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Chocolate and Olive Oil Help Heart Health, Image: A study of 26 people determined that eating a combination of dark chocolate and olive oil improved cholesterol levels and blood...

Antidepressants in Pregnancy Linked to Autism, Image: MaxFXBillion PhotosA study showed that children born to mothers taking antidepressants during pregnancy had more than a 4 percent risk of autism, compared to less than...

Sunlighten Infrared Dome, Image: “Patients are looking for effective ways to supplement lifestyle and dietary changes to detoxify, lose weight, and improve their overall health," says Dr. Doug Cutler....

Love Yourself Healthy, Image: There is a lot you can do for the heart, but it also has a mind of its own! The heart has a busy job, taking care and running the entire...

Sugar Linked to Depression, Image: zhuk _ ladybug/Shutterstock.comIn 2002, researchers from Baylor College found that higher rates of refined sugar consumption were associated with higher rates of...

Mercury/Autism Brain Research Alert, Image: Widi Design/Shutterstock.comAs the debate rages between health officials and vaccine critics about possible links to autism, mercury seems to be a specific bone of contention. It has long been present in the form of...

Generosity Cheers Mind, Body and Spirit, Image: EtiAmmos/Shutterstock.comA Swiss study gave volunteers $25 a week for four weeks, and told half of them to spend the money on themselves and the others to spend it to benefit others. Subsequent brain scans revealed...

The Value of  Silence, Image: Whether we realize it or not the constant barrage of noise, advertising and other options can cause “decision fatigue” creating a sense of...

Sparking Health, Image: DDS doesn’t only mean “doctor of dental surgery.” It also refers to a blend of Chinese and Western therapies available at...

Milk Chocolate Also Benefits Heart Health, Image: iadams/Shutterstock.comHigh-cacao dark chocolate contains high levels of flavanol, a compound known for its heart health benefits, but less is known about diluted foods such as...

Gut Bacteria Imbalance Linked to Chronic Fatigue, Image:Ben Schonewille /Shutterstock.comFifty healthy patients and 50 with chronic fatigue syndrome were tested for bacteria and immune molecules by...

Pink Noise While Asleep Helps Memory, Image: Africa Studio/Shutterstock.comResearchers from Northwestern University have found that acoustic stimulation using pink noise...

Tree Nuts Cut Colon Cancer Relapse, Image: Oleksandr Lysenko/Shutterstock.comResearchers from the Dana Farber Cancer Institute examined nutrition and cancer recurrence data from...

Naps Boost Toddler Talk, Image: g-stockstudio/Shutterstock.comResearchers from the University of Oxford, in the UK, have found that infants that take more daytime naps tend to develop a...

Holiday Mindfulnesshat, another thing to do this month? Who has time? During the busy seasons of life, we tend to mark off “to do” lists but forget to take care of our bodies except for sleep, which happens when they drop into bed after...

Tai Chi Eases the Blues, Image: Flashon Studio/Shutterstock.comBoston researchers found a reduction in depressive symptoms among people that practice tai chi via...

Fight Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Anahid DerbabianMichigan’s winter has arrived, and despite the merriment of the holidays, many local residents suffer from Major Depressive Disorder with Seasonal Pattern...

Cranberry Prebiotic for Gut Health, Image: images/HB-Files/2017/11/HBImage-Cranberries-201711-t.jpgResearch from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, has found that the cell walls of cranberries contain xyloglucan, a complex sugar that feeds the...

Black Cumin Oil Helps Control Asthma, Image: images/HB-Files/2017/11/HBImage-BlackCumin-201711-t.jpgNigella sativa oil (NSO), commonly called black cumin, is used to treat a variety of inflammatory conditions. Researchers from University College London...

Aerobics Improve Brain Function, Image: images/HB-Files/2017/11/HBImage-Aerobics-201711-t.jpgResearchers from the Wake Forest School of Medicine, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, have found that aerobic exercise increases overall brain volume and...

Acupuncture and Herbs Ease Delirium in Patients, Image: images/HB-Files/2017/11/HBImage-AcupunctureHerbs-201711-t.jpgScientists from the Gifu University Graduate School of Medicine, in Japan, examined the impact of a combination of acupuncture and traditional herbal medicine on...

Onions Healthy for Heart and Kidneys, Image: images/HB-Files/2017/11/HBImage-Onions-201711-t.jpgScientists investigated the impact on leading diseases of regularly eating onion and garlic. Using data from more than...

Teetotalers Enjoy Less Heart Disease, Image: images/HB-Files/2017/11/HBImage-DrinkPouring-201711-t.jpgIn a meta-analysis of 45 research studies covering thousands of subjects led by Canada’s University of Victoria, in British Columbia, researchers found that...

Overtime Hours Linked to Tooth Decay, Image: images/HB-Files/2017/11/HBImage-ToothDecay-201711-t.jpgResearchers from the Tokyo Dental College, in Japan, have discovered a link between excessive overtime work and oral health by comparing overtime hours worked per month with the...

You Are What You Digest, Image: images/HB-Files/2017/11/HBImage-KaczmarDiabetes-201711-t.jpgWhen it comes to diet, most people are familiar with the phrase “You are what you eat.” However, better stated is “You are what you...

5 Tips for Preventing Prediabetes From Developing Into Type 2 Diabetes, Image: images/HB-Files/2017/11/HBImage-RossanoDiabetes-201711-t.jpgMany of us walk around with pre-type 2 diabetes. It’s called insulin resistance or metabolic syndrome. Our bodies lose the ability to metabolize all the refined carbs in...

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