Color’s December Health Notes – Color

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Health & Wellness

13 Habits To Adopt In The New Year For A Long, Happy, Healthy Life

Self, by Zahra Barnes

New Year’s Resolutions. Those things you embark upon with such gusto on January 1, determined that this. Will. Be. The. Year. And then…life gets in the way. Late nights at work laugh in the face of decision to clock a 10K each A.M. …

How a great marathoner — Joan Benoit Samuelson — keeps going at age 60

Washington Post, by Marlene Cimons

In the summer of 1984, American Joan Benoit Samuelson, at age 27, won a gold medal in the inaugural women’s Olympic marathon, running a time of 2 hours 24 minutes 52 seconds. A year earlier, in 1983, she ran a women’s world record in the Boston Marathon ..

Carbs During Workouts May Fend Off Colds

New York Times, by Gretchen Reynolds

Until recently, many scientists believed that exercise reduces the body’s ability to fight off infections. Past studies had found, for example, that after workouts, especially strenuous ones, people had fewer infection-fighting white blood cells …

Genetics

How Doctors Could One Day Use Your DNA to Cure You

Wired, by Sarah Zhang

“I don’t mean to be morbid,” Eric Dishman told a friend as he was winding down his job at Intel. “But this may be the last time you see me.” Dishman, a longtime leader of the company’s health research division, was preparing to die …

One Weight-Loss Approach Fits All? No, Not Even Close

New York Times, by Gina Kolata

Dr. Frank Sacks, a professor of nutrition at Harvard, likes to challenge his audience when he gives lectures on obesity. “If you want to make a great discovery,” he tells them, figure out this: Why do some people lose 50 pounds on a diet while others on the same diet gain a few pounds? …

Aging Is Reversible — at Least in Human Cells and Live Mice

Scientific American, by Karen Weintraub

New research suggests it is possible to slow or even reverse aging, at least in mice, by undoing changes in gene activity — the same kinds of changes that are caused by decades of life in humans …

Cancer

What Cancer Taught Me

Chicago Mag, by Bill Zehme

My first reaction to the diagnosis was not utter panic. What popped into my head was literally this: Well, at least it’s fashionable; all the best people get cancer. Mine was colorectal — stage 4 because of a couple of spots spread onto the liver …

42% Fewer U.S. Women Are Dying of Breast Cancer

Time, by Alice Park

Breast cancer deaths are down in many countries worldwide — but some still have major work to do. In the latest analysis of worldwide data from the World Health Organization, researchers led by Cecile Pizot from the International Research institute in Lyon, France, found that …

How much a decade of obesity raises your cancer risk

CNN, by Jacqueline Howard

The longer a woman is overweight or obese, the more her risk of cancer may increase along with the time. A new longitudinal study on postmenopausal women, published in the journal PLOS Medicine on Tuesday, reveals that …

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