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A Nourishing Nest, Image: Edible Bird’s Nest Can Enhance Beauty from the Inside Out
- While eating the saliva of a bird from southeast Asia may not be the first choice for a health and beauty treatment, it can fly up on the list of natural remedies to...

Yoga for Prostate  Cancer Patients, Image: RealPeopleStudio/AdobeStock.comResearch Indicates Higher Quality-of-Life Scores 
- According to the American Cancer Society, about one man in eight will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime, with six in 10 of these cases in men 65 years and older. Non-Hispanic Black men have...

Fermented Foods  for Brain Health, Image: zarzamora/ShutterStock.comMay Have Long- and Short-term Impacts Such as Reducing Stress 
- The consumption of fermented products is on the rise as drinks like kombucha and kefir have become popular. They are a source of tryptophan, an amino acid critical to producing serotonin, the brain chemical that...

Have You Cared for Your Brain Today?, Image: jannatulkoraise92616804The Body’s Command Center Controls Quality of Life with Age By Carrie Weidenbach 
- We don’t think about brain health as much as caring for the other parts of our bodies, like the heart, gut or even skin. However, to live a quality long life, taking good care of the brain is critical. Consider how...

Rise in Children With Autism, Image: Maryna_Auramchuk/ShutterStock.comCDC Partially Attributes to Improved Screening Access 
- The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated statistics on the rate of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), which has been on the rise. The data is based on...

Testing Acupuncture for  Long-Term COVID, Image: Andrey_Popov/ShutterStock.comUK Researchers Conducting Randomized Trial  
- Long COVID affects nearly 14 percent of adult patients that had COVID-19. It is characterized by symptoms lasting at least 12 weeks after the initial infection, including fatigue, brain fog and breathlessness. Although...

Children’s Physical Activity Declined Since Pandemic, Image: Samuel Borges Photography/ShutterStock.comLargely Attributed to Social Distancing and School Closures 
- In a new systematic review and meta-analysis published in JAMA Pediatrics, researchers found that children’s physical activity has been greatly reduced by the...

Saving the Fading Night Sky, Image: sripfoto/ShutterStock.comDealing with Light Pollution 
- The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History "Lights Out" exhibit, in Washington, D.C., is helping people understand that light pollution is a global problem with broad impact. The effects of...

Seniors Want Fewer , Image: CGN089/ShutterStock.comA Growing Trend Dubbed “Deprescribing” 
- In a new National Poll on Healthy Aging by the University of Michigan involving adults aged 50 to 80, the vast majority of respondents expressed an interest in cutting back on prescription medications. Eighty percent would...

The Gut – Brain Connection, Image: Ssdecoret/ShutterStock.comRelaxing the Brain and Bringing it Back Into Balance
- We actually have two brains in our body. One is housed in our skull, the other in the walls of our digestive system, and they are in constant communication. A distressed gastrointestinal system can send signals to the brain, and a...

Unsung Heros, Image: Ruslan Huzau/ShutterStock.comHerbs and Spices Promote Gut Health 
- A 2022 research study published in The Journal of Nutrition suggests that herbs and spices may be unsung heroes in the quest for gut health. The three-period, randomized, controlled-feeding study involved...

 Daily Intense  Activity Prolongs Life, Image: Fran.Vila/ShutterStock.com VILPA may be a suitable for people not able or willing to exercise on a regular basis 
- A new study in the journal Nature Medicine suggests that short bursts of intense movement are associated with a lower risk of premature death. The UK researchers analyzed data from about 25,000 non-exercisers with...

Functional Laser Therapy, Image: Safe, Effective Healing for Golfers and Other Athletes
- We see it often. A golfer who develops Medial Epicondylitis (Golfer's Elbow) or other injuries to the shoulder, knee, shin, leg, ankle and back. It's the same injury hundreds of golfers get and don't even realize until...

Women and  Exercise, Image: Turning Thoughts into Action 
- May is Woman’s Health and Wellness month and while spring is often the season that sparks the motivation we need to reengage in...

The Key to Aging Gracefully, Image: contrastwerkstatt/AdobeStock.comBio-Identical Hormones for Women 
- Many women find themselves on the threshold of menopause without ever having given the use of bio-identical hormones much thought. Other women are under the impression that hormones are used briefly for...

Reversing Type 2 Diabetes With Diet, Image: - A Type 2 diabetes (T2D) diagnosis is often regarded as a lifelong sentence and typically treated as such, requiring an increasing number of drugs. However, sustained...

De-Stress With Sauerkraut, Image: Food Impressions/ShutterStock.com A new study published in Molecular Psychiatry has shown that eating more fermented foods and fiber daily for just four weeks significantly...

Exercise for the Brain, Image: Ljupco Smokovski/ShutterStock.com Researchers in the UK compared the effect that different types of daily movement had on overall cognition, memory and executive...

Holistic Root Canals: A New Era, Image: Blending Biotechnology and Biocompatibility by Louis M. Shoha, DDS, MS 
- According to the American Association of Endodontists website, more than 22 million root canal procedures are performed every year by dentists possessing a wide range of...

Kids Are Not Getting Enough Sleep, Image: kaliantye/AdobeStock.comMemory, Intelligence and Well-being Mabe be Affected 
- The American Academy of Pediatrics has long recommended that children between the ages of 6 and 12 years obtain...

Gut Microbiome May Influence Obesity, Image: Ssdecoret/ShutterStock.comMay Shed Light on Why Some Gain More Weight Than Others 
- A new study may shed light on why some people gain more weight than others regardless of diet and activity levels. Led by researchers at...

Supplements That Help the Heart, Image: KucherAV/ShutterStock.comMicronutrients May Reduce Cardiovascular Risk 
- A new study conducted by researchers at Brown University has identified certain supplements that may be beneficial for heart health. The meta-analysis published in...

Strategies to Stop Brain Thinning at Any AgeCognitive Rebalancing May Help 
- Brain thinning becomes more prominent as people age past 60 years. Brain thinning may be especially noticeable in certain regions that control memory, speech, problem-solving and...

Target Insulin to Trim Belly Fat, Image: Tips for Healthy Change 
- Diets high in refined carbohydrates are contributing a nationwide epidemic of obesity and high body weight. The hormone that sabotages weight loss...

Serotonin Theory of Depression Debunked, Image: freshidea/AdobeStock.com- The idea that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance—specifically, a serotonin deficiency—has been...

Under-Appreciating the Benefits of Solitude, Image: sergign/AdobeStock.comReflection May Help with Problem Solving, Self-Worth and More
- Getting lost in our thoughts may improve problem solving, increase creativity, enhance imagination and provide a better sense of...

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