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DISCOVERED: BEST TIME OF DAY TO GET A FLU SHOT

Scientists reporting in the journal Vaccine suggest getting vaccinated early in the day. In their study of 276 adults, those who got poked between 9 and 11 a.m. had a larger increase in protective antibodies a month later than those who got the shot between 3 and 5 p.m. The researcher­s say the activity of the immune system fluctuates throughout the day and may be more responsive earlier on.

CHOCOLATE REVS MEMORY

So say scientists in the journal Appetite. In their study, those who ate 25 grams of chocolate (about half of a Hershey bar) once or twice a week did significan­tly better on tests of cognitive function and mental health than those who rarely ate the sweet stuff. The study authors say cocoa’s flavanols and other healthy compounds increase blood flow in the brain to boost cognitive function.

NATURAL RX FOR HAIR LOSS

Among women who took a supplement containing fish oil, black currant oil, lycopene and vitamins C and E, 90 percent saw a reduction in hair loss after 6 months, say French researcher­s. Why? The compounds support hair follicle cell growth to fortify hair. To get the perks, take a multi that has vitamins C and E and lycopene and pair it with black currant oil (like Now Foods Black Currant Oil 500 mg, $10, vitacost.com) and fish oil (like Renew Life Norwegian Gold Daily Omega, $18, renewlife.com).

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