7 things health experts said were good for you in 2018

1. Organic foods may reduce cancer risk. For almost five years, researchers in France regularly asked nearly 70,000 volunteers how often they ate organic fruit, vegetables, meat, and other products. During that period, the quarter of participants who ate the most organic foods were 25 percent less likely to get cancer than the quarter who ate the least, even after accounting for age, income, and other risk factors. Lead author Julia Baudry suspects the disparity is because organic foods have lower levels of pesticides, which can mimic hormones in the body and increase cancer risk. Promoting organic food consumption, she says, could be a “promising preventive strategy against cancer.”

2. Holding hands can reduce physical pain. In a University of Colorado Boulder study, 22 women were subjected to mild pain; first when their male partner was holding their hand, and then when he was not. The women reported that holding hands reduced the intensity of their pain by an average of 34 percent. Brain scans taken during the experiment showed that when the couple linked hands, their brain waves became synchronized — and that this “coupling” effect was even greater when the women were in pain. Lead author Pavel Goldstein says the research “illustrates the power and importance of human touch.”

3. Saunas could be as beneficial for your heart as moderate exercise. In a study in Finland, 102 middle-aged adults with at least one heart disease risk factor — such as high blood pressure or obesity — had a 30-minute sauna session. Afterward, their blood pressure was lower, their heart rate was higher, and their arteries had gained elasticity. Heat exposure can widen blood vessels and improve blood flow, and sweating has a natural diuretic effect, lowering blood pressure. “Sauna use is recommended,” says co-author Tanjaniina Laukkanen, “and it seems …read more

Source:: The Week – Lifestyle


Richard Overton, the oldest U.S. World War II vet and a cigar-and-whiskey folk hero, dies in Austin at 112

Richard Overton, the oldest U.S. war veteran who was also believed to be the oldest living American male, died Thursday at age 112. Overton, a longtime resident of Austin, Texas, had been hospitalized with pneumonia on Dec. 12, and he was moved from a hospital to a rehabilitation facility on Monday. “They had done all they could,” said Shirley Overton, a cousin by marriage.

Overton was born near Austin on May 11, 1906, and he volunteered to serve in the Army in his 30s. He was at Pearl Harbor just after the Japanese attacked in 1941, bringing the U.S. into World War II. “He was there at Pearl Harbor, when the battleships were still smoldering,” former President Barack Obama said in 2013 while honoring Overton during a Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. “He was there at Okinawa. He was there at Iwo Jima, where he said, ‘I only got out of there by the grace of God.'”

On Thursday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) said he was “deeply honored to have known” the “American icon and Texas legend,” adding, “Richard Overton made us proud to be Texans and proud to be Americans.” “He’s a damn rock star,” his third cousin, Volma Overton, said at his latest birthday in May. “And he knows it. He kind of rides that a little bit.”

Overton gained his celebrity late in life. Until he turned 100 in 2006, he lived the life of a regular retiree, sitting on the porch of his Austin house, often smoking a cigar and drinking a whiskey and coke. After Obama honored him, people began stopping by his house and his birthday party became big block parties. He often attributed his long life and good health to the whiskey and 12 …read more

Source:: The Week – Lifestyle


Netflix releases trailer for Black Mirror movie Bandersnatch

After a week of holiday cheer, Netflix is about to give its subscribers an existential crisis with some new Black Mirror.

The streaming platform on Thursday released the first trailer for Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, which is apparently a standalone film and not part of the sci-fi anthology show’s planned fifth season. As revealed in the footage, the film takes place in the 1980s and revolves around a programmer tasked with turning a book into a video game, but, according to Netflix, he is subsequently faced with “a mind-mangling challenge.”

Rumors have suggested that this movie is actually the show’s choose-your-own-adventure episode, with one report saying it features more than five hours of potential footage. Viewers would be asked to make decisions for the characters that change the outcome of the story, something Netflix has previously implemented with children’s programming but never with a show aimed at adults. The new trailer doesn’t explicitly confirm that Bandersnatch is interactive, but it does repeatedly emphasize the idea of making choices, and considering it labels itself not as a “film” but rather a “Black Mirror event,” it’s certainly a possibility.

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch will start streaming on Dec. 28, and per The Hollywood Reporter, the regular fifth season will release in 2019. Watch the trailer below.

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Source:: The Week – Lifestyle


2018: The year of _____

What will 2018 be remembered for? Perhaps it will be the global creep of authoritarianism or the inspiration of young gun control activists. Maybe we will look back at the historic number of women voted into Congress or the constant reminders of how far we still have to go. Or possibly, 2018 will go down as the year of Black Panther, a royal wedding, and Kanye West losing his mind.

This much is for certain: It’s been another wild, wacky year on planet Earth. Here is how people tried to sum up 2018.

2018 was the …

Year of the woman

(Not) the year of the woman

Year of the woman voter

Year of the badass woman

Year of women of color

Year of the fired-up female college graduate

Year of Ruth Bader Ginsburg?

Year of the woman’s activism

Year of #MeToo

Year of the teen activist

Year of the progressive

Year of the teacher

Year of living while Black

Year of the intangibles

Year of 5G hype

Year of data protection

Year of the sustainable shopper

Year of the overwhelmed customer

Year of fake economic data

Year of volatility for our stock market

Year of Europe’s war on cars

Year of exits

Year of the silo

Year of the marauding goat

Year of the elephant

Year of the Tiger

Year of Luka Modric

Year of Acuña

Year of the walk-off

Year of the dunk

Year of tennis comebacks

Year of the broken hand in the Bay Area?

Year of …read more

Source:: The Week – Lifestyle


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