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Teen Dating Violence

March 26, 2015
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A new study surveyed high schools students across the U.S. to determine the frequency of Teen Dating Violence (TDV) both physical and sexual. In the past 12 months, twice as many women experienced TDV as men with the following breakdown: Women Physical Violence Only – 6.6% Sexual Violence Only – 8.0% Both Physical &...
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Risks of NSAIDs You Should Know

March 24, 2015
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Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) include over-the-counter drugs like Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) and aspirin. A paper published in The American Journal of Accountable Care noted the frequent and serious complications that are all too typical for those who regularly use these drugs:   “A systematic review of 17 prospective observational studies found that 11% of...
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Infant Antibiotics = Childhood Obesity

March 19, 2015
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A recent study looks at “the impact of antibiotics prescribed in infancy (ages 0-23 months) on obesity in early childhood (ages 24-59 months).” The findings of the study (also reported in the Los Angeles Times) are that “early exposure to broad-spectrum antibiotics was also associated with obesity” and that “cumulative exposure to antibiotics was...
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Sit Up to Deal with Stress

March 10, 2015
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An interesting study looks to see if “body posture also may be important to the initiation and modulation of emotions.” The study compared upright seated posture to slumped seated posture in responses to psychological stress. The results of the study showed that “upright participants reported higher self-esteem, more arousal, better mood, and lower fear,...
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Drugs = Erectile Dysfunction

March 5, 2015
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A recent study shows that “worsening degrees of ED (erectile dysfunction) are seen when a greater number of medications are taken, regardless if they are prescribed or over the counter.” The study results show that the more drugs men take, the higher the percentage of those with ED: 0-2 drugs – 15.9% have ED...
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Music Works Wonders

February 26, 2015
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The full power of music has yet to be fully understood. There is evidence to suggest that music can improve learning and even neurologic function, particularly with how children speak and hear. One study is beginning to look at “the potential for co-curricular music programs to provide auditory-cognitive enrichment to children during critical developmental...
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Vitamin C for Skin Cancer?

February 19, 2015
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An interesting study for the journal Frontiers in Oncology looked at the possible benefit of vitamin C for skin cancer. Researchers concluded that “our results suggest a possible epigenetic signature (cellular traits) of pharmacological doses of ascorbate (vitamin C) in human melanoma (serious skin cancer) cells and support further pre-clinical and possibly even clinical...
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Essential Oils vs. Bacteria

February 12, 2015
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The use of essential oils for health is becoming more popular, particularly with the growing concern over resistant bacteria. One study has demonstrated a positive association between the use of Lavender oil and bronchial asthma in lab mice. Another study looked at “basil (Ocimum basilicum L.) and rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis L.) essential oils against...
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Lavender Oil for Bronchial Asthma

January 29, 2015
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A recent study “evaluated the anti-inflammatory effect of Lvn (Lavender essential oil) on experimentally induced bronchial asthma” in mice. Researchers looked at the impact of the lavender oil on inflammation as well as inhibiting an increase in airway resistance. The study concluded that “Lvn inhibits allergic inflammation and mucous cell hyperplasia with suppression of...
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Infant Antibiotics = Asthma

January 27, 2015
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Three studies have demonstrated an association between antibiotics and childhood asthma. The first study found that “both prenatal (before birth) and post-natal exposure to antibiotics was associated with an increased risk of asthma.” Building on this, the second study notes “antibiotic use in the first year life is associated with an increased risk of...
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