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THE PERCENTAGE OF AMERICANS UNDER 45 WHO SAY THEY’D HESITATE TO REPORT INITIAL STROKE SYMPTOMS, EVEN THOUGH REPORTING SYMPTOMS THE FIRST THREE HOURS IS VITAL TO MINIMIZE OR REVERSE DAMAGE. SOURCE: RONALD REAGAN UCLA MEDICAL CENTER

The Diet-Sleep Connection

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Caffeine isn’t the only culprit: New research shows that eating an unhealthy diet (with less fiber, more saturated fat, and sugar) triggers less restorative, more disrupted sleep, says a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine by Columbia University researchers. Clean up your eating and you may be able to stop counting sheep.

NOT-SO-SWEET NEWS ABOUT BREAST CANCER Eat more processed sugar and your risk of breast cancer goes up significantly, says a new study published in the journal Cancer Research. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the study found sugar intake increases your risk of this top cancer, as well as the risk of lung tumors. The study found that fructose in table sugar and high-fructose corn syrup were the biggest culprits, triggering inflammation in the body and contributing to cancer growth.

Eat More Fiber, Breathe Easier

Fiber may keep you regular, but it may well keep your lungs healthy, too. People who eat more fiber (17.5 grams or more a day) from fruit, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains are less likely to develop lung disease, say researchers at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. This easy dietary change also reduces inflammation in the body—a risk factor for lung disease (as well as heart disease and cancer). In fact, boosting your fiber intake may be just as important to healthy breathing, say researchers, as is not smoking. One Simple Change Have more sex as you get older. A healthy sex life beyond the age of 50 may keep your brain sharp as you age. Researchers believe the hormones released during sex may be the key to cognitive health.* by Valerie Latona

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