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NY TIMES: When Sitting Can Be Good for You
"So sitting itself is not bad; it's sitting still. Consequently, standing up and moving around, even for brief periods of time, reduces the risks of sitting, science shows. Even fidgeting can help, according to a fascinating new study, which found that women who fidgeted all the time, including while seated, generally lived longer than non-fidgeters, even if they sat the same number of hours most days." Read full story.
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WEB MD: Carrots Do Help Aging Eyes, Study Shows
"Your parents may have told you, "Eat your carrots, they're good for your eyes," and a new study suggests they were on to something. Pigments called carotenoids—which give red or orange hues to carrots, sweet potatoes and orange peppers, or deep greens to produce like spinach, broccoli and kale—may help ward off the age-linked vision ailment known as macular degeneration, researchers said." Read full story.
SCIENCE DAILY: New Study Shows That Varying Walking Pace Burns More Calories
Engineering researchers have found that walking at varying speeds can burn up to 20 percent more calories compared to maintaining a steady pace. The study is one of the first to measure the metabolic cost, or calories burned, of changing walking speeds. Read full story.
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SCIENCE DAILY:Smoking, Heavy Alcohol Use Are Associated with Epigenetic Signs of Aging
"[Researchers] found that all levels of exposure to smoke were associated with significantly premature aging. Interestingly, moderate alcohol use—about one to two drinks per day—was correlated with the healthiest aging, while very low and high consumption were linked to accelerated aging." Read full story.