1) Is lolling by the pool actually healthy for you?
Known as the "silent killer," high blood pressure has been the main or partial cause of death for hundreds of thousands of Americans each year. Recent research in the U.K. shows that merely catching a few extra rays of sunshine may help lower your blood pressure. [LiveScience]
2) Warning labels are dangerously seductive.
Grizzly photos and ominous warnings most often seen on tobacco products, alcohol, and certain medicines might initially scare the ever living crap out of us, but over time these warnings might just have the exact opposite effect that health officials are shooting for. Research published in Psychological Science suggests that such labels, ironically, foster trust in consumers, perhaps making them even more loyal to the dubious brands in question and subconsciously seducing consumers into finding these brands more appealing. [MNT]
3) Unconventional diabetes defenses discovered.
What do chocolate, berries, and tea all have in common? Diabetes-busting nutrients. A study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that compounds called flavonoids common in this trio may help protect against the risk of type-2 diabetes. [EurekAlert]