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More Research Hints at Chocolate's Heart Benefits
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Read more...Study included milk chocolate, but did not prove cause-and-effect

Eating milk chocolate or dark chocolate regularly may lower your risk of heart disease and stroke, a new study suggests.

Middle-aged or older folks who ate as much as 3.5 ounces of chocolate a day seemed to receive heart health benefits, British researchers report in the June 16 issue of the journal Heart.

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If You Can't Stand the Heat . . .
Friday, June 12, 2015
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Health officials offer tips for coping with summer's soaring temps

ummer's heat puts everyone at potential risk for heat-related illness, but seniors and people with chronic health problems are especially vulnerable.

Heat illnesses -- collectively known as hyperthermia -- include heat cramps, heat exhaustion, heat fatigue and a life-threatening condition called heat stroke.

A person's risk for heat illness depends on a number of factors, including outside temperature, general health and individual lifestyle, according to the U.S. National Institute on Aging (NIA).

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Older Americans Need Protein to Keep Muscles Strong, Study Says
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
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Both animal and plant sources are important

Older adults need a protein-rich diet to maintain muscle mass and strength, a new study suggests.

Protein should come from animal and plant sources, since each type of protein appears to play different roles in maintaining lean muscle mass and leg strength. Plant protein helps preserve muscle strength, while animal protein is linked to muscle mass, the researchers said.

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Fewer U.S. Hospitals Send New Moms Home With Formula
Tuesday, June 09, 2015
Read more...But CDC survey finds one-third continue the practice, which can undermine breast-feeding efforts
While the percentage of hospitals that send breast-feeding mothers home with formula packs has fallen dramatically during the last several years, about one-third of U.S. hospitals still do so, newly released data shows.
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Tips for Keeping Breast-Feeding Goals on Track
Tuesday, June 09, 2015

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New moms can use encouragement, support, expert says

Breast-feeding offers many benefits for new moms and babies, but some women experience problems and don't know where to get help, an expert says.

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