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Kid Cannabis Use Lowers IQ Permanently

January 8, 2015
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A 20-year study revealed that “persistent cannabis use over 20 y(ears) was associated with neuropsychological decline (IQ decline), and greater decline was evident for more persistent users. This effect was concentrated among adolescent-onset cannabis users, a finding consistent with results of several studies showing executive functioning or verbal IQ deficits among adolescent-onset but not...
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Routine Pelvic Exams Not Recommended

January 6, 2015
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The American College of Physicians (ACP) has released new guidelines regarding routine pelvic examinations for “asymptomatic, nonpregnant, adult women.” Based upon the most recent research, the ACP notes that “evidence shows that the diagnostic accuracy of pelvic examination for detecting ovarian cancer or bacterial vaginosis is low.” The guidelines also warn that “many false-positive...
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Women take Vitamin E for ALS

January 1, 2015
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The ice bucket challenge has brought a lot of attention to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. But what many people who participated aren’t aware of is an earlier study that “investigated whether vitamin E intake was associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).” The study found that for women “ALS...
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Vitamin D for Infant Food Allergies

December 30, 2014
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A new study examined the relationship between food sensitivity and levels of vitamin D in infants. The study found that “significant differences in (Vitamin D) levels were found between groups on number and degree of food sensitization. Vitamin D deficiency increased the risk of sensitization to food allergens, especially to milk and wheat.” The...
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Save Money on Health Care

December 25, 2014
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A recent study compared the cost of health care for those suffering from metabolic syndrome (MetS) and those who weren’t. Metabolic syndrome is a combination of high blood pressure, high blood sugar and excess body fat, particularly around the middle. It increases your chances of stroke, heart disease and diabetes. In addition, it costs...
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The Dangers of Antacids

December 23, 2014
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Researchers are aware that “the use of acid suppression has been associated with an increased risk of upper and lower respiratory tract infections in the outpatient setting.” This inspired a study to better understand how acid suppression drugs negatively impact the lungs. Their study found that “forty-six percent of patients taking acid-suppression medication had...
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Sports Help Bones 30 Years Later

December 18, 2014
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A study followed “397 retired male elite soccer players” for 30 year after they quit playing soccer. The researchers measured and evaluated their bone traits finding that “exercise-associated bone trait benefits are found long term after retirement from sports together with a lower fracture risk. This indicates that physical activity in youth could reduce...
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Vitamin D for Dementia & AD

December 16, 2014
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A recent study compared the risk of dementia and Alzheimer disease among elderly with low vitamin D concentrations and elderly with sufficient vitamin D. What they found is that those who were deficient in vitamin D were 53% more likely to experience “all-cause dementia” and 69% more likely to experience Alzheimer disease. Those elderly...
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Humor –Less Stress, More Memory

December 11, 2014
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Researchers note that “for older adults, the damaging effects of aging and stress can impair the ability to learn and sustain memory. Humor, with its associated mirthful laughter, can reduce stress and cortisol, a stress hormone. Chronic release of cortisol can damage hippocampus neurons, leading to impairment of learning and memory.” They conducted a...
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Physical Activity = Brain Power

December 9, 2014
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There are a number of published studies demonstrating the association between physical activity and cognition. Looking at these studies, researchers found that “results of the review support that physical activity is associated with cognition, but more research is needed to clarify the role of sex, intensity and type of physical activity and some psychological...
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More Calories Eating Out

December 4, 2014
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Home cooked meals are considered more nutritious by many people. A recent study found them to contain fewer calories as well. Researchers interviewed 12,528 people of all ages and found that “fast-food and full-service restaurant consumption, respectively, was associated with an increase in daily total energy (calories) intake of 813·75 kJ (194·49 kcal) and...
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Prevent Osteoporosis Better

December 2, 2014
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An interesting study looked to “assess the diet for its effect on normal bone mineralization and qualitative analysis of dietary supplements used in the prevention of osteoporosis.” The authors found that “consumers have insufficient knowledge about lifestyle diseases, including osteoporosis.” They conclude that “diet of large part of society is not properly balanced which...
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Importance of Parent-Child Relationship

November 13, 2014
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An interesting study looked at how the quality of their parental relationships impacts the ability of youths to deal with conflict. Researchers specifically examined how young people (ages 10-17 years) reacted to marital conflict and “social evaluative threat” (a situation where the child can be judged negatively by others). What they found is that...
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