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  • 3/10/2011
    A UK study has found a 40 percent increase in men who no longer want to have sex with their partners -- and the study authors point to internet porn as a major factor. In a separate study, French researcher Serge Stoleru found that young men who overindulged in viewing porn had considerably diminished sexual responsiveness.  Has social media begun to replace our need for human contact?  Learn more with this natural health blog!
  • 3/8/2011
    A recent study from scientists at McGill University in Montreal, Canada shows that music affects the brain chemistry the same way that other activities associated with satisfaction, such as having sex and eating, do; and it elicits the exact same response.  When we hear a favorite piece of music -- whether it is a symphony, jazz, or even a disco song -- the brain releases dopamine, which provides the sensation of pleasure.  Read on for more information about how music affects brain chemistry and therefore mental health!
  • 3/5/2011
    Research out of the John Wayne Cancer Institute has shown that  for women who are in the early stages of breast cancer and where evidence of its spread is limited to only one or two nearby lymph nodes, having more extensive surgery does not improve survival rates or lessen the recurrence of cancer over a period of five years.  Read on for more information about alternative cancer therapies instead of breast cancer surgery recommendations with this health blog!
  • Diet Soda Dangers
    3/3/2011
    Recent research has found that diet soda may be a risk factor for heart attacks and stroke. No evidence of elevated cardiovascular disease risk was found among those who drink regular soda frequently. However, subjects who reported having diet soda on a daily basis face a 48 percent higher risk of having a stroke or heart attack compared with the people who rarely or never drink it.
  • 3/1/2011
    Recent research has found that antioxidants may hinder female fertility. The researchers fed antioxidants directly to the ovaries of female mice, and to their surprise, discovered that the ovaries of the affected mice produced very few eggs, and those eggs that did get produced had little viability. Learn more about antioxidant dietary supplements and fertility with this natural health blog!
  • 2/26/2011
    There are no magic bullets that will improve the health of the overweight or cause them to shed pounds without a little work on their part.  But new studies out of the University of Chicago suggest that it might be possible to sleep your way to weight loss -- or at least part way.  Understand more about getting sufficient sleep and natural weight control with Jon Barron's health blog!
  • 2/24/2011
    Mindfulness meditation is especially effective for people suffering from mood problems like generalized anxiety disorder and recurring depression. It also helps those suffering from anxiety related to illnesses like cancer. In fact, a related study just published in the Archives of General Psychiatry concluded that mindfulness meditation is just as effective as antidepressants in preventing relapses of depression.
  • 2/22/2011
    A recent study conducted by scientists at Harvard University proves that placebos can be effective treatment tools without having to deceive patients. A whopping 59 percent of the subjects taking the placebos reported an improvement in their symptoms similar to the amount of improvement typically reported by those taking standard drugs!
  • 2/19/2011
    Scientists at Virginia Tech have found that there is a connection between drinking water prior to meals and losing weight. The subjects who drank water before their meals had lost an average of 15.5 pounds each, while those in the other group showed an average loss of 11 pounds per person.  However, is this really good for your digestive health and what might be a better alternative weight loss option?  Read more with this natural health blog!
  • 2/17/2011
    There has been a tremendous surge in the production of counterfeit drugs in the past decade.  In 2009, there were close to 1,700 seizures of counterfeit medications around the world, which was triple the number that took place as recently as 2004.  The World Health Organization estimates that more than half of the medication purchased through certain websites have been confirmed to be bogus.  Protect yourself from unnecessary harm and find out what natural alternatives are better for you, with this natural health blog.
  • 2/15/2011
    A new study, conducted by researchers at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, found that those who live in America's "stroke belt" -- where the mortality rate from stroke is more than 10 percent higher than the rest of the country -- may face this increased risk at least partially because of their greater intake of fried fish.  The stroke belt is comprised of several Southern states including North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas.
  • 2/12/2011
    A recent study by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles determined that there has been a tremendous rise in monkeypox in the Democratic Republic of Congo in central Africa.  Monkeypox transmission had been studied in that nation in the early to mid-1980s, providing a good basis for comparison to today.  Unfortunately, the scientists found that the incidence of monkeypox has swelled to 20 times the numbers of the original study.
  • 2/10/2011
    New research, conducted by Swiss scientists at the University Hospital Basel, shows that consistent heat exposure from keeping your laptop on your legs for too long can cause erythema ab igne, otherwise known as toasted skin syndrome.  The skin of the affected area becomes mottled in appearance and, upon microscopic examination, actually resembles skin with long-term sun damage.
  • 2/8/2011
    Bruno Chomel,a professor of zoonoses at University of California Davis, and his co-author Ben Sun reviewed published literature about people's physical contact with their pets  and found that there are indeed health risks. They came up with about 100 risks associated with "pet intimacy," -- including sleeping with pets, kissing them, and being licked by them.
  • 2/5/2011
    According to a study just published in The Journal of Clinical Cardiology, fatal heart attacks historically spike in the several weeks following big sporting events.
  • 2/3/2011
    A recent study, just published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, found that of 75,000 prescriptions written over the course of a year in Massachusetts, 22% of them were never submitted to a pharmacy for filling. The rate of "noncompliance" was even higher for certain types of prescriptions. For instance, 65 percent of all pain medication prescriptions were never filled.
  • 2/1/2011
    In a recent study at Oxford University in England, researchers discovered that by directing a minute electrical current to a particular section of the brain they could improve certain mathematical skills in their subjects.  Specifically, when a 1 milliamp current was applied to the scalp at the right parietal lobe (above the ear, near the top of the skull), the subjects' ability to solve numerical problems markedly increased.
  • 1/29/2011
    A recent study by the US Government has found that medical staff at hospitals contribute to the deaths of approximately 180,000 people each year in the United States.  If true, that would make hospitals the third leading cause of death, after heart disease and cancer.
  • 1/27/2011
    According to recent research done at the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, those teenagers who spend the most time texting are also those at greatest risk for dangerous or unhealthy behaviors such as drinking, smoking, and sexual activity. Learn about more about the link between excessive texting and mental health with this natural health blog!
  • 1/25/2011
    Scientists in England are creating a method of STD testing that can be conducted over your cell phone and the diagnosis only takes between five and 15 minutes. Understand more about this new cellular STD testing device with this natural health blog!
  • 1/22/2011
    Recent studies have shown that those who move the least during working hours have the most risk factors for heart disease and diabetes, while those who both move frequently during the day and engage in regular exercise have the least risk.  Learn more about heart health and preventing diabetes with this natural health blog!
  • 1/20/2011
    New studies confirm that depression causes diabetes and diabetes causes depression.  Let's look deeper into why blood sugar levels could have such a negative effect on mental health.
  • 1/18/2011
    Recent research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston shows that women who work at stressful jobs are at higher risk than women with more laid back types of employment for suffering from a heart attack, stroke, or other forms of cardiovascular disease. Learn more about job stress and how it relates to women's heart health!
  • 1/15/2011
    According to a recent study, people spend close to half of their waking hours occupying their thoughts with anything but the task at hand.  And, as it turns out, spending time daydreaming does nothing to make us happier individuals.  Learn more about inner focus and how that applies to good mental health and happiness!
  • 1/13/2011
    Were you healthy during the holidays this year?  If so, lucky you!  Many people were not fortunate enough to avoid the colds, flu, noroviruses, and other illnesses that are so prevalent between Thanksgiving and New Year's. Well, now that we're getting into the heart of winter, things only get worse.  Learn how to boost your immune system naturally and stay healthy during the flu season with this health blog!

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