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Nap happy

Categories: News  /  Research

For some, the midday call of the hammock or daybed is too tempting to resist. But is an afternoon nap good for you? For those who don’t get enough nighttime sleep — which is most of us — it would seem to make sense. But in fact, the research into napping has presented a mixed picture. Sleep, of course, is vital for good health — both physical and mental. It keeps you alert and focused. It helps process memories. It may even boost your body’s natural defenses, protecting you from illness. But studies looking just at napping have shown some …Read More >

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A look at Hispanic health

Categories: Cancer  /  Diabetes  /  Heart Health  /  News  /  Research

It’s probably not a surprise to anyone in South Texas, with its large and diverse population, that the most important health risks for Hispanics may be a little different than for others. For example, Hispanics have a lower overall death rate than non-Hispanic whites. But Hispanics are more likely to die from diabetes. And while heart disease is the leading cause of death among all Americans, cancer holds the No. 1 spot among Hispanics. These were among the highlights of what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said was their first national study on Hispanic health risks and leading …Read More >

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Coffee with a clear conscience

Categories: News  /  Wellness

That coffee habit of yours? It’s probably good for you — minus the sugar, the milk, the whipped cream and the high-calorie flavor shots. That’s the view of the federal nutrition advisory panel, which recently released its updated recommendations on what people should and shouldn’t eat and drink. And while most of the headlines focused on the panel’s findings that people should consume less sugar, it also devoted some attention to the fact that drinking three to five cups a day is not only unlikely to hurt you, it’s also associated with a lower mortality risk and appears to be protective against …Read More >

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Meaning it this time

Categories: News  /  Wellness

Does your New Year’s resolution involve being more physically active in the coming year? And did you have exactly the same resolution the year before? Maybe the year before that? “I live across the street from an elementary school, and starting each Jan. 2 I see lots of people out walking there. Within a week, that number slowly decreases,” said Irene Lopez, a registered nurse and manager of the Fitness Center at University Health System’s Texas Diabetes Institute. “Same thing at the gym. It’s very busy in January, February. Then things kind of creep up and get in the way.” …Read More >

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