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Less Drugs = Healthier Kidneys

July 9, 2015
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Almost everything you consume goes through your kidneys, including any drugs you take. Not surprisingly, drugs can take a toll on the kidney function. A recent study found that “avoidance of polypharmacy (taking multiple drugs) was associated with an improvement in renal (kidney) function.” As everyone knows, all drugs have side effects. In addition,...
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Garlic for Your Immune System

July 7, 2015
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Garlic has long thought to have many health benefits. A comprehensive study looked at how different garlic preparations may benefit immune function and inflammatory disorders. Researchers noted that “in this review, we assess the most recent experimental results, which indicate that garlic appears to enhance the functioning of the immune system by stimulating certain...
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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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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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Deprescribing to Improve Quality of Life

May 21, 2015
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One of the more dangerous challenges for older people living in the United States is the potential risks brought on by “polypharmacy” or the drug reactions related to taking multiple drugs. According to one study “inappropriate polypharmacy in older patients imposes a significant burden of decreased physical functioning, increased risk of falls, delirium and...
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Workplace Exercises Reduce Pain

May 19, 2015
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Many people complain about musculoskeletal pain at work. Working machinery, lifting, even sitting can contribute to pain in your back, neck, legs, feet, etc. A recent study found that a workplace exercise program provides “statistically significant pain reduction in the neck, cervical, upper, middle and lower back, right thigh, left leg, right ankle and...
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