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Alcohol Attributed to Most Cancers

September 13, 2011
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A European study found that “an important proportion of cases of cancer can be attributable to alcohol consumption, especially consumption higher than the recommended upper limits.” The “upper limits” were defined as one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men. Read Entire Study
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Lap Bands “Result in Relatively Poor Long-Term Outcomes.”

September 8, 2011
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A recent study looked at the long-term success of Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding (LAGB) commonly known as a lap band. While patients enjoyed an average “excess weight loss of 42.8% after 12 years or longer,” an alarming “39% experienced major complications.”  In addition, “nearly 1 out of 3 patients experienced band erosion, and nearly...
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Long Work Hours Associated with Heart Disease

September 6, 2011
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A British study found that “working 11 hours or more per day had a 1.67-fold increased risk for CHD (coronary heart disease) compared with participants working 7 to 8 hours per day.” These findings support the idea that there is more to life than just work. Read Abstract
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Fish Oil for Better Eyesight for Seniors

September 1, 2011
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AMD (Age-related macular degeneration) is a leading cause of vision loss in people over 60. A recent study found that regular consumption of fish and omega-3 fatty acids “was associated with a significantly decreased risk of incident AMD and may be of benefit in primary prevention of AMD.” Read Abstract
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Older Women Suffer From Anemia Due to Diet Deficiencies

August 30, 2011
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“Inadequate nutrient intake, a modifiable condition, is associated with greater risk for anemia in postmenopausal women,” according to a new study. Researchers found that “women with anemia reported lower intakes of energy, protein, folate, vitamin B-12, iron, vitamin C, and red meat. Multiple (more than a single nutrient) dietary deficiencies were associated with a...
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Alcohol Also Associated with Pancreatic Cancer

August 25, 2011
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A new study found “evidence that alcohol consumption, specifically liquor consumption of 3 or more drinks per day, increases pancreatic cancer mortality independent of smoking.” A similar study found that drinking only two or more soft drinks a week increased the risk of pancreatic cancer by 87%. Pancreatic cancer is only 30% after 3...
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Greater Waist Circumference Increases Death Risk

August 23, 2011
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When it comes to getting slimmer, recent research is showing that your waist circumference (WC) is just as important as your body mass index (BMI). The study found that “very high levels of WC were associated with an approximately 2-fold higher risk of mortality in men and women.” Read Abstract
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Opioid Use = Birth Defects

August 18, 2011
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Using opioids to ease pain can affect women who are pregnant in a negative way. Opioids are a type of pain medication that is often prescribed by medical doctors. A recent study concluded that there is “an association between early pregnancy maternal opioid analgesic treatment and certain birth defects.” Read Abstract
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Energy Drink Overdose Danger

August 16, 2011
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Approximately 30-50 percent of adolescents and young adults consume energy drinks. According to a recent study, “these drinks have been reported in association with serious adverse effects, especially in children, adolescents, and young adults with seizures, diabetes,cardiac abnormalities, or mood and behavioral disorders or those who take certain medications.” In addition, “of the 5,448...
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Marijuana = Psychotic Disorders

August 11, 2011
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Cannabis continues to be analyzed and the findings seem to disturbing when it comes to mental health. A new study supports the belief that “cannabis use plays a causal role in the development of psychosis in some patients.” The study went on to suggest “the need for renewed warnings about the potentially harmful effects...
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Zinc for Colds

August 9, 2011
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Zinc plays a vital role in preventing illness, especially colds. “Zinc administered within 24 hours of onset of symptoms reduces the duration and severity of the common cold in healthy people. When supplemented for at least five months, it reduces cold incidence, school absenteeism and prescription of antibiotics in children,” according to a recent...
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An Obesity Lifestyle

August 4, 2011
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Eating too much and not getting exercise are not the only factors contributing to obesity. A new study found that obese individuals had “significantly higher” “saturated fat intake, restaurant meal frequency, television watching hours, house temperature, air conditioning use and antidepressant drug use, and lower fiber intake… and sleep hours.” Read Abstract
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Antidepressant May Increase Stroke Risk

August 2, 2011
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All drugs come with side effects, some are known, some are discovered later. A new study found that “antidepressant use may be associated with an increased risk of stroke.” Antidepressants are widely prescribed these days. While more research is required, these results are something to be aware of. Read Abstract
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