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Potassium Can Reduce Stroke Risk by 21%

July 19, 2011
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Including enough potassium in your diet and supplement intake can have a dramatic benefit. According to a recent study, “higher dietary potassium intake is associated with lower rates of stroke and might also reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and total cardiovascular disease.” Read Abstract
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Milk Reduces Colorectal Cancer for Children

July 14, 2011
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Drinking milk has long-term health benefits for young people. A new study found that children who drink milk regularly reduced their risk of colorectal cancer.  This is another finding that helps us better understand our children’s nutritional needs and the effects proper nutrition has on their future health. Read the Entire Paper
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Sugar-Sweetened Beverages Can Increase Blood Pressure

July 12, 2011
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Soft drinks and snacks are a poor combination, particularly for those who already have high blood pressure. A recent study determined that the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, particularly when combined with increase intake of sodium (salt) can significantly increase blood pressure. Read Abstract
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Beta Blockers = Obesity?

July 7, 2011
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Beta blockers (also known as “β-blockers”) are a type of drug used for high blood pressure. Unfortunately, like all drugs, they come with side effects that may be worse than the ailment they are supposed to address. In this case, a new study found that “energy expenditure is reduced and body weight increased in...
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Maternal Smoking and Infant Health Defects

July 5, 2011
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Smoking during pregnancy can have adverse effects on the health of your infant later in life. A study examined maternal cigarette smoking during the first trimester and the risk of congenital heart defects among the infants. While the risk factor was considered “modest”, there is still a risk. Read Abstract
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Exercise Reduces Risk of Colon Cancer

June 30, 2011
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There are many ways to prevent colon cancer and one of them involved leading less of a sedentary life. A new study found that “physical activity can have an important role in colon cancer prevention.” The results of the study found a 16% reduction in risk overall for those who are regularly involved in...
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Aspirin & Advil Use = ED

June 28, 2011
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In addition to certain cardiovascular risks, the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (known as NSAIDs) “is associated with erectile dysfunction beyond what would be expected due to age.” Common NSAIDs include aspirin, Advil, Motrin, and other products containing Ibuprofen. Read Abstract
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Parental Smoking Increases Blood Pressure in Children

June 23, 2011
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If you are a smoker, reconsider lighting up in front of your children. Researchers have discovered that “both systolic and diastolic blood pressure  were higher in children of smoking parents.” Elimination of this healthy hazard is required to “provide a long-term cardiovascular benefit” to the effected children. Read Abstract
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Eating Berries Regularly Can Reduce High Blood Pressure

June 21, 2011
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Consider adding colorful berries to your plate. A recent study found that people ate blueberries and strawberries “had an 8% reduction in risk of hypertension (high blood pressure) vs. those that didn’t eat similar dietary flavonoid foods. This was particularly true for people less than 60 years old. Read Abstract
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Irregular & Less Sleep Unhealthy for Children

June 16, 2011
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A new study found that “children whose sleep patterns were at the lower end of sleep duration, particularly in the presence of irregular sleep schedules, exhibited the greatest health risk.” In addition, “the combination of shorter sleep duration and more-variable sleep patterns was associated with adverse metabolic outcomes,” some of which include obesity. Read...
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Added Sugar Consumption Increases Teen Cardiovascular Risk

June 14, 2011
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Sugar and cardiovascular risk have a clear correlation when it comes to teens. A new study found that “consumption of added sugars among US adolescents is positively associated with multiple measures known to increase cardiovascular disease risk.” “Daily consumption of added sugars averaged 21.4% of total energy” for the average teen. Read Abstract
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Six-Fold Increase in Risk of Obesity for Formula Fed Infants Eating Solid Food Too Soon

June 9, 2011
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For parents considering feeding their infants solid food at an early stage, consider the high risk of obesity that research has found. “Among formula-fed infants, introduction of solid foods before 4 months was associated with a sixfold increase in odds of obesity at age 3 years,” according to a recent study. Researchers noted that...
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Orthotics Good for Foot Ailments

June 7, 2011
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When it comes to foot ailments, age matters. “Approximately 24% of adults have foot ailments, and the prevalence increases with age,” according to a recent study. But, there are solutions. “Biomechanical evidence indicates that foot orthotics and specialized footwear may change muscle activation and gait patterns to reduce joint loading. Emerging evidence suggests that...
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