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Increasing dietary magnesium intake could reduce the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease by up to 50%.
Fetal exposure to the plastic additive BPA has been shown to alter mammary gland development and plays a role in the development of breast cancer in humans.
A drug made from the saliva of the Gila monster lizard has be shown to be effective at curbing cravings for food.
The ancient art of acupuncture could be of benefit to people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
A natural remedy derived from the hive of honeybees has been shown to slow the growth of prostate cancer cells and tumors in a study of mice.
One in ten people could see their blood pressure fall to within target values simply by increasing their intake of vitamin B2.
Drinking three cups of black tea each day may help to significantly improve a number of cardiovascular risk factors, say researchers.
A popular dietary supplement could help to boost the immune system of athletes and people who regularly participate in strenuous exercise.
People who tend to carry excess weight around their middle have an increased risk of sudden cardiac death, say researchers.
Subsidizing the cost of exercise and fitness activities for middle-aged people could help to slash health costs in their older years.
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293. Of Thoughtful Benefit
Meditation is a technique utilized to focus the mind, often accompanied by a calming or stress-reducing effect. Such mental training has garnered the interest of the scientific community, with data suggesting that meditation may:
• Slow Age-Related Brain Changes: Researchers at the University of California/Los Angeles (UCLA; California, USA) report that people who meditate display stronger connections between brain regions and show less age-related brain atrophy. Having stronger connections influences the ability to rapidly relay electrical signals in the brain. And significantly, these effects are evident throughout the entire brain, not just in specific areas. The greatest differences between meditators vs non-meditators were seen within the corticospinal tract...