General Health

Cheers and Jeers

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Cuddling, which provides many health benefits. According to researchers at the Metropolitan University in English, cuddling can lower blood pressure and heart rate, resulting in less stress. And researchers from the University of North Carolina found that couples that cuddle have high levels of oxytocin, a hormone that makes you feel calm. Read more about the benefits of cuddling here.

Including iron in your diet, because it will help ease premenstrual syndrome. An article published in The American Journal of Epidemiology said that subjects with higher dietary iron intake had a lower risk of suffering from PMS. Those with high potassium intake, however, were at a higher risk.

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Sleep deprivation, which can increase the risk of stroke, obesity and bone damage, among other health issues. The National Sleep Foundation says that adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each night. Researchers found over 700 genetics changes in subjects that had a week of too little sleep. Learn more about why sleep is important here.

A superbug that is on the rise in our hospitals. The CRE bacteria, Carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae, is called a “nightmare bacteria” because of its resistance to antibiotics. While CRE is rare, there has been a large increase in the number of cases within the past 10 years. 

By Laura Jungreis