Issue: June 15, 2011   (Archive)
Sunday, August 31, 2014   

Going by gut feeling
Over 70 percent of your body's immune system is in your gut. Good digestive health relieves constipation or diarrhea and also helps fight bugs and allergies. The key is friendly bacteria - or probiotics - but stress, a poor diet, overuse of antibiotics, travel and age can deplete them.

Love thy neighbor
Ever felt like your neighbor's antics could drive you to an early grave? There may be reason for concern, said researchers, who reported a link between having good neighbors and a healthier heart.

Secrets of the geisha
If you've always wanted to know Japanese geishas' beauty secrets, look no further than Tatcha.

Gene hope for heart patients
A 37-year-old man who needs a mechanical pump to keep his heart working has kicked off tests to see if gene therapy could help him recover and potentially avoid the need for a heart transplant.

Hold the salt
People around the world eat twice as much salt as they should, and this behavior translates into 1.65 million heart-related deaths per year. Excess salt can cause high blood pressure - a leading factor in heart disease and stroke - according to a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Humidity's the pits
A survey of 300 Hongkongers aged 18 to 45 by Lightspeed Research reveals that excessive sweatiness and bad body odor can impact working and social lives.

Pressing the right buttons
People feeding dollars into vending machines in public parks in Chicago are buying granola bars and dried fruit instead of mini donuts and cheesy potato chips, according to a study by Northwestern University researchers.

French KissKiss
The epitome of French chic is that little black dress and, of course, bright red lipstick.

Keeping abreast of issues
The benefits of breastfeeding have been touted far and wide yet Hong Kong's rate remains low - with less than 30 percent of six-month-old babies receiving breast milk.

Five's still fine
British nutritionists threw down the gauntlet to dietary guidelines in April by declaring seven daily portions of fresh fruit and vegetables, rather than the recommended five, are the key to health.

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