Exercise Really Is a Fountain of Youth, New Study Shows

The key to keeping your cells looking nice and young? It looks like exercise might just be the answer, my friends. As TIME reports, a new study published in Preventive Medicine found that participants who exercised most had biological aging markers that were significantly younger than their sedentary peers. Nine years younger (!!), to be exact.  Read more »

The Checkup: Ick! These Are the Germiest Spots in Your Kitchen

• New research out of Drexel found the germiest spots in Philadelphia kitchens, so you’re going to want to read their breakdown (highly frequented areas like the fridge and the sink both make the cut), then bust out the Lysol immediately. Fair warning: They found fecal bacteria in nearly half kitchens they looked at. Gross, we know. [TIME]

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The Hard Truth Behind Philadelphia Health Statistics

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Every morning during my commute to work, in the span of 25 minutes on the Paoli-Thorndale train from Suburban Station to Overbrook, I witness what I know to be true through data and statistics: Pronounced socioeconomic disparities have resulted in health inequities in our region. According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s County Health Rankings, Montgomery County stands first among Pennsylvania counties in the socioeconomic factors that determine health, whereas Philadelphia ranks 67th out of 67 counties in those same factors. These counties are separated, not by hundreds of miles or natural barriers, but by one street: City Avenue. Read more »

The Checkup: A New Science-Backed Excuse to Eat More Avocado (Victory!) 

• This news might be the only thing to make me smile just as much as a perfectly ripe avocado: New research, published in the journal Phytotherapy Research, looked at 129 studies examining the effects of eating avocado and found that eating the green stuff on the daily seemed to be pretty darn effective at warding off metabolic syndrome (that’s the term to describe having three or more risk factors for heart disease and diabetes). VICTORY. [Health]

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6 Natural Ways to Keep Your Allergies in Check This Spring

Every year when spring rolls around, I’m surprised that my entire face is itchy, I’m sneezing a lot more frequently and that my eyes well up every time I step outside. And then I remember: spring allergies. Drat. There goes my standard of living for the next couple of weeks, as well as a good chunk of change spent on boxes upon boxes of tissues, Allegra-D, and nose spray. If you’re in the same boat, take note give of these six natural and easy ways to set yourself up for the least miserable allergy season possible. (And if all else fails, we won’t shame you for submitting to Benadryl and Netflix.)

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The Checkup: Yikes! Nearly Half of U.S. Adults Have This STI

• Here, a very good reason to schedule that gyno appointment you’ve been putting off: New data from the National Center for Health Statistics found that a whopping 42.5 percent of Americans between the ages of 18 and 59 have the sexually transmitted infection genital human papillomavirus, more commonly known as HPV, which can be the culprit behind cervical cancer. [TIME]

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