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Month: February 2013

Artificial sweeteners tied to obesity, Type 2 diabetes

Artificial sweeteners tied to obesity, Type 2 diabetes

High-intensity sweetener changes metabolic responsesCBC News      Feb 17, 2013Diet pop and other artificially sweetened products may cause us to eat and drink even more calories and increase our risk for obesity and Type 2 diabetes, researchers are learning.Former McGill University researcher Dana Small specializes in the neuropsychology of flavour and feeding at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. Small said there’s mounting evidence that artificial sweeteners have a couple of problematic effects. Sugar substitutes such as sucralose and…

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Chemicals in Cookware, Carpets Linked to Arthritis Risk

Chemicals in Cookware, Carpets Linked to Arthritis Risk

By Alan Mozes  HealthDay Reporter        February 14, 2013THURSDAY, Feb. 14 (HealthDay News) — In what researchers are calling a first, a new analysis suggests that the greater a woman’s exposure to a type of common chemical compound called PFCs, the greater her risk for developing osteoarthritis.Researchers did not find a similar risk among men regarding these chemicals, which are now found in everything from nonstick cookware to take-out containers and carpeting.Osteoarthritis, the most common type of arthritis,…

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Regulate antibiotics not recreational drugs, ethicist argues

Regulate antibiotics not recreational drugs, ethicist argues

CBC News       Feb 21, 2013Governments worldwide should stop wasting money on criminalizing recreational drugs and use those funds to curb antibiotic misuse, a medical ethicist suggests.Philosophy Prof. Jonny Anomaly of Duke University in Durham, N.C., called the war on drugs “unwinnable and morally dubious,” in his paper published this week in the Journal of Medical Ethics.“Most of the violence and crime associated with narcotics is caused by laws that prohibit drug use, rather than drug use itself,”…

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8 Tips for Feeling Happier During an Unhappy Time

8 Tips for Feeling Happier During an Unhappy Time

Dr. Neala Peake, selected from AllThingsHealing.com                      February 22, 2013 At some points in life, it’s not possible — or at least not easy — to feel happy. However, even then, it’s sometimes possible to feel happier. By taking the steps you can manage to give yourself whatever happiness boost is possible, you give yourself a deeper reservoir to deal with your challenge. Here are some strategies to consider:1. Remind yourself…

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Switching Kids Away From Violent TV May Lower Aggression

Switching Kids Away From Violent TV May Lower Aggression

Two studies suggest television can have a profound impact on children’s behaviorBy Randy Dotinga   HealthDay ReporterMONDAY, Feb. 18 (HealthDay News) – Two studies, one from the United States and the other from New Zealand, add more fuel to the long-standing claim that exposure to television – especially violent TV – can harm children.The studies aren’t definitive, however, and each offers a different view of TV’s impact on kids.The New Zealand study, for example, looked at a group of children who…

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Amazing Amaranth

Amazing Amaranth

Try this gluten-free grain by Pamela Durkin          Does your intake of whole grains consist of the reliable, but rather mundane duo, whole wheat and brown rice? Or do you find that gluten-containing grains wreak havoc with your digestive system? If you answered yes to either question, consider adding amaranth and its health benefits to your culinary repertoire. This ancient gluten-free grain, once prized by the Aztecs, is experiencing a renaissance fuelled by its remarkable nutritional profile,…

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Health Benefits of Cardamom

Health Benefits of Cardamom

Cardamom combines health benefits and spicy flavors to Indian dishes. Growing wild in Sri Lanka and south of India is the cardamom. It is also cultivated in some other tropical areas. Silver Grell, a health author, every cardamom seedpod is usually handpicked. Cardamom belongs to the same family as clove and ginger. Cardamom contains warming properties and it adds spicy warmth to the Indian dishes. Benefits to digestion Cardamom is known to stimulate the appetite in the same way in…

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Can Ginger Beat Out The Multi-Billion Dollar Acid Blockers?

Can Ginger Beat Out The Multi-Billion Dollar Acid Blockers?

By Sayer Ji       Contributing Writer for Wake Up World Did you know that the multi-billion drug category known as “acid blockers,” despite being used by millions around the world daily, may not work as well as the humble ginger plant in relieving symptoms of indigestion and heartburn? Ginger is a spice, a food, and has been used as a medicine safely for millennia by a wide range of world cultures. Research on the health benefits of ginger is…

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Iron-Rich Foods

Iron-Rich Foods

Spinach may not give you superhuman strength to fight off villains like Popeye’s nemesis Bluto, but this leafy green and other foods containing iron can help you fight a different type of enemy – iron-deficiency anemia. Iron-deficiency anemia, the most common form of anemia, is a decrease in the number of red blood cells caused by too little iron. Without sufficient iron, your body can’t produce enough hemoglobin, a substance in red blood cells that makes it possible for them…

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10 great calcium-rich foods

10 great calcium-rich foods

Boost your bone health with these tasty foods By Cary Galloway According to the Osteoporosis Society of Canada, there are 1.4 million Canadians who suffer from osteoporosis, a bone-weakening disease that leaves bones fragile and susceptible to fractures. You may know that calcium is a big factor in prevention, but how much do you really need and which foods deliver sufficient calcium to keep your bones healthy and strong? Women between the ages of 19-50 need 1,000 mg of calcium per…

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