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Breastfeeding Saves Money & Reduces Infant Death

July 13, 2010
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“If 90% of US families could comply with medical recommendations to breastfeed exclusively for 6 months, the United States would save $13 billion per year and prevent an excess 911 deaths, nearly all of which would be in infants.” That’s what the research tells us. This is in addition to the growing list of...
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Vitamin K Reduces Cancer

July 8, 2010
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There are a number of vitamins that are thought to reduce the risk of cancer based upon the current research. Another one of these is vitamin K2 or menaquione. A study from Europe found that “dietary intake of menaquinones, which is highly determined by the consumption of cheese, is associated with a reduced risk...
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Vitamin D Reduces Pelvic Floor Disorders in Women

July 6, 2010
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Researchers found that “higher vitamin D levels are associated with a decreased risk of pelvic floor disorders in women.” In addition, with higher vitamin D levels “the likelihood of urinary incontinence was significantly reduced in women 50 and older.” Just one more reason to ensure you get enough vitamin D. Read Abstract
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Running Barefoot Easier on Knees

July 1, 2010
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A study compared running barefoot vs. running with shoes found that “increased joint torques at the hip, knee, and ankle were observed with running shoes compared with running barefoot.” Specifically, the study revealed a “54% increase in the hip internal rotation torque” and an average of “a 36% increase in knee flexion torque.” Walking...
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Beware of Potentially Fatal Prescription Errors in July

June 29, 2010
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Fatal prescription errors in the month of July? Apparently, so. A new study examined “a significant July spike in fatal medication errors inside medical institutions.” What they found is that “in counties containing teaching hospitals, fatal medication errors spiked by 10% in July and in no other month.” The reason was “at least partly...
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Have Orange Juice with Your Fast Food

June 24, 2010
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Next time you go out for some fast food, remember that “orange juice intake with the HFHC (high fat, high carb) meal prevented meal-induced oxidative and inflammatory stress.” Drinking water or a soft drink does not. If you have to eat fast food (a generally poor choice to begin with) have a tall glass...
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Exercise Reduces Breast Cancer Risk?

June 22, 2010
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A study of sedentary women age 50 to 74 years revealed that an adherence to a vigorous-intensity exercise program resulted in changes in hormones “that are consistent with a lower risk for postmenopausal breast cancer.” To achieve this benefit, the women did their cardio exercise for an average of 178 minutes per week over...
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Use of Analgesics Increases Risk of Hearing Loss in Males

June 17, 2010
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Males who take aspirin, acetaminophen (Tylenol) and/or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs – NSAIDs (Ibuprofen, Advil, Children’s Advil/Motrin, Medipren, Motrin, Nuprin, PediaCare Fever, etc.) for pain relief twice a week or more have a greater risk of losing their hearing.  This is especially true for males under 50 years old whose risk of hearing loss increases...
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Remember to Eat Healthy and Eat Healthy to Remember

June 15, 2010
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A recent study found that certain dietary patters were “strongly associated with lower Alzheimer disease risk.” To lower your risk of Alzheimer’s disease, choose a diet “characterized by higher intakes of salad dressing, nuts, fish, tomatoes, poultry, cruciferous vegetables, fruits, and dark and green leafy vegetables and a lower intake of high-fat dairy products,...
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Physical Fitness = Mental Fitness

June 10, 2010
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Here is a good reason to encourage your children to keep fit.A study of 5th, 7th and 9th graders in California schools found that “Students whose mile run/walk times exceeded California Fitness gram standards or whose BMI (Body Mass Index) exceeded Centers for Disease Control sex- and age-specific body weight standards scored lower on...
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Drinking = Benign Breast Disease in Teenage Women

June 8, 2010
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What does drinking have to do with breast disease and teens? Alot. Teenage women who drink alcohol are 50% more likely to experience benign breast disease (BBD). This risk increases as the amount and frequency of drinking increases to as high as 5.5 times the risk for “(g)irls who typically drank 6 or 7...
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Apologies and Forgiveness Good for Your Health

June 3, 2010
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It is critical to always remember to forgive and apologize. A new study found that “persons high in forgiveness displayed more rapid diastolic and mean arterial blood pressure recovery than persons low in forgiveness.” In addition, those who received an apology “displayed greater high frequency heart rate variability recovery compared to those who did...
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Losing Your Mind in a Hospital

June 1, 2010
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A recent study found that the risk of for “incident dementia” for seniors is 40% greater following hospitalization for a noncritical illness and 2.3 times greater following hospitalization for a critical illness. Why this happens isn’t yet known. And while there are only so many possible explanations, one speculation includes the drugs given to...
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