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August 2015 Health Trends

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The non-profit Environmental Working Group scrutinized 252 brands of canned food and found that 78 used can linings with BPA-bisphenol A-a chemical that acts like estrogen, disrupts hormones, and can raise blood pressure within just a few hours of eating the food. For a list of the 78 companies, and to sign a petition to get BPA removed from cans, visit ewg.org.

30-50%

That’s how much muscle is lost, on average, between the ages of 40 and 80-unless you do resistance exercise and take supplements-according to a review of 17 earlier studies at the University of Southampton in England. Four categories of helpful supplements were identified: protein powders or amino acids, vitamin D, multivitamins, and creatine.

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Age of the oldest woman to ever finish a marathon: Harriette Thompson of Charlotte, N.C. She also set a new marathon record for a woman over age 90: 7 hours, 7 minutes, and 42 seconds, in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in San Diego. A two-time cancer survivor, Harriette started running at the age of 76. Since then, she has completed 16 marathons, raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.