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Does night-time screen-time disrupt our normal rhythms?

Cell phones and computers have taken over our lives, without a doubt. Every part of our life is connected to those little devices- our calendars, news, shopping and communicating with friends. It’s to the point where it’s hard to imagine living without these electronic lifelines! They help bring us organization and information, but there are also some downsides, particularly to our health.

A recent study evaluated the health effects of the light emitted from electronic devices. Nighttime artificial light has been a cause for concern for several decades, and researchers have been focused on identifying the specific detrimental effects it

Your Daily Diet May Prevent Heart Failure

A large study called REGARDS (Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke) collected data about what people eat every day. 18000 adults over 45 years of age submitted information on their daily diets. The study was funded by NIH (National Institutes of Health) and was designed to determine if there is a correlation between typical diet patterns and the risk of developing heart failure.

Heart failure is a chronic condition that tends to worsen over time. It’s when the heart cannot effectively pump enough blood throughout the body, therefore reducing the amount of oxygen that goes to the various tissues.

Could Infertility Challenges Be Related to Thyroid?

Infertility can be a very challenging condition for women who want to become pregnant. They face the daunting task of going through a long list of potential causes, each needing to be evaluated and eliminated in order to identify the exact issue that needs to be resolved. The extensive process of elimination can involve lab tests, clinical examinations and uncomfortable invasive procedures. The distressful process can be emotionally and financially draining, and in about 10- 30% of the cases, no cause is even identified.

Doctors most commonly look for ovulation problems caused by health issues such as uterine fibroids, blocked

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Avoiding this diet may help prevent Alzheimer’s

As Alzheimer’s disease (AD) rates continue to increase, researchers are desperately working to identify the causes of this destructive disease in order to find ways for better prevention. The list of possible causes currently being explored includes brain inflammation, hormonal factors, oxidative stress, environmental toxins, and even infection. Regardless of the specific cause, the resulting damage to the brain is demonstrated by two hallmark signs of AD: the presence of neurofibrillary tangles and amyloid plaque accumulation.

“Neurofibrillary tangles” are deformed fibers found inside the brain’s cells. Normally, tau protein helps stabilize microtubules which help transport nutrients throughout the

The Significance of Thyroid Nodules

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A thyroid nodule is an abnormal growth of thyroid cells that create a small lump in the thyroid gland. Oftentimes they go unnoticed, especially if they are small. Nodules are very common, in fact about half of the adults over 60 have them. Most are non-cancerous, but less than 10% contain cancerous cells and need to be removed. Rarely, nodules can increase production of thyroid hormone, in which case they have the potential to contribute to hyperthyroidism.

Nodules are often associated with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (the most common cause of hypothyroidism). Nodules are believed to be caused by

A Daily Dose of Sunshine Could Keep Your Brain Healthy

Could laying by the pool help prevent Parkinson’s disease (PD)? It may sound too good to be true, but a study has found a link between regular exposure to sunshine to having a lower risk of developing PD as an older adult.

This study was conducted in France in order to examine the association of sun exposure, which offers ultraviolet B (UV-B) light, to the risk of developing PD. They found that in adults under 70 years old, higher exposure to UV-B light is associated with a lower risk of developing PD. People under 50 years old with consistently

B Vitamins for Better Brains

As the baby boomer generation ages, awareness of Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and poor cognitive function is progressively increasing. Over 4 million Americans currently suffer from AD, and the disease is beginning to cause a significant strain on the healthcare system. There are no effective medications to treat AD or dementia, so the rates are predicted to continue to progress over the next several decades. Our best hope for slowing the rates of dementia and AD is to focus seriously on prevention, as reversing cognitive impairment is a far more challenging task as compared to taking steps to maintain a healthy

Where does your daily iodine come from?

Iodine is an essential nutrient, especially for pregnant women, because it is required for producing thyroid hormone, and is critical for brain development in babies. Iodine is rich in seaweed and fish, foods which are not prominent in the American diet. Most Americans get iodine from iodine- fortified salt and dairy products, particularly milk.

Many people have switched from using iodized table salt to the more popular salt varieties which are not fortified with iodine, such as Himalayan pink salt or Celtic sea salt. And some people have intentionally reduced their salt consumption overall due to concerns about how it

Is our produce less nutritious than it was 50 years ago?

Sometimes discoveries are made in very unlikely ways…

Over a decade ago, a graduate student was doing research on zooplankton- microscopic animals that consume algae for their food source. The research scientists found that they could accelerate the growth of algae simply by exposing them to more light, and then better feed the zooplankton. But when the zooplankton ate that algae in abundance, the researchers were surprised to find that their growth actually was stunted. After deeper investigation, they discovered that because the algae grew so fast, it actually lessened the amount of nutrients they normally provided. The algae essentially

Health Risks for Kids with a Weight Problem

Childhood obesity in the US is at an all-time high; rates have more than tripled since the ‘70s, with one in five school-aged children being obese, and one in three are overweight or obese. WebMD blames the modern lifestyle of too much “screen time” with video games and computer activities, resulting in very little physical activity. Some experts point the finger at poor diet, with children consuming too much sugar and low nutrient, highly processed foods. World Health Organization (WHO) also blames diet, and recommends a program that encourages people to eat five servings of fruits and vegetables per

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