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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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You Walk How You Feel

January 15, 2015
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An interesting study looked at how emotions impact the way people walk. In the study, “participants recalled past emotional experiences (anger, fear, happy, sad, and neutral), ‘relived’ those emotional memories before gait initiation (GI), and then walked 4 (meters) across the laboratory floor.” Not surprising, the emotions changed the way people walked. Those who...
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Kid Cannabis Use Lowers IQ Permanently

January 8, 2015
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A 20-year study revealed that “persistent cannabis use over 20 y(ears) was associated with neuropsychological decline (IQ decline), and greater decline was evident for more persistent users. This effect was concentrated among adolescent-onset cannabis users, a finding consistent with results of several studies showing executive functioning or verbal IQ deficits among adolescent-onset but not...
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Save Money on Health Care

December 25, 2014
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A recent study compared the cost of health care for those suffering from metabolic syndrome (MetS) and those who weren’t. Metabolic syndrome is a combination of high blood pressure, high blood sugar and excess body fat, particularly around the middle. It increases your chances of stroke, heart disease and diabetes. In addition, it costs...
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The Dangers of Antacids

December 23, 2014
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Researchers are aware that “the use of acid suppression has been associated with an increased risk of upper and lower respiratory tract infections in the outpatient setting.” This inspired a study to better understand how acid suppression drugs negatively impact the lungs. Their study found that “forty-six percent of patients taking acid-suppression medication had...
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Humor –Less Stress, More Memory

December 11, 2014
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Researchers note that “for older adults, the damaging effects of aging and stress can impair the ability to learn and sustain memory. Humor, with its associated mirthful laughter, can reduce stress and cortisol, a stress hormone. Chronic release of cortisol can damage hippocampus neurons, leading to impairment of learning and memory.” They conducted a...
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Physical Activity = Brain Power

December 9, 2014
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There are a number of published studies demonstrating the association between physical activity and cognition. Looking at these studies, researchers found that “results of the review support that physical activity is associated with cognition, but more research is needed to clarify the role of sex, intensity and type of physical activity and some psychological...
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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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