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  • 7/5/2011
    According to new research, the more time teens spend listening to music, the more likely they are to be depressed.  Although the teenagers only spent an average of 9 percent of their time listening to music, those who spent the most time listening were found to be eight times more likely to be depressed than those who didn't listen as often.
  • 7/2/2011
    Researchers have broken down some of the bacteria of the gut into three major enterotypes, or classifications. And every person's gut bacteria contains one of these three groups, but only one of these three groups. What this means, however, they don't yet know.  Read Jon's blog on classifying beneficial bacteria for digestive health and to prevent chronic illnesses of the digestive system.
  • 6/30/2011
    A new study shows that people who use lots of olive oil, even in cooking, have a considerably lower stroke risk than people who don't use it at all. The French study of 7,625 people aged 65 found a 41 percent reduced stroke risk in heavy olive oil users. In fact, the participants were divided into three groups and those with the highest olive oil intake had a whopping 73 percent reduced stroke risk compared to the group with the lowest olive oil intake.
  • 6/28/2011
    New research is suggesting that, in fact, we may all have a limited supply of self-control. When you exert a lot of self-control in one situation, you may have less available for later. Therefore, at least according to the research, it might make sense to choose the times you use your self-control wisely, so you're not depleted at the wrong time -- such as just as you are arriving at a party filled with temptation in the form of greasy appetizers and rich desserts.
  • 6/25/2011
    A study conducted at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston showed that regularly consuming six or more cups of coffee daily can reduce your risk of developing lethal prostate cancer by 60 percent. If that sounds like more coffee than you can handle in one day, drinking one to three cups a day provides some benefit too. That amount was associated with a 30 percent lower risk of fatal prostate cancer compared to those who don't drink coffee at all.
  • 6/23/2011
    We all fret about the obesity epidemic among children as well as adults today.  But few of us worry about our children when they are in the normal weight range and seem totally healthy.  The problem is that we should be very worried if our thin kids tend to be couch potatoes. A recent study at Skane University Hospital in Malmo, Sweden, showed that pre-adolescent children have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease if they are not physically active.
  • 6/21/2011
    In a study conducted at Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center in Chicago, researchers found that regular social interactions can keep dementia at bay. Visiting with friends or relatives, enjoying a weekly bingo game, and attending religious services all seem to work equally well when it comes to engaging your mind socially.
  • 6/18/2011
    According to an article in the Journal of Neuroscience, researchers recently removed memory from a primitive snail called Aplysia, as well as from neurons in a petri dish. While snail memory might seem far removed from human memory, according to Dr. David Glanzman, who worked on the study, "Almost all the processes that are involved in memory in the snail also have been shown to be involved in memory in the brains of mammals."
  • 6/16/2011
    A recent study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has shown that groups of neurons in the brain may actually go to sleep while the rest of the body is wide awake.It calls into question our whole concept of falling asleep, which is based on the idea that one minute you're awake, and the next you're sound asleep totally and completely.
  • 6/14/2011
    A new study, just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, has found that even people who have no symptoms and no clue that they're carrying herpes can, nevertheless, spread the disease. People who have herpes but no symptoms shed the virus in genital secretions 10 percent of the days they are tested, meaning they can infect sexual partners on those days. In contrast, those who manifest active herpes symptoms “shed" the virus about 20 percent of the time.  Explore what immune system boosters help if you have herpes (HSV-2).
  • 6/11/2011
    The chemicals used as flame retardants have long been known to be dangerous, most likely even cancer causing. Back in the late 1970s, childrenswear manufacturers had to stop treating pajamas with one of these chemicals due to potential health risks. So why now, more than three decades later, is a related chemical commonly applied to such frequently used children's items as car seats, high chairs, changing pads, and nursing pillows?
  • 6/9/2011
    The number of asthma sufferers in the United States is on the rise, hitting unprecedented levels, according to research at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. The findings suggest that as of 2009, close to one in every 12 Americans -- including one in every 10 children -- are asthmatic.  Read on to find out what natural health remedies help to minimize asthma symptoms!
  • 6/7/2011
    New research, reviewing 54 previous studies, concludes that, in fact, there is a depression gene after all. An article published in the Archives of General Psychiatry reports that those 54 studies show that people with the gene variant are more vulnerable to depression than people without it. But there's a trick to it. The gene "turns on" only when the individual carrying it goes through certain life events.
  • 6/4/2011
    There is a recent study, which took place at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, that found that the teenagers who drink at home under adult supervision have a greater risk of becoming problem drinkers than those who do not drink at home. Not only does becoming comfortable with drinking alcohol seem to lead to a number of destructive consequences in teenagers, but there is plenty of evidence from previous studies that children are at a much higher risk of becoming alcoholics than adults when they begin drinking before the age of 15.
  • 6/2/2011
    A new study at the University of Colorado in Aurora has found that liposuction is not permanent. One year post-surgery, for all of the women in the study, all of the fat that had been removed -- an average of 5.8 pounds per woman -- had come back. But curiously, it did not return to its original site on the body. Instead of on the thighs or lower abdomen from where it had originally been removed, the fat was redistributed to the subjects' upper abdomens or around the shoulders and triceps.
  • 5/31/2011
    Scientists at the University of California San Francisco and the University of California Los Angeles have combined natural immunity with genetic engineering to create HIV-resistant blood cells in HIV positive individuals. This research was based on the discovery of a person with natural immunity to HIV in Berlin in 2007. This person donated blood that was transfused into an AIDS patient. The recipient's disease then went into remission and has remained undetectable. It is believed that less than one percent of people possess this type of natural immunity.
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    5/28/2011
    Researchers from Tel Aviv University in Israel recently reported that after following 820 adults over a 20-year period, it became clear that those who enjoyed good friendships at work had a significantly lower risk of dying from any cause.  In fact, these results provide an interesting corollary to previous research showing that having good friends matters more to longevity than even having close family relationships.
  • 5/26/2011
    A recent study at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, found that people who are lonely are more disposed to developing chronic inflammation -- and the diseases it can cause, such as cardiovascular illness and cancer -- than the more outgoing among us. In fact, loneliness was shown to have as great an impact on mortality rates as that of alcohol use and even smoking. According to a separate study that took place at the University of California, Los Angeles, certain genes are regulated differently in lonely people than they are in the extroverted, which could help explain the other researchers' findings.
  • 5/24/2011
    According to a study published in Pediatrics in 2010, 15 percent of American girls now reach puberty by age seven.Among black girls, the rate is at least 25 percent at that age. And the thing is, the average age of onset seems to be headed downward, at least for white and Latina girls. While the age of menstruation hasn't declined as rapidly as the age of breast development, it nevertheless has dropped steadily. Currently, the average girl starts menstruating at 12.4 years. In the middle of the 19th century, in contrast, the age of onset was typically more like 16 or 17, and it was 14.6 by 1950. Since then, it had dropped an astonishing few months every decade.
  • 5/21/2011
    Aerobic exercise can not only help you lose weight in all the right places but also gain something in one very important place: your brain.  A region of your brain that is essential to memory has been shown in a recent study to increase in volume after getting regular cardiovascular exercise. The research, which took place at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, demonstrated that when older people committed to a walking routine for a year, the hippocampus area of the brain -- which typically loses some mass over time as we age -- actually increased in size.
  • 5/19/2011
    The field of regenerative medicine is booming, and that has the potential to create advancements most of us would never have even thought possible. One such innovation is extracellular matrix, a powder derived from pig bladders. Normally put to use in repairing tendons during surgery, some scientists have begun to experiment outside the box because it has been found to regenerate tissue. One case in point: extracellular matrix was recently used to re-grow the half-inch end of a person's finger that had been sliced off in an accident. The tip of the finger grew back -- nail, circulation, and all -- without so much as a scar in just four weeks.
  • 5/17/2011
    Foreign Accent Syndrome (FAS) affects less than 100 people worldwide, but even so, it's disturbing enough to those who have it that there's a website devoted to "FAS support." According to the website, where you can hear samples of FAS-altered speech, "FAS is a speech disorder that causes a sudden change to speech so that a native speaker is perceived to speak with a ‘foreign" accent. The change can come about as a result of stroke, a bop on the head, brain injury, migraine headache, multiple sclerosis, or apparently, anesthesia.
  • 5/14/2011
    According to a new study at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, close to 10,000 children a year take a trip to the emergency room due to an injury caused by their crib, bassinet, or playpen. And one of the researchers said this number is actually an underestimate of the amount of injuries because it only takes hospital visits into consideration. Many more children involved in these accidents are taken to their pediatrician or a clinic, or they are never treated because the injuries are not grave.
  • 5/12/2011
    A new study conducted at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta found that the rate of strokes in children and younger adults has risen tremendously in just over a decade. Boys and men between the ages of 15 and 34 experienced an increase in their rate of hospitalization for strokes of 51 percent, the largest jump of any age group. The stroke rate for girls and women between the ages of 15 and 34 increased by 17 percent. And the next older age group fared no better. Men between the ages of 35 and 44 showed an increase of 47 percent, while the women between the ages of 35 and 44 increased by 36 percent.
  • 5/10/2011
    Are kids today more self-centered than in past generations? Researchers at MSNBC asked more than 10,000 readers that question, and the vast majority of respondents -- eighty-two percent -- answered "Absolutely, they are." Thirteen percent said they weren't sure, leaving only a puny four percent thinking that youth are no worse now than in the past. A 1998 best-selling book by NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw rides the wave of this sentiment, purporting that the World War II generation had it all over those who came later. The youth of the 1930's, Brokaw says, were "the greatest generation any society has ever produced," exhibiting qualities like dedication, social conscience, bravery, and loyalty, so unlike the current crop of youth.

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