ED Crowding Getting Worse

overcA study using a national database found that while the number of emergency department (ED) visits increased between 2001 and 2008, the crowding in EDs increased even more.

Note that the main drivers of crowding appeared to be intensity of the ED visit, including giving intravenous fluids, doing blood tests or procedures, Continue reading

Eight Weeks of Mindfulness Meditation Can Rewire the Brain and Control Depression Symptoms

Is it possible to sort of “rewire” your brain so you can better control imposing symptoms of depression and angst? The short answer, according to recent new research, is yes, and it all it takes in large part is some “mindfulness meditation.”

According to a study which appeared more than a year-and-a-half ago, in the January 2011 journal of Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, a team led by Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) researchers reported Continue reading

Bee Research Sheds Light on Human Sweet Perception, Metabolic Disorders

A new-born honey bee worker (Apis mellifera) breaks free from her nursery chamber in the colony nest. A few weeks later, she will leave the hive in search for nectar and pollen to feed her siblings and mother queen. The genes vitellogenin and ultraspiracle, which regulate the bees’ behavioral transition to foraging tasks, also coordinate their carbohydrate metabolism, blood sugar levels, sweet taste, and several metabolic genes in adipose tissue. When vitellogenin and ultraspiracle are simultaneously suppressed in adipose cells, the bees develop a metabolic syndrome similar to Type 1 diabetes.
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A Special Message for All Grandparents

Here’s some health news that doesn’t make the front page very often: the benefits of grand-parenting. Yes, it’s true — at least according to researchers in the U.K. It seems that grand-parenting could boost the mental health of seniors in some very specific ways.

The London research team conducted a study in Chile. Continue reading

Is This Common Sweetener to Blame for Our Health Problems?

sfFructose has been the target of a deep well of negative health news over the past decade or so. Its most glaring presence, in terms of our collective nutrition, is in high-fructose corn syrup. This is a classic ingredient in many unhealthy foods, notably soft drinks. But a new study suggests that maybe we have it wrong with fructose. Continue reading

Mexicali Tour, From Tummy Tuck to Root Canal

Tourists often come to border towns looking for some kind of illicit adventure, trotting among the bars, strip joints and seedy motels that dot the streets. Here, though, the visitors are searching for something more basic: a root canal they can afford or surgery they have been putting off for months. Continue reading

The Five Best Summertime Detox Beverages

Summertime and the living are easy, except it gets hot. Some places get really hot but not so humid, others get hot and humid. Either way, it’s a time for refreshing cool or cold drinks. It’s possible to boost your health, detoxify, and alkalize while drinking a refreshing beverage.

Here are five tips for refreshing healthy summer time beverages:

(1) You can have a cooling mint drink to replace the classic alcohol Continue reading

Merck Vaccine Fraud Exposed by Two Merck Virologists; Company Faked Mumps Vaccine Efficacy Results for Over a Decade, says Lawsuit

Breaking news: According to two Merck scientists who filed a False Claims Act  complaint in 2010 — a complaint which has just now been unsealed — vaccine  manufacturer Merck knowingly falsified its mumps vaccine test data, spiked blood  samples with animal antibodies, sold a vaccine that actually promoted  mumps and measles outbreaks, and ripped off governments and consumers who bought  the vaccine thinking it was “95% effective.” Continue reading

Health Basics – What’s Really Behind the Ingredient ‘Natural Flavors?

What does the term “natural flavors” really mean? Could it be that the term “natural flavors” includes genetically modified, pesticide-laden food? There are also plenty of “food products” on the shelves that read “all natural” on the label, but they still contain large amounts of synthetic, laboratory-concocted food agents, many of which cause diseases and disorders. So how much more confusing can it get to simply shop for food that doesn’t kill you slowly? Continue reading

Second Thoughts about Ginko Biloba

When looking closely at ginkgo biloba and acetyl-L- carnitine for use against Alzheimer’s disease, I’ve found a mixed bag. It’s best to become informed before investing hope in supplements.

Acetyl-L-carnitine is an amino acid that occurs naturally. In animal studies, it’s been found to increase the energy production in nerve cells, protect the nerve cells from toxins, maintain the number of receptors on nerve cells, and increase Continue reading

New Screening Test to Help People with Hearing Loss in China

The University of Southampton has developed a new hearing screening test which could help the estimated 100 million people suffering from hearing loss in China.

This new Chinese version is based on a hearing screening test developed by the University’s Institute of Sound and Vibration Research (ISVR), which has already been taken by more than a million people across Europe. Continue reading

How Your Gut Flora Influences Your Health

A new study in the journal Nutrition in Clinical Practice shows that microorganisms in the human gastrointestinal tract form an intricate, living fabric of natural controls affecting body weight, energy, and nutritioni. The findings may offer new ideas on how to treat nutrition-related maladies, including obesity and a range of serious health consequences linked to under-nutrition, the scientists said. Continue reading

5 Foods That Slow Down Your Body’s Aging Process

agingDid you Know…… that the nucleic acids in fish, fruits, beans, legumes, and chlorella have powerful rejuvenating properties that slow down the aging process?When one thinks of vital nutrients … vitamins, minerals, proteins and essential fatty acids may come to mind, but rarely do nucleic acids top the list.  Continue reading

Small West Yorkshire Town Aims to Be First Town with Food Self-Sufficiency by Growing All Its Own Vegetables

todDifferent local authorities throughout the USA have been harassing homeowners for growing veggies or herbs in their front lawns. But in the small town of Todmorden, England, a grass-roots food movement has been started by one woman who grew veggies in her front yard and let neighbors pick them free. Continue reading