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Nutritionists have long touted the heart-healthy benefits of extra-virgin olive oil. Recently, researchers found that consuming a Mediterranean diet heavy in olive oil can help lower some heart risks.

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Here are some of the best reasons to eat more strawberries:

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Sweden already has far fewer cash transactions than other European countries, and some bank offices have stopped handling cash altogether. Sweden’s largest banks are working on a system that will let cellphones make instant, real-time bank transfers. And one of the unanticipated benefits is that with less cash around there’s less crime. Bank robberies are at their lowest level in 3o years.

Full story at CBC News

If you’re a fan of the sweet stuff, you probably jumped for joy at the good news this week. Research published Monday suggested that regular chocolate eaters may more frequently have lower BMIs.

Full story at The Huffington Post

According to new studies, eating organic foods can help you build more muscle and burn more fat, not to mention protect the environment from harmful pesticides and increase your chances of siring healthy offspring (sons in particular). Here are 20 top organic foods to get you started.

In study after study, the results are the same: Eating nuts helps prevent cardiovascular disease. In fact, the combined results of four huge studies, including more than 170,000 men and women, show that munching on nuts on all or most days of the week cuts the risk of heart attack by an incredible 35 percent.

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A massage after vigorous exercise unquestionably feels good, and it seems to reduce pain and help muscles recover. Many people — both athletes and health professionals – have long contended it eases inflammation, improves blood flow and reduces muscle tightness. But until now no one has understood why massage has this apparently beneficial effect.

Now researchers have found what happens to muscles when a masseur goes to work on them.

Full story at The New York Times

A new study found that massage really does work to ease those sore muscles after a tough workout. Just 10 minutes can reduce inflammation, which can help your body recover.

However, the health benefits of touch extend beyond simply soothing aches and pains. Of course, the stressed-out have been proponents of the anxiety-busting procedure for decades. But a growing body of research suggests that a rubdown is even better for you than you think.

Via The Huffington Post

Mice genetically programmed to develop prostate cancer had smaller, slower growing tumors when fed a walnut-rich diet, report researchers. If additional research determines that walnuts have the same effect in men as they do in mice, adhering to a diet that excludes walnuts to lower fat would mean that prostate cancer patients could miss out on the beneficial effects of walnuts.

Full story at Futurity

Since you already know how to use Pinterest for marketing, now you’re probably craving some inspirational real-life examples of brands using it effectively. Many businesses have recently discovered that, not only is Pinterest another way to engage with fans and customers without spending advertising dollars, but it’s also a great way to impact purchases, especially when it comes to impulse buying. Data from Monetate shows that referral traffic from Pinterest to the websites of five specialty apparel retailers jumped 389% from July-December 2011.

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Lightning may contribute to the onset of headaches and migraines, a new study says.

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