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Opiod Prescription Often Precedes Teen Addiction

July 29, 2011
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Prescription drug abuse often starts at an early age. A new study found that approximately a third of teenagers addicted to opiods began with a single prescription. Sadly, teenagers can easily get as many prescriptions as they like with one subject getting “59 prescriptions over 2 years, totaling almost 2300 pills.” The authors found...
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Unhealthy Food Advertising Impacts Your Children’s Choices

July 28, 2011
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Ever wonder why your children are so enthusiastic about eating unhealthy food? The answer is in the advertising. A group of 13 researchers in countries across 5 continents found that our children are “exposed to high volumes of television advertising for unhealthy foods, featuring childoriented persuasive techniques.” Read the Entire Paper
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Cell Phones Affect Your Brain

July 26, 2011
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The nagging questions about the impact on our bodies from cell phones (and other electronic devices) are still unanswered. A recent study found that “50-minute cell phone exposure was associated with increased brain glucose metabolism in the region closest to the antenna.” What does that mean? No one knows. As the researchers pointed out,...
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Smoking Increases the risk of ALS

July 21, 2011
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A new study determined that “cigarette smoking increases the risk of ALS.” ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) is a disease that kills the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that eventually leads to the inability to move your arms, legs and body. It is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Read Abstract
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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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