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Thanks to something called “assortative mating,” we tend to choose mates that have behaviors similar to our own.   Too often, however, that means our bad habits are their bad habits, too. Smoking? Couch potato? A sweet tooth? Birds of a feather, goes the old saying.   Thankfully, when we finally wise up and decide… Continue Reading

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Women who exercise more frequently along with those who consume foods high in heart-healthy polyunsaturated fats may experience menopause earlier, suggests a new study published in the journal Menopause.   Dr. Chisato Nagata and his colleagues at Japan’s Gifu University and Sakihai Institute studied 3,115 premenopausal Japanese women ranging from 35 to 56 years old… Continue Reading

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee issued its Report earlier this week, providing updated dietary recommendations for Americans.  Upon their review, the Secretaries from the Department of Agriculture (USDA ) and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will issue its final version, Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010, due for release later this year.   Since… Continue Reading

Among the very old, not only continuing but initiating physical activity was associated with better survival and function, according to a new study.   Most studies conducted on physical activity have focused on middle-aged adults. Researchers from Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Center wanted to determine the relationship of physical activity, function and longevity among the… Continue Reading