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Common household chemical linked to thyroid disease

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This is according to a new study conducted by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and shows that post menopausal women are most at risk. The study was published in the journal Environmental Health and linked the flame retardant to an increased risk of Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, goiter, hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. The specific flame retardant is called polybrominated …

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Being busy is good for your brain

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Next time you feel overwhelmed with your workload, just remember it’s good for your brain. Research has shown that busy people have better cognitive function and are less likely to develop dementia in later life. Specifically, when they get older they tend to have a better memory; better reasoning ability and a higher vocabulary. This research was published in the …

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Vitamin B12 slows down brain aging

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People with higher blood levels of vitamin B12 experience a slower rate of brain aging as they get older. As you age, your brain gets smaller; this is referred to as loss of volume. This happens more rapidly if you are low in vitamin B12. Your doctor can order a vitamin B12 blood test for you, but another way of …

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Anxiety drug overdoses in USA hit record high

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The number of Americans overdosing on prescription anxiety drugs has quadrupled in the past 2 decades! In recent years a lot more Americans are taking drugs for anxiety, and they are taking higher doses. This finding was reported in the American Journal of Public Health. The most commonly used anxiety drugs are Xanax and Valium. These drugs are known as …

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Father’s age and lifestyle determines risk of birth defects

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New research has shown that a father’s age, alcohol intake, lifestyle and exposure to environmental pollutants greatly determines the risk of birth defects in his children and grandchildren. This finding comes from researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center. Birth defects can result from epigenetic alterations to the DNA inside sperm, that can potentially affect multiple generations. Epigenetic means there are …

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Milk increases breast cancer risk

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Research has shown that post-menopausal women who consume more dairy products have higher blood levels of oestrogen, which is linked with a greater risk of breast cancer.   Breast milk contains hormones; therefore cow’s milk contains hormones.  When you eat dairy products like yoghurt, cheese, milk and ice-cream you are increasing the quantity of hormones in your body.  Oestrogen stimulates …

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Is obesity infectious?

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New research suggests you may be able to catch obesity from overweight people. For a long time now, researchers have known that a person’s weight isn’t just determined by the amount of calories they consume and the exercise they do. Your body weight is so much more complex than that. Your liver, your thyroid and your reproductive hormones all affect …

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Fish oil improves breast cancer

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Fish Oil Improves Chemotherapy Outcome in Breast Cancer Patients A French study has shown that breast cancer patients who were given the omega 3 fat DHA while undergoing chemotherapy had a better outcome from treatment. The study was published in the British Journal of Cancer and it used a daily dose of 1.8 grams of DHA.  According to the lead …

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Asians at higher risk of type 2 diabetes

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Asian Americans are at greater risk of type 2 diabetes even if they’re young and slim. A growing body of research is showing that Asians are particularly susceptible to type 2 diabetes. They get the disease at a younger age and lower body weight than most other cultures. It is becoming increasingly prevalent in Asians who eat well and exercise …

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Brain Function and Nutrition

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Cognitive ability or ‘having all your marbles’ is a common factor that most people consider vital in order to have a good quality of life. Many people would have heard a loved one say that they would rather die than lose their mental function and be stuck in an otherwise healthy body. So many people suffer from poor memory and/or …

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