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Month: November 2011

Tooth cleaning leads to fewer heart problems: study

Tooth cleaning leads to fewer heart problems: study

ORLANDO, Florida | Sun Nov 13, 2011 (Reuters) – Regular visits to the dentist for tooth cleaning may provide more than just a brighter smile. According to data compiled by researchers in Taiwan, people who had their teeth professionally scraped and cleaned had a 24 percent lower risk of heart attack and 13 percent lower risk of stroke compared to those who never had a dental cleaning. Poor oral hygiene has been associated with an increased risk of heart disease….

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Life is full of compromises

Life is full of compromises

Alright … some of you might think of me as a health nut. Some of you may think that I am obsessed with health, and perhaps you could never live like me. I don’t believe that I am too much different than most people. I dislike being sick. I hope to be active and alert as I grow older. I like to feel good about choices I make. In many ways we live in a complicated, challenging world … in…

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Study links BPA to behaviour problems in young girls

Study links BPA to behaviour problems in young girls

October 24, 2011 By Dr. Marla Shapiro BPA, the plastic component bisphenol A has been a growing health concern. It is considered a synthetic estrogen and it has made its way into our bodies by leaching from plastic bottles with the number 7, canned foods and beverages and thermal cash register receipts. These are products we handle daily or eat our food from. Most of us living in industrialized nations are exposed to BPA, which has been linked to cardiovascular…

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Too little exercise, too much TV tied to depression

Too little exercise, too much TV tied to depression

By Genevra Pittman NEW YORK | Fri Nov 11, 2011 (Reuters Health) – Women who exercised frequently and didn’t watch much TV were least likely be diagnosed with depression in a new study of middle-aged North Americans. Researchers found that women who reported exercising the most in recent years were about 20 percent less likely to get depression than those who rarely got their blood moving. On the other hand, the more hours they spent watching TV each week, the…

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Eating nuts may enhance mood

Eating nuts may enhance mood

CBC News Posted: Nov 4, 2011 Nuts are not only good for the body but they may also influence how people feel, researchers in Spain have found. Nutrition and food science Prof. Cristina Andres-Lacueva of the University of Barcelona and her team gave 22 people 30 grams of mixed almonds, walnuts and brazil nuts each day for 12 weeks. Another group of 20 men and women aged 31 to 63 was told to avoid nuts. All of the participants had…

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High-Fiber Diet May Help Thwart Colon Cancer

High-Fiber Diet May Help Thwart Colon Cancer

FRIDAY, Nov. 11 (HealthDay News) — Eating a high-fiber diet may reduce your risk of colorectal cancer, especially if the fiber is from cereal and whole grains, according to a new review. British and Dutch researchers analyzed 25 studies that included a total of nearly 2 million people. Compared with the lowest levels of fiber consumption, each 10 gram per day increase in intake of total dietary fiber and cereal fiber was associated with a 10 percent reduced risk of…

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Diabetes to afflict 522 million by 2030

Diabetes to afflict 522 million by 2030

The Associated Press Nov 13, 2011 The International Diabetes Federation predicts that one in 10 adults could have diabetes by 2030, according to the latest statistics. In a report issued on Monday, the advocacy group estimated that 522 million people would have diabetes in the next two decades, driven by factors including aging and demographic changes. The figure includes both types of diabetes. The group expects the number of cases to jump by 90 per cent even in Africa, where…

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Buy Local Honey to Make Sure You’re Really Getting Honey, and Support Local Beekeepers

Buy Local Honey to Make Sure You’re Really Getting Honey, and Support Local Beekeepers

A report by Food Safety News earlier this week claims that the majority of the honey available in most grocery and department stores in the United States doesn’t legally meet the definition of “honey.” It’s been “ultra-filtered,” in order to produce a super-clear product that won’t crystallize. In the process, the honey loses any and all pollen, which is required to trace the honey to its origins in case of contamination and may have health benefits. Here’s how to find…

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Fifth Disease

Fifth Disease

As a supply educational assistant, I have been to many different schools here in Ottawa. In my travels I have occasionally seen on the front door of a couple of schools a notice that Fifth Disease was present in the school. I never paid much attention to it for a couple of reasons … I was under the impression it was mainly for pregnant women, and I had to carry on and work there regardless. Recently, Janice & I became…

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Conquer Seasonal Affective Disorder

Conquer Seasonal Affective Disorder

SAD is characterized by fall and winter depression, excessive sleep (hypersomnia), increased appetite with carbohydrate cravings, and weight gain, which alternates with normal moods and behaviour in the spring and summer. Even though the winter blues is a lesser form of SAD, it can be debilitating. Without effective treatment many people find their day-to-day life unsatisfying and difficult to manage. There is an increased prevalence of the winter blues in areas of Canada that have a high proportion of rainy…

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