Chocolate good for you? It used to be medicine

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In 1662, a book was published in London on chocolate. Photo courtesy of Wellcome Library.

In 1662, a medical book was published in London on chocolate. Photo courtesy of Wellcome Library.

We’ve heard the probable benefits of dark chocolate — the kind with 60 percent or more cocoa solids — extolled in recent years.

Dark chocolate may improve your heart, mood and lessen your stress.

You may have noticed that Mars is trying to cash in on the “healthy snacking” trend by pouring Dove chocolate over blueberries and cranberries. University of Michigan researchers even added dark chocolate to their healing foods pyramid.

But Christine A. Jones, an associated professor of French and Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies at the University of Utah, tells us that this is nothing new. Continue reading

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Cute kitten, odd duck latest Obamacare ploy

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The White House is touting the “16 sweetest reasons to get covered” in its latest online blitz to get the young, healthy and uninsured signed up for Obamacare by the end of the month.

Each reason is illustrated by a gif. Ducks appear to dance in one gif with the title: Birth control is free.  Continue reading

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Sick presidents: Constitutional crises narrowly averted, website says

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Washington had recurrent bouts of malaria. A migrating bullet caused Andrew Jackson so much discomfort, it was finally removed without anesthesia. Teddy Roosevelt had such bad myopia, he didn’t recognize his own kids without his glasses. Reagan had chronic hay fever.

No matter how common or rare the presidential malady, you’ll find it compiled on Dr. Zebra’s website. Doctor who? A self-proclaimed doctor (real name unknown) who has chronicled “the heavy burden of disease that has afflicted our presidents” because “the problem of presidential illness needs wider discussion.” Continue reading

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Kids do the darndest, slower things

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Children today run a mile 90 seconds slower than their parents did 30 years ago, researchers report at the American Heart Association‘s annual meeting.

It’s not just happening here, it’s a worldwide trend, they say.

The remedy is simple: Get kids moving at least for an hour a day, doctors advise. The time can even be split into segments, such as walking to, and home from, school.

Read more here.

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