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Importance of Parent-Child Relationship

November 13, 2014
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An interesting study looked at how the quality of their parental relationships impacts the ability of youths to deal with conflict. Researchers specifically examined how young people (ages 10-17 years) reacted to marital conflict and “social evaluative threat” (a situation where the child can be judged negatively by others). What they found is that...
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Reducing Senior Medications

November 11, 2014
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Over the past few decades the medical management of our elderly has included prescribing multiple drugs for a host of reasons. This has resulted in frequent adverse drug reactions, some of them life threatening. A recent pilot study examined the possibility of reducing or eliminating some of the drugs taken by older patients in...
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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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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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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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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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Vaccine Adverse Events

September 16, 2014
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Many people are concerned about the safety of vaccines. A recent study looked at the existing research in an effort to judge the potential for specific adverse events (AEs). The authors found: “Strength of evidence was high for measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine and febrile seizures (a seizure experienced by children due to a fever). “-...
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Drinking Water Concerns

September 9, 2014
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“Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey and the Environmental Protection Agency” analyzed water samples looking at  contaminants that are not currently regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act. They found “11 perfluorinated compounds, an herbicide, two solvents, caffeine, an antibacterial compound, a metal and an antidepressant.” Some of these  contaminants have been linked to several cancers...
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