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2 years ago Posted in: Health News

What We Know About “Essential” Errands

With millions across the country being told to stay home in order to flatten the curve of COVID-19, the orders often include the term “essential errands.” Even for individuals not living in places with these orders, many are looking to do their part to slow the spread of the virus. By reducing our interactions with Read More

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2 years ago Posted in: Health News

Social Distancing & Long-Term Childhood Development

This period of social distancing is hard for people of all ages, but this can be especially true of children—especially older children and teenagers. Younger children may miss time with their friends but can still get the basic of social structure from parents and siblings at home. But in social situations and among peer groups, Read More

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2 years ago Posted in: Health News

Can the Shingles Vaccine Reduce Stroke Risk?

Preliminary research shows that the shingles vaccine can provide some level of stroke protection for seniors. For this study, researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reviewed Medicare records for more than one million patients over the age of 66 years. All of the patients had received the shingles vaccine between 2208 Read More

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2 years ago Posted in: Health News

New Research Improves Liver Repair Options

According to a report published in the journal Nature Biotechnology, researchers believe that they have developed a machine that can repair injured livers while keeping them outside of the body for up to one week. Until now, it was only possible to safety store livers outside the body for a few hours at most. The Read More

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2 years ago Posted in: Health News

2019 Flu Season: Cases on the Rise

The flu season is getting off to a fast start, featuring a strain that is especially affecting young children and is rapidly spreading throughout the country. According to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there have been over 5 million flu cases so far, with up to 57,000 related hospitalizations. Up to 4,500 Read More

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2 years ago Posted in: Health News

Health and Wellness Trends of 2019

We saw quite a few health and wellness trends this past year. The most common trends had to do with diet or weight-loss. Here are some of the trends that we saw gain popularity in 2019. Oat Milk There are all sorts of milk alternatives available on the market including soy, almond, coconut and rice Read More

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2 years ago Posted in: Health News

Teens and Screen Time, Sugar Consumption

Researchers from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario recently looked at the connection between teenagers spending time on screens (television, tablet, computer, or smartphone) and overconsumption of sugary or caffeinated drinks. For the study, which was published in the journal PLOS ONE, they looked at 32,418 American Students in eighth or tenth grade. The recent data Read More

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2 years ago Posted in: Health News

An Observational Study Suggests Nap Benefits

A recent study published in the journal Heart suggests that taking the occasional nap during the day (once or twice a week) can potentially lower your risk of a heart attack or stroke. The amount of time spent napping and any frequency above twice per week did not seem to influence the results. Researchers studied Read More

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2 years ago Posted in: Health News

New Study Looks at Apples and Tea for Living Longer

You’ve heard the expression that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but a new study published in the journal Nature Communications is demonstrating that an apple each day, especially combined with a cup of hot tea, can extend your life. Researchers at Edith Cowan University’s School of Medical and Health Sciences studied data Read More

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2 years ago Posted in: Health News

New Study Looks at How Viewing Nature Can Reduce Cravings

A recent study from the University of Plymouth indicates that being able to view greenery and nature from your workplace or home can lead to less frequent or intense harmful cravings—like cravings for junk food, alcohol, and cigarettes. This new research builds off of previous research that looked at a link between reduced cravings and Read More

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2 years ago Posted in: Health News

Early Memory Issues for Patients with Alzheimer’s in the Family

Alzheimer’s disease is a neurological condition that most commonly affects patients as they reach their older years. However, new research indicates that those who have a history of Alzheimer’s in their family could start experiencing memory problems as early as in their 20s. The study, published in the journal eLife and performed by researchers at Read More

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3 years ago Posted in: Health News

Do Distracted Driving Bans Work?

Researchers at Texas A&M University gathered data from 2007 and 2014 on the results of texting bans in 16 different states. The data was compared with states that do not have texting bans. In states with primary bans (when a driver is texting or has a cellphone in their hand, they can be stopped and Read More

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3 years ago Posted in: Health News

An Antibiotic Loophole?

A new study performed by the University of Michigan shows that while some hospitals are working to reduce antibiotic prescriptions made in-house—specifically, prescriptions for fluoroquinolones—those same hospitals were twice as likely to discharge patients with one of the antibiotics in that same group. Hospitals across the nation are increasingly working to reduce the rate that Read More

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3 years ago Posted in: Health News

Can Genes Affect Your Marriage?

New research performed at Binghamton University, State University of New York found that the quality of your marriage could be influenced by your genetics. The research team recruited 79 couples. Each individual was asked to identify their most significant personal problem—not related to their partner or their partner’s family. The topics were discussed for 10 Read More

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