AARP: Low Vitamin D May Double Risk of Dementia, 11/3/2014

November 03, 2014

Low Vitamin D May Double Risk of Dementia

While it is unclear whether low vitamin D levels increase risks of cognitive decline or vise versa, there is certainly a relationship between the two.  What recent research is finding is that low levels of vitamin D are associated with adults at more than a doubled risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s.

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MAYO CLINIC: Caffeine and Blood Pressure, 10/27/2014

October 27, 2014

Caffeine and Blood Pressure

Most people drink at least a cup of coffee every morning or through the day to keep them alert and awake with little thought about how much caffeine they are actually consuming. Caffeine can cause a short, but dramatic increase in your blood pressure. Some people who regularly drink caffeinated beverages have a higher average blood pressure than those who drink none. To prevent caffeine from increasing your blood pressure, limit the amount of caffeine you consume every day. Also, avoid caffeine …

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CNN HEALTH: Even a 5-minute run can help prevent heart disease, 10/16/2014

October 16, 2014

Even a 5-minute run can help prevent heart disease

How often do you run? A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology suggests that running, even for a few minutes a day can reduce your risk of dying from heart disease. The researchers studied more than 55,000 adults between the ages of 18 and 100 over a 15-year period, looking at their overall health, whether they ran and how long they lived.

The results showed that compared to non-runners, those who ran …

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HUFFINGTON POST: Recognizing Hepatitis around the World, 10/14/2014

October 14, 2014

Recognizing Hepatitis around the World

On July 30th, the White House and governments around the world observed World Hepatitis Day, raising awareness about a disease that affects many globally and in the United States. Currently, there are 5.3 million Americans living with viral hepatitis, a disease that does not display many symptoms initially, leading to it being termed the “silent killer.” Viral hepatitis highly impacts Asian American communities, with 1 in every 12 living with Hepatitis B. Another unfortunate statistic: the rate of Hepatitis C in …

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AARP: Study Questions the Need to Fast for Cholesterol Test, 10/13/2014

October 13, 2014

Medical appointments can be time consuming and intimidating, but some good news is that fasting may not actually be necessary for cholesterol testing.  Two studies over the past two years have found it may be more of a nuisance than necessity to require patients to fast prior to have their lipid levels tested.

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AARP: Learning a Second Language at any Age Can Slow Brain Aging, 10/6/2014

October 06, 2014

Not only does learning a second language improve your ability to communicate with a diverse collection of people, it can also be advantageous for the health of your brain!  Using the mental skills it requires to learn a new language may delay the onset of dementia by 4-5 years.  Thomas Bak, neurologist and lead author of a new study published in Annals of Neurology in 2013, was part of a team who studied two cohorts for several decades to determine if knowing more than one …

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MAYO CLINIC: Eating Nuts Can Increase the Health of Your Heart, 10/1/2014

October 01, 2014

Eating Nuts Can Increase the Health of Your Heart         

Who knew nuts could be good for your heart? According the American Heart Association, you should eat four servings of unsalted nuts every week. Nuts are full of unsaturated fats, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and vitamin E which are all good for your heart and overall health. People who eat nuts as a part of a heart-healthy diet also can lower their cholesterol levels as well as reduce the risk of developing blood clots which can …

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AARP: Eat to Beat Cancer, 09/09/2014

September 09, 2014

Eat to Beat Cancer

We have long heard about the benefits of particular health foods. “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” still rings true as studies are finding foods such as apples, nuts and lentils may prevent certain kinds of cancers.  Foods containing elements such as resveratrol (in red grapes and red wine), sulforaphane (in broccoli), and lycopene (in tomatoes) may prevent or break down the formation of cancerous cells. So, eating a diet based around fruits, vegetables, and whole grains will not only …

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Are You Diabetic or Pre-Diabetic?

September 05, 2014

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AARP: Brain-healthy Lifestyle Works to Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease, 8/28/2014

August 28, 2014

Brain-healthy Lifestyle Works to Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease, U.S. Dementia Rates Drop

Research is showing prevention of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia may be possible by living a healthy lifestyle.  In a two year, controlled study, researchers looked at 1,260 adults at risk of Alzheimer’s and broke them into two groups, one with a healthy lifestyle intervention and the other without.  The study found adults with regular activity and healthy eating fared better on tests of memory, planning, problem solving and quick thinking.


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MAYO CLINIC: Functional Foods Give a Boost to Your Wellness, 07/31/2014

July 31, 2014

Functional Foods Give a Boost to Your Wellness

Eating healthy is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle. Besides eating healthy to maintain a healthy weight, there are certain foods you can eat to help protect against diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Functional foods have been identified by researchers to have a positive effect on health and prevent disease. Functional foods include fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, nuts, and fish.  Specifically, cauliflower, broccoli, kale and other vegetables in the …

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HEALTH CANAL: Poor Nutrition Leads to Development of Chronic Diseases, 7/5/2014

July 05, 2014

Poor Nutrition Leads to Development of Chronic Diseases

An international research study published in the Clinical Nutrition journal has recently shown the first evidence of its kind. The study observed that a lack of adequate nutrition is associated with developing multiple chronic illnesses over time.  One thousand individuals over a five year period were observed and over that time, a proportionate increase in those with more than one chronic disease shot up from 14% to 34%.

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YALE NEWS: Screening Has Prevented Half a Million Colorectal Cancers, 6/16/2014

June 16, 2014

Screening Has Prevented Half a Million Colorectal Cancers

Colorectal cancer screening is one of the major successes in cancer care today. Research from the Cancer Outcomes, Public Policy, and Effectiveness Research (COPPER) Center at Yale Cancer Center found that an increasing number of men and women underwent cancer screenings that resulted in an estimated 500,000 cancers being prevented. These colorectal cancer screenings include fecal occult blood testing, sigmoidoscopies, and colonoscopies. Researchers found that the incidence of late-stage cancer decreased from 118 cases to 74 cases per …

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CDC: Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease: What You Can Do to Reduce Your Risk, 6/15/2014

June 15, 2014

Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease: What You Can Do to Reduce Your Risk

From the spring to the fall seasons, Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease, a contagious viral illness, becomes more common. Caused by a combination of different viruses, HFMD largely affects infants and children under five years old; however, this does not mean that older children and adults are not at risk too.  Although usually not a serious illness, symptoms typically begin as a general feeling of being unwell, such as a fever or …

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