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Month: February 2013

Volunteering good for the heart

Volunteering good for the heart

OTTAWA, Feb 27 – Volunteer work has long been touted as good for the soul, but the practice is also good for your heart, according to a study out Monday in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. Researchers at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver wanted to find out how volunteering might impact one’s physical condition, and discovered that it improves cardiovascular health, said study author Hannah Schreier. And “the volunteers who reported the greatest increases in empathy, altruistic behavior and…

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Bad sleep ‘dramatically’ alters body

Bad sleep ‘dramatically’ alters body

A run of poor sleep can have a dramatic effect on the internal workings of the human body, say UK researchers. The activity of hundreds of genes was altered when people’s sleep was cut to less than six hours a day for a week. Writing in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers said the results helped explain how poor sleep damaged health. Heart disease, diabetes, obesity and poor brain function have all been linked to substandard…

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