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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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CAM Users Save Money

January 21, 2014
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CAM stands for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, which includes chiropractic, acupuncture and nutritional supplements, among other forms of nondrug, nonsurgical care. Many believe that using these forms of health care can lead to better health at a lower cost. A recent study found that “adjusted annual medical costs among CAM users was $424 lower...
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Marijuana Use = Depression

January 9, 2014
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KEY LINK goes NOWHERE Depression can be as debilitating as physical trauma, and after all the hoopla that marijuana is harmless, evidence is mounting that non-depressed teens who use marijuana are more likely to be depressed as young adults. And, the more marijuana your child uses, the more greater the likelihood that they will...
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Acetaminophen and Early Childhood Asthma

January 7, 2014
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Previous studies have shown an association between Acetaminophen (Tylenol, Panadol, etc.) and asthma symptoms in children. A more recent study looked at how giving acetaminophen to an infant could increase their risk of childhood asthma. The researchers found that “acetaminophen in infancy is associated with early childhood asthma.” While the asthma symptoms appear to...
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Spinal Manipulation Works

January 2, 2014
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Some people are still not sure of the value of “spinal manipulation” (also known as chiropractic adjustments and manual therapy), particularly for chronic pain. To test the efficacy of spinal manipulation, researchers randomly divided people into two groups: one to receive spinal manipulation/mobilization and the other to receive sham (of no benefit) care. Participants...
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A Baby’s Best Friend

December 31, 2013
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Having a dog in your house can have surprising benefits for your baby. Consider what one study discovered about babies who interact with pets at an early age: “children having dogs at home were healthier (ie, had fewer respiratory tract symptoms or infections) than children with no dog contacts” “children having dog contacts at...
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The Prescription Drug Death Epidemic

December 26, 2013
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While it was released about a year ago, an excellent article on the issue of prescription drug deaths was published on the CNN website. The information in this article bears repeating and should be considered by every person in the U.S. Here are some of the important points: People die of prescription drug overdoses...
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Vitamin D Reduces Musculoskeletal Pain

December 24, 2013
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Vitamin D has already been shown to reduce the risk of some cancers, diabetes, dementia, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and other life-threatening ailments. Earlier studies have also shown the ability for Vitamin D to reduce various forms of pain. A study from The Netherlands of people with “persistent nonspecific musculoskeletal pain” separated the subjects...
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More Carbs Increase Colon Cancer Risk

December 19, 2013
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Eating a diet high in carbohydrates has been shown to increase the risk of various forms of cancer. A recent study noted that this is specifically true for colon cancer. Researchers noted that “increasing total carbohydrate intake was similarly associated with inferior (colon cancer) disease-free, recurrence-free, and overall survival.” One of the effects that...
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Limits of Low Back Pain Management

December 17, 2013
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There is a belief among some people that their back pain can somehow be “self-managed” without seeking the care of a doctor of chiropractic or other musculoskeletal specialist. A study from Australia demonstrated that this just isn’t the case. The researchers found that “self-management has small effects on pain and disability in people with...
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Vitamin C and β-carotene for Dementia

December 10, 2013
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Antioxidants, like vitamins C and E are said to be associated with lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease. A study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found that “vitamin C and β-carotene concentrations (in the blood) were significantly lower in demented than in control (normal) persons even after adjusting for school education, intake of...
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