Your Day in Health
MELLOW OUT: Customers who dine with dimmed lights and mellow music eat 175 fewer calories than if they do in a more typical restaurant environment.
AP: Early Exposure to Peanuts Helps Prevent Allergies in Kids
"For years, parents of babies who seem likely to develop a peanut allergy have gone to extremes to keep them away from peanut-based foods. Now a major study suggests that is exactly the wrong thing to do. Exposing infants like these to peanuts before age 1 actually helped prevent a peanut allergy, lowering that risk by as much as 81 percent, doctors found. Instead of provoking an allergy, early exposure seemed to help build tolerance." Click here to read the full story.
AFP: Tea's Benefits Extend to Old Bones, Japanese Researchers Claim
"Researchers in Japan say black tea could help treat osteoporosis, a bone condition affecting older people, but admit you need to drink an awful lot of it. Scientists say the humble brew contains an antioxidant that can prevent the loss of bone density commonly seen in old age that makes the elderly more vulnerable to fractures." Click here to read the full story.
NY TIMES: Meditation for a Good Night’s Sleep
"Do you have chronic sleep problems? You may be able to significantly improve your ability to get a restful night of sleep by practicing a popular form of meditation, a rigorous new study shows. The findings may be particularly relevant to Americans older that 55, about half of whom have some form of sleep trouble. The research, a clinical trial published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, recruited about 50 older adults with moderate sleep problems and assigned them to follow one of two programs." Click here to read the full story.
SCIENCE DAILY: Vitamin D Deficiency Linked More Closely to Diabetes Than Obesity
"People who have low levels of vitamin D are more likely to have diabetes, regardless of how much they weigh, according to a new study. Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and maintain bone and muscle health. The skin naturally produces this vitamin after exposure to sunlight. People also absorb smaller amounts of the vitamin through foods, such as milk fortified with vitamin D. More than 1 billion people worldwide are estimated to have deficient levels of vitamin D due to limited sunshine exposure." Click here to read the full story.