Drugs and Supplements 

Statin Use Linked to Increased Parkinson’s Risk

New findings from a large national claims database show the use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs to be associated with an increased risk for Parkinson’s disease (PD), contrary to previous research suggesting the drugs have a protective effect for PD. “We identified 20,000 Parkinson’s disease patients and looked at whether using statins was associated with a higher or lower risk, and we found people using statins have a higher risk of the disease, so this is the opposite of what has been hypothesized,” senior author Xuemei Huang, MD, PhD, vice chair…

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Health News 

US liver donor marries woman whose life he saved

When Christopher Dempsey offered to donate half his liver to a complete stranger, he knew it would be a life-changing experience. What the former marine didn’t know was that he would be saving the life of the woman who would become his wife. But less than two years after Mr Dempsey called Heather Krueger to reveal he was a match, the two were married. The love story began with a conversation overheard in a workplace break room in Frankfort, a village south of Chicago, Illinois. Miss Krueger had stage four…

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Air pollution can affect blood pressure: study

Long-term exposure to urban air pollution incrementally increases the risk of high blood pressure, according to a study released Tuesday of more than 41,000 European city-dwellers. Constant noise pollution — especially traffic — also boosts the likelihood of hypertension, researchers reported in the European Heart Journal. High blood pressure is the most important risk factor for premature illness and death. The study found that one extra adult per 100 people of roughly the same age developed high blood pressure in the most polluted part of towns compared to more breathable…

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Drugs and Supplements 

Neem Shows Promise in Prostate Cancer Treatment

Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in men. According to the latest statistics, about 181,000 men get diagnosed with prostate cancer every year in the U.S. However, while common, it has a survival rate of about 86 percent. Of those diagnosed, about 26,000 die from the disease each year. Unfortunately, conventional diagnostics and treatment options for prostate cancer leave much to be desired. Conventional diagnosis includes PSA testing and biopsy, which are prone to false positives and carry risks of side effects. Treatment typically involves drugs, surgery…

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Health News 

Determine Your Skin Type

You’ve heard the buzz about normal, oily, dry, combination, or sensitive skin types. But which one do you have? It can change over time. For example, younger people are more likely than older folks to have a normal skin type. What’s the difference? Your type depends on things such as: *How much water is in your skin, which affects its comfort and elasticity *How oily it is, which affects its softness *How sensitive it is Normal Skin Type Not too dry and not too oily, normal skin has: *No or…

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So You’ve Gotten Your Cholesterol Tested-What Do The Levels Actually mean?

What Is Cholesterol? We may associate cholesterol with fatty foods, but most of the waxy substance is made by our own bodies. The liver produces 75% of the cholesterol that circulates in our blood. The other 25% comes from food. At normal levels, cholesterol actually plays an important role in helping cells do their jobs. But cholesterol levels are precariously high in more than 100 million American Symptoms of High Cholesterol High cholesterol does not cause any symptoms. But it does cause damage deep within the body. Over time, too…

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The Complete Guide to Fasting: A Special Interview With Dr. Jason Fung

Fasting is one of the oldest dietary interventions in the world, and modern science confirms it can have a profoundly beneficial influence on your health. Dr. Jason Fung, a nephrologist (kidney specialist) with a practice in Canada, has written an important landmark book on this topic. “The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body Through Intermittent, Alternate-Day, and Extended Fasting,” co-authored with Jimmy Moore, details how to implement fasting and overcome some of the most common challenges that might arise, including persistent fears and myths associated with extended water fasting….

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Molybdenum! What Is It?

What’s found in unfiltered water, cheese, grains, leafy greens, nuts and liver? If you said molybdenum, you’re right, but few realize that this little-known trace element is crucial to nearly every life form on earth. Molybdenum is an essential catalyst for enzymes to help metabolize fats and carbohydrates and facilitate the breakdown of certain amino acids in your body. Its role is crucial to your health. In humans, a molybdenum deficiency, albeit a rarity (and usually exclusive to those who have to be fed intravenously), can be the source of…

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Life Style 

How Your Appetite Can Sabotage Weight Loss

New research is shedding light on a question that has long confounded dieters and obesity researchers alike: Why do so many people regain weight after they’ve worked so hard to lose it? The answer, according to a new study, is appetite. People who successfully lose weight get really hungry — more than anyone had ever expected that they might. The body prompts us to eat about 100 calories more than usual for every 2 pounds or so of weight lost, researchers found. “That’s the very first time that number has…

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Cancer prevention: 7 tips to reduce your risk

You’ve probably heard conflicting reports about cancer prevention. Sometimes the specific cancer-prevention tip recommended in one study or news report is advised against in another. In many cases, what is known about cancer prevention is still evolving. However, it’s well-accepted that your chances of developing cancer are affected by the lifestyle choices you make. So if you’re concerned about cancer prevention, take comfort in the fact that some simple lifestyle changes can make a big difference. Consider these seven cancer prevention tips. 1. Don’t use tobacco Using any type of…

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