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Drug Dangers during Pregnancy

July 15, 2014
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There is no such thing as a totally safe drug, especially when you are pregnant. A new study “analyzed 97,680 pregnancies. Prevalence of medication use was 74% pre-pregnancy, 56% during pregnancy, and 80% post-pregnancy. Most frequently used medications during pregnancy were antibiotics (47%), antiemetic (nausea) drugs (23%), and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (aspirin, ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin,...
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Eat Veggies to Lower Blood Pressure

July 10, 2014
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There are many benefits to a vegetarian diet when used correctly. The hard part is being disciplined enough to insure that all of the essentials nutrients are included. A recent study found that “consumption of vegetarian diets is associated with lower BP (blood pressure). Such diets could be a useful nonpharmacologic means for reducing...
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2nd Hand Smoking Increases Heart Risk

July 1, 2014
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Parental smoking has been shown to have an adverse effect on the health of their children. A new study looks at how second-hand smoke impacts children’s “vascular age”, the “age” of the child’s arteries based upon their health. The study found that “having both parents smoke was associated with vascular age 3.3 years greater...
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Over-the-Counter Heart Danger

June 24, 2014
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Most people pop aspirin and other over-the-counter pain relievers without a second thought. But mounting evidence suggests that there should be cause for concern. In a recent study, researchers found that “NSAID (aspirin, ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin, etc.) use was associated with an increased risk of death or myocardial infarction (heart attack) by up to...
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Vitamin D for Psoriasis

June 17, 2014
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Psoriasis is a skin disease that produces unsightly scaly red blotches. While there are several drugs that claim levels of effectiveness, many people prefer to avoid the related side effects. A recent pilot study found that “high-dose vitamin D3 therapy may be effective and safe for vitiligo (patches of skin that have lost their...
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Vitamin C for Chemotherapy Side Effects

May 29, 2014
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A case study looked at how vitamin C could increase the quality of life and reduce the fatigue for a patient undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer. Researchers found that when taking vitamin C on a regular basis, “dramatic decreases in fatigue and insomnia were observed, as well as increased cognitive functioning.” Vitamin C has...
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NSAIDs Adverse Events

May 27, 2014
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Many people take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) assuming they can take as many as they want without much fear of negative side effects. Aspirin, Motrin and Advil are all different types of NSAIDs that are taken without much concern for potential harm. Studies have shown that there are “gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, and renal (kidney) complications...
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Sunshine Reduces Colorectal Cancer?

May 22, 2014
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An interesting study looked at the incidence of colorectal cancer based upon how far people lived form the equator. Researchers wanted to discover if a greater exposure to sunlight would reduce the risk of colorectal cancer. They found that “incidence of colon cancer was highest in countries distant from the equator.” As you spend...
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Vitamin D for Your Eyes

May 20, 2014
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Glaucoma is a disease that gradually reduces your eye’s ability to see. Open-angle glaucoma (OAG) causes you to lose your peripheral vision first as the disease progresses to a more advanced state. A ground-breaking study found an association with people who had low levels of Vitamin D and open-angle glaucoma. “The findings of this...
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Obesity Shortens Your Life

May 6, 2014
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While there are numerous health risks to being overweight, the net result can be a shorter lifespan. A recent study found “compared with normal-weight adults, obese adults had at least 20% significantly higher rate of dying of all-cause or CVD (cardiovascular disease). These rates advanced death by 3.7 years (grades II and III obesity)...
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