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  • 5/7/2011
    A new study has proven unequivocally that the radiation emitted from cell phone antennas alters our brain activity. While these effects may not necessarily be harmful, it's impossible to argue any longer that cell phone usage has no physical impact on brain tissue. The research, which took place through the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, focused on the brain's increased metabolism of glucose while using a cell phone. The 47 study volunteers underwent PET scans while holding cells phones to their heads that were either off or on but muted. The scientists discovered that more than 50 minutes of exposure to a cell phone that is on boosts activity in the area of the brain nearest the antenna by approximately seven percent.
  • 5/5/2011
    A new study has shown that approximately half of all adult men are infected with HPV. The participants were residents of the United States, Brazil, and Mexico, and the mean age among them was 32 years old. The rates of HPV infection discovered were high in men of every age. The findings also showed that the immune systems of older men were typically able to clear up HPV infections faster than those in younger men. And, unsurprisingly, certain strains of HPV that can cause cancer were highest in men with more than one sexual partner at a time.
  • 5/3/2011
    A few years ago about a study demonstrated that yelling swear words when experiencing pain can actually help the sensation of pain diminish.  Now, in a new study, the same research team reports on how well the pain relief conferred by cursing works for seasoned profanity users versus those who rarely curse.
  • 4/30/2011
    Recent research that took place at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden, found that women who have more than one cup of coffee each day have a 22 to 25 percent lower risk of stroke than those women who don't drink coffee or have less than a cup a day. But it's not just beneficial for women -- another study conducted by the same researchers in 2008 determined a similar outcome for men who were coffee drinkers.
  • 4/28/2011
    Reports coming out of Chernobyl 25 years after the nuclear disaster there attest to this fact. In the 1660-square-mile restricted area around the site of the meltdown -- an evacuated area covering parts of Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia -- lush, primeval forests now thrive. Herds of wild animals -- bears, wolves, deer, wild boar and so on -- now roam the area where civilization once held sway, grazing their way down former city streets now overgrown. In fact, over 100 species on the endangered list inhabit the area, including 40 species never seen there before the accident.
  • 4/26/2011
    A study that took place at the National Cancer Institute in Rockville, Maryland, found that eating a diet rich in fiber was not only linked to a lower risk of mortality from heart disease or a heart attack, but from respiratory and infectious diseases as well. Curiously, the researchers found a connection between higher fiber intake and a lower risk of death from cancer that only seemed to hold true for men, not women.
  • 4/23/2011
    A recent study that took place at Children's Hospital Boston found that formula-fed babies who are started on solid food before they are 4 months old have a greater risk of obesity than infants started on solids between 4 and 6 months of age. In addition, multiple studies have shown that baby fat in kids presages obesity in adulthood and can set off a variety of health issues, including enlargement of heart chambers.
  • 4/21/2011
    Researchers genetically altered mice so they overproduced a stress hormone called "corticotrophin-releasing factor," or "CRF." In reaction to the increased stress, the mice turned gray and lost hair. But then, the scientists injected the mice with a mellow-out compound called astressin-B, which blocked production of the stress hormone. To the great surprise of the research team, one of the side effects was that the mice grew back their missing fur. The take-home message here is that stress and hair-loss can go hand-in-hand, and so reducing stress may be key in reducing hair loss.
  • 4/19/2011
    Scientists at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland have shown that the worse a person's untreated hearing impairment is, the greater their risk of developing dementia.1 It is not necessarily that the hearing loss directly causes the dementia, but the two conditions certainly seem to be independently associated. Clearly it is important to get our hearing tested regularly and use hearing aids if necessary. But there are other things we can do as well to keep dementia at bay.
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    Last year, the American Cancer Society revised its recommendations about prostate cancer screening. They changed from advising men 40 and over to get a regular check-up to a more cautious suggestion of discussing your risk level with your doctor to determine whether an exam is warranted. Now, there is further research backing up the determination that prostate cancer screenings can potentially be more harmful than helpful.
  • 4/14/2011
    A just-released report by the Natural Resources Defense Council and the National Disease Clusters Alliance identifies 42 "disease clusters" in the US, spread out among 13 states. Certainly, the existence of disease clusters gives new meaning to the realtor's favorite chant: "location, location, location." Even the nicest neighborhoods can be subject to contamination, and people often don't know that they're living in a toxic zone until it's too late -- until they've already had exposure, or worse, gotten sick.
  • 4/12/2011
    A new study shows that for the past 30 years we have been eating more foods with added sugar and, correspondingly, our weight has increased as well. The important thing to note in the study is that the Body Mass Indexes (BMIs) of the subjects ascended through the decades right along with the increases in dietary added sugar. Previous research has confirmed that there’s a connection between eating greater quantities of fat and calories and increases in our weight, but this study pointed a finger at added sugars as another culprit in this matter.
  • 4/9/2011
    The latest study on perfluorocarbons (PFCs) has found that greater exposure to them may cause women to begin menopause years earlier. Premature menopause with an onset before the age of 40 has been shown to increase the risk of developing heart disease and osteoporosis. In addition, the loss of estrogen that accompanies menopause puts women at greater risk for colon and ovarian cancer, periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cataract formation.  Continue reading for more information about women's health, unsuspecting toxins, preventing disease and premature menopause naturally with progesterone!
  • 4/7/2011
    Members of the American Optometric Association are suggesting that the new Nintendo 3DS may be a helpful tool that can alert parents to a potential vision problem, especially in children younger than 6. That's despite the manufacturer's own warning that the product should not be used by kids under the age of 6, mind you. Then again, according to a 2008 study at the University of California, Berkeley, 3-D viewing is even worse for children's developing eyes than regular video games.  Read on for more information about detecting vision problems in your child's developing eyes with this natural health blog!
  • 4/5/2011
    A recent study out of Tufts University just published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that the chances of having a heart attack increase 2.7 times during and right after sex. The risk is greatest for normally sedentary people who engage in what the researchers euphemistically call "episodic sex," meaning sex once in a blue moon.  Read on for more information about heart health & heart attack risks and physical activity!
  • 4/2/2011
    Recent research at the University of California Los Angeles found that taking weekly tai chi classes decreased seniors' incidence of depression significantly. Then again, the depression relieving benefits of tai chi reported in the study are hardly unique to tai chi. Previous studies have found that 30 minutes of plain old mainstream exercise three times a week is actually more effective than pharmaceutical drugs at relieving depression.  Read on for natural health information to alleviate depression, arthritis pain and boost mental health, with Jon Barron's natural health blog!
  • 3/31/2011
    Researchers at the University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center in Minneapolis are trying to use salmonella to attack tumors and destroy them. They believe it makes sense to put salmonella to work where it's most at home in the body -- around the organs of the abdominal region such as the liver and spleen and in segments of the digestive tract like the colon.  Continue reading for more information about alternative cancer therapies!
  • 3/29/2011
    The journal Radiology this month carried two articles by experts regarding airport scanners-- one defending them and one suggesting that we stop using them. But the real point isn't how much radiation you're being exposed to, but why risk any exposure at all when the effectiveness of these scanners is highly questionable (in tests they miss many things such as guns and bomb components) and good alternatives exist, such as no-radiation millimeter wave scanners, which cost about the same and are about as effective?  Understand your risks of exposure and what you can do to protect your health with this natural health blog!
  • 3/26/2011
    New research conducted at Cornell University shows that Facebook can actually improve your self-esteem…possibly. However, it is pretty hard to imagine any boost to the self-esteem of the many people who have experienced cyberbullying on Facebook.  Read on, for more information about children and the effect social networking may have on their mental health, with this natural health blog.
  • 3/24/2011
    Researchers at the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine in Los Angeles recently developed a new method of assessing weight that focuses more on the amount of body fat and less on overall size. Their measurement system, called the Body Adiposity Index (BAI), concentrates on your height and hip circumference instead of your overall weight.  BAI presents more of a total representation than BMI.  Learn more about this new testing system to help in natural weight control with this health blog.
  • 3/22/2011
    Participants in a recent study who regularly drank alcohol had, overall, a 29 percent lower incidence of dementia and a 42 percent reduction in occurrence of Alzheimer's compared to those who didn't touch the stuff. The results also revealed that less isn't necessarily more in this case. Those who drank two to three alcoholic beverages daily actually had a lower incidence of dementia than those who sipped just one. Surprisingly, it didn't matter much whether the drink of choice was rosè or rum; wine and beer offered no advantage over the stronger stuff.
  • 3/19/2011
    A recent study conducted at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center found that men who take nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) on a regular basis are 38 percent more likely to have erection difficulties than their counterparts who rarely or never use these drugs.  This was not the result the researchers expected, as ED is believed to be a result of inflammation.  Read on for natural alternatives to NSAIDs to prevent erectile dysfunction with this natural health blog!
  • 3/17/2011
    Several EPA studies, including one that concludes that radioactive material from natural gas drilling waste, in fact, does not fully dilute when released into waterways were never released by order of the White House. And in fact, federal regulations do not require wastewater treatment plants to test the water they discharge for use by the public for radioactivity. Protect your health by learning more about toxins in our drinking water with this natural health blog!
  • 3/15/2011
    The USDA regularly has nutrition checks performed on common foods, and the egg has made changes for the better.  Since the last time it was tested in 2002, the amount of cholesterol in a large egg has dropped 14 percent from 215 milligrams to 185 mg.  And the vitamin D it provides has increased 64 percent, going from 25 International Units up to 41 IU.  Continue reading for more information on egg consumption and heart health!
  • 3/12/2011
    According to a new study at Duke University in Raleigh, North Carolina, children who display more self-control in their younger years grow up to become more financially responsible, productive, and even healthier members of society.  In fact, self-discipline was shown to have roughly as much influence as major life-affecting factors such as IQ and socioeconomic background.  Understand how teaching your children self-control may help them to lead healthier lives, with this natural health blog!