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In the News: August 2012 Archives



Natural Health News

BPA Link to Narrowing of the Arteries



ScienceDaily (Aug. 15, 2012) -- A research team from the Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry (PCMD), University of Exeter, and University of Cambridge has for the first time established a link between high levels of urinary Bisphenol-A (BPA) and severe coronary artery stenosis (narrowing of the arteries). The study is published in PLoS ONE on 15th August 2012. The team analysed data from 591 patients who participated in the Metabonomics and Genomics Coronary...

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Red Wine Compound Could Help Seniors Walk Away from Mobility Problems



ScienceDaily (Aug. 19, 2012) -- In a stride toward better health in later life, scientists have reported that resveratrol, the so-called "miracle molecule" found in red wine, might help improve mobility and prevent life-threatening falls among older people. The finding, believed to be the first of its kind, was presented August 19 to some 14,000 scientists and others gathered at the 244th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society. The researchers say...

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Coconut Water Is an Excellent Sports Drink -- For Light Exercise



ScienceDaily (Aug. 20, 2012) -- Coconut water really does deserve its popular reputation as Mother Nature's own sports drink, a new scientific analysis of the much-hyped natural beverage concluded at the 244th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Philadelphia on August 20. However, people who engage in strenuous exercise that involves a lot of sweat might want to take it all with a grain of salt ― literally ―...

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Acupuncture Offers Low-Cost Alternative to Knee Surgery for Osteoarthritis



ScienceDaily (Aug. 20, 2012) -- Acupuncture can relieve the pain of knee osteoarthritis and offer a low cost alternative to surgery for the condition, finds research published online in Acupuncture in Medicine. The researchers base their findings on 90 patients with knee osteoarthritis, who were referred for group acupuncture to two knee pain clinics in St Albans, Hertfordshire, in 2008 and subsequently monitored for two years. The clinics were set up in 2008 for...

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Antibacterials in Personal-Care Products Linked to Allergy Risk in Children



ScienceDaily (June 19, 2012) -- Exposure to common antibacterial chemicals and preservatives found in soap, toothpaste, mouthwash and other personal-care products may make children more prone to a wide range of food and environmental allergies, according to new research from Johns Hopkins Children's Center. Results of the NIH-funded study are published online ahead of print June 18 in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Using existing data from a national health survey of...

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Chemical Widely Used in Antibacterial Hand Soaps May Impair Muscle Function



ScienceDaily (Aug. 13, 2012) -- Triclosan, an antibacterial chemical widely used in hand soaps and other personal-care products, hinders muscle contractions at a cellular level, slows swimming in fish and reduces muscular strength in mice, according to researchers at the University of California, Davis, and the University of Colorado. The findings appear online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. "Triclosan is found in virtually everyone's home and is pervasive in the...

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Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs May Be Linked to Increased Cataract Risk



ScienceDaily (Aug. 7, 2012) -- Patients using cholesterol-lowering statin drugs may be at increased risk of developing age-related cataracts, according to a study -- "Age-related Cataract Is Associated with Type 2 Diabetes and Statin Use," in the August issue of Optometry and Vision Science, official journal of the American Academy of Optometry. While further research is needed to understand the true nature of the association, the additional risk of cataracts in statin users appears...

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Corticosteroids Not Effective for Treating Acute Sinusitis



ScienceDaily (Aug. 7, 2012) -- 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, blocked nasal passages and sometimes headaches and facial pain. Allergies and bacteria can also cause the condition, which is uncomfortable and difficult...

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