Smoking Is Painful

October 3, 2013
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A recent study examined how smoking (and not smoking) impacts the pain felt by patients with spinal disorders. The study looked at over 5,000 smokers and non-smokers finding that “compared with patients who had never smoked, patients who were current smokers reported significantly greater pain…” and that “compared with patients who had continued to...
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Teen Muscle Strength Reduces Death

October 1, 2013
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A study of over 1 million teenage men examined how muscle strength impacted their risk of death. Follow-up after 24 years discovered 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 due to any cause…” In addition, “stronger adolescents...
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Vitamin D Reduces Tooth Decay

September 26, 2013
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Tooth decay, cavities or “caries” as they are called in the dental community are common to most children, particularly those who eat a considerable amount of sweets. While the evidence is not overwhelming, a new study “identified vitamin D as a promising caries-preventive agent, leading to a low-certainty conclusion that vitamin D may reduce...
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Potassium Citrate Increases Bone Density

September 24, 2013
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Maintaining bone density can be challenging for seniors as they tend to lose it as they get older. Bone Mineral Density (BMD) is a way to measure the amount of mineral matter per square centimeter of bone and is an indicator of the likelihood of osteoporosis and fracture. A study of seniors showed that...
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High Fructose Corn Syrup = Diabetes?

September 19, 2013
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A new study by University of Southern California (USC) and University of Oxford researchers indicates that there is a relationship between the amounts of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) consumed in various countries and the likelihood of type 2 diabetes. Researchers found that “countries using high fructose corn syrup in their food supply have...
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Obesity and Breast Cancer

September 17, 2013
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According to a number of studies, there are two realities that need to be understood in the relationship between obesity and breast cancer: “Obesity is a risk factor for the development of new cases of breast cancer and also affects survival in women who have already been diagnosed with breast cancer.” “Women with breast...
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Vitamin D Reduces Fracture Risk in Seniors

September 12, 2013
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Taking a daily dose of 800 IU or more of vitamin D can reduce the risk of fractures in people 65 years and older. A new study found that “reduction in the risk of fracture was shown only at the highest intake level (median, 800 IU daily; range, 792 to 2000), with a 30%...
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Fitness in Middle Age Increases Life Span

September 10, 2013
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A recent study looked at how keeping yourself physically fit in your 40s and 50s can benefit you as you get older. The study particularly examined how better fitness could reduce the risk of chronic conditions later in life. Researchers found that “higher fitness was associated with lower risk of developing chronic conditions relative...
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Curcumin for Cancer and Anti-Inflammation

September 5, 2013
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There are a significant number of research studies on the value of curcumin in reducing the risk of cancer and for other chronic diseases. Curcumin is an extract from the spice turmeric that is found in the diets of people in India and Southeast Asia. While the studies are very scientific (and hard to...
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Walnuts Improve Sperm Quality in Men

September 3, 2013
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A study of men 21-35 years old looked at how eating 75 grams (2.6 ounces) of shelled walnuts might increase the quality of their sperm. This is particularly important for men looking to have healthy children. The study separated men into two groups, those who added walnuts to their regular diet every day for...
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Statins & Side Effects

August 29, 2013
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Statins (Lipitor, Crestor, etc.) are a class of drugs used primarily to lower high cholesterol. They are also prescribed to those with cardiovascular disease or those at risk. They are considered the best selling prescription drug class in the US. One statin, atorvastatin, is noted as the best-selling prescription drug in the world. It...
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Vitamin D Deficiency Hard on Children

August 27, 2013
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Vitamin D deficiency appears to play a role among critically ill children. Sufficient Vitamin D is “important for the proper functioning of multiple organ systems.” In reviewing the results, researchers note that “Vitamin D deficiency was independently associated with a longer PICU (pediatric intensive care unit) length of stay (+1.92 days) and increasing severity...
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Female Emotions Impact Sensation Sensitivity

August 22, 2013
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A groundbreaking study examined how negative emotions might impact a woman’s sensitivity to sensations of pain and itch. Researchers induced positive and negative emotions in female research subjects and then tested them for their sensitivity to pain (cold pressor test) and itch (histamine test). The “results showed that the scores for itch and pain...
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