Pesticide Residue Reduces Chances of Pregnancy In Women Using Reproductive Technologies

November 08, 2017 JAMA internal medicine TAKE-HOME MESSAGE A cohort of 325 women undergoing 541 cycles of assisted reproductive technologies (ART) was assessed to evaluate the association between preconception intake of pesticide residues in fruits and vegetables (FVs) and outcomes following infertility treatment. There was an association between greater intake of high-pesticide residue FVs and…

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Using Turmeric and Curcumin To Lower Cholesterol May Help People At Risk of Heart Disease

This article found that turmeric and curcumin may protect patients at risk of cardiovascular disease through improving serum lipid levels. Curcumin may be used as a well-tolerated dietary adjunct to conventional drugs. The authors said that further research is required to resolve uncertainties related to dosage form, dose and medication frequency of curcumin. Efficacy and…

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Meditation and Cardiovascular Risk Reduction

October 10, 2017 Journal of the American Heart Association TAKE-HOME MESSAGE The authors of this American Heart Association scientific statement reviewed the effects of meditation on cardiovascular risk. The quality and quantity of evidence reviewed were modest but indicate a possible beneficial effect of meditation on cardiovascular risk based on the effects on physiological response…

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Dietary and Lifestyle Risk Factors Associated With Kidney Stones

October 04, 2017 The Journal of Urology TAKE-HOME MESSAGE Using data from the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study and the Nurses’ Health Study, this study characterized the association of modifiable risk factors with the incidence of stone disease. Investigators found that maintaining a normal BMI, consuming an adequate amount of fluid, eating a balanced diet rich…

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The Metabolic Syndrome and Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death

September 27, 2017 Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions – increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and high cholesterol or triglycerides.  An article in the Journal of the American Heart Association concluded that the risk of a sudden deadly heart attack is proportional to the number of metabolic syndrome…

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Yoga Improves Blood Sugar in Adults with Type 2 Diabetes

In an article published in Preventive Medicine, people with Type 2 diabetes who did Yoga for about 8 weeks had better blood sugar, blood pressure, cholesterol levels, stress levels, and even lost some weight. September 26, 2017 Yoga Improves Glycemic Control in Adults With Type 2 Diabetes Preventive Medicine TAKE-HOME MESSAGE The authors of this…

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Diet Sodas Raise Risk of Stroke & Dementia

Tuesday, 26 September 2017 17:15 By Jill Carnahan, MD, Contributing Writer Diet sodas are garnering negative attention yet again, and for good reason. A recent report from the ongoing Framingham Heart Study indicates that drinking as little as one can of sugar-free soda per day is associated with higher risks of stroke or developing dementia. Heavily…

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Sitting is the new Smoking

Another Study Ties Sitting to Mortality Risk by Alexandria Bachert MPH, Staff Writer, MedPage Today September 11, 2017 Sitting more than half the day, regardless of how much exercise people got otherwise, was associated with increased risk of all-cause mortality in a large prospective study of middle-aged and older adults in the U.S. Those spending…

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Bone Density Exam/Testing

Bone Density Test A bone density test is the only test that can diagnose osteoporosis before a broken bone occurs. This test helps to estimate the density of your bones and your chance of breaking a bone. NOF recommends a bone density test of the hip and spine by a central DXA machine to diagnose…

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Why Is Osteoarthritis Increasing?

New study finds osteoarthritis is more than wear and tear by Leo Robert, Rheumatology Network August 20, 2017 Knee osteoarthritis has more than doubled in prevalence since the mid-20th century after occurring at low frequencies since prehistoric times, a study has found. Writing online in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team of researchers from…

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