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Health is the ability of a biological system to acquire, convert, allocate, distribute, and utilize energy with maximum efficiency. The World Health Organization (WHO) defined human health in a broader sense in its 1948 constitution as "a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity." This definition has been subject to controversy, in particular as lacking operational value, the ambiguity in developing cohesive health strategies and because of the problem created by use of the word "complete", which makes it practically impossible to achieve. Other definitions have been proposed, among which a recent definition that correlates health and personal satisfaction.

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Berries for Focus

Dark pigmented berries have been shown to improve one's concentration and memory. The antioxidants present in the berries increase blood flow to the brain, which facilitates mental tasks. Good to know, especially with the new semester starting!

Contributed by Jennifer Bello

Vitamin C

I always knew there was a bunch of Vitamin C in oranges, but I never would have thought about strawberries! Good to know for those that don't like oranges. :)

Contributed by Jennifer Bello

You probably already heard or searched on how to lose weight faster and smart ways .But what the heck are they? Well today you’re in for a treat because we’ve put together a complete list.Some are proven. Some are controversial.But they’re all here.

Contributed by Cric Showers

Workout Pill? Scientists Make Compound That Mimics Exercise

Researchers from Britain's University of Southampton synthesized a molecule that tricks cells into thinking they've done rigorous exercise which means a functioning weight-loss pill could be in the works. The molecule works by triggering a chain reaction of events in the body's cells. A clinical trial involved giving a dose of the compound to both obese mice and those of healthy weight. It turns out it reduced the amount of blood glucose and decreased body weight but only in the mice that were obese who lost 5% of their body weight when given a daily dose for a week. Researchers will also look into the effectiveness of reducing body weight in humans and a weight-loss pill could potentially be a reality in the near future.

Contributed by Sam Feldstone

Kissing Chickens Results in Big Salmonella Outbreak

Now this is a new one. A salmonella outbreak in the U.S. has infected at least 181 people in 40 states and it's been caused by people getting too close to their live poultry, and in some cases, kissing and cuddling chickens and ducklings. Also some tips for avoiding salmonella while preparing food.

Contributed by Sam Feldstone

Many know that the body is made of a large percent of water. Despite that, the body is always in need of it so as to aid in flushing out toxins. Eating bad? Drink water and exercise to help cleanse!

Contributed by Paige Elizabeth

Oats are great for you

We all know too many carbs aren't good, however oats are good carbs that actually help the body by making you full and breaking down to give you energy for the rest of your day!

Contributed by Paige Elizabeth

Hearing Restored in Mice with Genetic Deafness using Gene Therapy

Pictured are sensory hair cells treated with TMC2 gene therapy. I had no idea disabling hearing loss could be inherited. To correct genetic mutations that cause hearing loss, researchers engineered a harmless virus commonly used in gene therapy and added in a DNA sequence called a promoter which meant that the gene was only expressed in sensory cells located in the inner ear. The researchers however are still trying to monitor the mice to see if their hearing restoration can be sustained for longer periods of time.

Contributed by Sam Feldstone

Gluten-Free Foods No Healthier than Regular Foods

Dr. Jason Wu from The George Institute for Global Wealth in Australia, who led a recent study looking into differences between standard products and their gluten-free counterparts ,says there is "negligible difference" when looking at the overall nutrition of gluten-free foods. In some cases the gluten-free food can even be worse for you.

Contributed by Sam Feldstone

Health at Every Size is based on the simple premise that the best way to improve health is to honor your body. It supports people in adopting health habits for the sake of health and well-being (rather than weight control).

Contributed by Elizabeth Erwin

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