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Acne Rosacea Tied To Higher Risk Of Gastrointestinal Diseases

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Acne Rosacea Tied To Higher Risk Of Gastrointestinal Diseases This finding comes from an article published in the British Journal of Dermatology. There is a strong relationship between the gut and the skin, which this study helps to further confirm. Alexander Egeberg, M.D., Ph.D., from the Herlev and Gentofte Hospital in Hellerup, Denmark, along with his colleagues conducted a study …

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Should Everyone Be Taking A Vitamin D Supplement?

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Should Everyone Be Taking A Vitamin D Supplement?   The short answer is most people should. Vitamin D offers so many varied health benefits and few people get enough of it. In the UK every resident has been advised to take a vitamin D supplement during autumn and winter. This is because official estimates suggest one in five adults and …

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Potential New Antibiotic Discovery

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Potential New Antibiotic Discovery Bacteria you probably have in your nose might be able to treat antibiotic resistant super bugs! A fascinating new study published in the journal Nature found that a bacterium present in nasal mucus could be used to develop an antibiotic against Staph infections. The good bacterium is called Saphylococcus lugdunensis and it produces antibiotic compounds that …

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Fasting helps improve your brain function

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Fasting helps improve your brain function Going for longer periods between meals may help slow the effects of aging on your brain. In recent years there has been a renewed interest in fasting. Intermittent fasting has helped many people lose weight and it can even improve immune function in people with autoimmune disease. Fasting has a long history of use …

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Obese fathers increase breast cancer risk in their daughters

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A lot of focus has been placed on a woman’s health before and during pregnancy and subsequent health of her children. Well the same goes for fathers too, and an increasing number of studies are proving it. Being obese worsens the health of genes inside sperm. Men pass on these unhealthy sperm to their future children who are then at …

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Chemical in plastic may harm developing embryos

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Bisphenol A is a component of some plastic with well known hormone disrupting properties. It is referred to as an endocrine disruptor because it changes the way hormones behave in your body. It has a particular affinity for estrogen, thus exposure is linked with increased risk of breast and prostate cancer. Interestingly, exposure to this chemical also seems to negatively …

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The flu vaccine fails again

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How effective was the 2015-16 flu vaccine? To quote Dr. Danuta Skowronski of the BC Centre for Disease Control, “It’s an improvement over the previous year, because it couldn’t be worse, frankly”. The vaccine was less than 45 to 50 percent effective in protecting against the flu. The 2014-15 flu shot offered virtually no protection because the wrong strain of …

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Don’t worry about making your bed – it’s bad for your health

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Leaving your bed unmade can be good if you’re an allergy sufferer. Making your bed each morning is probably a habit that you don’t even think about. Sure it makes your house look tidy, but it may be healthier to leave it looking messy. Research has shown that dust mite numbers are higher in beds that are made each morning …

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Potential new therapy for restless legs syndrome

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An adjustable foot wrap that puts pressure on two foot muscles may ease the symptoms of restless legs syndrome. A recent study showed the device to be 1.4 times as effective as standard drug therapy. Before getting too excited, it’s important to remember that standard drug therapy is not very effective for restless legs syndrome. It’s a condition that causes …

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Changes in intestinal bacteria linked to sclerosing cholangitis

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Sclerosing cholangitis is a severe autoimmune liver disease. It has the potential to cause serious harm to the bile ducts of the liver, and a small fraction of patients end up requiring a liver transplant. An autoimmune disease is where a person’s own immune system produces antibodies and inflammatory chemicals that attack their own body. In time, this damage can …

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