An Old and Simple Remedy

An experiment in elementary school school children demonstrated the value of hand-washing.The children were taught how to take culture samples from their hands and how to wash their hands properly. Ninety-one percent reported they saw reduced microbial growth after cleaning hands--89% said this changed their hand hygiene in the right direction. Most importantly student absenteeism…

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The Scary Side of Buffets

Eating at a buffet, while very popular and allowing you to eat to the max, may also expose you to many disease causing agents! Touching the serving utensils is like shaking every person's hand in the establishment. Some of these people just coughed or sneezed into their hands, others just went to the bathroom and did…

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Drugs or Exercise: Which is More Effective?

Modern medical research may not detect the most effective therapy for some diseases. Researchers analyzed data from 300 studies to see if exercise interventions were as effective as drugs. They found there was no significant difference between the two treatments for mortality from coronary heart disease or prediabetes. Exercise beat drugs hands down in stroke…

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Risks of Supplements May be Underestimated

The wide use of supplements (50% of U.S. population), fueled by marketing-oriented claims of many benefits, may actually increase the risks of cancer according to a review of many studies. In the face of the abscence of convincing evidence that more is better in nutrient-adequate populations, especially for cancer, the authors called for more education…

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Raw Dairy Products Not Safe

The interstate distribution and sale of non-pasteurized dairy products has been prohibited in the United States since 1987. However, each state regulates the sale of dairy products produced within its borders, and some states permit the sale of raw milk. In a review of all disease outbreaks between 1993-2006, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) researchers…

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The World is Killing Itself

For thousands of years humans have fallen to the illnesses served up by nature's villains. Infectious disease such as bubonic plague, malaria and tuberculosis have killed millions. But the tables have turned -- we are now killing ourselves at a higher rate than nature is killing us.The World Health Organization reveals this in the Global…

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30th U. S. Surgeon General’s Smoking Report Issued

The U.S. Surgeon General has just released How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease, exploring how smoking is responsible for nearly one in every five deaths and costs almost $200 billion in health expenditures and lost productivity per year. The principal message of the report is:There is NO risk-free level of exposure to tobacco smoke.Smoking leads to…

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Eating Enough Whole Grains? You May Be Surprised!

According to the Whole Grains Council, Americans average less than one serving of whole grains per day, falling far short of the three or more ounces recommended daily in the 2005 US Dietary Guidelines. You can learn about the many health benefits, food labeling issues, and serving sizes at Whole Grains 101--a plethora of easy…

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