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Fit Fix: Is E-mail Melting Your Brain?

Plus more of today's top health and science headlines.

1) Learn to unplug from your inbox.

Research from London's Kingston University revealed that workers obsessed with checking their e-mails could be killing their brains--and those of their colleagues. "Back in the dial-up era, when going online had a cost implication, most people checked e-mail maybe once a day and often responded to mails as soon as they read them. Now with broadband and 3G, unlimited numbers of messages can be streamed to you via your smartphone at any time of the day or night," said researcher Dr. Emma Russell. Ping-ponging messages and read receipts could be stressing you—and those you work with—way out. [Science Daily]

2) More reasons to stay trim.

A recent study by researchers from CUNY collected data using the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination survey between 1988 and 1994, as well as national death statistics through the year 2006, and found that obesity shortens the average life by four years. They also found that that obesity was associated with at least a 20% increased risk of death from all causes. [Web MD]

3) Enjoy life! It could improve your health.

Don't worry, be happy! A study out of the United Kingdom found that people who enjoy life maintain better physical function in daily activities and keep up faster walking speeds as they age, compared with people who enjoy life less. The study followed more than 3,199 men and women ages 60 years or over who lived in England, and studied their positive outlook and physical well-being for more than eight years. [Science Daily]

4) Ease off on the constant protein. Eat a balanced diet.

A study done on rats by the University of Grenada showed that a high-protein diet increases the chance of developing kidney stones and other renal diseases. "Eating large amounts of fruit and vegetables reduces the risk of kidney stones forming--probably due to their high potassium and magnesium content, which compensates for the acidity of the high-protein diet," said lead researcher Dr. Virginia A. Aparicio. [Science Daily]

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