Color’s May Health Notes – Color

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Health & Wellness

Prioritizing These Three Things Will Improve Your Life — and Maybe Even Save It

Washington Post, by Colby Itkowitz

Want to live longer, enjoy life more and actually find that elusive happiness? While the ideas themselves might not be all that surprising, the explanations for how and why they better your life served as powerful reminders …

Eating More — Or Less — of 10 Foods May Cut Risk of Early Death

NPR, by Allison Aubrey

About half of all U.S. deaths from heart disease, stroke and Type 2 diabetes are linked to poor diets, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. And eating more — or less — of just 10 types of food can …

Exercise Makes You Younger at the Cellular Level

Time, by Amanda MacMillan

The more exercise people get, the less their cells appear to age. In a new study in Preventive Medicine, people who exercised the most had biological aging markers that appeared nine years younger than those who were sedentary …

Genetics

How CRISPR Could Snip Away Some of Humanity’s Worst Diseases

Wired, by Nick Stockton

HIV has no cure. Part of the problem is HIV’s ability to squirrel itself away inside a cell’s DNA — including the DNA of the immune cells that are supposed to be killing it. The same ability, though, could be HIV’s undoing. All because of CRISPR …

Rare Gene Mutations Inspire New Heart Drugs

New York Times, by Gina Kolata

What if you carried a genetic mutation that left you nearly impervious to heart disease? What if scientists could bottle that miracle and use it to treat everyone else? In a series of studies, the most recent published on Wednesday, scientists have described two rare genetic mutations …

PTSD Risk May be Passed Down Through Our DNA

CNN, by Michael Nedelman

Christal Presley considers herself a survivor of the Vietnam War, even though the war ended years before she was born. Her father was a Vietnam veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. Presley was diagnosed with PTSD in 2010 …

Cancer

You Can Take Steps to Lower Your Breast Cancer Risk

New York Times, by Jane Brody

Fear of breast cancer is widespread, yet many women don’t realize that adopting protective living habits may help keep it at bay. The habits described below may also help to ward off other life-threatening ills, like heart disease and diabetes …

Women with Advanced Breast Cancer are Surviving Longer, Study Says

Washington Post, by Laurie McGinley

The number of women living with advanced breast cancer is rising substantially in the United States, reflecting improved survival among all ages, according to a study published Thursday …

A New Drug is the First to Treat Cancer Based Only on Genetics, Not the Location of the Cancer

MIT Technology Review, by Emily Mullin

Something strange is going on in medicine. Major diseases, like colon cancer, dementia and heart disease, are waning in wealthy countries, and improved diagnosis and treatment cannot fully explain it. Scientists marvel at this good news, a medical …

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