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Feeling stressed? Have some salt

(BPT) – Stress. No one wants it, but we all experience it from time to time. Higher levels of stress can cause problems at work and at home. But stress is not just hard on your mental well-being; it is also hard on your body and can lead to many negative health outcomes. Stress levels […]

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Gene interacts with stress, leads to heart disease in some people

A new genetic finding from Duke Medicine suggests that some people who are prone to hostility, anxiety and depression might also be hard-wired to gain weight when exposed to chronic stress, leading to diabetes and heart disease. An estimated 13 percent of people, all of whom are Caucasian, might carry the genetic susceptibility, and knowing […]

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White bread helps boost some of the gut’s ‘good’ microbes

White-bread lovers take heart. Scientists are now reporting that this much-maligned food seems to encourage the growth of some of our most helpful inhabitants — beneficial gut bacteria. In addition to this surprising find, their study in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry also revealed that when looking at effects of food on our […]

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Vibration exercise study finds some relief for fibromyalgia

A pilot study by Indiana University researchers found that whole-body vibration exercise may reduce pain symptoms and improve aspects of quality of life in individuals diagnosed with fibromyalgia. “Our findings are promising, but it is not entirely clear whether these improvements were the result of added vibration or just the effects of being more active,” […]

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Scientists discover a natural molecule to treat type 2 diabetes: Molecule mimics some effect of physical exercise

Researchers at the Universit? Laval Faculty of Medicine, the Quebec Heart and Lung Institute Research Center, and the Institute of Nutrition and Functional Foods have discovered a natural molecule that could be used to treat insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. The molecule, a derivative of omega-3 fatty acids, mimics some of the effects of […]

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Risk of weight gain deters some smokers from seeking treatment to quit

Smokers may avoid treatment to quit smoking if they previously gained weight while trying to quit, according to researchers at Penn State College of Medicine. Weight gain is a predictable occurrence for smokers who have recently quit. Within the first year after quitting, they gain an average of eight to 14 pounds, and some smokers […]

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Medical marijuana may ease some MS; Little evidence for other complementary or alternative therapies

A new guideline from the American Academy of Neurology suggests that there is little evidence that most complementary or alternative medicine therapies (CAM) treat the symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS). However, the guideline states the CAM therapies oral cannabis, or medical marijuana pills, and oral medical marijuana spray may ease patients’ reported symptoms of spasticity, […]

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Vitamin D hypothesis challenged: Some racial disparities in childbirth more environmental than genetic

A new study investigating racial disparities in birth outcomes shows that contrary to some theories Vitamin D is unlikely to play a role in differences in preterm birth and low birth weight between African-Americans and whites. “For years there has been this hypothesis that African-Americans have worse birth outcomes because they have more melanin in […]

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