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While the moderate consumption of alcohol has long been associated with health benefits, a new study suggests abstaining entirely from alcohol has shown more favorable changes in mental health and health-related quality of life, especially for women. Researchers at the University of Hong Kong found that men and women who were lifetime abstainers had the highest level of mental well-being. The study also found that for women who were moderate drinkers and quit drinking, abstaining from alcohol was linked to a more favorable change in mental well-being in Chinese and American study populations. “Our findings suggest caution in recommendations that moderate drinking could improve health-related quality of life,” said Dr. Michael Ni.

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Prostate cancer drug linked with increased risk of dementia

According to a study conducted by the JAMA Network, prostate cancer patients receiving androgen deprivation therapy could be at an increased rick for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The study found that patients receiving the hormone therapy had a 20% higher chance of having dementia and a 14% higher risk of Alzheimer’s.

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LIVING HEALTHY

Weightlifting better at reducing heart fat

Aerobic exercises are often touted for increased cardiorespiratory fitness, but a new study said that weightlifting is better at reducing the type of heart fat that has been linked to cardiovascular disease. Researchers at the Copenhagen University Hospital found that obese people who engaged in resistance training were more likely to see reductions in pericardial adipose tissue (heart fat) than those did aerobic exercise.

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2: People who spend at least two hours a week in a natural environment (parks, beaches, woodlands, urban green spaces) are more likely to have better physical health and psychological well-being according to a recent study published in Scientific Reports.

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