Tea drinkers enjoy possible health benefits, study suggests

cup of tea just got a bit more relaxing.

Tea can be part of a healthy diet and people who drink tea may even be a little more likely to live longer than those who don’t, according to a large study.

Tea contains helpful substances known to reduce inflammation. Past studies in China and Japan, where green tea is popular, suggested health benefits. The new study extends the good news to the U.K.’s favorite drink: black tea. read more


Is fake meat healthy? And what’s actually in it?

The popularity of plant-based proteins, or “fake meat”, has increased in recent years as consumers look to eat fewer animal products. In fact, plant-based protein is projected to be a A$3 billion opportunity for Australia by 2030.

Many consumers believe these fake meats are better for their health, as well as better for the environment, but is that right? read more


Genetically at risk of stroke? A healthy lifestyle can help

Stroke is the second leading cause of death worldwide and a major cause of disability and dementia. In the United States, adults aged 25 and over have a lifetime risk of stroke of around 24%.

Both genetic and environmental factors influence stroke risk. Managing cardiometabolic risk factors and promoting healthy lifestyle behavior are frontlineTrusted Source strategies for improving cardiovascular health and decreasing stroke risk.

Recent genome-wide association studiesTrusted Source have identified multiple risk variants for stroke and have enabledTrusted Source the development of genetic risk scores that predict stroke incidence. read more


These Are the Best Places for a Healthy Lifestyle

Thousands of Americans are reaping the benefits of remote work, but their home state may affect their lifestyle and wellbeing.

According to a recent survey, California, Arizona, and Florida were ranked as the best states for health and wellness, while Alabama, Oklahoma, and Louisiana had the lowest wellness scores.1

The scores were based on the states’ access to national parks, Google search trends, and health data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Top performers generally had more national parks and fewer numbers of CDC-reported chronic diseases than those who scored poorly. read more


Lifestyle, not aging, may best determine dementia risk, study says

July 13 (UPI) — Offering a spark of encouragement to healthy baby boomers, a study released Wednesday suggests lifestyle factors may be more important than age in determining dementia risk.

Researchers in Canada found that people with no dementia risk factors, such as smoking, diabetes or hearing loss, have similar brain health as individuals 10 to 20 years younger. read more


Will banning single-use plastics impact our health?

What are the single-use plastic items being banned from July 1? What does it mean to me?

Single-use plastics, known as throw-away plastics, are manufactured to be used only once before being discarded or recycled. For everyday use, the ban applies to the following — plastic sticks used in earbuds, cigarette packets, plastic flags, candy and ice creams wraps, polystyrene (thermocol) used in decoration, balloons, plastic glasses, cups, plates, cutlery, trays, packaging or wrapping films around invitation cards, sweet boxes, plastic or polyvinyl chloride banners less than 100 micron and plastic stirrers. read more


Ten Small Lifestyle Changes to Improve Your Health

Do you feel like you do not have the time to improve your overall health and fitness levels? If so, you are wrong. You do not need to start running marathons or alter your lifestyle completely to get fitter and healthier. Little changes are often all that you need to improve your health.

The Ten Minute Walk

Going for a short, fast-paced walk after each of your three daily meals can boost your fitness significantly. It is wise to walk for at least thirty minutes a day. Ten multiplied by three is thirty. Thus, walking for just ten minutes after each meal will ensure you get the recommended amount of daily cardiovascular exercise. Make sure you keep up the pace when taking your daily walks. The faster you walk, the better it is for your health. read more

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Apple Watch monitoring features for AFib, Parkinson’s cleared by FDA

Apple Watch already features an electrocardiogram that alerts wearers to signs of irregular heart rhythms that could potentially indicate they have AFib. The feature offers wearers a route to the detection of the cardiac condition but does nothing to help them manage their condition after they have received a formal diagnosis. Apple now has filled that gap.

“We hear from so many of you who have received an atrial fibrillation alert and sought potentially life saving care,” Sumbul Ahmad Desai, Apple’s VP of health, said at a company event. “So, we also wanted to offer support once you’ve been diagnosed. When living with this condition, it’s important to understand the time you spend in AFib because it may relate to your risk of serious complications such as stroke.” read more

Lifestyle intervention program improves CV, mental health in obesity

Patients with obesity experienced improved CV and mental health after attending a nonjudgmental and personalized lifestyle modification program, according to a study presented at EuroHeartCare. “Obesity develops for multiple reasons and blaming someone for their weight can stop them from getting health care and advice. It can lead to emotional eating and feeling too self-conscious to exercise,” Aisling Harris, cardiac and weight management dietitian at Croí Heart and Stroke Centre in Galway, Ireland, said in a press release.

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Annual fundraiser aims to help children learn

How often do school-aged children get to see a penguin up close? Or a seal? Sea turtle? Exotic bird? Or see various trees and plants not native to this area.

Unfortunately, it’s not often. But through a program re-established this year, all elementary school children on Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula can visit Moody Gardens to learn more about nature and the environment. Done right, it’s a golden opportunity for the students, as well as a fun day for a class and teacher.

The original program, funded by the Friends of Moody Gardens, was established in 1985 as an outreach program through the volunteer organization. It was set up to bring third- and fifth-graders in Galveston to the sprawling nature park on the island.

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