Disease Health Studies 

New Progress toward Developing Immunotherapy for Cancer

Many Americans were introduced to the concept of immunotherapy when former President Jimmy Carter was successfully treated for brain cancer, in his nineties. This groundbreaking approach to cancer therapy mobilizes the patient’s own immune system to kill the tumors in his or her body. Immunotherapy is in its infancy, and its success depends upon increasing scientific understanding of the human genome. Scientist Eduard Porta-Pardo, Ph.D. is the lead author of a study recently published in the journal Cancer Immunology Research. The study was conducted by the Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery…

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Diet Health Studies 

Scientists Say Obesity May be a Brain Disorder

A recent study conducted by Macquarie University indicates that obesity may actually be a disorder of the brain, characterized by a progressive deterioration of cognitive processes that impact eating behaviors. The study shows that memory inhibition, which is the helpful ability to “block out” memories that no longer serve us (and which originates in the hippocampus), is liked to overeating. When our brains are functioning properly, our food-related memories should be prominent when we are hungry then recede when we are full. That way, thoughts of food disappear when eating…

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Diet Health Studies Healthy Foods 

Why Hispanics Live Longer

Population demographics show that Hispanics in the United States are living on average two years longer than Anglo whites, and and more than seven years longer than blacks.The Chicago Tribune reports: A Hispanic born in 2006 could expect to live about 80 years and seven months, the government estimates. Life expectancy for a white is about 78, and for a black, just shy of 73 years. Some demographers are calling this the “Hispanic paradox,” unexpected longevity in a population many of whose members are poor and relatively uneducated. One theory…

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Health Studies Healthy Foods Weight Loss 

9 Health Benefits of Coconut Milk

Coconut milk is so creamy and sweet you might imagine it’s an indulgence that is bad for you, but the opposite is true. Coconut milk is rich in benefits for your body. It supports your immune system and prevents disease. In fact, coconut milk, like coconut water and coconut oil, is one of the healthiest foods available. Coconut milk is actually not “milk” at all. It is the liquid inside mature coconuts, stored within the coconut meat. Coconut water is the substance that leaks out when you crack open a…

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Diet Health Studies 

Read This and You’ll Never Eat at McDonald’s Again

Next time you drive toward those Golden Arches, think about this: McDonald’s has one of the worst reputations of any fast food restaurants. There are numerous reasons, but in this article, we’re going to look at the inclusion in their recipes of ten very unappetizing ingredients. Here they are: 1. Ammonium Sulfate Ammonium sulfate is an inorganic salt, most often used in fertilizer. It also used in flame retardant and in Monsanto’s Roundup weed killer. It causes hormone disruption. 2. Silicone Oil Silicone oil is used in making contact lenses,…

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Health Studies Natural Remedies 

How to Eliminate Dust Mites

One of the peskiest allergens around is the dust mite. They contribute to many allergy- and asthma-related health problems, along with skin reactions. These minuscule bugs thrive in cotton mattresses, pillows, bedding, carpets and upholstered furniture, and they feed on dead skin.  Four out of five American homes are infested with dust mites. Could your house be infested? If you experience sneezing; runny nose; red, itchy or watery eyes; congestion; itchy nose, throat or roof of the mouth; facial pressure or pain; cough; or swollen, bluish skin under the eyes,…

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Health Studies Supplements Wellness 

The Newest Hope in the Effort to Combat Aging

Throughout recorded history, people have sought a way to avoid aging and extend life. Ponce de Leon’s search for the elusive “fountain of youth” led to the exploration of Florida. Today, as baby boomers move forward into old age, the interest in a true anti-aging formula is growing. An article in Technology Review describes the efforts of one company, Elysium Health, which is taking a non-traditional route in developing its anti-aging formula. Elysium is taking its research and offering a nutraceutical, rather than a pharmaceutical pill. This will allow it…

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Disease Health Studies Healthy Foods Natural Remedies Supplements Wellness 

6 Ways to Reduce Your Risk of Cancer

According to the United States government, an estimated 1,685,210 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed among Americans in 2016. 595,690 people will die from the disease. The most common kinds of cancers are are projected to be breast cancer, lung and bronchus cancer, prostate cancer, colon and rectum cancer, bladder cancer, skin melanoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, thyroid cancer, kidney and renal pelvis cancer, leukemia, endometrial cancer, and pancreatic cancer. There are actually more than one hundred types of cancer, which is an abnormal growth of cells. Cancer treatment can include chemotherapy,…

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Health Studies Wellness 

What the Feds are Saying About Medical Marijuana and Cancer

Even as the federal government continues to hold the line on marijuana laws, classifying the weed as a Schedule 1 Controlled Substance, it is simultaneously acknowledging the usefulness of medical marijuana in combating cancer. Schedule 1 drugs are those considered dangerous, addictive and lacking in medical merit. Federal government agencies serve many masters. The powerful prison lobby wants drug offenders behind bars. The FDA clients are big drug companies, which do not want medical marijuana competing with their products. Nevertheless, the National Cancer Institute recently referenced unpublicized studies that include…

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Diet Health Studies Healthy Foods 

2015 Revised USDA Guidelines – What Has Changed?

The field of medicine moves forward through evidence-based practices, using the best scientific data to develop recommendations for policy and treatment. In the related field of diet and nutrition, however, old beliefs die hard. Experts in the field often cling to outdated recommendations, even when the evidence does not support their long-held ideas. For almost half a century, Americans have been told to minimize their consumption of butter, meat and salt. This dietary recommendation was supposed to protect people from heart attacks, strokes, hypertension, diabetes and obesity. In fact, these…

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