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January 2007


Positive Moods = Fewer Colds

People with generally positive outlooks show greater resistance to developing colds than do individuals who rarely revel in upbeat feelings, a new investigation finds. The recently published study exposed 334 healthy adults to one of two rhinoviruses via nasal drops. Those who displayed generally positive outlooks, including feelings of liveliness, cheerfulness, and being at ease, …

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OJ for Kidney Stone Prevention

Forget the lemonade-bring on the orange juice! Research published in The Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology suggests that orange juice helps prevent the formation of kidney stones better than other citrus fruit juices such as lemonade. What researchers found was that orange juice had greater alkalinizing and citraturic effects than lemonade, despite …

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The Wine Pill

There’s a lot of buzz about the “wine pill,” resveratrol. Ever since the news that it can boost endurance and prolong life in mice, people have been rushing out to buy it. Resveratrol is one of the substances that are thought to give red wine some of its health benefits. It was first thought to …

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Quinine Warning

The FDA has issued a specific warning not to use quinine for leg cramps. Until recently, no quinine product was ever approved by FDA. They were on the market before FDA approval was required. Now that there is an approved product, Qualaquin, the FDA is forcing all the others off the market by June. This …

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Real Reform

To attract prospective employees after World War II, companies that couldn’t compete on wages (war era controls were still in effect) offered medical benefits. Today, more than 60 years later, roughly three-fifths of American have employer-subsidized, third-party health insurance. The problem with having a third party pay for our health insurance, however, is that there’s …

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Benefits of Testosterone

Because prostate cancer growth is fueled by androgens- especially testosterone- androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) is the treatment of choice for the 40% of men with this cancer who have disease that has spread beyond the prostate. But ADT has been shown to have many deleterious effects on the body. These include osteoporosis, increase in body …

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How to prevent from getting cancer.

Cancer Prevention

Yesterday I came across an article titled, Cancer Incidence Before and After Kidney Transplantation. What the study found was very intriguing. The authors found in their research that kidney transplantation is associated with a marked increase in cancer risk at a wide variety of sites. Specifically there was an astounding 3-4 fold increase in the …

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