August 2014


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Diabetes? Some beat it, but are they cured?


JoAnne Zoller Wagner's diagnosis as prediabetic wasn't enough to compel her to change her habits and lose 30 pounds.

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Active ImagePsoriasis link to health problems

Women with psoriasis have an increased risk of developing diabetes and high blood pressure, a study suggests.

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What Are Friends for? A Longer Life

In the quest for better health, many people turn to doctors, self-help books or herbal supplements. But they overlook a powerful weapon that could help them fight illness and depression, speed recovery, slow aging and prolong life: their friends.

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Active ImageMusic for the Heart

The sweet sound of music may benefit heart patients who undergo treatment for their disease.

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Dieters’ best intentions hijacked by their brains
Yummy snacks trigger vicious cycle of cravings, former FDA chief warns


Not apples or carrots. The scientist who once led the government's attack on addictive cigarettes can't wander through part of San Francisco without craving a local shop's chocolate-covered pretzels. Stop at one cookie? Rarely.

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Active ImageAre They Freshness Deadlines Or Guidelines? Expert's Answers May Surprise You
On average, a family of four throws out more than 120 pounds of food each month. But plenty of perishables have a shelf life long beyond their "sell-by" dates. So, just how strictly should you adhere to expiration dates?

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Heart-Health Foods

Over the years you have probably heard lots of input on which foods are good for your heart and which are not. A recent investigation has looked at the information from nearly 200 studies  involving millions of people. The results of this investigation produced a recently published article touting a much shorter list of foods you should be including in your diet. The list appears to much shorter than we would have imagined or has been previously suggested.

This new “short” list of heart-healthy foods contains no surprises highly recommended are vegetables, nuts and foods that would normally be considered part of the Mediterranean diet. These are the “good" heart foods. On the "bad" lis, once again are no significant surprises as we see high on this list starchy carbs like white bread and the trans fats found in many cookies and fried foods such as fried chicken and French fries.

There are however still some "questionable" foods such as meat (beef and pork particularly), and well as eggs and milk.

With few changes positive or negative and still many unanswered questions about a number of specific foods there is still confusion around what we should and should not eat.

The study did however, clearly demonstrate that smoking is neither good for the heart nor for your  lungs. Within this investigation multiple studies when certain food or specific diets showed a strong link with better heart health, they put these food or diet at the top of the list.

In the end this study reaffirmed the benefits of a Mediterranean diet, a diet which is rich in vegetables, nuts, whole grains, fish and olive oil when compared to a Western diet, heavy on processed meats, red meat, refined grains and high-fat dairy.

Their conclusion was that we should look at eating differently if we are not already using a Mediterranean style diet. It was also suggested that what you chose to eat is really about the totality of your usual eating pattern, don’t worry if you eat a hot dog on opening day of baseball season, just eat healthy and heart-healthy foods the rest of the time.

The specific study referenced here was supported by the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health.


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Active ImageKids Can Make a Beautiful Marriage Ugly
Study: Marital Satisfaction Takes a Dive When Baby Arrives


The birth of children has an immediate negative impact on even blissfully happy couples, raising stress and reducing satisfaction levels of husbands and wives, new research says.

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More Kids with Bad Teeth?

More and more children are being admitted to the hospital for tooth decay and other dental conditions, according to a new study.

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Heart-Healthy Foods

Over the years you have probably heard lots of input on which foods are good for your heart and which are not. A recent investigation has looked at the information from nearly 200 studies  involving millions of people. The results of this investigation produced a recently published article touting a much shorter list of foods you should be including in your diet. The list appears to much shorter than we would have imagined or has been previously suggested.

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Feds Waking Up To Nightmare Of Bedbugs
EPA Hosts Summit To Address Nationwide Outbreak Of Tiny Reddish-Brown Insects

The federal government is waking up to what has become a growing nightmare in many parts of the country - a bed bug outbreak.

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Active ImageStudy: Link Between Diabetes And Dementia
CBS Evening News: Letting Blood Sugar Get Too Low May Damage The Brain


A study was released Tuesday that has important information for older diabetics, reports CBS News medical correspondent Dr. Jon LaPook. More than 23.5 million Americans have diabetes, and half of them are over 60. Researchers have discovered a link between that disease and dementia.


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Broccoli Sprouts Ward Off Stomach Cancer


People who carry the H. pylori bacteria in their guts are at higher risk for stomach cancer. Eating as little as 2.5 oz of broccoli a day can prevent stomach cancer.

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Blood sugar can be anyone's problem
High-normal levels are often overlooked, but can harm your health


The average American consumes more than a pound of refined sugar a week. It sounds unbelievable until you realize that sugar goes by more than 50 names and is an ingredient in virtually all processed foods, from your morning doughnut to the ketchup on your burger.

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Programs offer free, cheaper prescription meds
1 in 5 in U.S. skips drugs or split pills to save money, but help is available


Jaimy Gerler was frantic this past winter when the doctor prescribed yet another costly medicine for her toddler daughter, whose allergies had landed her in the hospital the winter before.

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Active ImageEarly Alzheimer's Increases Driving Hazard
Study: More Mistakes Made Behind The Wheel Among Those With Early Signs Of Disease


Scientists are creating tests to show when it's time for people with early Alzheimer's disease to stop driving.

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Active ImageRestless Legs Syndrome Linked to Obesity, Fat Waistlines
Overweight Americans Face Double the Risk of Getting the Neurological Disorder


A new study suggests that people who have big bellies are more likely to develop restless legs syndrome (RLS), a condition that makes sleep or rest nearly impossible.

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Overuse of CT Scans Risky Business


CT scans are great at helping doctors determine what’s wrong. But too many of these scans might be promoting illness rather than helping to diagnose it.

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Five-in-one Heart Health Pill Deemed Safe


A five-in-one pill that may cut a person's risk of cardiovascular disease by 50 to 60 percent was well-tolerated by participants in the first study to evaluate the pill in humans.

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Understanding Skin Cancer


A case of mistaken identity may ultimately end up benefiting people with the most deadly form of skin cancer.

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Active ImageFor those who swear by antioxidant-rich food and drink, two new studies show those health benefits can wane if the products are stored for too long a time.

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Active ImageBuy in bulk, find a CSA, plant a garden and know when to go organic

It took a vicious case of Lyme disease to convince Keith Schorsch to change his diet — and his family's. The 44-year-old Seattle resident credits his recovery to nutritional improvements, and ever since then he has insisted on organic, unprocessed, and low-sugar everything.

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