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Chikungunya Update as Vacation Season Arrives

2015-05-14 10:31
chikungunya update as vacation season arrives

As we enter vacation season, concerns about what to pack should also be accompanied by awareness of mosquito-borne diseases. Chikungunya is one such disease, so here’s what you and your family should know about it.

The chikungunya virus is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of the female Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes.

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Western lifestyle could be culprit for our disappearing healthy gut bacteria

2015-04-19 12:34
Is Western lifestyle to blame for our disappearing healthy gut bacteria?

Researchers are trying to understand more about bacteria in the gut and how diversity of microbes promote or adversely affect our health. A new study suggests Western lifestyle might be the culprit for disappearing bacteria in our intestines that can have implications for health.

Senior author Jens Walter of the University of Alberta Department of Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science points out several factors that are thought to alter intestinal bacteria including

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How the probiotic Lactobacillus keeps us healthy uncovered

2015-04-16 09:09
First study shows how probiotics work with other intestinal bacteria

Probiotics are touted for their health benefits. Some evidence suggests taking supplements or eating foods containing Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG), such as yogurt, can help stave off respiratory infections, boost immunity, aid weight loss and more. Researchers have been trying to understanding how so-called friendly gut bacteria work to keep us healthy.

Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) have uncovered how LGG affects other bacteria in our gut to keep us healthy.

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Do negative health messages work?

2015-02-21 12:41
Negative health messages from doctors can be counterproductive

Cornell researchers warn that negative messages about health may be counterproductive. Instead of instilling fear about unhealthy lifestyle practices, people are more likely to be happier and healthier from positive messages.

A new paper published by Cornell Food & Brand Lab in Nutrition Reviews suggests the general public does not respond to health messages designed to cause fear.

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New option approved for treating GERD

2015-01-27 13:11
FDA approves generic version of drug for treating GERD

Options for treating gastrointestinal reflux disease (GERD) offer new hope for those suffering from the condition, including FDA-approved generic drugs that provide greater access to healthcare for Americans.

The FDA has approved the nation’s first generic version of the drug Nexium for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease, also referred to as GERD, which occurs when an excessive am

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Get enough of this if you want to improve memory for up to 28 years

2015-01-26 12:59
Getting quality sleep when your young can boost memory when you're old

If you want to boost your memory and learning skills as you age, a new study suggests that maintaining good quality sleep when you're younger can result in better cognitive functioning for up to 28 years as you age.

A new study suggests that getting enough quality sleep when you’re younger results in a better memory when you’re older.

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Why you need to get up and move more even if you hit the gym every day

2015-01-19 22:41
Sitting, even if you exercise daily, can lead to major health problems

More research shows sitting for too long can shorten lifespan, even for those who hit the gym every day. The finding means it's important to get up and move frequently to prevent chronic diseases including diabetes, cancer and more.

Results of the new study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found that risk of death from cancer, diabetes and hear

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Don't Shake Off Hand Bites From Pets, People

2015-01-10 14:36
hand bites from pets and people

Perhaps you are familiar with the idiom, “don’t bite the hand that feeds you.” This popular saying is a lighthearted way to highlight a serious fact: approximately 330,000 cases of hand bites are seen in emergency departments each year in the United States, and these injuries have the potential to be serious.

Hand bites have a higher infection rate than do similar wounds on other sites of the body, whether the bite is from a human or animal.

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FDA cautions public about fake decorative contact lenses

2014-10-24 21:36

Decorative contact lenses can be a fun way to change your look without a long-term commitment, but the FDA has issued a new warning about fake lenses on the market. There are beautiful lenses available from multiple brands that are safe. However, the fake contact lenses must be avoided because of potential eye problems.

The fake decorative contact lenses can cause a variety of health problems including eye infections and allergic reactions.

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