A little stress now and then is okay – a good thing, in fact. It’s what helps you respond to any kind of threat or challenge. And it’s unavoidable. As Hans Selye, the endocrinologist who first identified the stress response, put it, To eliminate stress completely would mean to destroy life itself. If you make […]
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Meet the parotid gland: It’s the largest of your salivary glands, and there’s one on each side of your mouth. They’re on the insides of your cheeks, just in front of your ears. That makes them particularly vulnerable to cellphone radiation. Through the years, a fair amount of research has been done on the role […]
If your life demands that you gulp down your food and hit the ground running, a new study suggests that the old admonishment to “chew your food” is good advice. Turns out, the simple act of chewing your food before swallowing it can boost your immune system. Chewing is the beginning of the digestive process. […]
If we were to honestly look at our personal habits, we’d have to admit many of the daily choices we make have the potential to cause us harm. We make thousands of decisions each and every day on what to eat, drink, smoke, how to travel, who to couple with, what commercial products or chemicals […]
Watch enough television, and you’ll come away with a pretty skewed picture of health in the US. Case in point, advertisements for proton pump inhibitors – one of the most prescribed types of pill in the nation, yet also readily available over-the-counter. Many are lured by the possibility that our heartburn can be easily relieved […]
By now you’ve probably heard something about the risk gum disease poses to your heart health. After all, plaque is plaque. But did you know that gum disease is also associated with increased prevalence of breast cancer? That was the finding of a 2011 study out of Sweden. Researchers followed over 3000 women in their […]
An inexpensive 10-minute test that uses just a drop of saliva may be the future of non-invasive cancer screening. Recent research out of UCLA shows that it’s possible to detect tumor DNA when it’s circulating in bodily fluids. The approach is known as “liquid biopsy,” and researchers think it can offer quicker, less invasive identification […]
Like it or not, the day you become a parent, you become a role model. To a large degree, our kids develop their perception of the world from watching us. This inheritance, if you will, is especially true when it comes to healthy lifestyle habits. We can see the impact of our habits by looking […]
If you or someone you love has type 2 diabetes, you know that carb intake is the single biggest factor in raising blood sugar levels. And if you – or someone you love – is taking medication for diabetes, you might have wondered, if carbs are the problem, then why does the dietary guidance recommend […]
You probably already know that breastfeeding protects babies from premature death and serious diseases. But did you know it provides health benefits for mothers, too? According to recent research in Obstetrics & Gynecology, breastfeeding can significantly lower the risk of developing breast cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease in mothers. For the study, researchers modeled […]
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