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4 Your Health: slowing down at the dinner table; cold water pain relief; the rise of kidney stones

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More Americans are suffering from painful kidney stones.

That's according to a new study from the mayo clinic. It found kidney stones have become more common over the past 30 years especially among
women. Researchers say advances in technology are part of the reason for the increase. Better imaging methods are diagnosing kidney stones that would not have been detected in the past.

Making pain chill

Taking a plunge in ice cold water could help relieve chronic pain.

It worked for one British man who had been dealing with severe pain, 10 weeks after having surgery. The 28-year old former triathlete decided to take a cold water swim. The man said he felt no pain while in the water and has not felt any since!

Researchers aren't sure why the cold helped but report they want to do more studies.

Something to chew on

Eating more slowly may help people lose weight.

A new Japanese study looked at health data for nearly 60,000 adults, who were asked about their eating habits.

People who ate at a normal speed were 29 percent less likely to be obese than those who gobbled their food. Slow eaters had an even lower risk of obesity.

Cutting out after dinner snacks and not eating within two hours of bedtime also helped shed extra pounds.

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