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More Green Space = Longer Life

October 23, 2014
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The impact of green space (parks, gardens, etc.) in our community is many times underestimated. These are not only places to relax and exercise, they can increase the life expectancy (LE) and healthy life expectancy (HLE) of the people living around them. A study from The Netherlands notes “the quantity and particularly quality of...
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Tylenol Ineffective for Low-Back Pain

October 21, 2014
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People use acetaminophen (also known as paracetamol) for all kinds of pain. While some are convinced that it works for them, a recent study demonstrated that this is not the case for low-back pain. In a double-blind, randomized controlled trial, researchers compared a placebo to prarcetamol to see if it made a difference in...
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Vitamin D for Schizophrenia?

October 16, 2014
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There is little doubt that nutrition impacts our mental health. A good example of this is a new study that found “odds ratios indicated that vitamin D-deficient persons were 2.16 times more likely to have schizophrenia than those with vitamin D sufficiency.” Researchers concluded that they “found a strong association between vitamin D deficiency...
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Suspect Polypharmacy

October 14, 2014
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As people get older, they begin to lose their ability to remember, think and walk. For many this is a natural part of aging.  But a growing trend of polymedicating is often the cause. A case study of an older woman found the following: “A 68 year-old female patient resorted to the Emergency Room...
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No Surgery for Chronic Low-Back Pain

October 9, 2014
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A study published by The Spine Journal compared surgery to multidisciplinary care for sufferers of chronic low-back pain. The study compared the outcomes for patients who had spinal fusion with “nonoperative treatment (multidisciplinary cognitive-behavioral and exercise rehabilitation).” The authors found that “after an average of 11 years follow-up, there was no difference in patient...
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Regular Sleep = Healthy Pregnancy

October 7, 2014
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Our circadian rhythm is set by the natural light/dark nature of our days and night and is associated with many biological processes. And, as one study found, it can also have a negative impact on female reproduction. While the exact physiological process is a bit complicated, the authors note that “both stable circadian rhythms...
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Slim Down to Reduce Hot Flashes

October 2, 2014
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A pilot study of overweight and obese menopausal women found that they were able to reduce their hot flashes. The study divided 40 women into weight loss and control groups. The results were that “women randomized to weight loss also showed greater reductions in questionnaire-reported hot flashes than did women in the control group.”...
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Avoid Fizzy

September 30, 2014
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There are a number of vitamin supplements and over-the-counter drugs (aspirin, Alka Seltzer, etc.) that are available in a “fizzy” form (usually a powder) that makes them easy to drink. The problem is that many of these rely on an elevated amount of sodium (salt) that can increase the risk of high blood pressure,...
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Casual Sex Dangerous to Mental Health

September 25, 2014
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An interesting study looked at the impact casual sex has on the mental health in “emerging adulthood.” The authors “measured mental health prior to engaging in casual sexual relationships and subsequent mental health after engaging in these relationships.” They found “that suicidal ideation (thoughts or ideas) and depressive symptoms in adolescence were associated with...
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Older Moms Live Longer?

September 23, 2014
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A new study found that women who are older when they give birth to their last child live much longer. The results showed that women who gave birth to their last child at age 33 or higher were almost twice as likely to reach an age above 95% of other women their age. The...
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