How Flimsy, Manipulated Research Leads to more Harmful Pharmaceuticals

From headaches to heartburn, anxiety to cancer, there’s a pharmaceutical for everything these days. Few of us really bother reading the long list of side effects before popping a few pills, and we don’t question our doctors or the so-called medicine for which they make us break the bank. We assume that they all mean well. Maybe they do. Even if that were true, it’ not working.


Research Links Depression to Increased Stroke Risk

Depressed women may have a higher risk of stroke, according to new research published online Aug. 11 in the journal Stroke. “We know that stroke can increase risk of depression, but depression itself may increase risk of future stroke,” said study author An Pan, a research scientist at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston.


15 Minutes Daily Exercise Adds 3 Years to Life, is ‘Bare Minimum for Health’

In our inactive society, most people simply aren’t exercising enough to support their own health. However, contrary to what some people may think, findings show that just 15 minutes of daily exercise can increase life expectancy by 3 years while cutting your risk of “all-cause” death rates by 14%. This is good news for many who claim not to have enough time to exercise.


Birth Control Increases Risk of Contracting, Transmitting HIV, Suggests Study

An African study demonstrated that women who take birth control have a doubled risk of contracting HIV than women not taking the pill. In addition, an HIV positive woman who takes birth control pills is twice as likely to pass the virus to her uninfected partner compared to an infected woman not taking the pill.


Extra Weight Linked to Dementia Risk, Sluggish Brain Function

While there are many different diseases that can lead to dementia, including stroke, and Alzheimer’s, researchers also fear that an expanding waistline during middle age could lead to problems with dementia later in life as well. A Swedish study that followed almost 9000 twins for 30 years found convincing evidence linking excess body fat with increased dementia risk.


Antidepressant Use and Breast Cancer: Exploring a New Threat

Research has found a suspicious link between the use of anti-depressant medication and some very unpleasant side effects including headaches, stomach aches, nervousness, increased risk of miscarriage, autism and suicidal thoughts. But that’s not all. This time, researchers found that women who take a selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant are at a higher risk of developing breast cancer.


Second-hand Smoke Could Actually Cause Birth Defects

Fathers-to-be should stop smoking to protect their unborn child from the risk of stillbirth or birth defects, scientists say. University of Nottingham researchers found that pregnant women exposed to smoke at work or home increased their risk of stillbirth by 23% and of having a baby with defects by 13%.


Green Tea More Effective in Preventing Flu than Vaccines

Drinking green tea can slash your risk of influenza, as it contains powerful antiviral components that a new study has associated with a lower risk of flu infection. Researchers examined more than 2,000 elementary school students who were given questionnaires about their green tea consumption and illness during influenza season.


Chart Shows Healthier Real Food Meals Cheaper than Fast Food

A new chart created by the New York Times shows that eating wholesome real foods that are far healthier than fast food is actually much more cost effective. The chart analyzes the price difference between a McDonald’s meal for 4 and 2 different well-balanced meals for 4


Apple or Pear a Day Protects Brain Health

A new study has found that consuming fruit with a white interior, such as apples and pears, can protect your body against strokes — adding to the pile of research that suggests fruit consumption can help slash your risk of disease.


Speaking the Truth Too Loudly? Why the Site Was Down Yesterday

When clicking on any content links, a page would pop up warning you of “suspicious activity” or “malware” risks. What was that all about? Well, it seems we may be speaking the truth too loudly for some people with our recent launch of the highly successful Vaccine Information Week campaign.


Childhood Trauma Influences Adult Disease Risk

Children who were traumatized early in life through abuse, lose of a parent, or other hardships are more likely to develop chronic diseases later in life according to a new international study.


Popular Statin Drugs Linked to Excess Diabetes Risk

Statin drugs are taken by 1 in 4 Americans over 45 years of age. According to a recent meta-analysis, researchers found a link between statin use and an excess diabetes risk. Researchers looked at 5 different trials involving 32,000 people. The results were shocking: the higher the dosage of statin drugs being taken, the greater the diabetes risk.


Lifestyle Changes Can Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s

A new, theoretical analysis finds that about half of the risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease are potentially changeable, and that reducing them could substantially decrease the number of new cases of disease worldwide, according to a study to be presented Tuesday at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference. The study is the first known analysis that tries to quantify and compare how risk factors are associated with Alzheimer’s. It will be published Tuesday on the journal Lancet Neurology’s website after the conference presentation.


Many Sunscreens Increase Skin Cancer Risk, FDA Has Known for a Decade But Done Nothing

A new report issued by the consumer protection organization Environmental Working Group (EWG) reveals that many popular sunscreens contain ingredients known to spur the growth and spread of skin cancer cells, which defeats their stated purpose of preventing skin cancer. Data indicates that the sun’s rays combine with certain sunscreen ingredients in the skin and damage skin cells, which can lead to lesions and tumors.


Healthy Lifestyle Slashes Dementia Risk

Heart disease, strokes, and other serious health conditions that affect the circulatory system or brain have long been thought to contribute to an increased risk of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. Now, a new study suggests that even relatively minor health problems seemingly unrelated to the mind—such as how well dentures fit—may affect a person’s risk as well. Researchers in Canada analyzed data on 7,239 older people who periodically filled out detailed questionnaires about their overall health.


Mobile Phones Cause ‘Five-Fold Increase in Brain Cancer Risk’

The Swedish study found large increased incidence of astrocytoma, the most common form of a malignant brain tumour type called glioma, in those who had been using mobiles for over 10 years. Campaigners said the research, published in the International Journal of Oncology, was further evidence of the need to educate children of the potential dangers of talking on mobile phones.


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