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Green tea boosts working memory, study suggests

(Relaxnews) – A beverage with multiple benefits, green tea has inspired a number of research projects in recent years. One of the latest studies on the subject, published in the journal Psychopharmacology, offers additional evidence on how the drink can improve working...
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US VegWeek kicks off April 21

By Elena Johnson There are 52 weeks in a year – why not make at least one of them meat-free? US VegWeek kicks off on April 21! I hope you’ll join me in taking the 7-day VegPledge – for the planet, our health, and animals. When you sign up at USVegWeek.com, you’ll receive a free...
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Lab clue to caffeine benefit on Alzheimer’s

(PARIS-AFP) – French and German researchers on Wednesday said they had found evidence in the lab to back theories that drinking caffeine has a preventive effect on Alzheimer’s disease. In mice, regular doses of caffeine inhibited the growth of tau, a protein that...
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World Bank trims PHL growth forecast for 2014

MANILA (Mabuhay) – The World Bank trimmed its growth forecast for the Philippines this year to 6.6%. This is slightly lower than the 6.7% gross domestic product (GDP) growth forecast the World Bank gave last October, and on the low-end of the government’s 6.5%-7.5% target for...
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Adult circumcision could potentially halve risk of prostate cancer

(Relaxnews) – When performed on men over the age of 35, circumcision could reduce the risk of developing prostate cancer by nearly half, according to a Canadian study published in the British Journal of Urology International. The study’s authors emphasize that the...
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Electronic skin patch joins health tracking market

(Relaxnews) – Just as bracelets such as Fitbit are beginning to catch on, researchers have developed an even more discreet wearable health monitoring device. A new skin patch is able to track various health indicators and send data wirelessly to a PC or smartphone. This...
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Stress may make getting pregnant more difficult: study

(Relaxnews) – A couple trying to conceive can face a lot of stress, particularly if complications arise. Yet can stress affect the ability to conceive? A new study points to yes. Courtney Denning-Johnson Lynch, director of reproductive epidemiology at the Ohio State...
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American Heart Association, Union Bank issue LA challenge: Lace up and walk 25 million steps on National Walking Day

LOS ANGELES  – Americans are spending more time than ever sitting in front of computer screens – which means less time being active. That’s why the American Heart Association (AHA) has designated the first Wednesday of April as National Walking Day, which is on April 2 this year....
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Dark chocolate’s healthy effects due to actions of gut bacteria

(Relaxnews) – The idea that dark chocolate is good for your health is nothing new, however the exact reason why it’s so darn beneficial has remained something of a mystery…until now. Researchers have discovered a specific stomach bacteria that breaks down...
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First 5 LA Approves New Governance Guidelines

Commission Demonstrates Renewed Commitment to Focused Decision Making Los Angeles, CA – The First 5 LA Commission today approved new governance guidelines to promote transparency, consistency, and focus in First 5 LA decision-making, budget development and strategic planning. The...