Disease Prescription Drugs 

Drugs Can Now Cure Almost all Cases of Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C, or HCV (often called simply hep C), kills 350,000 people every year. Most deaths are caused by cirrhosis (irreversible and catastrophic scarring of the liver) and liver cancer. HCV affects an estimated 130 to 170 million people around the world. There is no vaccine yet that will protect against the acquisition of hep C, but new drugs have been developed that provide a cure for most cases. In the past, the standard treatment for chronic hepatitis C was an antiviral therapy that combined a pegylated interferon and ribavirin,…

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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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Healthy Foods 

The Case for Oil Pulling

You may have heard of oil pulling, an ancient Ayurvedic practice that is gaining popularlity in the western world. It can be a powerful tool to improve oral health, especially when combined with the antimicrobial properties of coconut oil. Because coconut oil is high in lauric acid, it fights a wide range of pathogens, from viruses to bacteria to protozoa. Simultaneously, it promotes the homeostasis of the oral microbiome, ensuring you don’t kill the good microbes. It is believed that oil pulling improves your oral and physical health by lowering…

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Diet Digestion Healthy Foods Natural Remedies 

Healthy Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is popular for use in food preparation, but it also has a number of health benefits. It is rich in bioactive components like acetic acid, gallic acid, catechin, epicatechin, caffeic acid and others, making it an potent antioxidant and antimicrobial agent. Natural health experts recommend you use vinegar that contains “the mother,” a cobweb-like amino acid-based substance present in unprocessed, unfiltered vinegar. Here are some of the most popular health uses for apple cider vinegar: • Diabetes  Vinegar is considered anti-glycemic and has a beneficial effect…

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Digestion Natural Remedies 

11 New Ways to Use Baking Soda

If you’re like most of us, you probably have a box of baking soda, either in your pantry for baking, or in your fridge to absorb odors. What you may not realize is that baking soda has a number of health uses, as well. Here are 11 new ways to use baking soda: 1. Natural Deodorant Just say no to the parabens and aluminum found in most deodorants and antiperspirants. Instead, mix a pinch of baking soda with water, and use a bit of the paste under your arms. 2.…

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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 Exercise Wellness 

What Is Intermittent Fasting and What Can It Do for You?

The most challenging aspect of losing weight is maintaining your commitment over time. It’s easy to get started, but much harder to stick to your diet when hunger raises its head. Eating right and exercise are recognized as key elements, but for some people, they are not enough to achieve success. If you are having trouble reaching your weight loss goals even with a healthy diet and exercise, don’t resort to dangerous supplements or other weight loss fads. Even if you achieve short-term results, the weight is likely to return.…

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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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