Survey says you’re Happiest at 33

Hmm, that would make sense. You’re at the age where you can’t say you’re naïve and you would be having more spending money than ever before. A British website, Friends Reunited, claims that 70% of the 40 years old picked that age as their happiest. Interestingly enough, only 6% picked the college years and 16% chose their childhood years.

One in three surveyed that they found their happiness in having children while one in five related their happiness with their job.

Do you agree with this? What was your “happiest” age?

Read the original article here—courtesy of mydailynews.com

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Altitude Sickness be Gone with Ibuprofen

Health.com recently wrote an article that explains that ibuprofen’s anti-inflammatory properties might help prevent that pounding headache and other symptoms of altitude sickness. A new study published in Annals of Emergency Medicine found that people who took ibuprofen over a 24 hour period in which they went up 12, 570 feet above sea level were less likely to experience sickness than those who took a placebo. The results showed that 69% of the placebo-taking patients developed sickness like nausea, dizziness and fatigue while only 43% of those who took ibuprofen had similar symptoms.

There are only two drugs in the market that are approved to prevent and treat altitude sickness, but they are prescription-only and come with a risk of side effects. The thought of using an over-the-counter pain reliever now looks appealing to researchers.

What do you think of this new study?

Read the original article here—courtesy of Health.com

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Minimum Price of Alcohol in the UK

The Britain’s government just recently announced their new plan to increase the prices of alcohol in order to reduce irresponsible drinking. They want to ban super cheap alcohol by placing a minimum price per unit of alcohol and banning multi-buy discount deals.

Of course this plan will not go down without a fight. Already the beverage industry is opposed to this and will soon comment on this idea later this year.

Do you think it would be a good idea in the US?

Read the original article here – Times Healthland

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Myths about Living Alone

What’s wrong with being alone? A new article from AARP.com breaks down some myths about why Americans choose to be alone and the potential emotional and health consequences that come with it (or lack of). The truth is: most Americans now are living alone and they are okay with it. For example, some people might think that people live alone as a last resort, but on the contrary, people tend to live alone whenever they can afford too. It turns out that the number of people living alone went up during our recent economic downturn.

Another myth is that most people who live alone are elderly. The truth is that the largest group of Americans that live alone are between the ages of 35-64 years old. The fastest group growing is between ages 18-34. There are about 5 million of them in the United States which is up from 500,000 in 1950.

Another myth is that older people who do live alone are usually lonely, unhappy, and feels isolated. However, according to a study of 3,000 Americans, those who live alone are more receptive to socialize with their friends and neighbors compared to those who were married.

Click here to read more myths – according to AARP.com

What do you think of being alone?

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Eating Red Meat Increases Risk of Premature Death

A new study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health found that any red meat that you eat increases your chance of dying at an earlier age. Try picturing a piece of steak the size of a deck of cards and adding it to your daily diet- that piece of steak can be linked to a 13% greater chance of dying. This percentage came from the long study of 110,000 adults for more than 20 years. The researchers analyzed their eating habits and health and found any meat no matter if it was processed or not contributed to their early death.

The researchers are not entirely sure what causes the increase of mortality rate but recommends reducing the consumption of red meat to 2-3 servings a week. However, other researchers cautioned that this study could have a lot of errors due to the way the information was recorded. The researchers asked the participants through questionnaires about their food frequency, sometimes grueling details of past meals.

What do you think of this study?

Read the original article here—courtesy of LA Times

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Foods that help you focus

There are many foods out there that can help you focus especially when it comes to a test or an important project. The British Medical Journal explains that a decrease in memory and reasoning capacity can affect our brains as young as 45. Below are some foods that can help slow this process down from eatingwell.com.

Green Vegetables—By eating as much as two more daily servings of vegetables, you can have a sharper mental focus—as much as people five years younger.

Whole Grains—Several of studies show that eating a breakfast of whole grains can help keep mental focus better than people who have no breakfast or a meal of refined carbohydrates.

Coffee—Of course it is proven that coffee makes you more alert and help your mind feel sharper. Surprisingly, studies show that coffee help men react to coffee faster and sustain the mental alertness longer.

Gum—A new study conducted in 2011 discovered that people who chewed gum during a stressful talk were more alert than those who didn’t chew gum during the same task.

What do you think of this?

Read the original article here—courtesy of eatingwell.com

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Being Married Increases Your Survival of Heart Surgery

A new study found that being married increases your chance of surviving heart surgery by three times (regardless of gender). Among the patients who survived the first three months, the singletons were 71% more likely to die during the next five years after surgery.

The researchers interviewed 500 patients before they went under coronary bypass surgery and analyzed the patient’s replies with survival data from the National Death Index. The benefits of being married lasted up to 5 years after surgery. The data could not explain why married people survived longer, but estimates that married patients have a more positive outlook going into surgery and have the spouses give reminders to take medicine and eat healthy.

What do you think of this study?

Read the original article here — courtesy of Times Healthland

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