August 2014

Active ImageStudy Suggests Many Physicians Prescribe Drugs for Patient Peace of Mind Alone

When you visit the doctor's office with a cold or other minor illness, you may be leaving with a prescription that does more for your peace of mind, than it is going to do for your actual ailment.
Active ImageExperts Explain How to Avoid Influenza

With flu season less than a month away, it isn't too soon to take steps to protect yourself from influenza. Catching the flu can be a setback as it can knock you out of commission for a couple of weeks. Simply watching out for co-workers who have it probably won't be enough, as they can contract the flu and pass it along well before they suffer any outward symptoms.

Active ImageCeramic dishes, art supplies and gardens may contain dangerous doses

While exposure to lead may sound like a somewhat old-fashioned health threat, it is not, in fact it may be more dangerous and more of a problem today than ever before. This may be thanks to sources of lead poisoning that  you might never have expected, such as ceramic dishes, art supplies, and even vegetables grown in city gardens. While the average blood lead levels are way down, new research shows that even low amounts can be harmful, says Ellen Silbergeld, PhD, a professor of environmental health sciences at Johns Hopkins University.

Active ImageShowing Your Heart Some Love!

You probably already know that smoking, being overweight and inactivity can damage your coronary vessels with arteriosclerosis, and that these can also lead to diseases such diabetes and high blood pressure. You probably also know that diabetes and high blood pressure are linked to other dangerous problems. What you may not know is exactly what you can do to protect your heart...

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Should You Tan to Avoid Vitamin D Deficiency?

A number of recent books and studies have touted the benefits of vitamin D and the perils of not getting enough vitamin D, some books and article some encourage lying in the sun and taking vitamin supplements in order to prevent depression. However, many dermatologists that laying out in the sun isn't necessary, they tell their patients that most Americans get all the vitamin D they need just by going outside in the course of their daily duties or activities, and that beyond this it s easy to get adequate levels of the vitamin through nutrients in food. One New York dermatologist tells his patients. "Sunlight helps us produce vitamin D, but the amount of sunlight you need is so low that you could walk outside for probably five minutes and have enough."

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Show your heart some love!

You probably already know that smoking, being overweight and inactivity can damage your coronary vessels with arteriosclerosis, and that these can also lead to diseases such diabetes and high blood pressure. You probably also know that diabetes and high blood pressure are linked to other dangerous problems. What you may not know is exactly what you can do to protect your heart...

Active ImageKeep Your Colon Happy for Better Health

"The colon is not just an organ, it's an entire ecosystem," says Mark Liponis, M.D., author of UltraLongevity: The Seven Step Program for a Younger, Healthier You. “It is infinitesimally folded to produce food-absorbing surface area, the stretched-out gut would resemble a tissue paper large enough to blanket a tennis court. Trillions of bacteria (or "flora") slosh around — some playing nicer than others — and all playing a key role in your digestion, elimination and immunity.”
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Do High-Protein Weight Loss Diets Work?

Are high-protein weight loss diets dangerous?

High-protein diets weight loss diets with carbohydrate restriction are a popular way to lose and control weight. Recently, several clinical studies have looked this approach measuring the human measurements and metabolic effects of this type of diet. The studies focused on the affect of high-protein diets on energy expenditure and how well these high-protein diets controlled hunger. They also looked at how these diets affect weight loss, body composition, cardiovascular (heart) risk, and blood sugar levels, and whether there were any potential damaging consequences to eating a high-protein diet.

Active ImageSense of Smell Important in Animal Mate Selection... but for Humans?

Scientists are still wrestling with the rules of attraction, but the nose, rather than the heart, may be the place to start looking for an answer, suggests one new study.

Active ImageDespite Huge Supply, Too Few Kids & Adults Get Flu Vaccine

More Americans are getting flu shots -- but still far too few, the CDC reports.

Statistics tell us that only one in five babies aged 6 to 23 months are getting both of the flu shots they will need for full protection against getting the severest varieties of flu. Generally, young children are most highly vulnerable to serious complications of the flu and these children should be immunized to protect them for infection with the flu. Immunization against the flu can protecting them, their life and well-being from exposure and complications of the flu.
Active ImagePlasma Vitamin C Level, Fruit and Vegetable Consumption, and the Risk of New-Onset Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Recent research suggests that a greater consumption of fruit and vegetables may decrease your risk of diabetes mellitus. Blood-plasma vitamin C level is a good biomarker of fruit and vegetable intake, but, to our knowledge, no prior studies have examined its association with diabetes risk. This study was designed to determine whether fruit and vegetable intake and plasma vitamin C level are associated with an higher or lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
Active ImageIncorporating Omega-3 in the Food Chain - Why, Where and How?

It has long been recognized that a high fat dietary intake is not conducive to good health. Recently, the fat quality of the diet (sometimes referred to as the fatty acid profile) of your daily meals has also come into question. Over recent years the recommended daily fat intake recommendations have declined in line with its role as proportion of total food energy as calories and in relation to its overall value in our health. Although these recommendations have created significant changes in the types of fats consumed and a fall in the total intake of saturated fats towards the more healthy recommended level, there appears still room for improvement. The proportion of energy derived from saturated fats is still too high in most Western diets.

Active Image5 Rules for Saving Money and Improving Health When Food Shopping

It is no surprise that we are paying more these days at both the gas pump and also at the grocery store. Whether we blame it on rising oil prices, disappointing crop yields, global warming, or a weak dollar the prices are going up and the quality of our food has not improving very much.

The most important question for us however, is what does this means when we are shopping for food. While we may want to save money, we don’t want to be sacrificing nutrition. The rest of this article will deal with a few tips and strategies on saving money on your grocery bill while still maintaining your ability to eat healthfully.

Active ImageWomen More Often Surprised About Sex and Aging

A recent survey suggested that women are more likely to experience age-related sexual symptoms than men and that women are more likely to be surprised by these symptoms.

In June of 2008 Harris Interactive conducted an online survey of some 705 adults, half of which were men and the other half were women. The participants were all between ages 50 and 70. The study was funded by Duramed Pharmaceuticals manufacturer of several birth control and estrogen regalement products.
Active ImageVitamin D and the Risk for Hip Fractures

Osteoporosis is a major problem today. There are many questions regarding what the best treatment for the prevention of osteoporosis and specifically prevention of hip fractures really is.

One approach to prevention of osteoporosis and hip fracture is the use of vitamin D. The question then is does it work and if so, how do you monitor it and know that it has reached the optimal treatment level?  Several studies suggest that vitamin D is definitely helpful in preventing osteoporosis and hip fractures and that the best way to monitor it is to evaluate the serum 25-hydroxy vitamin D levels and maintain them at an optimal therapeutic level.