In the News: Leaving the House Daily Can Help Seniors Live Longer, Cinnamon Oil May Trigger Fat Burn, Cold and Flu Drug May Halt Cancer Growth

Leaving the house daily can extend seniors’ lives. A study that was recently published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society has found that two million senior citizens rarely or never leave the house, most often due to mobility issues and other physical difficulties. Aside from having a negative impact on their physical health, staying cooped up all the time can cause damage to their mental health as well. Being confined to the house at all times can cause anxiety, depression, and mental illness. In the study, 3,375 adults between 70 and 90 years were assessed, and they found that seniors who left their homes every day had the lowest risk of death and those who rarely ever left the house had the highest risk. For more longevity tips, check out this list.(MN)

Cinnamon oil may trigger fat burn. New research from the University of Michigan indicates that cinnamaldehyde, the oil that gives cinnamon its trademark flavors, may encourage calorie burn and enhance fat metabolism. After testing on mice, they found promising results, though it’s still too early to know how this ingredient will impact people and how much is needed. While a sprinkle of cinnamon on top of oatmeal or coffee may not do the trick, experts speculate that eating it every day in one way or another can eventually have metabolic benefits. Want to learn more about adding cinnamon to your diet? Here are six surprising uses for this magic spice. (T)

Cold and flu drug may halt cancer cells. Researchers have found that N-Acetylcysteine (NAC), a common FDA-approved cold and flu medicine, may stop the growth of cancer cells by starving them of certain of proteins. When looking for an explanation, they found that NAC has antioxidant properties and that previous research showed tumors, particularly breast cancer tumors, had high levels of oxidative stress. When the tumor cells are exposed to this type of stress, they actually release a form of nutrients that cancer needs to go and thrive. With that in mind, they looked to NAC as a means of starving the cells and thus halting their development. These results show the potential for an affordable, everyday medication to stop cancer growth without the use of toxic treatments. (MN)