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Parents of Young Children Need to Focus on their Own Health

December 15, 2011
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Parents of young children (under 5 year old) need to remember their own health needs as well as the health of their child. New research found that “mothers reported greater consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, total energy (calories), and percent saturated fat compared with women without children. Both mothers and fathers had lower amounts of...
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T’ai Chi Also for Senior Health

December 13, 2011
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There are many types of activities that older people can do to maintain their physical and mental health. T’ai Chi, a Chinese martial art which focuses on slow movement, abdominal breathing and a straight spine, joins that list. A new study found that “t’ai chi is effective for fall prevention and improving psychological health...
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Pregnant Mother’s Diet Can Increase Baby’s Allergies

December 8, 2011
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Good nutrition during pregnancy is a must. But some foods can actually have a negative effect. A new study “showed that a high intake of margarine, vegetable oils, and some allergenic fruit and vegetables during pregnancy was associated with an increased risk of allergies, especially eczema.” Read Abstract
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Forgiveness Heals

December 6, 2011
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A new study of people with HIV demonstrated that “individuals who truly forgave someone who had hurt them in the past showed positive changes in their immune status.” This is supported by other research which showed that “almost two-thirds of cancer patients identified forgiveness as a personal issue for them, and 1 in 3...
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Toddlers With “Insecure” Parental Attachments More Likely to Be Obese

December 1, 2011
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Children who have an “insecure attachment” to their parents at 2 years of age are more likely to be obese by age 4 ½ according to a new study. Researchers found that the risk of obesity by age 4 ½ was 30 percent greater for toddlers with insecure attachment to their parents. Read Abstract
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Eating Fish Can Decrease Risk of Repeat Preterm Birth

November 29, 2011
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There are many benefits to eating fish at least once a week. For pregnant women who have already had a preterm birth, the probability of a repeat preterm birth “was 48.6% among women eating fish less than once a month and 35.9% among women eating fish more often.” Full-term births have been shown to...
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Exposure to Environmental Microbes Reduces Allergies and Asthma

November 24, 2011
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There is a growing body of evidence that suggests early exposure to microbes has the ability to produce the protective effect. In other words, children who are exposed to native outdoor elements actually decrease their likelihood of asthma and allergies. This study found that “children who lived on farms had lower prevalences of asthma...
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NSAIDs Increase Risk of Death

November 22, 2011
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Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen may seem safe because they are sold over-the-counter. But every drug has negative side effects. This study found that “even short-term treatment with most NSAIDs was associated with increased risk of death and recurrent MI (myocardial infarction) in patients with prior MI.” Read Abstract
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Breastfed Kids Are Better Behaved

November 17, 2011
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The list of reasons to breastfeed is long with health benefits for both mother and baby. This latest study found that “longer duration of breast feeding is associated with fewer parent-rated behavioral problems in children aged 5 years.” Read Abstract
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Pistachios Improve Erectile Function

November 15, 2011
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Research has determined that a “3-week pistachio diet applied to patients with ED (Erectile Dysfunction) resulted in a significant improvement in erectile function parameters.” The improvement was seen in men who ate 100 grams (about 3 ½ ounces) per day during the three-week period. Read Abstract
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Overweight at Midlife = Dementia Later On

November 10, 2011
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Evidence continues to suggest that our health habit earlier in life impact our health later on. A study of people over age 65 fond that “both overweight and obesity at midlife independently increase the risk of dementia, AD (Alzheimer disease), and VaD (vascular dementia).” Read Abstract
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Antacids Can Cause Pneumonia

November 8, 2011
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Most modern-day “antacid” drugs are actually part of a drug class known as proton-pump inhibitors or PPIs. These drugs are designed to reduce of gastric acid production in the body over a long period of time. Like all drugs, they have numerous side effects, the most common of which are: headache, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal...
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Many Benefits of a Vegetarian Diet

November 3, 2011
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There are many good health reasons to eat a vegetarian diet or at least one rich in fruit and vegetables. A recent review of the scientific literature found that “a large body of evidence suggests that vegetarian and plant-based diets provide exceptional health benefits, including a reduced risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and...
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