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Concerned About BPA?

February 25, 2010
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Approximately 90% of U.S. adults have BPA present in their urine. BPA (the abbreviation for Bisphenol A) is a chemical used since the 1960s in many hard plastic bottles and to line food and beverage containers. In recent years, studies have found BPA to be associated with cardiovascular disease and diabetes. According to the...
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Extensive Adolescent TV/Media = Depression

February 23, 2010
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Here’s a bit of information you may find helpful in those arguments with kids over how much TV they watch: A study looking at the television and media use by adolescents found that those “reporting more television use had significantly greater odds of developing depression for each additional hour of daily television use. In...
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Less Sleep for Children May Lead to Diabetes

February 18, 2010
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A study in China looked at the association between sleep intervals (8 hours or less per night vs. 9 or more hours) in children 3 – 6 years old. Researchers discovered that “compared with those who slept for 9 or 10 hours per night, those who slept for 8 hours or less had a...
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Focus More on Cardio

February 16, 2010
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Men and women over age 45 tend to experience an accelerated drop in their cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) according to the findings in a study published in the  Archives of Internal Medicine. Researchers note that “Low CRF levels increase the risk of diseases and interfere with older adults’ ability to function independently.” If you’re over...
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Benefits of a Mediterranean Diet

February 11, 2010
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Eating a Mediterranean diet involves simple choices away from processed foods toward vegetables, fruits, whole grains, olives/olive oil, fish (those rich in essential heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids) and in lesser amounts, cheese, yogurt, nuts, seeds, legumes, eggs, herbs, with occasional small portions of meats, sweets and wine. And it’s GREAT for your health. There...
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Antidepressant Use = Increased Risk of Death

February 9, 2010
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Clinical depression is a serious ailment that in itself has considerable health risks. But added to those are the additional risks that come from taking the drugs prescribed for this condition. A recent survey looked at how two types of antidepressants impact people’s health. They discovered that “selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) use was...
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Headaches, Chiropractic & Vitamin D

February 4, 2010
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A group of case reports has shown a relationship between tension-type headaches, musculoskeletal pain and vitamin D. In these reports, patients with histories of episodic headaches, body pain and muscle weakness were found to also be deficient in vitamin D. Upon beginning with a daily regimen of vitamin D and calcium supplementation, the headaches...
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Chiropractic at the 2010 Super Bowl

February 3, 2010
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Chiropractic’s acceptance as a critical part of care and rehab for pro athletes was highlighted in the 2010 Super Bowl. Both the Colts and the Saints each have their own team chiropractor. Dr. Marcus McCray cares for the Indianapolis players while Dr. Robert Lizana takes care of the New Orleans players. They are both...
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CT Scans Increase the Risk of Cancer

February 2, 2010
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While technology is a wonderful thing, it often comes with a price. The warning that every form of treatment comes with certain risks is not stated often enough or plainly enough. Two recent studies published in the  Archives of Internal Medicine relates the risk of having a computed tomography examination (CT scan) in more...
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Measure and Get Serious

January 26, 2010
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A study from the Netherlands takes the guesswork out of computing if you are in danger for cardiovascular diseases (CVD). Researchers found that waist circumference and body-mass index (BMI) we equally accurate in predicting non-fatal and fatal CVD for both men and women. If you are a women, your waist should be ideally under...
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Take Your Vitamin D to Prevent Cancer

January 21, 2010
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Thirty years of research has shown that low vitamin D is linked to “both skeletal and nonskeletal conditions, including several types of cancers, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, upper respiratory tract infections, all-cause mortality, and many others.” Several studies, both observational and randomized controlled trials, “have demonstrated that adequate levels of vitamin D can decrease the...
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Cardio Makes Teens Smarter… Now and Later

January 19, 2010
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Are your teens getting the cardiovascular exercise they need? A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (U.S.) has found that cardiovascular fitness is “positively associated” with intelligence. Specifically, the authors note that “Cardiovascular fitness changes between ages 15 and 18 (years) predicted cognitive performance at 18 (years).” Cardiovascular fitness...
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Depressed About Processed Food

January 14, 2010
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Do you notice how your diet affects your mood and outlook? While many studies have been looking for a single substance that contributes to depression, this study (presented in the British Journal of Psychiatry) considered the effects of dietary patterns. The authors compared middle-aged folks (average age 55) who eat “whole food” diets (heavy...
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