The Top 5 Fibro Artie for the Week of February 25, 2013 are…
Optimal heart health in middle age may mean an extra 14 years added to your life. Healthier living usually means better living—better enjoyment and ease.
Some key points from the study include:
- Men in middle age had lifetime risks of approximately 60 percent for developing cardiovascular disease.
- Women in middle age had lifetime risks of approximately 56 percent for developing cardiovascular disease.
Read more in our first top article of the week: Science Daily Release on Adding Years to Life
Our second top article of the week is a more scientific read, but quite exciting in terms of what it holds for the future of manufacturing, medicine, and more. From Science Daily:
Gels can be found everywhere: from contact lenses to ink, from sensors to medical electrodes and even breast implants. Their ultra-absorbent properties, flexibility, and grip make them appealing to researchers and manufacturers. They consist of a network of solids that can retain up to 99% of liquid while maintaining their shape. EPFL researchers have just published how to combine two gels in such a way that they can monitor and change, almost at will, the properties of the new combined material.
Read more: Revolutionary Type of Gel Discovered
Probiotics are everywhere; they even make several appearances on our blog this week. Our third top article covers Mitchell L. Jones, M.D., Ph.D., of the Medicine at McGill University in Montreal, and his co-authoring of a study presented at The American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2012 showing that two daily doses of probiotics lowers bad cholesterol as well as cholesterol-bearing molecules and total cholesterol. This study also supports recent research about overall health, chronic disease, and gut bacteria. However, there’s a lot of conflicting info about probiotics in addition to all the good, so this article is a reputable place to start your probiotic research this week: Daily Doses of a New Probiotic Reduces ‘Bad’ and Total Cholesterol.
Fourth up: Mediterranean Diet Reduces Heart Attack, Stroke In High Risk Groups once more puts this well known diet in the news. A new Spanish study says that when supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil or nuts, the Mediterranean diet is one of the best for heart health and more. Really, it is one of the best tasting diets, too, so is quite easy to stick to in terms of enjoyment.
The final top article explains that we can’t control everything we consume. Despite what BPA-free labels and personal care products say on the label, they can still contain ingredients you don’t want to consume. It’s extremely hard to reduce your exposure to these chemicals like you reduce exposure to fat. Reduction may require new federal regulations. Even Organic Foods Not Stored, Prepared Or Cooked In Plastic Containers Can Contain Phthalates And Bisphenol A explains more.
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