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More Potassium, Less Sodium

April 17, 2012
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The ratio between your sodium (salt) intake and your potassium intake can have an impact on your health. A recent study found that “higher sodium-potassium ratio is associated with significantly increased risk of CVD (cardiovascular disease) and all-cause mortality, and higher sodium intake is associated with increased total mortality.” Good sources of potassium include...
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NSAIDs Increase Risk of Atrial Fibrillation

April 12, 2012
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Atrial fibrillation is a heart condition where the heart beats quickly and irregularly. It can increase the risk of stroke or heart failure. A new study has found that nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, and other over the counter pain relievers increase the risk of atrial fibrillation by approximately 17%. Other...
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Mother’s Use of Marijuana Bad for Babies’ Brains

April 10, 2012
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A recent report found noted that “cannabis is the most commonly used illicit substance among pregnant women.”  The report went on to state that “human epidemiological and animal studies have found that prenatal cannabis exposure influences brain development and can have long-lasting impacts on cognitive functions.” Read the Abstract
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Cardiovascular Disease Can Cause Depression for Women

April 5, 2012
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Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is commonly caused by weight gain and obesity. One type of CVD is coronary artery calcification, or calcium on the arteries of the heart. New research has found that depression is associated with the progression of coronary artery calcification in midlife women. Another reason why staying in shape makes you happier....
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Predicting Your Weight Gain

April 3, 2012
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The findings of a new study make it relatively easy to predict how much weight you will gain every four years of your life. The findings found independently associated indications of both weight gain and weight loss. What you eat on a regular basis can contribute to how much weight you gain every four...
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Less Sleep = More Aggression in Children

March 29, 2012
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A new study found that children with “conduct problems, bullying, or discipline referrals” were more likely to also have sleep problems than children without sleep problems. Just another reason to ensure your child gets their 9 hours of sleep each night. Read the Abstract
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Mom’s Antidepressant Use Greatly Increases Risk of Autism in Newborns

March 27, 2012
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According to a report released by the National Center for Health Statistics, approximately one out of every 10 Americans over the age of 12 is taking antidepressants. Women are more than two and a half times more likely to be taking antidepressants than men, with a third of those women taking the antidepressants for...
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Vitamin D Lowers Risk of Diabetes

March 22, 2012
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A new report shows that Vitamin D intake can lower the risk of diabetes. In the study, those with the highest level of Vitamin D showed risk reduction of 26% compared to those with the lowest levels of Vitamin D. The research suggests that the relationship may be does dependent in that the higher...
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Monounsaturated Fats May Lower Cognitive Decline in Women

March 20, 2012
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Monounsaturated fat (MUFA) is commonly found in olive oil, avocadoes and nuts. A new study found that “MUFA intake was associated with lower cognitive decline.” According to the study, the “effect of MUFA intake was primarily in the visual and memory domains.” Read the Abstract
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Antioxidants Reduces Risk of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

March 15, 2012
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Some individuals are genetically susceptible to age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which is the leading cause of vision loss in people over 60. A recent study found that “high dietary intake of nutrients with antioxidant properties reduces the risk of early AMD in those at high genetic risk.” Dietary antioxidants include foods high in Vitamin...
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Breastfeeding Reduces SIDS Risk

March 13, 2012
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There are a multitude of benefits in breastfeeding for both mother and daughter. These benefits include lower risk of postneonatal mortality. A new study found that even a small amount of breastfeeding lowers sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) risk. According to the study, any amount of breast milk reduces the risk of SIDS by...
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Olive Oil Protects Against Stroke

March 8, 2012
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Researchers have found that consumption of olive oil can reduce the risk of stroke. When comparing those who consumed the most olive oil with those who never used it, olive oil eaters reduced their risk of stroke between 41% and 73%. These findings are in keeping with the benefits already established for those who...
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Breast Implants Not Permanent

March 6, 2012
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Approximately 300,000 women have breast implants each year. A recently updated report from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration gives women food for thought if they have or are considering breast implants. The report warns that “the longer a woman has breast implants, the more likely she is to experience local complications or adverse...
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