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Vitamin D for Kid’s Better Breathing

April 7, 2015
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An important study examined how the lack of sufficient vitamin D impacts the lung function in children. Researchers tested children ages 5-18 and found that “the mean forced vital capacity (breathing in) was 53.4 mL, and the mean forced expiratory volume (breathing out) in 1 second was 48.2 mL lower for children with insufficient...
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Mobile Phones & Brain Tumors?

April 2, 2015
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The issue of whether mobile phones can increase your risk of a brain tumor is still being debated. A recent study from the journal Pathophysiology found that “mobile phone use increased the risk of glioma” (a very common type of brain/central nervous system tumor) by 30%. Like many innovations, the dangers are often times...
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Physical Activity Prevents Low Back Pain

March 31, 2015
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While almost any job can expose workers to the potential for low back pain, desk jobs seem to be one of the more pervasive. Sitting most of the day in front of computers can take their toll on both back and neck muscles. A recent study looked at how daily physical activity can alleviate...
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Teen Dating Violence

March 26, 2015
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A new study surveyed high schools students across the U.S. to determine the frequency of Teen Dating Violence (TDV) both physical and sexual. In the past 12 months, twice as many women experienced TDV as men with the following breakdown: Women Physical Violence Only – 6.6% Sexual Violence Only – 8.0% Both Physical &...
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Risks of NSAIDs You Should Know

March 24, 2015
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Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) include over-the-counter drugs like Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) and aspirin. A paper published in The American Journal of Accountable Care noted the frequent and serious complications that are all too typical for those who regularly use these drugs:   “A systematic review of 17 prospective observational studies found that 11% of...
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Infant Antibiotics = Childhood Obesity

March 19, 2015
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A recent study looks at “the impact of antibiotics prescribed in infancy (ages 0-23 months) on obesity in early childhood (ages 24-59 months).” The findings of the study (also reported in the Los Angeles Times) are that “early exposure to broad-spectrum antibiotics was also associated with obesity” and that “cumulative exposure to antibiotics was...
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Low Back Pain & Vitamin D

March 17, 2015
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A study entitled “Relationship between vitamin D deficiency and chronic low back pain in postmenopausal women” looked at how chronic low back pain may associated with vitamin D deficiency. Researchers found that for older women, “Vitamin D deficiency was significantly more common in patients suffering from chronic LBP than in controls.” If you or...
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Chiropractic for Chiari Malformations

March 12, 2015
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Chiari malformations are a birth defect where part of the brain extends into the spinal canal. People who have this typically experience headaches, dizziness, vision problems, muscle weakness and other issues. A case study of a 34-year-old woman diagnosed with Arnold-Chiari malformation looked at the potential effectiveness of “conservative care for her symptoms.” She...
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Sit Up to Deal with Stress

March 10, 2015
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An interesting study looks to see if “body posture also may be important to the initiation and modulation of emotions.” The study compared upright seated posture to slumped seated posture in responses to psychological stress. The results of the study showed that “upright participants reported higher self-esteem, more arousal, better mood, and lower fear,...
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Drugs = Erectile Dysfunction

March 5, 2015
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A recent study shows that “worsening degrees of ED (erectile dysfunction) are seen when a greater number of medications are taken, regardless if they are prescribed or over the counter.” The study results show that the more drugs men take, the higher the percentage of those with ED: 0-2 drugs – 15.9% have ED...
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Essential Oils & Kid’s Respiratory Health

March 3, 2015
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A study from Russia looks at “the application of essential oils for the prevention of acute respiratory diseases and alleviation of clinical manifestations of rhinitis (stuffy, runny nose) was evaluated in a group of children aged 3-4 years.” Researchers found “that inhalation of a mixture of essential oils resulted in a 42.5% decrease of...
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Music Works Wonders

February 26, 2015
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The full power of music has yet to be fully understood. There is evidence to suggest that music can improve learning and even neurologic function, particularly with how children speak and hear. One study is beginning to look at “the potential for co-curricular music programs to provide auditory-cognitive enrichment to children during critical developmental...
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Reduce Back Pain & Increase Disc

February 24, 2015
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One of the traits of low back pain involves the loss of intervertebral disc height. The disc is the ligament between the bony vertebrae that acts as a shock absorber for the spine. As we age, our discs have a tendency to get smaller which can cause a myriad of other problems. One recent...
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