Archive for 'Wellness / Prevention'

Would You Use a “Smart Toilet”?

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Researchers are developing a “smart toilet” that contains a slew of technologies to detect disease markers in stool and urine, possibly before other symptoms manifest. The Cleveland Clinic’s Dr. Brian Rubin explains, “We currently don’t have access to continuous genetic data that’s pouring out of feces and urine… But we do know that a variety of nucleic acids and proteins are secreted in urine and fecal material, and they do provide insight into what’s going on in the human body. ...

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Risk Factors for Sleeping Problems.

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The following factors are associated with an increased risk for either insufficient or poor quality sleep: an inconsistent eating schedule, low vegetable intake, alcohol before bed, electronic device use in bed, high caffeine intake, dinner within two hours of bed time, lack of sunlight exposure in the morning, and weight gain.

Sleep Health, April 2020

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Cancer Prevention Tips.

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The American Dietetic Association recommends the following to reduce one’s cancer risk: become leaner; get at least 30 minutes of exercise daily; avoid sugary drinks; limit consumption of high-calorie foods; eat more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes; limit consumption of red meat and avoid processed meat; limit your daily intake of alcohol; and limit consumption of salty and processed foods.

American Dietetic Association, April 2020

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Reasons to Maintain a Healthy Weight.

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The National Institutes of Health notes that maintaining a healthy weight may reduce the risk for the following: type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, kidney disease, fatty liver disease, pregnancy difficulties, and some types of cancer.

National Institutes of Health, April 2020

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Protect Yourself from the Sun to Prevent Skin Cancer.

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The American Academy of Dermatology reports that many Americans don’t take proper precautions to protect themselves from the sun. To reduce the risk for skin cancer, the academy recommends the following: seek shade when the sun’s rays are the strongest, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.; wear sun-protective clothing, such as long-sleeved shirts, pants, a widebrimmed hat and sunglasses; use a broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen with a sun-protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher on all skin not covered by clothing. ...

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