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Vitamin D Deficiency Increases Pneumonia?

June 30, 2015
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According to a new study, seniors with vitamin D deficiency appear more likely to contract pneumonia. Researchers found that “the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency was ~80% in patients hospitalised with CAP (community-acquired pneumonia). Vitamin D deficiency was also a significant predictor of increased 28-day all-cause mortality.” This study underscores the importance of sufficient...
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Antioxidants Slow Cognitive Decline

June 25, 2015
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A recent study was conducted “to assess the relationship between dietary intake of antioxidants (vitamin C, vitamin E, β-carotene, lutein, flavonoids and lignans) and cognitive decline at middle age.” Subjects 40-70 years old were assessed by what they ate and “with a neuropsychological test battery.” These were then divided into quintiles (five levels) based...
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Video Games Bad for the Bones

June 23, 2015
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A study from China examined “the association between duration of playing video games and bone mineral density (BMD) in Chinese adolescents.” Not surprisingly, “adolescents with longer video game duration were more likely to have lower legs, trunk, pelvic, spine, and total BMD.” Researchers concluded that “these findings provide support for reducing duration of playing...
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Essential Oils for Depression & Anxiety

June 18, 2015
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The increase use of essential oils promotes greater research into their effectiveness. While not conclusive, recent studies have demonstrated benefits. One such study was recently conducted to test using a blended essential oil that “consisted of lavender and bergamot oils.” Volunteers were treated with a placebo (control group) or the blended essential oil which...
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Osteoarthritis is Metabolic?

June 16, 2015
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Metabolic Syndrome is an ailment typified by high blood sugar, elevated blood pressure, excessive body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol. People who have metabolic syndrome increase their risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Recent studies suggest that osteoarthritis (OA) may also be caused by metabolic syndrome. According to one study, “OA has...
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Panera Bread Says “No No”

June 11, 2015
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On May 5, 2015, the Panera Bread company became the “first national restaurant company to share (its) list of unacceptable ingredients.” Entitled “The No No List”, Panera presented which ingredients are not currently in their food and which they are eliminating in the near future. The list includes the obvious ingredients like (synthetic) artificial...
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Nutritional Supplements Help Alzheimer’s

June 9, 2015
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A new study examined if specific nutritional supplements “could positively impact cognitive performance and behavioral difficulties for individuals diagnosed with AD (Alzheimer’s disease).” Randomized patients were given “a nutraceutical formulation (NF; folate, alpha-tocopherol, B12, S-adenosyl methioinine, N-acetyl cysteine, acetyl-L-carnitine) or placebo” for three or six months. Researchers found that the group taking the nutraceutical...
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Cardiorespiratory Fitness Beats Cancer

June 4, 2015
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Cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) is accomplished by “cardio” exercises like running, stair climbing, bicycle riding, etc. It has been shown to provide benefits for several chronic diseases. One recent study examined how cardiorespiratory fitness might help protect men from cancer and from death due to cancer. The study followed 13,949 midlife men for 38 years....
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More Harm than Good?

June 2, 2015
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You go in to see your doctor who confirms your suspicion, you need care for some kind of ailment. It may be a drug, surgery or something else. In the course of your conversation, you hear how the care (also known as an “intervention”) will address your ailment and ultimately improve your health. You...
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Chiropractic Safer than Medical for Seniors

May 28, 2015
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An interesting study compared the risk of injury for seniors (age 66-99) who visited a doctor with neuromusculoskeletal complaints. The comparison was between cohorts (groups) that sought chiropractic care and those that sought medical care from a primary care physician. The results showed that “the adjusted risk of injury in the chiropractic cohort was...
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