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Health News Dose: No Easy Answers

Worn Out (Body) Parts? Just Replace Them! [1]

Don’t miss this debate-worthy piece in the L.A. Times today. As the Boomers face retirement, health problems and worn out joints are reaching epidemic levels. Are orthotics and drugs the solution? That’s just the beginning. A replaceable you, as it were, is within the reach of current medical science. From stem cell research to tissue replacement to nanorobotics (in which hordes of tiny nanobots would repair your cells), our approach to longevity and the human body is changing drastically. We advocate prevention through more natural, safe, and affordable means, of course: diet, stress management, physical activity, and prudent supplementation. Check out the graph, then share your thoughts here.

Even Facing Death, People Refuse to Budge from the Sofa [2]

The BBC reports that even when people are informed that a sedentary lifestyle will significantly reduce their life spans, few people make lifestyle changes. Though one might think death would present a compelling source of motivation for making healthy changes, we know this isn’t true. People smoke and engage in other behaviors that are proven to be threatening. Part of the problem is that the return on the risk isn’t immediate. Though death is scary, if the risk is decades away, the lack of immediacy and tangibility provides an irrational psychological cushion. What will make people change their lifestyle?

Young Women Ignore Heart Disease Risk Factors [3]

Women and men suffer from heart disease in equal numbers, yet heart disease is still stereotyped as a “man’s disease”. Researchers report that young women are ignoring risks and engaging in behaviors that promote heart disease in greater numbers than young men. The most common risky lifestyle choices young women make in regards to heart health: failing to maintain a healthy weight, smoking, and failing to maintain normal blood pressure levels. Heart disease: it’s not a guy thing. It’s a young woman thing. Why do you think we assume heart attacks only strike men?

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