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The chemistry of laughter

A good bout of laughter can be highly infectious. There are lots of truth in the saying “laughter is the best medicine”. Various chemical reactions take place in the body when you are having a good laugh, and the scientific
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THE EFFECT OF SMOKING ON THE LUNGS

Smoking causes about 30% of all cancer deaths in the USA, and 1 in 4 in the UK.  A study done in South Africa warns that for those who started smoking in their teens, there is a 50% chance of
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Symptoms of heart failure

Engine failure in a car results in instant stopping. Heart failure fortunately does not mean instant stopping for the body.  This term is a bit of a misnomer as it does not mean the heart has come to a standstill,
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The chemistry of intimacy

A bumper sticker from the hippy era in the Sixties read: “Candy is dandy, but sex don’t rot your teeth!”   Apart from the “feel good” emotional benefits, are there are any other physiological benefits for your body? Hugging: Hugging
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Expiry dates on medicine

Once medication has reached the expiry date, is it still safe to use or should you dispose of it immediately? A study done by the Food and Drug Administration in the USA has found that 90% of both prescription and
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The 80 percent eating habit

When trying to lose weight, there are more diets out there than one can follow in a lifetime!   Sometimes it is not only what you eat, but how much you eat that affects your weight.  Eating too fast can easily
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Possible reasons for Bruising easily

Bruises usually follow after a painful bump or other type of injury.  When you start noticing bruises without consciously remembering any injury, there may be certain medical conditions at play.  If you experience unexplained bruises, it may be best to
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New Year Health Resolutions

Your health is precious! move more each day sleep more – 7 to 8 hours each night eat more plant material daily – especially with many colours drink more water throughout the day be aware and look after gut health
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Healthy Mexican Maize

Maize products in Mexico are much healthier than local products and the secret has been known for centuries in the Americas.  Since ancient time Aztec, Mayan and Mexican civilizations have developed a process of cooking maize that effectively softens the
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What is the glycemic index?

The glycemic index is of particular interest to people with diabetes, as they need to monitor the carbohydrate contents of their food.  Different foods have different effects on blood sugar levels, and these effects are quantified by the glycemic index
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