Saturday, July 25, 2009

Researchers Study Happiness Through Bloggers | Safe Ozone Levels Harm Lungs | Restless Leg Gene Isolated

Researchers use bloggers, Twitter to measure happiness

Researchers have found a way to measure collective happiness by mining data from blogs, Twitter and personal online writings. By just looking at the first few words of what bloggers and other internet writers have to say, a group of researchers from University of Vermont have successfully used weblogs of bloggers and other online writers to measure happiness. Read more

Study: Healthy lungs suffer from ozone levels deemed safe

Researchers from University of California Davis show that even healthy lungs can suffer from ozone levels believed to be safe. Ozone levels deemed safe have been found to have a negative impact on lung function after just a few hours of walking, cycling, or performing light exercise. Decreased lung function from exposure to “safe” ozone levels improved over several hours, but questions remain about what happens after repeatedly being subjected to low level ozone polllutants. Read more

First gene found linked to restless leg syndrome

Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is considered a difficult problem to treat. The origins and causes are a mystery. Researchers at the Mayo clinic have uncovered a gene mutation linked to restless leg syndrome. The findings may help scientists better understand the disorder. Read more

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Health Matters Blog: Fish Oils Reduce Risk of Dementia, Aloe Vera gel toothpaste, MRSA

Large study - Eating fish reduces dementia risk

A large recent study shows that regular fish consumption can reduce our risk of dementia, a condition that affects 24 million people worldwide. The benefits of fish oil have been widely studied. The new study is the first to explore dementia and dietary fish intake in low to middle income countries. Read more

Study shows Aloe Vera soothes pain and fights cavities

A new study shows that aloe vera gel in tooth gel can soothe pain and fight cavities. The findings, published in the May/June 2009 issue of General Dentistry, show that aloe vera tooth gel was as effective, and even outperformed some other commercial toothpaste when it comes to controlling mouth bacteria. Read more

How to avoid MRSA at the gym

MRSA (methicillin resistant staph aureus) has not gone away, and may even be here to stay. We have all been warned of the risks, and should continue to remain vigilant about spreading infection. MRSA might be hiding in your gym where you spend some quality time in search of healthy workout. Read more

Monday, July 13, 2009

Health Matters: Breast cancer, Childhood Obesity

Migraine Diagnosis Means Lower Risk of Breast Cancer

Scientists from the Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center have conducted a second, more diverse and larger study that links migraine headaches with lower risk of breast cancer. The research follows previous findings examining breast cancer risk and migraine headaches among women age 55 to 74, in targeted geographic locations. Read more

Childhood Obesity Not Genetic Says Study

Results of a new study show that behavior learned from parents of the same sex may be responsible for childhood obesity rather than genetics. According to the International Journal of Obesity mothers who struggle with weight are more likely to have daughters who become obese. The same holds true for father and son. Childhood obesity does not seem to be genetic, but rather the result of influence from the parent of the same sex. Read more

Overweight Kids Suffer Depression, Loneliness

A new study shows that children who are overweight can suffer from depression and loneliness. A new study from University of Missouri shows that girls especially are affected, beginning as early as kindergarten. As obesity rates climb, researchers try to uncover the negative consequences of being overweight in childhood. Read more

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Can fewer calories extend life? High cholesterol foods may put us at risk for liver disease, Check out top lip balms for lip cancer prevention

Calorie restricted diet curbs disease and aging in monkeys

A twenty year study concludes that a calorie restricted diet helped primates live longer and disease free. The research comes from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Wisconsin National Primate Research Center and the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, showing that monkeys placed on a nutritious restricted calorie diet experienced fifty percent less incidence of diseases normally associated with aging - cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and loss of brain mass. Read More

High cholesterol foods linked to liver cancer and cirrhosis

For the first time, researchers have found a link between consuming foods high in cholesterol and liver disease. Diets high in protein and cholesterol are now associated with cirrhosis of the liver and liver cancer. Conversely, eating more carbohydrates may lower the risk of liver disease. Read More

Thirty two percent of balms no protection from lip cancer

We all know a day in the sun requires skin protection. Lip cancer is a reality and can happen without the right protection, yet thirty- two percent of lip balms offer low protection, or contain toxic ingredients. Sun exposure is a major cause of lip cancer. Read More

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Health Matters - Plenty of people use vibrators, Women who sleep less risk heart disease, Heartburn drugs can get you hooked

Survey shows vibrator use common among women and men

Good sexual health is an integral part of overall health and happiness. Results of two new studies reveal that 53 percent of women, and 45 percent of men, use a vibrator. The studies also show that using a vibrator enhances sexual health, and is associated with other positive health behaviors. Keep reading

Less sleep boosts heart attack risk in women

Researchers at the University of Warwick Medical School in the U.K have found that poor sleep can increase risk of heart attack in women - but not in men. Women who reported at least eight hours of sleep most weekdays had significantly lower inflammatory markers that increase risk of heart disease, measured by high reactive CRP levels and interleukin-6 (IL-6) in the bloodstream. Keep reading

Heartburn drugs may be addictive

Results of a new study show that popular heartburn drugs known as PPIs (proton pump inhibitors) may be addictive. According to the report, published in the journal Gastroenterology, taking acid reducing drugs for just eight weeks can result in dependency. When the drugs are stopped, symptoms of heartburn, reflux (regurgitation), and stomach upset occurred in forty percent of patients with no previous symptoms. Keep reading