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Archive for May, 2012:

New Sunscreen Guide: 1 in 4 Products Deemed Safe

Although everyone agrees you should wear sunscreen, opinions vary on the safety and effectiveness of certain products. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) publishes an annual guide of recommended sunscreens. This year, the EWG took issue with the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new rules, claiming they leave some key safety gaps. EWG claims the FDA is not tough enough on … Read more.

Beijing Olympics Show Air Pollution-Heart Attack Link

The air quality in Beijing improved because of less traffic during the 2008 Olympics, resulting in fewer heart problems, strokes, and blood clots; when the traffic went back to normal, so did the risk factors. These results were published in a recent study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Dr. Tim Nawrot of Hasselt University in Belgium found … Read more.

Herbal Remedies for PMS

Although there is conflicting evidence with respect to the effectiveness of herbal remedies for PMS, the mood swings, headaches, bloating, breast tenderness and other symptoms associated with PMS drive many women to use them. Chasteberry seems to ease breast pain, and this along with St. John’s wort can be helpful for relieving depression, anxiety, and cravings. According to John Sanfilippio, … Read more.

Fitness Fights High Blood Pressure Genes

A recent study published in Hypertension, shows that an exercise regimen can reduce your odds of developing high blood pressure by up to 34%, even if you have a family history of the disease. Although the study subjects were not representative of all groups of people, researcher Robin Shook says, “The correlation between fitness levels, parental history, and risk are … Read more.

Does stretching help or hurt, and what’s the best way to do it?

To stretch or not to stretch before or after exercise—there doesn’t seem to be much consistency on the answer to that question. The conflicting advice can be confusing, and WebMD offers some suggestions. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends regular flexibility exercises. Those of us who sit at a desk all day can benefit from two-minute stretch breaks each … Read more.

Acupuncture May Be Worth a Shot for COPD

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, COPD, is a diagnosis covering a variety of chronic lung diseases. Inhaled steroids and bronchodilators are often used for treatment. WebMD reports on a new study showing that COPD patients who added acupuncture to their regular medication were “…able to walk longer without becoming breathless…” Improved stomach function was also noted, an important benefit. Tong-Joo Gan, … Read more.

Australia attempts to enact scientific dictatorship at universities by banishing alternative medicine courses

Friends of Science in Medicine (FSM), is a group of doctors and scientists who, according to, “are trying to stop all public colleges and universities in Australia from teaching any courses in alternative or complementary medicine.” At issue is the struggle between traditional medicine and the fields of naturopathy and homeopathy. FSM co-founder John Dwyer is against government health … Read more.

Oral Zinc Found To Reduce Common Cold Symptoms In Adults More Than Kids

Taking oral zinc may reduce the duration and severity of your cold symptoms, but only if you’re an adult. Even then, the results are mixed. Although higher doses seem to be more effective, but may also cause side effects including nausea and a bad taste. Authors of a recent study reported in the Canadian Medical Association Journal conclude, “Until further … Read more.