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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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Reducing Senior Medications

November 11, 2014
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Over the past few decades the medical management of our elderly has included prescribing multiple drugs for a host of reasons. This has resulted in frequent adverse drug reactions, some of them life threatening. A recent pilot study examined the possibility of reducing or eliminating some of the drugs taken by older patients in...
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Don’t’ Psych-Up Too Soon

November 6, 2014
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A study of athletes looked at the impact of “psyching-up” before they compete. Researchers tested “imagery vs. distraction” and looked at how long (0, 1, 2, 3, and 5 minutes) before their event short distance runners should tune themselves up mentally. The “findings showed that the imagery significantly improved sprint performance. Specifically, the imagery...
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Body Mass and Foot Joint Pain

November 4, 2014
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It is reasonable to believe that the more a person weighs, the more stain they place on their feet. While this may seem obvious, the first large study over an extended period of time was only recently conducted. Researchers looked at “body mass index (BMI) and foot joint pain (FJP) over a 5-year period...
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Prenatal Meditation for Baby’s Health

October 30, 2014
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A study from Hong Kong examined the potential benefits for babies born to mothers who meditated while they were pregnant. The researchers looked to see if they could determine “positive relationships between prenatal meditation and infant health.” Based on several outcome measurements, the authors note that the “study concludes the positive effects of prenatal...
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Magnesium Keeps Senior Women Fit

October 28, 2014
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Vitamin supplementation can be a very important way of maintaining health, especially for older adults. One study examined whether magnesium supplements could help improve physical function for older women. The study found that “daily magnesium oxide supplementation for 12 weeks seems to improve physical performance in healthy elderly women. These findings suggest a role...
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More Green Space = Longer Life

October 23, 2014
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The impact of green space (parks, gardens, etc.) in our community is many times underestimated. These are not only places to relax and exercise, they can increase the life expectancy (LE) and healthy life expectancy (HLE) of the people living around them. A study from The Netherlands notes “the quantity and particularly quality of...
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Tylenol Ineffective for Low-Back Pain

October 21, 2014
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People use acetaminophen (also known as paracetamol) for all kinds of pain. While some are convinced that it works for them, a recent study demonstrated that this is not the case for low-back pain. In a double-blind, randomized controlled trial, researchers compared a placebo to prarcetamol to see if it made a difference in...
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Vitamin D for Schizophrenia?

October 16, 2014
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There is little doubt that nutrition impacts our mental health. A good example of this is a new study that found “odds ratios indicated that vitamin D-deficient persons were 2.16 times more likely to have schizophrenia than those with vitamin D sufficiency.” Researchers concluded that they “found a strong association between vitamin D deficiency...
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Suspect Polypharmacy

October 14, 2014
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As people get older, they begin to lose their ability to remember, think and walk. For many this is a natural part of aging.  But a growing trend of polymedicating is often the cause. A case study of an older woman found the following: “A 68 year-old female patient resorted to the Emergency Room...
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