Health News: Friendly Bacteria

Seaworthy Cancer Fighter

Poisonous ocean bacteria are now being used to treat certain types of prostate cancer. Doctors inject a drug laced with the marine microorganisms into the prostate, where they unleash their toxicity and kill cancer cells. —The Lancet

Weekend Warriors Win

In a study of nearly 64,000 people age 40 and up, those who crammed 150 minutes of exercise into two days got the same health benefits as those who spread their routines over the week. Sure, they might have a greater risk of injury than their daily fitness brethrens but they were 30 percent less likely than non-exercisers to die from cancer or heart disease. —JAMA

*“Getting maximum results in minimum time is definitely possible. Research indicates that shorter, more intense workouts (called high-intensity interval training or HIIT) are more effective at burning calories than high-volume, low-intensity exercise. HIIT also causes post-exercise oxygen consumption or EPOC—the more intense the training, the more oxygen your body consumes after exercise.” —Michael Ardizzone, certified personal trainer, Retro Fitness, Paramus

Breathe Easy

Taking a fish oil supplement containing 17-HDHA daily can cut asthma risk. Why? This type of omega-3 poly7unsaturated fatty acid was shown to reduce production of IgE, an antibody that triggers asthma. —University of Rochester Medical Center

Tidy Up

Women working in a messy kitchen scarfed nearly twice as many cookies as those in a tidy one, according to research. A disorganized environment is linked to increased stress and weakened willpower. —Cornell University

Focus on Eating

When it’s mealtime, don’t think about multitasking, such as working, chatting on the phone and watching Netflix. Studies show that eating while distracted causes you to consume more food—50 percent more. So be single-minded when dining. —Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Berry the Pounds

The resveratrol in strawberries, raspberries and blueberries works to turn flabby white fat into calorie-burning beige fat, making it easier to lose weight. —Washington State University

Put a Chill on Self Control

People who held a cold object fared better on a test measuring self-control than those who held a warm object. Colder temps are thought to be linked to alertness. —Psychological Research

Nap for Brain Health

People who took a 60- to 90-minute nap after lunch every day had better brain function than those who took shorter naps, longer naps or no naps at all. This was reported after studying nearly 3,000 people age 65 and older. —Journal of the American Geriatrics Society


The number of harmful chemicals found in indoor dust. —George Washington University

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