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Brush Your Teeth to Lower Heart Disease Risk

October 12, 2010
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Inflammation can impact our bodies in many ways, but particularly our cardiovascular system. And while it may seem unlikely, research suggests something as simple as not brushing your teeth may be related to a greater risk of cardiovascular disease events due to the potential for oral inflammation. The risks increase according to the number of times...
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Cesarean Delivery Increases Risk of Celiac Disease

October 7, 2010
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Celiac disease is an inherited, autoimmune disease that, if untreated, can lead to: autoimmune disorders, fractures, infertility, miscarriages, osteoporosis and certain types of intestinal cancer. A new study has found an association between babies born by Cesarean delivery and celiac disease. The study, which involved 1,950 children, was performed in cooperation with 26 university and 16...
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Pesticides Increase Risk of Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

October 5, 2010
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If there were ever a reason to avoid conventional produce in favor of the organic variety, it’s made clear via the results of a recent study that evaluated the impact of pesticide exposure on the body. Exposure to pesticides was found to have an impact on the somatic, autonomic, and central nervous systems. Specifically, researchers found...
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Overweight Girls = Diabetic Women?

September 30, 2010
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Obesity is a risk factor for diabetes at any age, but a recent study makes this connection even clearer, suggesting that carrying excess weight during youth may translate into a higher risk of developing diabetes later in life. According to the study, girls who are overweight at younger ages (ages 5 – 10) may have...
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Powerful Probiotics

September 28, 2010
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Probiotics are microorganisms found in fermented food, typically in yogurt. Consuming probiotics can provide an number of important benefits including:  lowering cholesterol, lowering blood pressure, preventing colon cancer, improving immune function, relieving diarrhea, reducing inflammation, improving mineral absorption, reducing Irritable bowel syndrome and colitis. A new study found that a certain type of probiotic...
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Less White Rice Lowers Diabetes Risk

September 23, 2010
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The distinction between white rice and brown rice is a relatively simple one, nutritionally speaking: Brown rice contains all of the original nutrition, including fiber and bran. White rice, on the other hand, has been effectively “stripped” of these nutrients. That distinction is important because research suggests a diet high in white rice increases the...
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Preventing Obesity and Osteoporosis Is Really Easy

September 21, 2010
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While obesity and osteoporosis tend to plague adults, these ailments begin at preschool age. The solution? Feed your children their veggies. Researchers found that a “high intake of dark-green and deep-yellow vegetables was related to low fat mass and high bone mass” that impacted health later in life. The more vegetables the children ate, the lower their fat mass...
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Early Marijuana Use = Psychosis-Related Outcomes

September 16, 2010
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If you think marijuana is somehow “safe” compared to other illicit drugs, consider that it may increase the risk of developing psychosis. A new study has found that “early cannabis use is associated with psychosis-related outcomes in young adults.” Specifically, those who used marijuana early in life were subject to an increased risk of:...
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Vitamin E Reduces Risk of Lung Disease in Women

September 14, 2010
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Let’s face it: If you can’t breathe, you can’t live, at least not without artificial assistance. Chronic lung disease, any disease that causes the lungs to not work properly, can threaten your ability to breathe, but vitamin E may help you avoid it. Recent findings suggest that taking vitamin E for 10 years or more...
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Vitamin D Protects Against Winter Flu

September 9, 2010
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Getting the flu isn’t a pleasant experience for anyone, but when it strikes your child, it’s bad news all around. Fortunately, recent evidence suggests a vitamin D may help prevent the flu. According to the study, children who take vitamin D3 daily during the winter months can reduce their risk of getting the flu...
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Destructive Anger Increases Risk of Heart Disease

September 7, 2010
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Abundant evidence suggest anger can be damaging – both emotionally and physically – but the type of anger can make a difference in the health risks. For example, a  recent study classified anger into three categories: Constructive anger – discussing to resolve the situation Destructive anger justification – blaming others for one’s anger Destructive anger...
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Red Meat Vindicated?

September 2, 2010
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So, which is more unhealthy: red meat or processed meat? A recent study may provide an answer. Frustrated by mixed findings, researchers compared studies and found that processed meats, rather than unprocessed red meat, was guilty of increasing health risks. “Processed meat intake was associated with a 42% higher risk of CHD (coronary heart disease) and...
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Antidepressant Use Increases Miscarriage Risk

August 31, 2010
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Depressed women who are pregnant need to be aware of the risks involved with carrying a child and taking an antidepressant. The use of drugs (prescription or otherwise) should be avoided if at all possible, especially during pregnancy. Adding to a long list of potential dangers is a new study finding that pregnant women...
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