Low vitamin D linked to higher risk of lupus


New research from Australia has linked low vitamin D levels with a higher risk of developing systemic lupus erythematosus, and more severe disease activity. In the study, patients with lupus attended the Monash Medical Centre Lupus Clinic in Australia between 2007 and 2013. The researchers examined lupus disease activity by monitoring SLEDAI-2K levels and 25-hydroxyvitamin D (vitamin D) status of …

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Acetaminophen (paracetamol) won’t help you feel better when you’ve got the flu


This is according to a study from New Zealand published in the journal Respirology. Scientists examined the severity and duration of flu symptoms in 80 individuals who took either acetaminophen or a placebo. Interestingly, they found no difference between the acetaminophen and placebo groups in terms of duration, severity, viral load or temperature. This means acetaminophen had no beneficial effect. …

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Fish oil supplementation during pregnancy reduces risk of preterm birth


Research out of Australia has shown that giving pregnant women a DHA supplement reduces the chances of preterm delivery by 15 percent. DHA is an omega 3 fat that is found in fish oil and also in vegan DHA supplements, which are derived from algae. This research was published in the journal Prostaglandins, Leukotrienes and Essential Fatty Acids. The trial …

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Women who paint their nails may be risking their health


If you paint your nails you are potentially exposing yourself to various chemicals that can have harmful effects on your body. These chemicals are generally known as endocrine disruptors because they can cause hormonal problems, raise the risk of cancer, and in some instances cause fertility problems. One of the harmful chemicals in nail polish is called triphenyl phosphate (TPHP). …

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MSM helps to reduce fine lines and wrinkles


Methyl Sulfonyl Methane (MSM) is a natural form of sulfur. Your skin, hair and nails have a high requirement for sulfur in order to keep them looking healthy. The appearance of a person’s skin gives us a lot of information about their health. Your skin is your largest organ. High levels of body toxicity are often expressed in the skin …

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Exercise can reduce the side effects of drugs used for breast cancer


A new study has found that exercise helps reduce joint pain caused by aromatase inhibitors. The study is called “Randomized trial of exercise vs. usual care on aromatase inhibitor-associated arthralgias in women with breast cancer: The hormones and physical exercise (HOPE) study”. The findings were presented on Dec. 12, 2013 at the 2013 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. Aromatase inhibitors …

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Candida! Every Body Has It.


Candida is a fungus; a type of yeast commonly referred to as thrush.  Candida albicans is the most common species found in humans and because it plays a crucial role in digestion and nutrient absorption, it occurs naturally in the body. Normal levels of Candida include small amounts in the mouth and with the greater proportion found in the intestines.  Candida …

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Resistant gonorrhoea is an urgent threat


Australia is facing an urgent threat of an epidemic of the sexually transmitted disease gonorrhoea caused by a strain of the bacteria gonorrhoea which is resistant to most antibiotics. This strain is known as A8806 and was grown from the vaginal discharge of a young female traveller in December 2013. This strain causes concern over the effectiveness of the antibiotic …

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Below the Line Diet


When your liver does not regulate fat metabolism efficiently, weight gain will tend to occur around the abdominal area and a protuberant abdomen (pot belly) will develop. A roll of fat around the upper abdomen (spare tyre) is another symptom of a fatty or poorly functioning liver. It can be almost impossible to lose this abdominal fat until liver function …

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Fatty Liver – what can you do about it?


I see many patients with a fatty liver and they often don’t know what to do about it. It may have been revealed on an ultrasound scan of the abdomen which was done by their doctor for a check up or for abdominal symptoms. In such cases the ultrasound scan often shows that the liver is enlarged with the fatty …

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