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Leisure Activities Reduce Dementia Risk

October 4, 2011
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A new study found that “leisure activities, reading, playing board games, playing musical instruments, and dancing were associated with a reduced risk of dementia.” And while physical activity is important, mental activity is apparently more important in that “a one-point increment in the cognitive-activity score was significantly associated with a reduced risk of dementia,...
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Rise in Obesity Results in Rise in Liver Disease

September 29, 2011
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Reports from a recent study show that the prevalence of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has doubled between 1988 and 2008 from 5.51% to 11.01%. In addition, the incidence of chronic liver disease is up to 14.8%. “The researchers predicted that if the current rates of increase in obesity and diabetes continue for another...
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Knuckle Cracking OK

September 27, 2011
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Many people believe that knuckle cracking (KC) can lead to hand osteoarthritis (OA). A new study found that even a “history of habitual KC-including the total duration and total cumulative exposure-does not seem to be a risk factor for hand OA.” Read Abstract
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Obese Moms Risk Fetal Death

September 22, 2011
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Obesity increases the risk of many ailments, including diabetes and death. A new study found that “early pregnancy obesity is significantly associated with fetal and infant death, independent of the known relationships with congenital anomalies and maternal pre-gestational diabetes.” Read Abstract
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Vapor Rub Works

September 20, 2011
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A study found that the application of vapor rub applied to a child’s chest and neck before bedtime was rated most favorable by parents “for symptomatic relief of their child’s nocturnal cough, congestion, and sleep difficulty caused by upper respiratory tract infection. Despite mild irritant adverse effects, VR provided symptomatic relief for children and...
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Both Diet and Exercise Important for Senior Fitness

September 15, 2011
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Yes, diet and exercise can have significant impact on older people. A study that examined the impact of diet and exercise (separately and combined) on the physical health of seniors has found that greater increased physical status was seen by the diet & exercise group (21 percent) than the diet group (12 percent) or...
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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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