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Dark Chocolate's Dark Secret: Heavy Metals and Your Health
Dark chocolate, a chocoholic's dream, has been touted for its health benefits thanks to its rich antioxidant content. But recent news has cast a shadow on this indulgence, raising concerns about lead and cadmium lurking within those delicious squares.The Culprits: Lead and CadmiumCadmium: This sneaky metal accumulates in the body over time, damaging the kidneys and bones (osteoporosis)....[ Read More... ]
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Cell phone safety
If you use your cell phone for 17 minutes a day for 10 years, it is associated with a 60% increase in brain tumor risk accroding to reasearch by Joel Moskowitz, director of the UC Berkeley Center for Family and Community Health.Moskowitz published his study in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, showing that cell phone radiation can increase the risk...[ Read More... ]
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Bottom right corner of Nia Payne's left eye now contains cellular damage in the form of a crescent-shaped chip.
The issue was borrowing a pair of eclipse glasses that turned out to be fake, not providing the proper protection for her eyes.  As 26-year-old Nia Payne told TODAY, "The glasses seemed normal and I looked at the sky. I looked like everyone else”.  30 seconds of looking at the solar eclipse and about 6 hours later she noticed a black spot had formed in the middle of her left...[ Read More... ]
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Health Department warns to keep your smartphone out of your pocket and away from your bed
California Department of Public Health (CDPH):"Although the science is still evolving, there are concerns among some public health professionals and members of the public regarding long-term, high use exposure to the energy emitted by cell phones," said CDPH Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith. "We know that simple steps, such as not keeping your phone in your pocket and...[ Read More... ]
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Green LED lights reduced migraine pain 40-50 percent in study
Los Angeles study.  Dr. Mohab Ibrahim and Rajesh Khanna tested green LED lights and white LED lights on a small sample of people with chronic migraines.  Participants in the trial were asked to starte at the lights for 1-2 hours a day over a 10 week period.  The green lights proved to be succssful, reducing migraine pain 40 to 50 percent.Participant Debi Lesneski:"It was one...[ Read More... ]
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PET scans: healthy brain (top), Alzheimer's (bottom) - Red areas indicate tau deposits.
One single night of interrupted sleep increases brain proteins which are believed to cause Alzheimer's disease, researches reported in a study published in the journal Brain Monday.  Sleep helps the body clear away these compounds, amyloid and tau, while interrupting sleep may lead to a compound build-up."When people had their slow-wave sleep disrupted, their amyloid levels increased by...[ Read More... ]
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Baby formula risks
 There are a lot of health benefits for babies breastfeeding, from absorbing antibodies to help babies fight off viruses and bacteria, to lowering their risk of having asthma or allergies.  Babies who are breastfed exclusively for the first 6 months, without any formula, have fewer ear infections, respiratory illnesses, and bouts of diarrhea ("Breastfeeding Benefits for Mom and Baby -...[ Read More... ]
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Allison Schablein, no detectable tumors in mri scans after precision medicine pills
New clinical trial treatment that was being used for skin cancer, shrinks girl's tumors so that there are no more detectable tumors on scans.  8-year-old Allison Schablein's parents sent her scans all over the world and decided on this treatment locally that helped her:At age 4, Allison started telling her parents that she had headaches."We were back and forth with the doctor," Allison's...[ Read More... ]
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Brain-eating amoeba, Naegleria fowleri
Something to think about when whitewater rafting:A young woman died this week in Ohio after being infected by Naegleria fowleri, commonly called a brain-eating amoeba.Officials from the Franklin County Public Health Department confirmed that the 18-year-old died from amoebic meningoencephalitis, in which the membrane around the brain and spinal cord swells because of infection by...[ Read More... ]
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Sonia Olea Coontz had a stroke in 2011 that affected the movement of her right arm and leg. After modified stem cells were injected into her brain as part of a clinical trial, she says her limbs "woke up."
Injecting modified, human, adult stem cells directly into the brains of chronic stroke patients proved not only safe but effective in restoring motor function, according to the findings of a small clinical trial led by Stanford University School of Medicine investigators.The patients, all of whom had suffered their first and only stroke between six months and three years before...[ Read More... ]
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