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Archive for June, 2013

Smoking Increases Skin Cancer Risk

June 27, 2013
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An increased risk of skin cancer has been added to the already long list of reasons not to smoke. The existing reasons include depression, dementia, Alzheimer disease, cognitive decline (in men), bladder control (in women), Lou Gehrig’s disease, erectile dysfunction, other cancers, many pediatric second-hand smoke ailments and death. A new study found that...
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Antibiotics Not Useful for Sinusitis

June 25, 2013
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Sinusitis (or rhinosinusitis as it is sometimes called in medical terms) is defined as inflammation of the nasal sinuses. This is usually caused by a viral infection but can be caused by allergies as well. A case of sinusitis will usually resolve itself in about 10 days if left untreated. A recent study sought...
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Weight Loss Eliminates Hot Flashes

June 20, 2013
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Postmenopausal hot flashes and night sweats come under the medical heading of vasomotor symptoms or VMS. A recent study found “weight loss as part of a healthy dietary modification may help eliminate VMS among postmenopausal women.” More specifically, “women with symptoms at baseline who lost 10 lb or more or lost 10% or more...
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What You Eat Matters

June 18, 2013
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Approximately 60% of adult Americans are overweight, with half of those, or 30% being obese. One of the obvious causes is overeating. But a recent study showed that while weight gain is an issue, lean muscle mass should also be considered. A new study looked at the impact of eating protein on weight gain...
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Fruits & Veggies Reduce Nicotine Dependence?

June 13, 2013
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Millions of people attempt to quit smoking every year. The majority of those are not successful. The solution may be found in their fruit and vegetable consumption (FVC). According to the research, “higher FVC was associated with fewer cigarettes smoked per day, longer TTFC (time to first cigarette), and lower NDSS (Nicotine Dependence Syndrome...
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Vitamin D + Calcium Reduces Elderly Death

June 11, 2013
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The benefits of Vitamin D are numerous. This prompted a study to see if there was an impact on the mortality rate of seniors. The study looked at “data on 70,528 randomized participants (86.8% females) with a median age of 70.” The researchers compared the mortality of those who took Vitamin D with and...
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Fitness at 18 = Less Depression Later

June 6, 2013
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More studies are looking at the relationship between physical fitness and mental health. One that will be important to teens found that “lower cardiovascular fitness at age 18 was associated with increased risk of serious depression in adulthood.” The study found that those with low cardiovascular fitness had almost double the risk for serious...
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Cesarean Babies Fail First Hearing Tests More Often

June 4, 2013
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Authors of a new study believed that babies born through “cesarean delivery (CD) appeared to fail the first otoacoustic emissions (OAE) test more frequently than infants delivered vaginally (VD)” Upon studying 1653 infants, the data showed that “CD infants had 3-fold higher rates of failed first OAE in comparison with VD infants (20.7% vs...
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