Flax relief



If you have dry, sensitive skin, you should try taking flaxseed. A recent Paris study showed that taking 2.2 grams of flaxseed oil daily reduces redness, scaliness and inflammation in 82 percent of users after just three months. This is because the flaxseed reduces excess blood flow caused by inflammation to the skin.


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Reduce your risk of diabetes by 62 percent simply by eating a lot of foods containing Vitamin C. The study in Archives of Internal Medicine reported that the vitamin can prevent buildup of free radicals, which can damage cells and interfere with glucose metabolism – leading to diabetes. Foods high in Vitamin C include strawberries, cantaloupe, oranges, papayas, pepper and broccoli.

Cell phone rash

Sweat from your face can react with nickel found in about 45 percent of cell phones, according to a study in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. The result? Redness, swelling and blisters. Anyone with a BlackBerry Pearl or a Palm Treo 650 are safe – no nickel in those phones.

Flax relief

If you have dry, sensitive skin, you should try taking flaxseed. A recent Paris study showed that taking 2.2 grams of flaxseed oil daily reduces redness, scaliness and inflammation in 82 percent of users after just three months. This is because the flaxseed reduces excess blood flow caused by inflammation to the skin.


Good news, bad news

The American Dietetic Association found that 43 percent of Americans are trying to exercise and eat well. But 38 percent of Americans surveyed say they know they should be doing more for their health – but they aren’t doing it. 54 percent of people say it takes too much time to keep track of their diets, while 79 percent say they are satisfied with the way they currently eat.

Fro-yo craze

Thank goodness there’s a frozen yogurt craze around town. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports that women who eat at least two servings of yogurt daily are 38 percent less likely to develop bladder cancer than those who don’t eat cultured milk products. Researchers believe the bacteria present in yogurt -- called lactobacillus -- possibly play a role.

Walk it off

You may not feel like exercising if you’re constipated, but a study in the International Journal of Sports Medicine reports that exercise relieves constipation in those who have irritable bowel syndrome. The researchers compared 54 people who have IBS, and had half exercise. Those who worked out reported significantly fewer problems.

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Casual smokers between the ages of 18 and 25 are 16 times more likely to have a drinking problem than those who don’t touch cigarettes, according to Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. So in addition to preventing lung cancer, having whiter teeth and smelling better, you’ll lower your risk of alcoholism if you don’t take a drag.

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Nearly 28 percent of women ages 25 to 39 have human papillomavirus – HPV – which is a sexually transmitted disease that can lead to cervical cancer. Thankfully, a new test can better detect precancerous cervical cells in women who have had HPV. The point? Early treatment can save your life.

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Reduce your risk of diabetes by 62 percent simply by eating a lot of foods containing Vitamin C. The study in Archives of Internal Medicine reported that the vitamin can prevent buildup of free radicals, which can damage cells and interfere with glucose metabolism – leading to diabetes. Foods high in Vitamin C include strawberries, cantaloupe, oranges, papayas, pepper and broccoli.