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Back in Black: Your Favorite Foods, Only Healthier

Back in Black: Your Favorite Foods, Only Healthier

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When it comes to plant-based foods, deep, vibrant colors are one of the best indicators of what's healthiest. The pigments that give plants their color also provide the antioxidants that protect against heart disease, inflammation, and certain cancers. A simple swap can provide a big nutritional payoff, like choosing pink grapefruit over white, or dark greens over pale lettuce. So it may come as little surprise that black foods can pack a potent health benefit too. That's exactly the case with the midnight-hued rice, beans, tea, and berries I can't seem to get enough of lately. Here's why:Black riceThis grain—along with the red and purple varieties—is becoming increasingly popular in the United States, and has long been consumed throughout Asia. Black ric...
Want to Live Longer? Cut Back on Red Meat

Want to Live Longer? Cut Back on Red Meat

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Istockphoto  By Jacquelyne Froeber MONDAY, March 23, 2009 (Health.com) — Burger lovers beware: People who eat red meat every day have a higher risk of dying over a 10-year period—mostly due to cardiovascular disease or cancer—than their peers who eat less red or processed meat, according to a new study of about half a million people.“This is the biggest and highest quality study like this,” says Barry M. Popkin, PhD, from the University of North Carolina, who wrote an editorial accompanying the study, which was published Monday in Archives of Internal Medicine. “They collected the diet data very carefully, and it’s saying to people ‘You don’t have to eat red meat ev...

'The NHS turned its back on mum – and it cost us £250,000'

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Spending on vital care services for the elderly has been cut by a quarter per head since 2010, a BBC analysis shows. It has left growing numbers of families struggling to get the help they need. One family caught in this trap told the BBC about their struggles.Fifteen years ago Russell Byfield retired. He had worked hard all his life building up his heating and plumbing business.It was time to enjoy his retirement with his wife Maureen. They had plans to travel, spend time with their family and enjoy their leisure.But within a couple of years, all that changed. Maureen was diagnosed with dementia. She was in her early 70s. A modern browser wit...
'Friend after friend was dying': Survivors look back at the AIDS evolution in the US

'Friend after friend was dying': Survivors look back at the AIDS evolution in the US

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Mark Milano was 25 years old when he was diagnosed with AIDS in 1982, and so little was known about the disease that his doctor called it “AID.” “I didn’t know what it was and he said, ‘Well it’s a life-threatening illness,’” Milano said of his interaction with the emergency room doctor. Now, at age 62, Milano is among the growing group of seniors living with HIV or AIDS, and as World AIDS Day marks its 30th anniversary, there have been changes in both treating the once-mysterious disease and the ways in which those infected with them live their lives. Milano moved from Chicago to New York City in 1987 and became a member of the activist group Act Up, which gained national prominence from the late 1980s to mid-1990s. “At the time, ...
NASA's InSight sends back stunning images as it settles into life on Mars

NASA's InSight sends back stunning images as it settles into life on Mars

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NASA's latest spacecraft is settling into life on Mars by catching some rays, recharging its batteries and taking stunning photos. InSight, the robotic mining device that will eventually dig into the surface of the red planet, opened its solar panels on schedule Monday night, about five hours after a "flawless" landing, NASA officials said in a press release. "The InSight team can rest a little easier tonight now that we know the spacecraft solar arrays are deployed and recharging the batteries," said Tom Hoffman, InSight's project manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. On Tuesday, InSight is scheduled to begin operations on the Martian surface and start deploying instruments. Over the next few days, InSight's mechanical arm will continue to take pic...