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Pharmaceuticals, Personal Care Products Detected in Crops Grown in Recycled Water

Pharmaceuticals, Personal Care Products Detected in Crops Grown in Recycled Water

Irrigating crops with recycled water can result in vegetables laced with small amounts of drugs and personal care chemicals, but researchers disagree on whether the contaminated produce is likely to harm people. Global water shortage is placing an unprecedented pressure on water supplies. Treated wastewater is a valuable water resource, but its reuse for agricultural irrigation faces a roadblock: public concern over the accumulation of commonly-occu>> Read Post

Biologists Delay Aging, Increase Lifespan 30% in Animal Model, Suggest Role for Metformin in Slowing Human Aging

Biologists Delay Aging, Increase Lifespan 30% in Animal Model, Suggest Role for Metformin in Slowing Human Aging

Biologists have identified a gene that can slow the aging process when activated remotely in key organ systems. The life scientists, working with fruit flies, activated a gene called AMPK that is a key energy sensor in cells. Increasing AMPK in the intestine increased the fly's life by about 30 percent, and the fly stayed healthier longer as well. The research could have important implications for delaying aging and disease in humans. The research, >> Read Post

Mold Toxin in Cereals, Coffee and Wine Inhibits Cell Regeneration in Adult Mammalian Brains

Mold Toxin in Cereals, Coffee and Wine Inhibits Cell Regeneration in Adult Mammalian Brains

Researchers in Europe report that a common mycotoxin found in many types of foods, especially cereals and their derivatives, can inhibit the brain's ability to repair and regrow new cells (neuroregeneration). Ochratoxin A (OTA) is a carcinogenic compound produced by several species of molds, such as Aspergillus and Penicillium, found in a wide range of foods, including cereals, dried fruits, coffee, cocoa products, wine, grape juice, beer, liquorice>> Read Post

SSRI Antidepressant Alters Brain Structure After Just One Dose

SSRI Antidepressant Alters Brain Structure After Just One Dose

A single dose of antidepressant is enough to produce dramatic changes in the functional architecture of the human brain. Brain scans taken of people before and after an acute dose of a commonly prescribed SSRI (serotonin reuptake inhibitor) reveal changes in connectivity within three hours, say researchers who report their observations in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on September 18. "We were not expecting the SSRI to have such a prominent>> Read Post

Treating Mild Hypertension With Drugs Causing More Harm Than Good

Treating Mild Hypertension With Drugs Causing More Harm Than Good

In 2013, Dr. Iona Heath, a retired general practitioner published an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, in which she spoke about the side effects of overtreatment and over diagnosis of mild hypertension. Now, in a new study published in the British Medical Journal, researchers say that unnecessary treatment of mild hypertension in low-risk patients is harming them and putting a burden on health care resources. Generally hype>> Read Post

Nursing Student Dies After Tweeting 'I Think I'm Dying': How To Spot Meningitis Symptoms Early

Nursing Student Dies After Tweeting 'I Think I'm Dying': How To Spot Meningitis Symptoms Early

A tweet sent by a Georgetown University nursing student eerily foreshadowed her death on Tuesday. “This is what dying must feel like,” Andrea Jaime tweeted while succumbing to symptoms of what appears to be a case of deadly meningitis. Jaime had been undergoing treatment for the infectious disease at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, and although there haven’t been any other reported cases, the school is urging students to remain hyperaware of>> Read Post

Berry Extract Boost Effectiveness of Pancreatic Cancer Therapy

Berry Extract Boost Effectiveness of Pancreatic Cancer Therapy

A wild berry native to North America may strengthen the effectiveness of a chemotherapy drug commonly used to treat pancreatic cancer, according to new research published in the Journal of Clinical Pathology. A study conducted by researchers at King's College Hospital and the University of Southampton suggests that adding nutraceuticals to chemotherapy cycles may improve the effectiveness of conventional drugs, particularly in hard to treat cancers,>> Read Post

Treating Macular Degeneration (AMD) With Stem Cells to Save Failing Vision

Treating Macular Degeneration (AMD) With Stem Cells to Save Failing Vision

A woman in Japan has received the first medical treatment based on induced pluripotent stem cells, eight years after they were first discovered. The iPS cells were made by reprogramming skin cells from the woman's arm, then transformed into specialised eye cells to treat age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a condition that affects millions of elderly people worldwide, and often results in blindness. Last week, the woman, who is in her 70s, had a pa>> Read Post

Migraines in Middle Age Linked to Increased Risk of Parkinson's Disease

Migraines in Middle Age Linked to Increased Risk of Parkinson's Disease

A new study suggests that people who experience migraine in middle age may be more likely to develop Parkinson's disease, or other movement disorders later in life. Those who have migraine with aura may be at double the risk of developing Parkinson's, according to the study published in the September 17, 2014, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. "Migraine is the most common brain disorder in both men >> Read Post

Simple Urine Test for Cervical Cancer Virus

Simple Urine Test for Cervical Cancer Virus

Dread going for a smear test? A simple urine test can pick up the human papilloma virus (HPV) that causes cervical cancer. Though it's not as accurate as sampling viral DNA from the cervix itself, the test might benefit women who are too busy or scared to have a cervical swab taken, or who live in developing countries where the infrastructure for conventional smear tests is less developed. Traditional cytology-based smear tests involve using a specu>> Read Post

Artificial Sweeteners Change Gut Bacteria to Promote Glucose Intolerance and Metabolic Disease

Artificial Sweeteners Change Gut Bacteria to Promote Glucose Intolerance and Metabolic Disease

Artificial sweeteners are promoted to aid weight loss and prevent diabetes. A new study in the journal Nature reveals that artificial sweeteners can actually lead to the development of glucose intolerance and metabolic disease in a surprising way: by changing the composition and function of the bacteria residing in our intestines. The findings, the results of experiments in mice and humans by Dr. Eran Elinav of the Weizmann Institute of Science's De>> Read Post

Prescription Painkiller Deaths Up 400 Percent Over Last 10 Years

Prescription Painkiller Deaths Up 400 Percent Over Last 10 Years

Poisoning is considered the leading cause of injury death in the United States; both illicit and pharmaceutical drugs account for 90 percent of poisoning deaths. A National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) report has revealed that poisoning deaths attributed to prescription opioid painkillers, including hydrocodone, morphine, and oxycodone, have increased from 2,749 deaths in 1999 to 11,693 deaths in 2011. "Although the rate is still increasing, >> Read Post

Schizophrenia Not One, But Eight Genetically Distinct Disorders

Schizophrenia Not One, But Eight Genetically Distinct Disorders

New research shows that schizophrenia isn't a single disease but a group of eight genetically distinct disorders, each with its own set of symptoms. The finding could be a first step toward improved diagnosis and treatment for the debilitating psychiatric illness. The research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is reported online Sept. 15 in The American Journal of Psychiatry. About 80 percent of the risk for schizophrenia i>> Read Post

Sleep Loss Linked to Heart Disease, Weight Gain, Hypertension, Diabetes and Early Death

Sleep Loss Linked to Heart Disease, Weight Gain, Hypertension, Diabetes and Early Death

Lack of sleep can make you sick. And while everybody has the occasional restless night, for those who suffer from chronic insomnia – some 15 percent of older adults in the United States – sleep loss can increase the risk for cardiovascular disease, hypertension, weight gain, type 2 diabetes, and even lead to an earlier death. The reason for the increased risk of health problems is thought to be an association between insomnia and an increase in infl>> Read Post

Project Maps Diverse Group of Viruses That Live in Healthy Humans

Project Maps Diverse Group of Viruses That Live in Healthy Humans

The same viruses that make us sick can take up residence in and on the human body without provoking a sneeze, cough or other troublesome symptom, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. On average, healthy individuals carry about five types of viruses on their bodies, the researchers report online in BioMed Central Biology. The study is the first comprehensive analysis to describe the diversity of viruses >> Read Post

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Gut Microbes Help Immune Cells Develop, Battle Infection Study Finds

Gut Microbes Help Immune Cells Develop, Battle Infection Study Finds

The human relationship with microbial life is complicated. At almost any supermarket, you can pick up both antibacterial soap and probiotic yogurt during the same shopping trip. Although there are types of bacteria that can make us sick, Caltech professor of biology and biological engineering Sarkis Mazmanian and his team are most interested in the thousands of other bacteria — many already living inside our bodies — that actually keep us healthy. His pas>> Read Article

Research Supports Anti-Aging Benefits of “Elite Class” of Tonic Herbs

Research Supports Anti-Aging Benefits of “Elite Class” of Tonic Herbs

By Jim English  Tonic Herbalism is the practice of combining traditional ‘tonic herbs’ to achieve a synergistic effect that far greater than what can be obtained by taking individual herbs. The basis for tonic herbalism is the belief that, through regular consumption, tonic herbs help the body maintain its self-regulatory capacity, assuring optimal functioning. Tonic herbs, referred to in Asia as “superior herbs,” comprise an “elite class” of about 60 >> Read Article

Lithium Orotate

Lithium Orotate

The Unique, Safe Mineral with Multiple Uses   By Ward Dean MD and Jim English Lithium is a mineral with a cloudy reputation. It is an alkali metal in the same family as sodium, potassium and other elements. Although lithium is highly effective in the treatment of manic depressive illness (X4 DI), its pharmaceutical (prescription) versions – lithium carbonate and lithium citrate – must be used with caution. (1) The reason for the caution with pr>> Read Article

Breakthrough Defense For Colds and Flu

Breakthrough Defense For Colds and Flu

Health authorities around the globe continue to warn of a potential influenza pandemic that they fear the world is ill prepared to cope with. As communicable disease experts scrutinize daily reports for signs of an impending outbreak, public health specialists and drug manufacturers are working to develop vaccines, drugs, and strategies to quarantine and treat the ill. Unfortunately these plans will take years to implement, and some of the most dangerous s>> Read Article

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Allergy Season

'Pollen Vortex' Cause of Worst Allergy Season Ever?

'Pollen Vortex' Cause of Worst Allergy Season Ever?

Winter is over and everyone should feel free to retire “snowpocalypse” and “polar vortex” from their vocabulary. If letting go of these buzz words isn’t that easy, take comfort in this: The harsh winter could cause a historically bad allergy season because of what some are referring to as the “pollen vortex.” Essentially, the long wint>> Read Article

Increase In Allergies Is Not from Being Too Clean, Just Losing Touch With 'Old Friends'

Increase In Allergies Is Not from Being Too Clean, Just Losing Touch With 'Old Friends'

A new scientific report out October 3 from the International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene (IFH)[i] dismantles the myth that the epidemic rise in allergies in recent years has happened because we're living in sterile homes and overdoing hygiene. But far from saying microbial exposure is not important, the report concludes that losing>> Read Article

Corticosteroids Not Effective For Treating Acute Sinusitis, Study Suggests

Corticosteroids Not Effective For Treating Acute Sinusitis, Study Suggests

Corticosteroids, frequently prescribed to alleviate acute sinusitis, show no clinical benefit in treating the condition, according to a randomized controlled trial published in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal). The common cold is the main cause of acute sinusitis, which is characterized by inflammation of the nasal cavities, >> Read Article

AllerPhase,

AllerPhase, "It Is The Only Thing That Works For Me."

I live in the beautiful Northwest where there is much mold and pollen, plus I often pet-sit for people and am allergic to animals (especially during allergy season). This year the pollen hit suddenly and I was much in need of some relief! Thankfully, I still had some AllerPhase from last year's allergy season and it helped almost immediat>> Read Article

Allerphase And Pet Dander

Allerphase And Pet Dander

I have to say I’m quite impressed with AllerPhase. I have suffered with severe hay fever and allergies for years in Canada until I moved to California a few years ago. The allergens and pollens are different here than on the east coast so I considered myself pretty much allergy free once I moved. Recently, I adopted a dog which does not s>> Read Article

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AllerPhase® User Reports “Enormous Difference”

I first read about your product, AllerPhase, in an article in HSI that said it would only take 25 to 35 minutes to work. They were exactly correct, as I felt an enormous difference right then. I now take 2 caps in the morning and 2 in the night, and I feel perfectly good. This is substantially better than taking allergy shots. I have been>> Read Article

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Customer Surprised With AllerPhase® And ImmunoPhase®

February 12, 2010 I first heard about AllerPhase and ImmunoPhase through my dentist. I bought the products with much speculation, basically to shut him up. I had the product in my cabinet for about 2 months and had not taken any of them. I have struggled with seasonal issues associated with molds and cedar pollen for 42 years. I was>> Read Article

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AllerPhase® Helps Reader Breath Freely Again

I have really bad allergic reactions to all of the perfumes and chemicals found in lotions, hairsprays and aftershave. I simply can’t be around any those products and need to have fresh air. The only way I can cope with this problem is to stay in my own room, away from other people, or to carry oxygen bottles with me everywhere I go so th>> Read Article

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AllerPhase Relieves Discomfort Aggravated By Smoke

January 1, 2010 I wanted to let your readers know how well AllerPhase works for me. After years of suffering non-stop from seasonal irritations aggravated by smoke (we have a wood burning stove), my nose ran and I sneezed all the time. I tried HistaBlock from Nature Sunshine, and nothing worked at all. I tried an over-the-counter produ>> Read Article

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AllerPhase Brings Relief In Under An Hour

To Whom It May Concern: I caught the flu, whether seasonal or H1N1, I do not know, and being a loyal Tango Nutrition veteran, I immediately began taking a defense regimen of three ImmunoPhase and three BronchoPhase capsules every four hours. On Day Two, I began experiencing an irritating nasal drip that soon caused me to start coughing.>> Read Article

Sleep

Brain-Calming Botanical Promotes Safer, Natural Deep Sleep Cycles

Brain-Calming Botanical Promotes Safer, Natural Deep Sleep Cycles

By Patton L. Whittington Not since the poet Epimenides stumbled into a cool, dark cave and fell asleep for 57 years, has sleep been such a precious commodity. Sleep experts nationwide report a sharp increase in bleary-eyed people seeking medical attention for poor sleep. "Something's happening out there," says Bethesda, Maryland pediat>> Read Article

Study Reveals Why Aging Humans Experience Sleep Loss, Disruption

Study Reveals Why Aging Humans Experience Sleep Loss, Disruption

As people grow older, they often have difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep, and tend to awaken too early in the morning. In individuals with Alzheimer's disease, this common and troubling symptom of aging tends to be especially pronounced, often leading to nighttime confusion and wandering. Now, a study led by researchers a>> Read Article

New Implantable

New Implantable "Sleep Pacemaker" for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

University Hospitals (UH) Case Medical Center is among the first in the United States to begin offering a new FDA-approved treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This first-of-its-kind treatment consists of a small implantable system called Inspire™ Upper Airway Stimulation (UAS) therapy. It has been clinically proven to signific>> Read Article

Healthy Lifestyle Habits Buffer Stress and Slow Cellular Aging

Healthy Lifestyle Habits Buffer Stress and Slow Cellular Aging

A new study from UC San Francisco is the first to show that while the impact of daily stress accumulates overtime and accelerates cellular aging, these negative effects may be reduced by maintaining a healthy diet, exercising and sleeping well. "The study participants who exercised, slept well and ate well had less telomere shortening >> Read Article

Restoring Deep, Slow Wave Sleep to Enhance Health and Increase Lifespan

Restoring Deep, Slow Wave Sleep to Enhance Health and Increase Lifespan

by Jim English If you have trouble falling asleep, wake up frequently in the middle of the night, or drag yourself out of bed in the morning feeling drained and exhausted, you're not alone. A survey conducted by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke reveals that as many as 40 million Americans suffer from disrupte>> Read Article

Heart Disease in Shift Workers Linked to Damaged Blood Cells, Sleep Disruption

Heart Disease in Shift Workers Linked to Damaged Blood Cells, Sleep Disruption

Austrian researchers have found that jetlag has severe effects on red blood cells, possibly explaining the high incidence of heart disease seen in shift workers. However, these effects can be counterbalanced by fresh, young red blood cells – making blood donations a potential therapy for shift workers. The scientists, led by Dr Mar>> Read Article

Brain Aging Accelerated by Lack of Sleep in Adults

Brain Aging Accelerated by Lack of Sleep in Adults

Researchers at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore (Duke-NUS) have found evidence that the less older adults sleep, the faster their brains age. These findings, relevant in the context of a rapidly aging society, pave the way for future work on sleep loss and its contribution to cognitive decline, including dementia. Past re>> Read Article

Insomnia Linked to Increased Risk of Death in Men

Insomnia Linked to Increased Risk of Death in Men

Insomnia, the most common sleep disorder, affects up to one-third of the population in the United States. In new findings, researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) have found that some insomnia symptoms are associated with an increased risk of mortality in men. "Insomnia is a common health issue, particularly in older ad>> Read Article

Sleep Well, Be Well: National Campaign Makes Healthy Sleep a Priority

Sleep Well, Be Well: National Campaign Makes Healthy Sleep a Priority

Adequate Sleep as Critical to Overall Health as Nutrition, Exercise A nationwide “Sleep Well, Be Well” campaign was launched May 12, 2014 as part of the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project, a collaboration between the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Sleep Resear>> Read Article

Sleeping Pills Increase Cardiovascular Events in Heart Failure Patients

Sleeping Pills Increase Cardiovascular Events in Heart Failure Patients

Sleeping pills increase the risk of cardiovascular events in heart failure patients by 8-fold, according to new research from Japan. The findings were presented at the Heart Failure Congress 2014, held 17-20 May in Athens, Greece. The Congress is the main annual meeting of the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiolog>> Read Article