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WITH warm weather upon us, backyard barbecue season begins, shifting the action outdoors to replace the fried foods and fatty casseroles of indoor cooking with fresh no-added-fat grilling, which can give a flavorful sizzle not only to meat, poultry and fish but also to vegetables and fruits, says the July 2012 issue of the SpecialReport of the Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter.

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WHILE almost everyone has some degree of tremor — an involuntary, rhythmic shaking, especially of the hands which, for most of us, are so small they can’t be seen or felt — many individuals develop a visible tremor (essential tremor) which is a common movement disorder that can trigger fears of Parkinson’s disease, says the July 2012 issue of the Johns Hopkins’ HealthAfter 50.

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NEARLY every adult realizes the great value of exercise to one’s health and, yet, most of us need a little nudge to get exercising, says a Special Report of the April 20012 issue of the Tufts University Health and Nutrition Letter.

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RESULTS of recent research published online on Dec. 1, 2011 in the journal Stroke showed that women who consume higher amounts of foods that contain antioxidants have a lower risk of stroke than women who consume lesser amounts, even if they have a history of cardiovascular disease, says the February 2012 issue of the Weill-Cornell Medical College Women’s Health / advisor.

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ALTHOUGH statistics show that diabetes affects about 26 million U.S. adults and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) predicts that, without dramatic lifestyle changes, more than one-third of Americans will have diabetes by 2050, new research suggests that by making five healthy lifestyle changes associated with weight, nutrition, activity, smoking and alcohol, you can dramatically lower your diabetes risk, says the February 2012 issue of the Johns Hopkins’ Health After 50.

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