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Aspirin Versus Cancer
It appears there’s a new weapon in the battle against cancer. A study published in the journal PLoS Genetics reveals that aspirin can do more than kick a headache. Researchers found that when subjects took aspirin or another nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) at least once a week for six months, their cells accumulated tumor-related cells 10 times more slowly than when they didn’t. “Almost all of us have some precancerous condition, like mutant cells on our skin from UV exposure,” says study head Carlo Maley, Ph.D. “It looks like taking aspirin reduces cancer across the board.”
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Next time you drink wine, have a few bites of cheese, too, and do your teeth a favor. The Academy of General Dentistry found that .⁄₃ oz of cheese can shield teeth from acid erosion by raising pH levels for 30 minutes after eating. “Cheese makes the oral environment less favorable for bad germs and more favorable for good germs that protect against cavities," says Gigi Meinecke, D.M.D. Low-fat cheese is equally effective.
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Seven hours of sleep is like the Powerball number on your lottery ticket—it wins you the health jackpot reports the European Society of Cardiology. In a 12-year study, adults ages 20–65 who ate well, exercised, didn’t smoke, and drank in moderation were 57% less prone to cardiovascular disease and had a 67% lower chance of dying from heart problems than those who didn’t follow those four healthy practices. BUT: For subjects who followed the four habits and got at least seven hours’ sack time, those numbers rose to 65% and 83%, respectively—an astounding improvement.