Brushing, flossing every day may reduce risk of dementia
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(Elizabeth Pratt/ Healthline) — People with poor dental hygiene are 21 percent more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease later in life.

That’s according to a study recently published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society that found that poor oral health as well as tooth loss increased  …

Walk this number of steps each day to cut your risk of dementia
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(Sandee LaMott/ CNN News) — Want to reduce your risk for dementia? Slap on a step counter and start tallying your steps – you’ll need between 3,800 and 9,800 each day to reduce your risk of mental decline, according to a new study.

People between the ages of 40 and 79 who took 9,826 steps per day were 50% less likely to develop dementia  …

15 ways to stay healthy in retirement
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(Melinda Ratini/ Web MD) — When you retire, you don’t just leave a job. You enter a new stage in your life. If you do something you find meaningful, you’ll be happier and healthier. Volunteer at a hospital or library. Take part in projects at your house of worship. Tutor kids who need help in school. Care for animals in a shelter.  …

6 ways gum disease can lead to major health problems
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(Matt Higgins/ Study Finds) — If you thought that preventing gum disease is only to the benefit of your oral hygiene, think again. Gum disease, also called periodontitis, can be a prelude to more serious health problems far beyond your mouth. As it turns out, the health of your gums can dictate long term health from head to   …

Vitamin D supplements don’t prevent bone fractures in healthy adults, study finds
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(Kaitlin Sullivan/ NBC News) — Vitamin D supplements are widely recommended to prevent bone fractures in older adults — but a clinical trial, published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, found that they may not do much after all.

In 2011, the National Academy of Medicine (then called the Institute  …

How a diet high in carotenoids can help women live longer, better
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(Nancy Schimelpfening/ Healthline) — Women tend to live longer than men but, paradoxically, tend to have more health issues as they age.

Scientists have speculated that it might be due to various factors, including hormonal and genetic differences between women and men.

However, new research from the University  …

You can absolutely get an STI from oral sex
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(Rozalynn S. Frasier/ SELF) — Despite some outdated misconceptions, sex doesn’t need to include penetration. And if you are having any kind of sex, then you should be thinking about sexually transmitted infections (STIs), because yes, you can get an STI from oral sex. (Quick note: Many people use STIs and sexually  …

Too hot to handle: How to survive amid extreme heat and humidity
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(Laura McQuillan/ CBC News) — A few summers ago, Gordon Giesbrecht was doing work on a lakeside dock when he says he started feeling “a little funny.” Minutes later, he was vomiting — a symptom that he immediately recognized as heat exhaustion.

As an expert in how extreme temperatures affect human bodies, Giesbrecht  …

Everything you need to know about sunscreen
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(Julia Paolercio/ Chatelaine) — Whether you’re concerned about sunburns, skin cancer or premature signs of aging, wearing sunscreen every day is the best thing you can do for your skin. But how exactly does it protect your skin—and how do you pick the best formula for your needs?

We asked Dr. Monica Li, a Vancouver-based   …

Healthy lifestyle associated with more years without Alzheimer’s
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(British Medical Journal) — A US study published by The BMJ today suggests that a healthy lifestyle is associated with a longer life expectancy among both men and women, and they lived a larger proportion of their remaining years without Alzheimer’s disease.

The findings show that a healthy lifestyle is associated with  …

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