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You may already know that vitamin C could help prevent the common cold, or that vitamin A is essential for healthy eyes, but did you know that vitamin D might help in the battle against breast cancer
? An ongoing study is showing that vitamin D can be linked to the prevention of the deadly cancer that affects approximately 12 percent of American women. Not only that, but those who already have breast cancer and have low levels of vitamin D are at greater risk of having the cancer spread to other parts of the body and could have a poorer overall outlook.
Scientists and medical researchers are on a constant search for effective therapies that can strategically attack the cancer, while protecting and maintaining the health of the patient, with minimal discomfort.
Dementia. Alzheimer’s. Losing your mind. Call it what you like, but when it comes down to it, the risk of your memory and your mind dwindling away day by day is flat-out frightening. So what can you do? Take that risk down a notch by learning the seven things you can do right now to prevent developing this dreadful disease.
College students, teens and adolescents will do almost anything to get a laugh from their friends. And who can blame them? Everybody loves a good laugh . . . right?
But sometimes this group likes to experiment with a different sort of game – one that will ultimately give them quick “high.” Unfortunately some of those games are becoming more and more dangerous, and pose a great risk to the participants’ health.
When you go to a restaurant, you can usually get your food “made to order.” Even the fast food chains of today are capable of catering to your individual likes and needs. When it comes down to it, you can often customize many parts of your life. But what if you could customize your health and medical treatments – even for diseases as dangerous and life-threatening as cancer? Well, recent research suggests that might actually be a possibility. Keep reading to find out more.
The human body is a remarkable fighting machine. Every hour of the day, it goes to battle, ready to keep us safe from renegade cells that could possibly turn into cancer cells. One line of defense could lie in our genes - one gene in particular. It's called the phosphatase and tensin homolog, or PTEN gene. It contains the crucial DNA information for making the PTEN protein, a protein that keeps damaged cells from going haywire.
As many of you know, October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
. But fortunately for those who have been diagnosed with this terrible disease, science doesn't wait! Researchers have breast cancer on the mind all year long
. In fact, some good news has recently come in the form of new, refined breast cancer treatments.
Most people now accept the idea that addiction is a disease, but what does that really mean? The medical community is leaning more and more towards the concept of addiction as a physical diagnosis and even a serious brain disease, and understanding the change in brain chemistry suffered by addicts in their different stages - heavy using, withdrawal, and continuing recovery - is essential to treating them. A
Old age comes with its share of new challenges, both for an elderly person and associated family members. Fortunately, assisted living facilities are an appealing alternative to the stress of changing abilities and the potential for getting into a dangerous situation. Keep reading to learn about four frequent errors that family members make when thinking about transferring a loved one into a specialized facility, so you can avoid them.
When bad things happen in your life, you may at times have a hard time coping, grieving, and continuing to live a “normal” life. However, many of us are strong enough to work through the trauma, and even though you may never be the same, you can come to terms with the event and go on to lead a happy, productive life. Some individuals, however, are at risk for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) when dealing with tragic life events. What exactly is PTSD? And what help is available if you’re suffering? Keep reading for more information on PTSD.
Feeling that "you can make it through" adversity gives you a serious edge in your physical health and boosts the likely success and health of your relationships.
Even if you smoke, you have
to know that smoking can be responsible for horrible physical health effects
– from something as cosmetic as yellow teeth, to something as deadly as lung cancer. If you aren’t aware of this, you could be in denial, or you just don’t care.
Do you know much about meningitis? Perhaps you’ve seen or heard about recent the outbreaks of meningitis – they usually makes the national news, especially in fatal cases. Meningitis is not anything to mess around with and a great deal of caution usually surrounds any instances of the illness. Let’s take a closer look at this potentially life-threatening illness.
Have you ever suffered a heart attack or been diagnosed with heart trouble? Maybe your doctor has warned you of the possibility of heart disease in your future, or perhaps heart disease runs in your family. If so, then one thing you should definitely be aware of is the indication that something is not quite right with your ticker. One of those signs is angina. Let’s learn more about this critical red flag.
You may have read some of our articles on ADHD and alternative methods to the typical prescription drugs used to address the condition. Apparently people are taking notice, because the use of these drugs for treating ADHD and related conditions has decreased. Unfortunately, however, certain prescription drugs (like Adderall) are still being prescribed for other uses . . . namely weight loss. In fact a recent news article reported that celebrity Lindsay Lohan regularly uses Adderall to stay slim (perhaps too slim). Keep reading for a perfect example of how drug companies manage to keep afloat with little or no regard to your health.
It may sound stranger then fiction but it’s true: the bacteria in your digestive tract
may largely determine brain development and adult behavior. Researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden and the Genome Institute of Singapore (led by renowned scientist, Sven Pettersson) reported that the normal bacteria found in your intestines could very well have a huge impact on your thoughts and actions.
Did your mother would tell you not to sit so close to the television because it would make you nearsighted? Such close-up activities have long been believed to cause myopia, but new research indicates that the true culprit is not the TV, playing computer games, or reading in low light. Myopia could be the results of a sunlight deficiency
Smokers who finally manage to kick the habit
are quick to tell you the first days are marked with nervous jitters, anxiety, and a strong craving for a nicotine fix. What you don’t hear so much about is the great feelings of lingering sadness
that some experience without their cigarettes.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, trichomoniasis is the most common curable type of sexually transmitted disease in the United States. Currently about 3 million people are infected, and some experts say that there are as many as 8 million new cases per year. Trichomoniasis is most common in women, although anyone who is sexually active is at risk. The prevalence of this infection in today’s culture might lead you to believe that people are well aware of their potential for getting it, and know how to stay protected, but that assumption is unfortunately incorrect.
If you aren't aware of the number of serious illnesses and medical conditions that can be detected and even prevented with blood testing, you're not alone. According to Life Extension Magazine, the vast majority of doctors did not understand the importance of screening the blood before the mid-1990s. So blood tests and the awareness of what protein markers, hormones, or other abnormalities to look for are relatively new phenomena, at least in how the medical community uses them today. New technology combined with a steady rise in heart disease and diabetes in the United States mean that early detection with blood tests is more important than ever. Which ones should you have? There are a number of beneficial options.