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Berry Good for Women

March 6, 2014
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There are a number of reasons to include berries in your diet. A new study just found another. Researchers monitored the eating habits of 93,600 women 25 to 42 years of age for 4 years, with an additional 18 years of follow-up. They found that “combined intake of 2 anthocyanin-rich foods, blueberries and strawberries,...
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Optimism or Lifestyle?

March 4, 2014
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Recent research is attempting to examine how a positive attitude can positively impact your health. The challenge is to separate raw optimism from the impact of a healthy lifestyle, which is often associated with people who are optimistic. In a study of almost 1,000 men and women, researchers found that “optimism was associated with...
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Vitamin D for Headaches?

February 27, 2014
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While not conclusive, a new study found an association between lack of vitamin D and non-migraine headaches. With data from over 11,000 adults, researchers concluded that “non-migraine headache was associated with low levels of serum 25(OH)D (vitamin D). Although adjustments were done for possible confounders, this finding may still reflect lifestyle rather than causality,...
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Overdiagnosis of Breast Cancer

February 25, 2014
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While cancer is a very frightening disease, a recent study found that it has been overdiagnosed with the advent of mammograms. Researchers noted “our estimate of overdiagnosed cancers attributable to mammography over the past 30 years involved more than 1 million women.” This is shocking news given the trauma of breast cancer. Given the...
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Soy Fights Lung Cancer in Women

February 20, 2014
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An interesting study that included information on over 70,000 women found a correlation between the amount of soy foods eaten by women and their likelihood of experiencing lung cancer. Researchers concluded “that soy food consumption may reduce lung cancer risk in nonsmoking women, particularly for aggressive tumors…” Read the Abstract
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Advil Not for Athletes

February 18, 2014
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Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.) is often used to address minor pain. Sold over-the-counter, it is considered by many to be a “safe” drug. Yet, it is widely known that all drugs have side effects, some of which are not readily known for decades (ibuprofen was patented in 1961. A recent study found that use...
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Violent-Video-Game Aggression

February 13, 2014
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There is already evidence that playing violent video games increases a person’s aggressive behavior. This study examined if the level of aggression would increase with consecutive days of playing violent video games. Not surprisingly, “aggressive behavior and hostile expectations increased over days for violent game players, but not for nonviolent video game players.” Given...
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Vitamin D Over Amoxicillin

February 11, 2014
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Two studies looking at respiratory tract infections give credence to Vitamin D over amoxicillin. The first study found that for patients where pneumonia is not suspected, “amoxicillin provides little benefit for acute lower-respiratory-tract infection in primary care both overall and in patients aged 60 years or more, and causes slight harms.” The second study...
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Unnecessary Back Surgeries?

February 6, 2014
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A new study found a strong association between what type of provider you first see when you have a back injury and the type of care you ultimately receive. Specifically the study found that “approximately 42.7% of workers who first saw a surgeon had surgery, in contrast to only 1.5% of those who saw...
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Household Product Allergies in Children

February 4, 2014
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Household Product Allergies in Children There are any number of household products that can trigger allergic reactions in children. One that has been recently identified is triclosan. It is used in toothpaste, mouthwash, deodorant, soap and elsewhere. A study of 10-year old children found that “triclosan concentrations were associated with allergic sensitization, especially inhalant...
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Greater Muscle Strength Saves Teens

January 30, 2014
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A study of over 1 million teens found that muscle strength has an impact on their risk of death at an early age. The authors found that: “High muscular strength in adolescence, as assessed by knee extension and handgrip tests, was associated with a 20-35% lower risk of premature mortality (death) due to any...
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Drug Company Research Biased?

January 28, 2014
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A study was conducted comparing research paid for by drug and device companies with studies by independent authors. Not surprisingly the “sponsorship of drug and device studies by the manufacturing company leads to more favorable results and conclusions than sponsorship by other sources.” Researchers noted that “our analyses suggest the existence of an industry...
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Sodas Increase Risk of Heart Disease

January 24, 2014
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According to a new study, drinking sugar-sweetened beverages (like sodas) can increase the risk of coronary heart disease in men. Researchers found that those men who consume the most sugar-sweetened drinks “had a 20% higher relative risk of CHD (coronary heart disease)” than those who drank the lease. Interestingly enough, “artificially sweetened beverage intake...
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