Smoking: The Mental Connection:
Recently research published in the Jouranl of the American Medical Association shows that people with a mental disoerder are twice as likely to smoke. So if you wish to quit, first examine your mental state. If you find something that's stressing you--from depression to alcoholism to simple anxiety--attack that first. It may be the key to quitting.

Attack of the Overeaters
A new study of heart attack patients revealed that eating a heavy meal quadruples the risk of heart attack 1-2 hours after the meal. (source University of Miami)

How to boost your Metabolism

Want to get more out of life? Try boosting your metabolism, the porcess by which your body converts food to energy. Not only will you burn more more calories more efficiently, you may find you have more energy to tackle and take on projects you've been putting off. Here's how:

1. Get into aerobics. You metablolic rate rises for 12-15 hours after a vigorous aerobic workout. And exercise helps speed food through the digestive tract, so you absorb fewer calories.

2. Try stength or weight training. Its not just for jocks--resistance exercise replaces fat with muscle. And the higher your ratio of muscle tissue to fat, the faster your metabolic rate.

3. Resist crash diets. When you drastically reduce your daily caloric intake, your body actually slows down your metabolism to guard agaist starvation. Better: Aim for 500 fewer calories per day at most to safely lose one pound per week.

4. Don't skip breakfast. People who do have bee shown to have slower metabloic rates than regular breakfast eaters.

5. Eat slower. Not only will you consume fewer calories, you'll slow the realease of insulin, a fat-saving hormone.

6. Cut the fat. High-fat foods are harder for your body to break down into energy than are carbohydrates and other food groups--so they don't jump-start your metabolism as well. And fat packs on more than twice the calories per gram.

Above all, keep moving. Your metabolic rate naturally slows down as you age. Maintaining an active body--and mind--ensures you'll stay in top condition for life.

Gender and Pain Arthritis research suggests that women are more sensitive to pain than men--but that they cope with it better using techniques such as relaxation and seeking expert help. (source: National Institutes of Health)

"a happy life is one spent in learning, earning and yearning."--Lillian Gish