|+ COFFEE A cup or more daily may cut your risk of some types of head and neck cancers, says an analysis of nine studies. Decaf doesn’t seem to do the trick; neither does tea.|
- SITTING In a large study from the American Cancer Society, women who spent lots of time on the couch were nearly 40% more likely to die during the study than women who sat less. Sedentary men had an increased mortality rate of 18%.
|+ FISH In a recent study, people who ate at least two servings of fish a week were much less likely than infrequent fish eaters to develop age-related hearing loss – in fact, they were only 58% as likely to develop hearing problems.|
- EXPENSIVE DRUGS Diuretics (aka water pills) can be just as effective as pricier drugs at preventing complications associated with high blood pressure, a major study shows. Most people should try them first, researchers say.
|+ WRITING IT DOWN If you have irritable bowel syndrome, jotting down your thoughts, beliefs, and feelings about the problem may help alleviate the discomfort. In a recent study, people who did so for 30 minutes at a time for four days found that their symptoms improved significantly.||- TOUGHING IT OUT In a study that followed elderly people for as long as 17 years, those who were depressed at the start were more likely to develop dementia. It’ll take more research to know whether treating depression can help retain mental faculties, but you’d certainly feel better in the meantime.|
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