Color’s April Health Notes – Color

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Health & Wellness

You Asked: How Many Steps Should I Take a Day?

Time, by Markham Heid

Since the advent of the Fitbit and other step-counting activity trackers, most people have absorbed the idea that taking 10,000 steps a day is the benchmark for a healthy life. While scientists are usually leery of round numbers, there’s some good data to support that 10K target …

5 Ways to Jump-Start a Healthy Morning

Chicago Tribune, by Jessi Roti

The alarm goes off and you hit “Snooze,” maybe even twice. While brushing your teeth, you begin to check your work email. There never seems to be enough caffeine in your coffee, so you end up having at least three cups before noon …

Get Happy: Four Well-Being Workouts

New York Times, by Julie Scelfo

Relieving stress and anxiety might help you feel better — for a bit. Martin E.P. Seligman, a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and a pioneer in the field of positive psychology, does not see alleviating negative emotions as a path to happiness …

Genetics

When to Tell Daughters About a Genetic Breast Cancer Risk

New York Times, by Jill Werman Harris

When Angela Durden found out that she had tested positive for the breast cancer gene mutation, she decided to share the information with her daughter, Alexis, who was 14 at the time. That meant telling the teenager about her own future risk …

Scientists Believe the Secret of a Good Night’s Sleep is All in Our Genes

The Guardian, by Robin McKie

Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together. Thus wrote the English playwright Thomas Dekker in the 16th century, reflecting a view that has persisted through the centuries. Sleep is crucial to our wellbeing …

The Weirder Side of Obesity: Genetic Forms of Obesity are Rare Yet Numerous

CNN, by Susan Scutti

While scientists have been aware of about two dozen genetic conditions that can cause obesity, a new study published Monday in the journal Obesity Reviews finds there are many more. The Canadian researchers have identified and cataloged 79 rare genetic syndromes where obesity is a key symptom …

Cancer

Discuss Prostate Screening With Your Doctor, Experts Now Say

New York Times, by Roni Caryn Rabin

Older men should talk to their doctors about the pros and cons of prostate cancer screening and make an individual decision that is right for them, an influential national panel of experts has proposed. The new recommendation, based on new data …

Yoga May Help the Side Effects of Cancer Treatment

Time, by Amanda MacMillan

Researchers have put yoga to the scientific test for years, and the results so far have been impressive. The practice has been shown to lower risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, depression and hypertension. But yoga can also help those …

Breast Cancer Rates Rise Among Asian-American Women as Others Stay Stable

NBC News, by Grace Hwang Lynch

Breast cancer rates have been steadily increasing among Asian-American women over the past 15 years, as the disease has seemed to stabilize in other racial groups, according to a study released this month. Researchers say it calls attention to the need …

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