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Finding Out When Things Go Wrong

August 27, 2015
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Sadly, adverse events continue to be all too common in medicine. The U.S. Office of the Inspector General estimates that “13.5 percent of hospitalized Medicare beneficiaries experienced adverse events during their hospital stays.” In 2014, one news source noted that “Preventable medical errors persist as the No. 3 killer in the U.S. – third...
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What Increases Your Blood Pressure?

August 20, 2015
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There are two measurements that are considered “significant predictors of hypertension (high blood pressure): body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference (WC). But these predictors differ based on gender. According to the study “BMI played an important role in hypertension risk among males, but WC in females.” So if you are a guy, watch...
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NSAIDs Bad for Bone Growth

August 13, 2015
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Most over-the-counter pain drugs are Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) with the exception of acetaminophen/Tylenol. “Published studies show that most NSAIDs have an adverse effect on osteoblast growth.” Osteoblasts are cells that produce your bone material. A recent study found that “in general, NSAIDs have an adverse effect on bone tissue and given the...
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Healthy Lifestyle vs. Medical Care

August 6, 2015
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An interesting study compares the health and longevity of Amish adults with average Caucasian adults living in the same area. The Amish people live a much healthier lifestyle and historically don’t believe in the use of electricity, machinery or technology. The Amish also tend to limit health care to what is required to address...
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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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