Dental Tip: Helping Children Overcome Fear Of Dentist


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One of the scenarios most dentists have likely experienced is a young patient that is afraid of going to the dentist – and is afraid once they get there as well. Getting the child to the dentist is traumatic enough but the fear doesn’t end at the dentist’s office. Here’s some steps dentists can use Read More


Victorian Baby Teeth Could Help Predict Future Health Of Children Today



Baby teeth from children who died during the 1845-52 Irish famine could help us predict the future health of children born today, according to new research. Investigators found that the biochemical composition of teeth that were forming in the womb and during a child’s early years not only provided insight into the health of the Read More


A Dental Discussion With Dr. Ana Brightleaf



Dr. Ana Brightleaf is a Santa Monica, Calif.-based dentist using state-of-the-art dental technology and the latest research in dental science, along with natural health and healing data. As a patient-focused dentistry practice, Dr. Brightleaf offers a whole body approach to dental health. Brightleaf Dental serves clients from all over Los Angeles, Santa Monica, and Beverly Read More


Spring Clean Your Heart


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Even if those modest 1900-style swimsuits remained fashionable, many of us would still feel too uncomfortable to go to the beach. Our weight, body type, and body image can weigh heavier on our hearts than on our hips. While the glory of another gorgeous spring is blooming all round us, many of us feel like Read More


Can Sunlight Continue To Damage Skin When Its Dark?


Close up detail of a very bad sunburn showing the peeling blistered skin of a mans back.  Shallow depth of field.

Most of the damage to skin from ultraviolet radiation happens within a few hours of sun or tanning bed exposure. But can skin damage continue after it becomes dark? A team of Yale-led researchers have determined that is the case. The study is published in the journal Science. The researchers stated that much of the Read More


Good News For Dark Chocolate Lovers



New research shows that dark chocolate not only lowers blood pressure but also improves attention – especially when hitting that midday slump. Realizing that chocolate contains some powerful stimulants, a study was conducted at North Arizona University to see if people who consume chocolate would see an immediate stimulant effect. The study – published in Read More


Can A Mushroom A Day Help To Keep The Doctor Away?



Yes – says a new University of Florida study that shows increased immunity in people who ate a cooked shiitake mushroom every day for four weeks. The study – led by Sue Percival, a UF Food Science and Human Nutrition Professor and Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences faculty member – took a look at Read More


Consider Walking Or Cycling To Lose Weight


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New research backs up the assumption that walking and cycling to work will help reduce your Body Mass Index (BMI) and reduce the level of obesity over two years . Researchers with the University of East Anglia and the Centre for Diet Activity and Research studied the potential to contribute to reducing the average weight Read More


Health Benefits Of Coffee Studied



Researchers recently conducted the most comprehensive study to date on how free radicals and antioxidants behave during every stage of coffee’s brewing process. These free radicals are unstable molecules that seek electrons for stability and are known to cause cellular and DNA damage in the human body. Their findings – published in PLOS ONE – Read More


Dietary Fight Against Inflammation



Imagine striking a match that never burns out. That’s what millions of Americans do when they sit down to eat. Eating junk foods, processed foods, white flour, and white sugar; drinking alcohol, and devouring other empty calories can trigger autoimmune responses throughout our bodies – in our nervous, digestive, respiratory, endocrine, cardiovascular, and immune systems. Read More


Food Trends For 2015



Food Technology magazine has compiled the top food trends for 2015. Diet Watching Packaged Facts data shows that over half of adults are watching their diets: 66 percent for general health reasons 55 percent to lose weight 40 percent to limit fat, sugar, sodium 38 percent to prevent future medical issues 37 percent to maintain Read More


How Do You Treat A Cold Sore?



More than half of Americans ages 14 to 49 carry the virus that causes cold sores, and the virus stays in the body even after the cold sores clear. If the virus reactivates or wakes up, you could get cold sores. Many things can trigger a cold sore including a flu, cold or fever; sun Read More


Are You Overeating By Accident?



Overeating is defined as excessive food consumption. And individuals suffering from compulsive overeating can be obsessed with food and typically eat when they are not hungry. But is it possible to overeat by accident? Does it feel impossible to keep from overeating certain foods? Perhaps so and it may be no accident, says Stacey Cahn, Read More


Does Exercise Type Matter?


Body buidling exercise at gym

There are two main types of exercise – strength training – a method of improving muscular strength by gradually increasing the ability to resist force through the use of weights – and endurance training which is exercising for endurance. While medical experts typically agree that a combined program of diet and exercise is the best Read More


Recognizing The Signs Of Diabetes



What an amazing piece of machinery the human body is! Recognizing when this beautiful machine starts to break down can help prevent long-term damage. Blood glucose is the sugar in your bloodstream that provides energy to every cell in your body. The sugar is manufactured from the foods you eat. So the saying that you Read More