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Lower Aspirin Dose to Reduce Gastrointestinal Bleeding

January 10, 2012
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All drugs should be avoided if possible due to potential side effects, aspirin included. Research has already established that “regular aspirin use is associated with gastrointestinal bleeding” which can result in death. A new study found that “risk (of gastrointestinal bleeding) seems more strongly related to dose than duration of aspirin use. Efforts to...
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L-Arginine Reduces Incidence of Pre-Enclampsia in Pregnant Women

January 5, 2012
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Pre-Enclampsia is a condition that impacts many pregnant women. It includes high blood pressure as well as potential damage to the blood vessel lining, kidneys, and liver. A new study found that “supplementation during pregnancy with a medical food containing L-arginine and antioxidant vitamins reduced the incidence of pre-eclampsia in a population at high...
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Exercise to Control Diabetes

January 3, 2012
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Studies have already shown that regular exercise improves glucose control for those with diabetes. A new study found that “structured exercise training of more than 150 minutes per week” showed significantly greater benefit than less time per week. “Structured exercise training that consists of aerobic exercise, resistance training, or both combined.” Read Abstract  
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Bottle Feeding May Contribute to Obesity

December 29, 2011
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Experts are discovering that obesity can begin even before children enter elementary school. A recent study found that bottle feeding can actually contribute to obesity in children. According to the study “the prevalence of obesity at 5.5 years was 22.9% in children who at 24 months were using a bottle and was 16.1% in...
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Antidepressants May Not Treat Depression

December 27, 2011
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While all drugs have side effects, not all drugs actually treat what they are prescribed for. A review of research regarding the effectiveness of antidepressants discovered that of seven studies, “two individual studies found antidepressants to be more effective than placebo, but five others did not.” Researchers concluded that “the efficacy of antidepressants in...
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FDA Warns of Possible Rare Breast Cancer From Breast Implants

December 22, 2011
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning that “although ALCL (Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma) is extremely rare, the FDA believes that women with breast implants may have a very small but increased risk of developing this disease in the scar capsule adjacent to the implant.” ALCL is a non-Hodgkins form...
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Poor Health Habits Increase Kidney Disease Risk

December 20, 2011
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A study of kidney health has found that “the combination of obesity, smoking, poor diet, and lack of exercise can increase a person’s risk for kidney disease by more than 300%.” Sadly, these habits are also deadly on a number of other levels. Read Abstract
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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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