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Number of Americans using antidepressants doubles

anti-depressantsAntidepressant use has shot up dramatically over the last decade or so, including among children, while visits to psychiatrists have continued to fall, according to a new study. As of 2005, the most recent year for which data was available, about 27 million people, or 10 percent of Americans, were taking antidepressants. That’s twice the number who were taking such drugs in 1996, according to the study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, which looked at about 50,000 children and adults. Full Story : FierceHealth…..

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Sunflower Seeds Lower Cholesterol

sunflower-seedsAmerican scientists found out that sunflower seeds have very high phytosterol content (about 270-290 mg in 100 g). Phytosterols are chemical compounds of natural origin, which have unique properties to control the levels of cholesterol. Phytosterols are plant components that have a chemical structure similar to cholesterol except for the addition of an extra methyl or ethyl group. Phytosterols reduce cholesterol absorption, although the exact mechanism is not known, and thus reduce circulating levels of cholesterol. Full Story : Elements4health.com…..

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Snoring Condition Hereditary?

pc-sleep-keyboardAccording to research published in the journal ‚ÄúChest‚Äù children with at least one parent who snored are 3 times more likely to snore themselves (compared to children whose parents did not snore). Snoring may be a sign of another problem known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA. OSA can cause your breathing to stop during sleep because the air passages are being blocked. Snoring is an audible sign of a difficulty with breathing, but at least it is breathing. OSA can cause the person to stop breathing for more than 10 seconds at a time, leading to them waking up choking and gasping for air. Full Story : Stopsnoringassist.com….

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Coffee Drinking delays Alzheimer’s says new Study

cup-of-coffeeCoffee has been already linked to be of some sorts a protection against Alzheimer’s, but the new study actually shows that caffeine has more impact against this nasty disease. Researchers from the University of South Florida studied 55 mice that developed Alzheimer’s like dementia and then got feed with caffeine spiked water aka Red Bull. A test group of the mice got just water. The Coffee drinking mice were performing a lot better on tests of memory and thinking than mice given water. Translated to humans you should at least drive six espressos per day. Full Story : i4u.com….

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Study Shows Healthy Eating Habits Lengthen Life

vegetable-juiceA new study from researchers in New York shows the value of an all-around healthy diet, even if people aren’t eating perfectly. If you eat a healthy diet, you’re likely to live longer. It might be trite advice, but a new study offers proof that it can make a difference in your longevity. Those with the best diets reduced their risk of death by up to 25% over a 10-year follow-up, said study author Ashima Kant, a professor of nutrition at Queens College of the City University of New York. Full Story : Skininc.com…..

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Does Marriage Make You Fat?

wedding-ringAccording to new research, within a few short years of getting hitched, married individuals are twice as likely to become obese than single people who are dating. Researchers tracked changes over a handful of years in the weight and relationship status of 6,949 individuals, and their findings don’t bode well for commitment: not only are married people more likely to become obese than those who are just dating, but young women who move in with their partner tend to pack on the pounds, too. Full Story : CBSNews.com…..

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New Study: Teens Expect to Die Young

teenagersAccording to a new study published in Pediatrics, 15% of teenagers anticipate an early death for themselves. This survey of 20,000 kids, may not be surprising looking at the rate of drug use, suicides, sexually transmitted diseases and rampant flus today, but it goes against the conventional understanding that young adults engage in risky behavior due to overconfidence and a notion of invulnerability. In the study, 15% of adolescents said they have a 50-50 or less chance of living till the age of 35, even though national statistics state that 96% of this generation will see their 35th birthdays. Full Story : Newsblaze.com….

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Vegetarians Less Likely To Develop Cancer

vegetablesVegetarians are 12 per cent less likely to develop cancer than meat eaters, according to new research published in the British Journal of Cancer. In a study of more than 61,000 people, Cancer Research UK scientists from Oxford followed meat eaters and vegetarians for over 12 years, during which 3,350 of the participants were diagnosed with cancer. They found that the risk of being diagnosed with cancers of the stomach, bladder and blood was lower in vegetarians than in meat eaters. Full Story : Emaxhealth.com….

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Men more likely to take risks when stressed

Men are more likely to take risks such as gambling and smoking when put under stress, according to research. Published in the journal PLoS One, the research, out today, showed stressed women are less likely to make risky choices than men. Full Story: Bigonsandbank.com..

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US obesity problem ‘intensifies’

ObesityObesity rates in the US have surged over the last year, a report shows. The Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found adult obesity rates rose in 23 of the 50 states, but fell in none. In addition, the percentage of obese and overweight children is at or above 30% in 30 states. Obesity is linked to a range of health problems, including heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. Full Story : BBC.co.uk….

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Ban Is Advised on 2 Top Pills for Pain Relief

tylenolA federal advisory panel voted narrowly on Tuesday to recommend a ban on Percocet and Vicodin, two of the most popular prescription painkillers in the world, because of their effects on the liver. The two drugs combine a narcotic with acetaminophen, the ingredient found in popular over-the-counter products like Tylenol and Excedrin. High doses of acetaminophen are a leading cause of liver damage, and the panel noted that patients who take Percocet and Vicodin for long periods often need higher and higher doses to achieve the same effect. Full Story : NYTimes.com….

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Conversing helps kids better develop language skills than reading

Having conversations with your children could help them develop language skills, according to a new study. The study by UCLA researchers has found that adult-child conversations have a more significant impact on language development than exposing children to language through one-on-one reading alone. Conversely, adult monologueing, such as monologic reading, was more weakly associated with language development. TV viewing had no effect on language development, positive or negative. Full Story : Oneindia….

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Requests to the Right Ear Are More Successful Than to the Left

earIt‚Äôs the latest in a series of studies that show that sound from both human ears is processed differently within the brain. Researchers have noted that humans tend to have a preference for listening to verbal input with their right ears and that given stimulus in both ears, they‚Äôll privilege the syllables that went into the right ear. Brain scientists hypothesize that the right ear auditory stream receives precedence in the left hemisphere of the brain, where the bulk of linguistic processing is carried out. Full Story : Wired.com…..

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Women feel the best about their bodies at 28

Hyperactive girlAt the age of 28, women feel best about their bodies, skin and love lives, a new study has shown. According to the survey, which asked 4,000 women, 28-year-olds are most likely to feel most confident and happiest. They also seem to enjoy sex much more and are well on their way to career happiness, which, apparently, peaks at 29, reports The Daily Express. However, by 30, ladies start worrying about ageing as well as their financial and romantic futures. Full Story : Zeenews.com…

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Study blames alcohol for half 1990s Russian deaths

alcoholA new study by an international team of public health researchers documents the devastating impact of alcohol abuse on Russia ‚Äî showing that drinking caused more than half of deaths among Russians aged 15 to 54 in the turbulent era following the Soviet collapse. The 52 percent figure compares to estimates that less than 4 percent of deaths worldwide are caused by alcohol abuse, according to the study by Russian, British and French researchers published in Friday‚Äôs edition of the British medical journal The Lancet. Full Story : Winnipegsun.com….

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Vitamins Slow Eye Degeneration in Senior Citizens

eyesA specific combination of vitamins and other nutrients may significantly slow down the rate of sight loss in Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), a major cause of blindness in the elderly, according to new research conducted at Queen`s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland. The research team discovered that supplements containing Vitamin C and E, the mineral zinc, as well as lutein and zeaxanthin (carotenoids found in yellow fruits and dark green leafy vegetables respectively), given to 400 senior citizens, could not only slow degeneration but could also lead to improved sight and sharper vision. Full Story : NaturalNews.com…

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Napping Linked to Better Daytime Functioning in Children

pc-sleep-keyboardPreschool children who take naps may function better during the day, according to research presented at SLEEP 2009, the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies. The researchers found that, based on actigraphy data, 77 percent were classified as nappers, taking naps on an average of 3.4 days per week. The two groups had similar amounts of total sleep time based on actigraphy. The authors further note that non-napping children, based on caregiver reports, had higher scores on the hyperactivity, anxiety, and depression subscales of the BASC-II. Full Story : Modernmedicine.com….

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Green Tea May Slow Progression of Prostate Cancer in Men

hot-teaAccording to the results of a new study, green tea maybe the next big weapon against prostate cancer. Green tea is very popular in Asia due to its medicinal properties, some of which we are just beginning to find out about in our part of the world. Green tea has already been linked to reduced risk of strokes and heart disease, making it a great option as a beverage. Results of this new study suggest that a chemical found in green tea may actually slow down the progression of prostate cancer. Full Story : Smartabouthealth.net….

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New Study Finds Drinking Green Tea Promotes Healthy Teeth and Gums

hot-teaNew research published in March 2009 suggests a connection between the consumption of green tea and a reduction in the incidence of periodontal disease. The study was published in the Journal of Periodontology. Those who drank green tea regularly had healthier teeth than those who drank less green tea. The comparisons in dental health were made using three factors normally associated with periodontal disease, including the bleeding of the gum tissue, the depth of the periodontal pocket, and the loss of attachment of gum tissue. The researchers discovered a correlation per glass of green tea consumed and a reduction in those three indicators. Full Story : Theopenpress.com…

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Sleep Helps Us Let Go Of Negative Emotions

sleeping-monkeyAccording to new research presented last week at the annual meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies in Seattle, adequate sleep may underpin our ability to understand complex emotions properly in waking life. According to the research,participants who had reached REM sleep (when dreaming most frequently occurs) during their nap were better able to identify expressions of positive emotions like happiness in other people, compared with participants who did not achieve REM sleep or did not nap at all. Full Story : Tme.com….

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