Coasters & Kidney Stones

Know anyone suffering from those little crystalline monsters we call kidney stones? The ones that can take a grown adult to tears in half-a-millisecond?  Well, there may be a secret to getting rid of them that’s actually… fun.  And, it’s according to actual Science. A study published in 2016 in The Journal of the American…

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Cars & Cancer

In the United States, the majority of cars use flame retardants in their seat foams, coverings, and other parts of the vehicle cabins. This complies with the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS 302) and helps make sure we don’t burst into flame… At least, that’s the theory. Unfortunately, some studies have shown that exposure…

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Am I Old?

What age is “old?” It depends on who you ask… but the trend is, well, older. A new study conducted by a team of researchers from Germany and the United States and published in the journal Psychology and Aging reveals that the definition of “old age” is changing.  People now consider themselves “old” later in…

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Vampire Bacteria!

Scientists have finally discovered why specific bacterial strains are so deadly: they’re vampires! No, really! They literally have a thirst for human blood. Washington State University researchers discovered that the world’s deadly bacteria consume nutrients in the blood as food, including common infections like salmonella and E. coli. Scientists have discovered that certain bacteria are…

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Goodbye Colonoscopies?

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of the leading causes of cancer-related deaths worldwide and is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in adults in the United States. While early detection can prevent over 90% of those deaths, more than one-third of the population eligible for screening are not up to date. Often, the discomfort and…

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In Sickness & Health

If you’re married, chances are good that you SHARE health challenges! A study was published in December 2023 in the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA), which examined patterns of hypertension in four different countries, namely China, England, India, and the United States. The main aim of this study was to investigate the likelihood…

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How the Black Plague Saved Lives

It is an almost humorous understatement to say the Bubonic plague had an enormous negative impact on humanity, but researchers have started to uncover a silver lining we didn’t expect! Yersinia pestis, the bacterium responsible for bubonic plague, once caused millions of deaths around the world and wiped out a third of Europe’s population. Even…

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Dr. Funk’s Vital Amines

If taking vitamins is part of your daily routine, you have biochemist  Casimir Funk to thank. He’s the brainiac behind the whole vitamin boom.  Funk was a genius who made several contributions to the field of biochemistry and is known for his work on the nature of enzymes and vitamins, a term he coined when…

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Food Fight

Adding bananas, particularly frozen ones, to a smoothie is one of the best ways to make it taste more like a milkshake. They’re sweet and have a creamy texture. Best of all, they’re full of potassium and fiber! But what else should you put in that smoothie? If you said berries for the antioxidants, you…

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Camp Lejeune & Cancer

According to federal health officials, military personnel who were stationed at Camp Lejeune between 1975 and 1985 were found to have at least a 20% higher risk of developing a number of cancers as compared to those stationed elsewhere. The officials have released a long-awaited study on the contaminated drinking water at the North Carolina…

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