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Music Works Wonders

February 26, 2015
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The full power of music has yet to be fully understood. There is evidence to suggest that music can improve learning and even neurologic function, particularly with how children speak and hear. One study is beginning to look at “the potential for co-curricular music programs to provide auditory-cognitive enrichment to children during critical developmental...
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Vitamin C for Skin Cancer?

February 19, 2015
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An interesting study for the journal Frontiers in Oncology looked at the possible benefit of vitamin C for skin cancer. Researchers concluded that “our results suggest a possible epigenetic signature (cellular traits) of pharmacological doses of ascorbate (vitamin C) in human melanoma (serious skin cancer) cells and support further pre-clinical and possibly even clinical...
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Essential Oils vs. Bacteria

February 12, 2015
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The use of essential oils for health is becoming more popular, particularly with the growing concern over resistant bacteria. One study has demonstrated a positive association between the use of Lavender oil and bronchial asthma in lab mice. Another study looked at “basil (Ocimum basilicum L.) and rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis L.) essential oils against...
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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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