Black Pepper: New Appreciation For An Old Fave

 

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Piper nigrum – an exotic botanical name for what most of us think of as run-of-the-mill black pepper. But the truth is that black pepper is only ubiquitous because it has such universal appeal as a seasoning. What a lot of folk may not know is that it’s also a boon to our health. The Read More

 


Can Too Much Artificial Light Make You Sick?

 

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Now more than ever we are exposed to more artificial light than we are natural light – which isn’t really great for your body’s natural sleep/wake cycle, researchers say. In fact, Cancer Epidemiologist Richard Stevens and his team members at UConn Health at the University of Connecticut believe that such overexposure has possible ties to Read More

 


New Study: Stay Active And Age Optimally

 

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Staying active does allow you to age optimally, says a new study conducted by King’s College London and the University of Birmingham and published in The Journal of Physiology. The study took a look at 84 male and 41 female cyclers between the ages of 55 and 79. The goal was to see how the Read More

 


Sweet Potato Leaves: A Great Source Of Vitamins

 

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The sweet potato is a simple starch rich in complex carbohydrates, dietary fiber and beta-carotene while having moderate contents of other micronutrients, including vitamin B5, vitamin B6, manganese and potassium, and is a good source of ascorbic acid (vitamin C). But how many people stop to consider the nutrients in this vegetable’s typically discarded leaves? Read More

 


Reach The Peak Of Health With Pink Himalayan Salt

 

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Once a prized possession of the ultra-rich and powerful, and a national treasure over which wars have been waged, I give you salt. That’s right, that shaker of white crystals on your kitchen counter has long been regarded as one of the most valuable commodities on earth. More than 6,000 years ago Greeks, Hebrews, Chinese, Read More

 


The Link Between Exercise And Healthy Seniors

 

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Physically active older Americans may be protecting themselves from the effects of small areas of brain damage that can affect their movement abilities, says a new study published in the current issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. And the researchers say that the results remained the same even after Read More

 


New Research: A Closer Look At Tooth Fillings Materials

 

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Tooth decay is a serious health problem and it is often necessary to repair cavities. Today they often use a composite filling material made of acrylate compounds, as it resembles the color of the teeth and is reasonably strong so it can handle the rigors of the powerful chewing movements. But composite filling materials have Read More

 


Periodontist-Designed Device Helps Dentists Protect Patients’ Hearing

 

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The American Dental Association recommends dental professionals use hearing protection while using dental equipment because numerous published studies have shown that dental professionals suffer from poorer hearing than non-noise exposed medical professionals. This exposure to high frequency equipment noise is unavoidable for dental professionals, and over a period of years this exposure can gradually damage Read More

 


Environmental Tobacco Smoke Associated With Periodontitis In U.S. Non-Smokers

 

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Periodontitis affects approximately 47% of adults in the United States and the U.S. Surgeon General has concluded that cigarette smoking is one of its causes. Despite numerous adverse health effects of environmental tobacco smoke (ETS), an association between periodontitis and this “second-hand smoke” in non-smokers remains questionable. In this study, the researchers aimed to investigate Read More

 


Do You Know How To Spot Skin Cancer?

 

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It is estimated that one in five Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer in the course of their lifetime; one person dies from melanoma – the deadliest form of skin cancer – every hour. Do you know how to detect skin cancer? The American Academy of Dermatology not only encourages people to learn how Read More

 


The Link Between Food Safety And Climate Change

 

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Were you aware that climate change can affect your food safety in a number of ways? A recent European study stated that there is often a relationship between long-term changes in temperature and rainfall and vegetable and fruit contamination. The findings – published in the journal Food Research International – state for example that flooding Read More

 


Thyme For Improving Heart Health And Blood Pressure

 

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The ancient Egyptians used it to embalm pharaohs; the ancient Greeks used it as a sacred temple incense. Medieval knights adorned their scarves with it – a talisman for safety and to inspire bravery. What is “it?” Thyme! And it’s high time you learned more about it. Originally from the Mediterranean region of Europe, thyme Read More

 


The Link Between Obesity And Food Choices

 

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A new study – published in the journal Endocrinology – reports that the environment in which a child lives is an equal or stronger force in determining obesity than a mother’s poor diet during pregnancy, which previously was considered a major cause for their children’s poor diets and related health problems. In the study, at Read More

 


Does Napping Really Work?

 

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If you believe that a short nap taken after a previous night of only sleeping two hours can help relieve stress and bolster your immune system you are correct, says a study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. The study – Napping Reverses The Salivary Interleukin-6 And Urinary Norepinephrine Changes Read More

 


100% Fruit Juice Does Makes A Difference

 

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A new study from the University of Washington Center for Public Health states that 100% juice in your diet makes a difference when it comes to meeting the recommended servings of fruit per day. This is because most Americans consume about one cup of fruit per day which is well below the 1.5 to 2 Read More