Smoking Steals 10 Years from Women

November 26, 2013
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A study involving 1.2 million women made some sobering discoveries about how smoking impacts women’s health: “two-thirds of all deaths of smokers in their 50s, 60s, and 70s are caused by smoking;” “of the 30 most common causes of death, 23 were increased significantly in smokers;” “smokers lose at least 10 years of lifespan.”...
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Helmetless Cycling Increases Death Risk

November 21, 2013
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Ever wonder how important it is for you or your children to wear a helmet while riding on your bicycle? According to recent research “not wearing a helmet while cycling is associated with an increased risk of sustaining a fatal head injury.” How much of an increase? People who don’t wear their helmet are...
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Sitting Hazardous to Your Health

November 19, 2013
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A number of studies have demonstrated that sitting increases all-death mortality as well as potentially shortens your lifespan. Another study adds more specific potential hazards in that “sedentary time (sitting) is associated with an (112%) increased risk of diabetes, (147% increased risk) cardiovascular disease and cardiovascular and (49% increased risk) all-cause mortality.” At this...
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Real Cause of Seniors Falling

November 14, 2013
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Ask them and most seniors will tell you that the fear of injury due to falling is high on their list. With frail bones and uneasy steps, the potential to fall and break a hip, arm, etc. could put a elderly person in the hospital or even worse. Most believe that a slippery surface...
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Tobacco + Alcohol = Pancreatic Cancer?

November 12, 2013
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Pancreatic cancer is one of the more serious cancers in that it is often inoperable and the life expectancy (5 years at best, more likely 2) is rather short. This is clearly something to avoid. A new study found that “Alcohol and tobacco use are associated with a dose-related increased risk for earlier age...
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Exercise for Brain Health

November 7, 2013
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An interesting study looks at how exercise impacts brain health in seniors over 70. Specifically, the study looked at how a higher level of physical activity would impact brain atrophy (brain shrinkage) and white matter lesions (WML), which are dead cells in the brain that can cause a loss of memory, vision and cognitive...
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Mediterranean Diet Succeeds

November 5, 2013
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Want to know which type of diet helps you lose weight and keep it off? A study looked at how moderately obese participants fared in one of three weight-loss plans: “a low-fat, restricted-calorie diet; a Mediterranean, restricted-calorie diet; or a low-carbohydrate diet without calorie restriction.” After two years, the average weight loss for each...
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Advil & Tylenol Increase Hearing Loss Risk

October 31, 2013
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Of the most popular over-the-counter pain relievers (analgesics), there are essentially three: aspirin, ibuprofen and acetaminophen. Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.) has numerous side effects including gastrointestinal ulceration/bleeding. Acetaminophen’s most dangerous side effect is liver damage. An earlier study has already shown that the use of analgesics can increase the risk of hearing loss in...
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Concerns About Organic Brown Rice Syrup

October 29, 2013
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Organic brown rice syrup (OBRS) is used as a sweetener in organic food products instead of high-fructose corn syrup. Unfortunately, rice and rice products are known to contain arsenic (As). This can be an issue in the case of infant products like rice cereal and rice milk. A study of products containing organic brown...
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Vitamin D Important for Your Heart

October 24, 2013
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The list of benefits related to having getting sufficient vitamin D is long and includes reduction in the risk of several cancers, dementia, bone loss and much more. A study of over 10,000 women found that vitamin D also reduces the risk of life-threatening heart issues. When they compared women with the highest amount...
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Antibiotic Overprescribing Continues

October 22, 2013
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The trend of overprescribing antibiotics doesn’t appear to be slowing down. The overuse of antibiotics has given rise to multi-drug-resistant bacteria or “superbugs”. Each year these superbugs are responsible for 400,000 infections, 2.5 million hospital days and 25,000 deaths in Europe alone. The annual cost to the European economy (in U.S. dollars) works out...
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Non-Alcoholic Red Wine Reduces BP

October 15, 2013
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Some studies have suggested that the consumption of red wine provided certain health benefits. A recent study from Spain found that “dealcoholized red wine decreases systolic and diastolic BP (blood pressure). The daily consumption of dealcoholized red wine could be useful for the prevention of low to moderate hypertension (high blood pressure).” So the...
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Tablets Impact Sleep?

October 10, 2013
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While reading on tablets (iPad, Kindle, etc.) has many benefits (more economical, environmentally friendly, etc.) there may be some drawbacks as well. A small study recently conducted found that “exposure to light from self-luminous displays may be linked to increased risk for sleep disorders because these devices emit optical radiation at short wavelengths, close...
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