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Could Marijuana Help in Weight Loss?

Could Marijuana Help in Weight Loss?

| January 17, 2013 | 14 Comments

In a stunning look at the medicinal properties of marijuana use, a study published in the American Journal of Epidemiology has found that obesity rates are lowered by roughly one third in those who smoke three times weekly. The research included 52,000 participants, with findings concluding that 22% of those who did not smoke marijuana were obese, compared with just 14% of the regular marijuana smokers.

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How “Giving Back” and Volunteering Can Extend Your Life

How “Giving Back” and Volunteering Can Extend Your Life

| January 17, 2013 | 1 Comment

Performing selfless acts of volunteering for others may result in a longer life, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. Volunteers who reported volunteering for altruistic values or a desire for social connections lived longer than people who didn’t volunteer. Similar benefits may be exhibited from working for a particular cause that you believe in.

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Guess Who's Viewing Your 'Confidential' Medical Records?

Guess Who’s Viewing Your ‘Confidential’ Medical Records?

| January 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

According to a new report, your medical information is being sold without your full knowledge. The key lies within your office bill or EOB (explanation of benefits), where you will see the coded numbers (CPT and ICD9).

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Average Person Consumes 300% more Sugar Daily than 'Recommended'

Average Person Consumes 300% more Sugar Daily than ‘Recommended’

| January 16, 2013 | 5 Comments

You’ll seldom find yourself arguing with most conscientious consumers when presented with the fact that high fructose corn syrup is a health-destroyer and should be avoided. But, what about other sugars? Some experts say that table sugar (both brown and white, from cane or beet) is similarly bad for you, as is the fructose found naturally in fruit. But, have we taken the sugar-scare too far?

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How Cursive Writing Uniquely Helps Brain Development

How Cursive Writing Uniquely Helps Brain Development

| January 16, 2013 | 9 Comments

In an age of keyboards and touch-screens, some might argue that teaching cursive is a vestigial nicety in today’s classrooms. Even handwriting, much less cursive writing, is neglected in the national curriculum guidelines supported by 45 states at the end of 2012. Many educators and scientists, however, are railing against the trend.

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Diet Soda, Aspartame Shown to Destroy Kidney Function

Diet Soda, Aspartame Shown to Destroy Kidney Function

| January 15, 2013 | 16 Comments

In an 11-year study by scientists at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, there was a strong positive correlation found between degeneration of kidney function and consumption of aspartame-containing diet soda.

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House Mold Could be Making You Sick, and You Might Not Know It

House Mold Could be Making You Sick, and You Might Not Know It

| January 15, 2013 | 2 Comments

Mold may not be seen as a threat by many homeowners, but experts have estimated that mold may be present in up to 25% of homes, and 40% of American schools. The growing prevalence of house mold and mold in schools may lead to an increase in respiratory disease and other rare life-threatening conditions

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Is Breast Milk the Key to Mother-Baby Bonding?

Is Breast Milk the Key to Mother-Baby Bonding?

| January 15, 2013 | 1 Comment

Early bonding is natural and important for healthy childhood development. But what creates the mother-baby bond? As many mothers might already believe, moms who breast feed are actually more apt to bond with their babies than those that formula feed. Research shows that breast-feeding mothers show stronger brain response when their baby cries as compared to mothers who do not breast feed.

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2,000 Year-Old Shipwreck Discovered, Contains Natural Medicines

2,000 Year-Old Shipwreck Discovered, Contains Natural Medicines

| January 14, 2013 | 17 Comments

We occasionally need a reminder that nature has been providing medicine for millennia and can still be trusted to provide it today. One of those reminders came just a couple years ago when archaeologists discovered a wooden box full of medicine in a 2,000 year-old sunken ship off the coast of Tuscany.

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CFL Bulbs Contain Harmful Chemicals, Damage Your Skin

CFL Bulbs Contain Harmful Chemicals, Damage Your Skin

| January 14, 2013 | 6 Comments

A German Study that found that compact fluorescent lights emit cancer-causing chemicals such as phenol, naphthalene, and styrene when switched on. Inspired by these findings, researchers at Stony Brook University in New York have released a study on the effects that UV radiation from CFL bulbs can have on human skin cells.

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