Dental Caries and Periodontitis Linked to Hardening of the Arteries

periodontitis_heart_diseaseResearch from Austria has confirmed that dental caries are specifically linked with atherosclerosis – the hardening of the arteries – a major component of most heart diseases.

The researchers – from Austria’s Innsbruck Medical University – utilized computed tomography along with standard dental instrumentation to analyze 292 patients – 137 women and 155 men. The patients had an average age of 54 years old. Continue reading

Day of the Week Linked to Surgery Deaths

mondayYou may live for the weekend but if you’re planning a surgery, whether it’s a simple tonsillectomy or a risky heart valve replacement, do yourself the favor of a lifetime:

Pick ANY other day.

A frightening new study out of England shows that the day of the week Continue reading

Environmental Toxins Linked to Childhood Obesity

pacifiersAre toys, pacifiers and even shampoo driving the epidemic of childhood obesity? 

Researchers from the Children’s Environmental Health Center at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York have found an association between a class of chemical substances known as “phthalates” Continue reading

Cognitive Decline Linked to Periodontal Disease

periA groundbreaking study from the United Kingdom has connected gingivitis and oral health to cognitive decline. The study’s findings are backed up by a multitude of research supporting the mechanisms.

Researchers from the Institute of Psychiatry at London’s King’s College followed over 1050 adults Continue reading

Low Intake of B Linked to Depression

bbFeeling low? Get your B

When it comes to depression, the mainstream would rather have you wait until the symptoms are there before doing something about it. But what if you could help to prevent depression from affecting your life, simply by adding a couple of essential vitamins to your diet?

“B vitamins linked to depression risk in older adults.” Continue reading

­Flu Vaccine Linked to High Risk of Narcolepsy in Those under 30: Study

flushotChildren are not the only ones at high risk of developing the chronic neurological disorder narcolepsy in conjunction with the pandemic swine flu vaccine Pandemrix, according to a new study. The latest among several in recent years to link the two, the new paper found that people age 20 and younger have a roughly tripled risk of developing narcolepsy if they get the H1N1 jab, Continue reading

How You Feel Now Linked to What You Eat

Don’t like fruits and vegetables? Perhaps you’re not eating enough of them.

Results from a recent study show a link between the amount of fruits and vegetables people eat and their overall optimism in life. Continue reading

Buttered Popcorn Flavoring Linked to Alzheimer’s

Story at-a-glance

  • Diacetyl is an artificial butter flavoring added to microwave popcorn and other snack foods; many microwave popcorn factories have already stopped using the synthetic diacetyl because it’s been linked to lung damage in people who work in the factories
  • New research shows diacetyl has several concerning properties for brain health and may trigger Alzheimer’s disease
  • Not only can diacetyl pass through the blood-brain barrier, which is intended to help keep toxins out of your brain, but it can also Continue reading

Sodium Buildup in Brain Linked to Disability in Multiple Sclerosis

A buildup of sodium in the brain detected by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) may be a biomarker for the degeneration of nerve cells that occurs in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS), according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology.

The study found that patients with early-stage MS showed Continue reading

Scientists Identify Gene Linked to Facial, Skull and Cognitive Impairment

A gene whose mutation results in malformed faces and skulls as well as mental retardation has been found by scientists.

They looked at patients with Potocki-Shaffer syndrome, a rare disorder that can result in significant abnormalities such as a small head and chin and intellectual disability, and found the gene PHF21A was mutated, said Dr. Hyung-Goo Kim, molecular geneticist at the Medical College of Continue reading

NIH Study Shows Caffeine Consumption Linked to Estrogen Changes

Moderate caffeine intake associated with higher level for Asians, lower for whites

Asian women who consumed an average of 200 milligrams or more of caffeine a day—the equivalent of roughly two cups of coffee—had elevated estrogen levels when compared to women who consumed less, according to a study of reproductive age women by researchers at the National Institutes of Health and other institutions.

However, white women who consumed 200 milligrams or more of caffeine a day had slightly lower estrogen levels than women who consumed less. Black women who consumed 200 milligrams or more of caffeine a day Continue reading

Chilling Evidence: Vaccine Linked to Cancer

If you received a polio vaccine — and who didn’t? — you may have been exposed to a virus that turns normal cells into cancerous ones.

Even worse, the infection may mysteriously be passed on to your children and grandchildren.

Mass vaccination campaigns of the 1950s and 1960s are now suspected in thousands of deaths per year via a cancer-causing virus contained in the early polio vaccines. But this doesn’t mean you’ll get cancer for sure. Keep reading and I’ll explain.

Researchers discovered this deadly vaccine tragedy in 1994 — when Dr. Michele Carbone found the SV40 virus in 60 percent of lung cancers (mesotheliomas) studied, 33 percent of osteosarcoma bone cancers and 40 percent of other bone cancers. Continue reading

Antibiotics May Be Linked to This Painful Condition

Antibiotics are used to treat infections. This is an important and valuable thing when it comes to safe-guarding your health. But the latest health news says that taking too many antibiotics could have negative effects. According to researchers at the University of Manitoba, these wonder drugs may be causing some unwanted prescription side effects.

It all centers on the bacteria in your intestines. Some of these bacteria are helpful and some of them are harmful. The problem with taking antibiotics for an infection is that the drugs are not able to distinguish the good bacteria in the intestines from the bad. This means that, along with any infection that the antibiotics are supposed to kill, some good bacteria may also be destroyed. And when that happens, bad bacteria may multiply, Continue reading

Opioids Linked to Higher Risk of Pneumonia in Older Adults

Risks highest for long-acting opioids and new use, says Group Health study

Opioids – a class of medicines commonly given for pain — were associated with a higher risk of pneumonia in a study of 3,061 adults, aged 65 to 94, e-published in advance of publication in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. The study from researchers at Group Health Research Institute and the University of Washington (UW) also found that benzodiazepines, which are drugs generally given for insomnia and anxiety, did not affect pneumonia risk.

“Pneumonia is a common infection that can have serious consequences in older adults,” said study leader Sascha Dublin, MD, Ph.D, a Group Health Research Institute assistant investigator and Group Health primary care physician.

“Opioids and benzodiazepines work in different ways, but both can decrease the breathing rate. Both are also sedatives, which can increase the risk of aspiration.” Aspiration is inhaling material (including saliva or food particles) from the mouth into the lungs, which can lead to pneumonia.

A 2009 study estimated that two million Americans Continue reading

Bad Bacteria Content in the Gut Linked to Emotional and Psychiatric Health

Anxiety and depression are commonly thought of as mental ailments, but new research has found that they may actually originate from the gut. With more scientific backing added to the idea of preserving gut health, anxiety and depression are now associated with gastrointestinal disease, including irritable bowel syndrome. The study even examines the role of poor gut health in the development of autism, a hot topic in the field of both mainstream and alternative health. Abnormal bacteria content in the gut, or too much “bad” bacteria, may play an integral role in the emotional and psychiatric health of humankind.

The average person has about 1,000 trillium bacteria living in the gut. Some of this bacteria is the result of lifestyle. Whether it be from taking pharmaceutical antibiotics or consuming meat containing antibiotics, the bacteria of the gut can easily be disturbed. Continue reading