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Yoga for PMS

July 21, 2015
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Premenstrual Syndromes (PMS) includes a wide variety of symptoms that women experience between ovulation and their period. These can include mood swings, irritability, fatigue and depression. Approximately 75% of women have experienced PMS. A study was conducted to see if yoga exercises could help with PMS symptoms. After dividing subjects into groups, researchers found...
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Vitamin D Increase Senior Muscles

July 16, 2015
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Retaining muscle strength is very important for older adults. Loss of muscle strength can contribute to lack of mobility, falls and the inability to perform daily tasks. Researchers have found that “the supplementation of vitamin D alone in postmenopausal women provided significant protective factor against the occurrence of sarcopenia (loss of muscle size and...
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Exercise is Healthier than Dieting

July 14, 2015
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According to the American Heart Association, between 20-25% of all U.S. adults suffer from Metabolic Syndrome (MetS). MetS is an ailment typified by high blood sugar, elevated blood pressure, excessive body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol. People with MetS increase their risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. A recent study compared exercise...
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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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Overweight Hard on Your Lower Body

July 2, 2015
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If you (or someone you know) suffers from constant joint pain in their lower back, knees or feet, one of the issues may be your weight. Researchers examined obese adults and found that “multisite pain was common, with 26.3% of participants reporting pain at two sites, 31.6% at three sites and only 20% were...
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Vitamin D Deficiency Increases Pneumonia?

June 30, 2015
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According to a new study, seniors with vitamin D deficiency appear more likely to contract pneumonia. Researchers found that “the prevalence of vitamin D deficiency was ~80% in patients hospitalised with CAP (community-acquired pneumonia). Vitamin D deficiency was also a significant predictor of increased 28-day all-cause mortality.” This study underscores the importance of sufficient...
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Antioxidants Slow Cognitive Decline

June 25, 2015
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A recent study was conducted “to assess the relationship between dietary intake of antioxidants (vitamin C, vitamin E, β-carotene, lutein, flavonoids and lignans) and cognitive decline at middle age.” Subjects 40-70 years old were assessed by what they ate and “with a neuropsychological test battery.” These were then divided into quintiles (five levels) based...
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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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Nutritional Supplements Help Alzheimer’s

June 9, 2015
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A new study examined if specific nutritional supplements “could positively impact cognitive performance and behavioral difficulties for individuals diagnosed with AD (Alzheimer’s disease).” Randomized patients were given “a nutraceutical formulation (NF; folate, alpha-tocopherol, B12, S-adenosyl methioinine, N-acetyl cysteine, acetyl-L-carnitine) or placebo” for three or six months. Researchers found that the group taking the nutraceutical...
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