Monthly Archives: October 2011

The Link Between Periodontal Disease And Hypertension

Nearly 75 percent of Americans visit a dentist yearly, though a cleaning every six months is recommended. Increasingly, however, the link between periodontal disease, or inflammation of the gum tissue, and hypertension suggests that better oral hygiene can play an … Continue reading

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Red Onions Lower Risk Of Disease, Boost Memory

Phytonutrients are a component of plants, found in fruits, vegetables, nuts, and grains, that have been shown to benefit human health and help ward off diseases such as diabetes and cancer. Onions are generally high in polyphenols, a type of … Continue reading

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The Health Benefits Of Caregiving

The emotional stress of caring for an elderly relative has been shown to increase risk of depression, disease, and even death. But a new study from Boston University found that, though caregivers had more stress, they had lower mortality rates … Continue reading

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Despite Health Benefits, Too Few Americans Exercising

There is ample evidence that getting regular exercise can improve mood and memory, lower the risk of developing diabetes or heart disease, and slow age-related deterioration of muscles, bones, and joints. Still, recent surveys show Americans aren’t exercising enough, if … Continue reading

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Research Finds Link Between Vitamin D And Cancer

Vitamin D has long been associated with better bone health but new research suggests lower levels of the vitamin may play a role in the prognosis and development of cancer. Researchers studied 160 cancer patients with a median age of … Continue reading

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Eating Less Red Meat Can Significantly Improve Health

Eating less red meat has been tied to improved health and lowered risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes, according to recent studies. A study from Harvard found significant benefits from eating red meat every other day, rather than every day. … Continue reading

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Americans Understand Long-Term Needs But Remain Unprepared

Despite having a better understanding of their long-term needs, Americans still underestimate the costs associated with long-term care. According to a poll conducted by the California Partnership for Long-Term Care, 52 percent of consumers said more than half of older … Continue reading

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Believing You’re In Poor Health Ups Risk Of Dementia

People who believe their health is poor have an increased risk of developing dementia compared to people who report their health as being good. A study of 8,169 people over the age of 65 published in the journal Neurology found … Continue reading

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Access To Affordable Drugs Reduces Hospitalizations

For the first time, a study has linked affordable prescription drugs to reductions in hospitalization and emergency care. The research, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that Medicare Part D offers seniors better access to the … Continue reading

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Survey Finds Common Cancer Misconceptions

A survey of 279 patients diagnosed with cancer between September 2007 and January 2010 found participants shared many misconceptions about what causes cancer and how to treat the disease. The research found the group cited pollution, stress, and injury as … Continue reading

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