describe their aging parents or grandparents. But unfortunately, a growing number of people are adding the word “victim” to the list.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics, each year, tens of thousands of senior citizens are victimized by crimes motivated by economic gain. Thieves frequently target seniors for the crimes of burglary, robbery and personal theft, sweepstakes and telemarketing fraud, home-improvement scams and identity theft.

Experts …

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5 Ways to Find Rest This Holiday

With all the holiday activity that comes with this season knocking on our door—what’s a person to do?  I challenge you to take the road less traveled.

 
By:  Renée Peterson Trudeau

Does the thought of hanging Christmas lights and attending holiday work parties make you want to grab your sleeping bag and run for the nearest cave? 2013 has been intense for many of us.  We felt overscheduled, overworked and we rarely got the chance to unplug.  We navigated big career and life transitions—and had little time to integrate these changes.  Frankly, we’re exhausted. We’re ready for rest. Not …

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Hard to Buy Holiday Gifts

There are likely some names on your list that don’t fit into a predefined group of friends or family. Here are some ideas for gifts to give this holiday season.

 
By: Amy Nicole

After writing down all the holiday shopping you need to do this holiday season, there are likely some names on your list that don’t fit into a predefined group of friends or family. Your kids’ teachers and coaches; your boss and colleagues; babysitters or nannies; mail carriers; and even your hairdresser are all people who deserve a little something extra around the holidays for making your …

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Tips for Restorative Sleep

The effects of little sleep can affect our lives in many negative ways, from stress to poor judgment, to heart disease and obesity.

Restorative sleep is crucial for our overall health and wellness. The effects of little sleep can affect our lives in many negative ways, from stress to poor judgment, to heart disease and obesity. But by tweaking our daily habits and routine, we can take control of our sleep and enjoy an energized and happy life.

The Virginia Spine Institute has put together an infographic to guide you to new sleeping habits and a revised routine. Follow these …

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Preventing Identity Theft

You must take steps to prevent your identity from being stolen. It can take years to clear it up, so a little prevention is the answer.

By: Chris McElroy and Jennifer Tarzian

Did you know that in some states Identity Theft is not even against the law? The theft of your personal information, such as social security number, driver’s license number, credit card and bank account numbers, and mother’s maiden name must be carefully guarded.

What is Identity Theft?

It is the theft of your personal information, such as social security number, driver’s license number, credit card and bank account …

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