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October 25, 2012

For years physicians have recommended the B vitamin folic acid to pregnant women to prevent birth defects such as spina bifida. And in an observational study that was just reported in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention, Elizabeth Mine from the Telethon Institute for Child Research at the University of Western Australia found that children of mothers who took folic acid during pregnancy were at significantly lower risk of developing brain tumors during childhood, with the risk redu...

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Published on October 25, 2012 02:02 • 113 views

October 23, 2012

With the holidays right around the corner, many people will be boarding airplanes to visit loved ones. Generally, air travel is accompanied by basic worries about safety, timely travel and luggage retrieval. However, people suffering from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) may have a whole different set of traveling fears.


IBD is actually a group of inflammatory conditions of the small intestine and colon. The major types are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative disease. IBD is not only a painful diso...

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Published on October 23, 2012 10:21 • 55 views

October 18, 2012

The ability to be able to control one’s own transportation is, to many, a sign of true independence. Remember when you first passed your driver’s test and received your license? The world was at your mercy! At that time, with parental permission you could get just about anywhere, without relying on anyone else.


Unfortunately, as we age we become more vulnerable to at-fault traffic accidents. Previously, driving privileges were often revoked with the onset of age-related restrictions such as vi...

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Published on October 18, 2012 02:42 • 46 views

October 16, 2012

A diet rich in fish, flax seeds and nuts, also known as the Mediterranean diet, has long been credited as being heart healthy. More recently, it has also been confirmed as being brain healthy. The two primary types of healthy omega-3 fats are called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). ALA is found in flax seeds, flax oil, walnuts, walnut oil and pumpkin seeds. DHA is found in salmon, sardines, tuna and other fatty fish. Both support healthy brain and heart function.


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Published on October 16, 2012 02:31 • 59 views

October 11, 2012

In the United States, nearly 36 million people have uncontrolled blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for the development of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Since this information is common knowledge to medical professionals, it may come as a shock that almost half of the people in the United States have uncontrolled high blood pressure. Also called hypertension, it is responsible for nearly 1,000 deaths a day and has a financial toll of $131 billion annually in the form of direct...

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Published on October 11, 2012 08:48 • 50 views

October 9, 2012

Has it ever seemed like your brain actually felt exhausted from troubleshooting a problem? Many people often feel this way while solving crossword puzzles, taking statistics classes and even doing computer work or playing games. It turns out that all of these activities are, in fact, exercising part of your body – the brain.


Exercising your brain as you grow older may help stave off the mental decline that accompanies aging. Science Daily has reported on two studies that were performed at Rush...

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Published on October 09, 2012 02:50 • 42 views

October 5, 2012

With obesity on the rise nationwide, it is no surprise that the number of obesity-related conditions is also increasing. Unfortunately, the majority of these conditions are potent risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Diabetes is the most well-known such condition and affects all age groups.


A recent study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that analyzed information from 3,383 adolescents suggests that the percentage of U.S. teens with diabetes has been on the rise du...

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Published on October 05, 2012 10:27 • 33 views

October 2, 2012

Fasting, or completely abstaining from food, has been a part of religious practice and traditional holistic medicine for centuries. While most doctors tend to avoid the use of holistic practices, they may be making some unusual treatment recommendations in the near future. There is now some evidence to suggest that fasting for two days a week may contribute to the prevention of brain shrinkage associated with aging.


Researchers discovered long ago that restricting calorie intake in animals ove...

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Published on October 02, 2012 10:59 • 42 views

September 27, 2012

Over the last decade green tea has become a trendy buy at supermarkets and cafes. While many people drink green tea for its deliciously light and sweet flavor, others are drinking it for its health benefits. Green tea is a form of holistic medicine in Asian cultures that has been followed for over 4,000 years. Traditionally, it was believed to control bleeding, help heal wounds and promote digestion as well as regulate body temperature and blood sugar. Now, it is also believed that green tea...

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Published on September 27, 2012 09:58 • 57 views

September 25, 2012

Heart disease is often thought of as a problem for men – however, more women than men actually die of heart disease each year! Cardiologists at the University of Illinois believe that screening accomplished via a simple questionnaire done annually at the gynecologist’s office could cut the number of cardiovascular deaths in women. Many women consider their gynecologists to be their primary physicians and see them yearly (or every two years) as recommended.


To arrive at this conclusion, Sudhir...

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Published on September 25, 2012 02:06 • 55 views