New Research to Help You Live Better

There is a lot of helpful information this month, as usual. In particular, please take a look at the link regarding autism. Dr. John Cannell’s autism patients have had outstanding results on Vitamin D3 therapy. You will want to follow up on this information if there is an autistic child in your family.

Autistic child?

Dr. John Cannell from the Vitamin D Council provides evidence that autism can be managed successfully.

Common Drugs Linked to Cognitive Impairment and Possibly to Increased Risk of Death, Study Suggests

A large, long-term study confirms that medications with anticholinergic activity, which include many drugs frequently taken by older adults, cause cognitive impairment. The research is also the first to identify a possible link between these drugs — which include over-the-counter and prescription sleep aids and incontinence treatments — and risk of death.

Can Soda Tax Curb Obesity? Surprising Reason Why Soda Tax to Reduce Obesity Won’t Work

To many, a tax on soda is a no-brainer in advancing the nation’s war on obesity. Advocates point to a number of studies in recent years that conclude that sugary drinks have a lot to do with why Americans are getting fatter.

Surprising Drop in Physicians’ Willingness to Accept Patients With Insurance, U.S. Study Finds

As required under the U.S. Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, millions of people will soon be added to the ranks of the insured. However, this rapid expansion of coverage is colliding with a different, potentially problematic trend that could end up hampering access to health care.

Stem Cells Know Where They Want to Go: Pluripotent Cells Are Not All Equal

Human stem cells have the ability to become any cell type in the human body, but when it comes to their destination they know where they want to go.

Ironic Effects of Anti-Prejudice Messages

Organizations and programs have been set up all over the globe in the hopes of urging people to end prejudice. According to a research article, which will be published in an upcoming issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, such programs may actually increase prejudices.

Vitamin D Can Help Elderly Women Survive, Review Suggests

Giving vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) to predominantly elderly women, mainly in institutional care, seems to increase survival. These women are likely to be vitamin D deficient with a significant risk of falls and fractures. This is the key conclusion in a systematic review published in the latest edition of The Cochrane Library.

Mercury Vapor Released from Broken Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs Can Exceed Safe Exposure Levels for Humans, Study Finds

Once broken, a compact fluorescent light bulb continuously releases mercury vapor into the air for weeks to months, and the total amount can exceed safe human exposure levels in a poorly ventilated room, according to study results reported in Environmental Engineering Science, a peer-reviewed online only journal published monthly by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

New Research Shows That We Control Our Forgetfulness

Have you heard the saying “You only remember what you want to remember”? Now there is evidence that it may well be correct. New research fromLundUniversityinSwedenshows that we can train ourselves to forget things.

Smokers Using Varenicline (Chantix) to Quit the Habit at Greater Risk of Heart Attack, Study Suggests

Healthy, middle-aged smokers who take the most popular smoking cessation drug on the market have a 72 percent increased risk of being hospitalized with a heart attack or other serious heart problems compared to those taking a placebo, a Johns Hopkins-led study suggests.

Red Wine: Exercise in a Bottle?

As strange as it sounds, a new research study published in the FASEB Journal, suggests that the “healthy” ingredient in red wine, resveratrol, may prevent the negative effects that spaceflight and sedentary lifestyles have on people. The report describes experiments in rats that simulated the weightlessness of spaceflight, during which the group fed resveratrol did not develop insulin resistance or a loss of bone mineral density, as did those who were not fed resveratrol.

National Geographic Video: Stem Cell Treatment for Severe Burns

Severe burns heal rapidly with stem cell treatment

Half of Patients With Parkinson’s Disease and Psychosis Treated With Antipsychotic Agents, Including Drugs That May Worsen Parkinson Symptoms, Study Finds

Half of patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and psychosis receive prescriptions for anti-psychotic (AP) agents, including drugs that have the potential to worsen Parkinson symptoms, and the frequency of use of these agents has not changed since a warning about using these drugs in patients with dementia and PD was issued, according to a report in the July issue of Archives of Neurology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Children With Public Health Insurance Less Likely to Receive Comprehensive Primary Care

Children with public insurance are 22 percent less likely to receive comprehensive primary care than those with private insurance, according to new research from the University of Michigan Medical School.

Secret to Successful Aging: How ‘Positivity Effect’ Works in Brain

Whether we choose to accept or fight it, the fact is that we will all age, but will we do so successfully? Aging successfully has been linked with the “positivity effect,” a biased tendency towards and preference for positive, emotionally gratifying experiences. New research published in Biological Psychiatry now explains how and when this effect works in the brain.

Print Your Own Teeth: Rapid Prototyping Comes to Dentistry

What if, instead of waiting days or weeks for a cast to be produced and prosthetic dental implants, false teeth and replacement crowns to be made, your dentist could quickly scan your jaw and “print” your new teeth using a rapid prototyping machine known as a 3D printer?

Your Mother Was Right: Good Posture Makes You Tougher

Mothers have been telling their children to stop slouching for ages. It turns out that mom was onto something and that poor posture not only makes a bad impression, but can actually make you physically weaker. According to a study by Scott Wiltermuth, assistant professor of management organization at the USC Marshall School of Business, and Vanessa K. Bohns, postdoctoral fellow at the J.L. Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, adopting dominant versus submissive postures actually decreases your sensitivity to pain.

Stem Cell Treatment May Restore Cognitive Function in Patients With Brain Cancer

Stem cell therapy may restore cognition in patients with brain cancer who experience functional learning and memory loss often associated with radiation treatment, according to a laboratory study published in Cancer Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research.

Too Much Sitting May Be Bad for Your Health

Lack of physical exercise is often implicated in many disease processes. However, sedentary behavior, or too much sitting, as distinct from too little exercise, potentially could be a new risk factor for disease. The August issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine features a collection of articles that addresses many aspects of the problem of sedentary behavior, including the relevant behavioral science that will be needed to evaluate whether initiatives to reduce sitting time can be effective and beneficial.

Vitamin D Insufficiency Prevalent Among Psoriatic Arthritis Suffers

New research reports a high prevalence of vitamin D insufficiency and deficiency among patients with psoriatic arthritis. Seasonal variation in vitamin D levels was not observed in patients in southern or northern locations. The findings published in Arthritis Care & Research, a journal of theAmericanCollegeof Rheumatology (ACR), also show no association between disease activity and vitamin D level.

Vitamin D Lower in NFL Football Players Who Suffered Muscled Injuries, Study Suggests

Vitamin D deficiency has been known to cause an assortment of health problems. Now, a recent study — being presented at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine’s (AOSSM) Annual Meeting inSan Diego– suggests that lack of the vitamin might also increase the chance of muscle injuries in athletes, specifically NFL football players.

Sitting for Long Periods Doubles Risk of Blood Clots in the Lungs

Women who sit for long periods of time everyday are two to three times more likely to develop a life-threatening blood clot in their lungs than more active women, finds a new study published on the British Medical Journal website.

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