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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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Older Moms Live Longer?

September 23, 2014
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A new study found that women who are older when they give birth to their last child live much longer. The results showed that women who gave birth to their last child at age 33 or higher were almost twice as likely to reach an age above 95% of other women their age. The...
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Athletes Need Their Vitamin D

September 18, 2014
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A recent study of NCAA athletes found that “more than one third had abnormal (low) vitamin D levels.” The authors went on to note that: Many studies indicate a significant prevalence of vitamin-D insufficiency across various populations. Recent studies have demonstrated a direct relationship between serum (vitamin D) levels and muscle power, force, velocity,...
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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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A “Multi-Modal” Approach to Weight Loss

September 11, 2014
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There are a multitude of different approaches to weight loss. For some people, a “multi-modal” approach using a combination of efforts can be more effective. A recent study found that a 13-week weight loss program “consisting of chiropractic adjustments/spinal manipulative therapy augmented with diet/nutritional intervention, exercise and one-on-one counseling” resulted in an average weight...
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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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Vitamin D for Fibromyalgia Pain

September 4, 2014
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In addition to persistent pain fibromyalgia can cause fatigue, loss of sleep, educed concentration and depression. Fibromyalgia has a significant impact on a person’s quality of life and can even result in loss of employment. “Patients with fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) typically have widespread chronic pain and fatigue. For those with low vitamin D levels,...
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Adolescent Spinal Pain

September 2, 2014
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While it may go unnoticed, many teens experience moderate to severe spine pain. A two-year study of teens found that “the two-year incidence of spinal pain varied between 40% and 60% across the physical locations.” The study went on to note that “spinal pain is common at the age of 11-15 years, but some...
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Improving Assisted Living Health

August 28, 2014
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Nurses are the front line providers of care in assisted-living facilities. They are the ones that are dispensing the majority of medications to the elderly residents who are usually taking a significant number of prescriptions at the same time. This scenario increases the risk of potentially harmful medications being administered as well as harmful...
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OK to Feed Athletes More Protein

August 26, 2014
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A study examined the impact of increasing the amount of protein consumed on “resistance-trained” men and women. Researchers formed two groups feeding one an average of 5 ounces of protein per day and the other an average of 11 ounces of protein per day. Both groups kept their regular training and the rest of...
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Vitamin D for Coronary Artery Disease

August 21, 2014
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Reducing your risk of coronary artery disease (CAD) is now added to the long list of benefits from having sufficient Vitamin D in your body. A recent study concluded that “Vitamin D deficiency is significantly associated with the prevalence and extent of CAD…” Make sure you have enough Vitamin D every day. Read the...
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1 in 30 Die from Alcohol Related Cancer

August 19, 2014
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More and more research is looking at the relationship between alcohol consumption and cancer. Even as little as 1 ½ drink s per day can significantly increase the risk of cancer. These cancers can shorten a person’s expected life-span by as much as 19 years. A recent study found that: “Alcohol consumption resulted in...
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