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Reducing Unnecessary Drugs

May 15, 2014
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Elderly people are more likely to be exposed to multiple prescriptions due to the nature of current medical care. As additional prescriptions are added, seniors face an increased risk of drug toxicity, negative side effects and even death. One study examined the changes in prescriptions for elderly patients between admission and exit in four...
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Vitamin E Slows Alzheimer Decline

May 13, 2014
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A recent study tested to see if Vitamin E will “slow progression of mild to moderate AD” in older patients. At the end of the five year study, researchers concluded that “among patients with mild to moderate AD (Alzheimer disease), 2000 IU/d of alpha tocopherol (Vitamin E) compared with placebo resulted in slower functional...
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Exercise for Chronic Low Back Pain

May 8, 2014
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In additional to chiropractic care, an “individually designed” exercise program has also been shown to help relieve chronic low back pain (LBP). Researchers found that an “individually designed exercise therapy program for chronic LBP was associated to clinically significant functional improvement both on discharge and at 1 year. Only severe pain intensity predicted poor...
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Obesity Shortens Your Life

May 6, 2014
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While there are numerous health risks to being overweight, the net result can be a shorter lifespan. A recent study found “compared with normal-weight adults, obese adults had at least 20% significantly higher rate of dying of all-cause or CVD (cardiovascular disease). These rates advanced death by 3.7 years (grades II and III obesity)...
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Strawberries Reduce Cholesterol

May 1, 2014
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A group of healthy people were given 500 grams (about 18 ounces) of strawberries every day for 30 days. At the end of that time, numerous tests showed many benefits including “significantly reducing total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and triglycerides levels.” The authors concluded that “strawberries consumption improves plasma lipids profile, biomarkers of antioxidant...
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Vitamin D for Dysmenorrhea

April 29, 2014
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Dysmenorrhea (also known as menstrual cramps) can be very severe for some women. Some studies have begun to draw an association between a lack of vitamin D and dysmenorrhea. A recent study of young women looked at this association and found “a high prevalence of vitamin D insufficiency and secondary hyperparathyroidism (overactive parathyroid glands...
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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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