Drink More Coffee, Wash Your Hands and Watch Your Calories


How Fast Should You Lose Weight?

People who lose weight quickly compared to those who lose it slowly don’t get any additional health benefits, according to a study done at York University. It’s the amount of weight lost overall that can have an impact, said Jennifer Kuk, a researcher at the school’s Faculty of Health. However, faster weight loss can have an increased risk of developing gallstones. One to two pounds a week is generally the recommended rate for safe and healthy weight loss.

Riverside Reveals State-Of-The-Art Gloucester Hospital Expansion

Riverside’s community hospital in Gloucester has completed major portions of its multi-year, $55 million renovation and expansion project. In February, Riverside Walter Reed Hospital opened its new main lobby area and 54,000-square-foot surgical and inpatient services building for patient care. Still underway is an overhaul and expansion of the hospital’s emergency department, which is scheduled for completion later this year, along with a new pharmacy, gift shop and coffee bar. The hospital serves patients in the Middle Peninsula and lower Northern Neck.

New Vascular Rehab Program Gets Patients on Their Feet

Sentara CarePlex Hospital in Hampton recently introduced an innovative exercise and education program designed to improve walking ability and reduce leg pain and discomfort for patients diagnosed with early-stage peripheral artery disease (PAD). PAD is a type of vascular disease that affects about 10 million adults in the United States, causing intense pain when walking. The medically supervised, 12-week vascular rehabilitation program — the first in the region — could help patients avoid more invasive treatments such as surgery.

Drink More Coffee for Longer Life

We’ve heard that drinking coffee daily can help you live longer, but according to researchers, drinking a lot of coffee may extend your lifespan even more. A study published in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal looked at the coffee-drinking habits of half a million people in the U.K. and found that the more coffee a person drank, the less likely they were to die. It didn’t matter if the coffee was decaf, leading researchers to believe there’s another ingredient causing the health benefits. Coffee lovers should still, however, watch caffeine intake and not overuse sugar and creamer, which could negate any health benefits.

Virus Life

Infectious particles from flu– and cold-causing viruses remain active on our hands for 20 minutes, which have neutralizing properties due to their natural pH and porous nature. Some viruses can be viable on non-porous surfaces, such as light switches and countertops, for hours, days and in some cases — the norovirus — for weeks.

Restaurants Pile on the Calories

94% of restaurant meals contain more than the recommended number of calories, according to a study by an international team of researchers. The study looked at meals served in Brazil, China, Finland, Ghana, India and the United States, finding that oversized servings are a problem everywhere.

Who Wants to Buy a Sneeze Filled Tissue?

It costs $80 to buy a sneeze-filled tissue from a Los Angeles-based startup company. According to Vaev Tissues’ founder, this allows people to get sick “on your own terms … with the idea in mind that you won’t get sick with that same cold … later.” Experts say there’s a lot wrong with this theory.

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