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Friends Keep You Healthy

April 24, 2014
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An interesting study looked at “Long-term illness (LTI) and psychosomatic complaints (PSC)” in children ages 2 – 17 and how these are impacted by leisure time activity. What they found is that “’Reading books’, ‘visiting friends’, ‘listening to music’ and ‘activity in organisations’ were related to an absence of PSC, LTI and well-being. ‘Surfing/blogging...
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Financial Interests Biases Research

April 22, 2014
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A recent study looked at how “a financial conflict of interest” could influence the results of a research study. The authors looked at the results of 17 “published systematic reviews (SRs) conducted in the field of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) and weight gain or obesity.” Not surprisingly, over 80% of the reviews that were funded...
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FDA – Antibacterial Soap Safety Questioned

April 17, 2014
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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a proposed rule “that would require manufacturers to provide more substantial data to demonstrate the safety and effectiveness of antibacterial soaps. The proposed rule covers only those consumer antibacterial soaps and body washes that are used with water.” According to an FDA spokesperson, “antibacterial soap...
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Multivitamins for Breast Cancer?

April 15, 2014
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Researchers sought to discover if “multivitamins with minerals supplements (MVM) used by women already diagnosed with invasive breast cancer would affect their breast cancer mortality risk.” After an over 7 years of study, they found that “breast cancer mortality was 30 % lower in MVM users as compared to non-users.” The study concluded that “Postmenopausal...
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Tylenol + Alcohol Hurts Kidneys

April 10, 2014
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A study recently released by the American Public Health Association (APHA) found that the combination of alcohol and acetaminophen (the primary ingredient in Tylenol) could have a negative impact on a person’s kidneys: “Results from the study indicated that neither taking a therapeutic amount of acetaminophen nor consuming a light to moderate amount of...
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Decongestants & Birth Defects

April 8, 2014
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A study looking at decongestants and birth defects found that one of the most common ingredients,  phenylephrine, is associated with a specific birth defect. Researchers found “accumulating evidence supports associations between first-trimester use of specific oral and possibly intranasal decongestants and the risk of some infrequent specific birth defects.” Specifically, when taken during the...
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Breast Cancer Spontaneous Regression?

April 3, 2014
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Breast cancer is certainly a frightening diagnosis for any woman. But a group of researchers was concerned that there may be a natural regression for certain forms of breast cancer that may not be considered. To determine this, they matched groups of women by age and compared those who had been screened for breast...
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Dangerous Hospitals

April 1, 2014
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Almost everyone is aware of the errors that occur in hospitals. Giving a patient the wrong drug, wrong dose, performing the wrong surgical procedure and other events can lead to significant harm and sometimes death. A recent study attempted to estimate just how often these events occurred in U.S. hospitals. Researchers found “a lower...
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Are E-Cigarettes Safe?

March 27, 2014
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With significant differences in manufacturing practices and the fact that they have only been on the market for a short period of time, little is known about the impact of e-cigarettes on health. A report from the American Medical Association had this to say: “Because E-cigarettes have not been thoroughly tested, one cannot conclude...
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Tylenol Causes ADHD?

March 25, 2014
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Studies over the past few years have begun to reveal that acetaminophen (the primary ingredient in Tylenol) is not as safe as it was once thought. A new study has shown an association between the use of acetaminophen during pregnancy and the “risk for developing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)–like behavioral problems or hyperkinetic disorders (HKDs)...
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Cherries for Gout

March 20, 2014
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Gout affects the lives of over 8 million people in the U.S. alone. But a new study found that “cherry intake over a 2-day period was associated with a 35% lower risk of gout attacks compared with no intake. Cherry extract intake showed a similar inverse association.” If you or someone you know has...
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The Advantage of Chiropractic Care

March 18, 2014
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A study of men and women between suffering acute low-back pain (LBP) found that chiropractic care improved the results they were getting from seeing their medical doctor. Researchers found that “the results of this trial suggest that CMT (chiropractic manipulative therapy) in conjunction with SMC (standard medical care) offers a significant advantage for decreasing...
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Honey for Night-Time Coughs

March 13, 2014
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A study looking at cough suppression for children with upper respiratory tract infections (URIs) found that honey was an effective choice. The parents gave their children honey in the evening just before bed time. Researchers found that “parents rated the honey products higher than the silan date extract (placebo) for symptomatic relief of their...
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