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Milk research examines the intersection among consumer culture, agriculture, and public health

Posted February 28, 2014

The granddaughter of a Midwestern dairy farmer, Kendra Smith-Howard spent her summers scooping ice cream cones for Uncle Bob’s Homemade Ice Cream. But as a college student, she pursued greater adventures – working as a park ranger in Montana’s Glacier National Park, and teaching and studying in places as far away as Indonesia.

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LDL cholesterol indicates an amino acid deficiency, researcher says

Posted February 27, 2014

Low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the “bad cholesterol” that doctors consider a sign of potential heart disease, is merely a marker of a diet lacking all of the essential amino acids, says University of Illinois comparative biosciences professor Fred Kummerow, 99, a longtime opponent of the medical establishment’s war on cholesterol.

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Top 4 ways to reduce muscle and joint pain

Posted February 27, 2014

It seems that nearly everyone is dealing with some sort of muscle or joint pain. We often blame it on getting old, too much physical work or exercise, or other phantom factors that we obviously don’t understand. Regardless of our notion of how it happened, we all really want it to go away. Here are some simple solutions to start.

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Music as therapeutic intervention can relieve anxiety and depression in older people

Posted February 27, 2014

Using music and singing in health care can improve quality of life for older people by easing pain, anxiety and depression. According to an article published in Mental Health Practice, the practices can be easily and effectively used as therapeutic nursing interventions.

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Does meditation have benefits for mind and body?

Posted February 27, 2014

It is hard to believe some still question whether meditation can have a positive effect on mind and body. A very selective research review recently raised the question, leading to headlines such as the one in The Wall Street Journal that said the benefits are limited.

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Blood pressure-reducing diet may also diminish kidney stone risk

Posted February 27, 2014

A diet high in fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts, moderate in low-fat dairy products, and low in animal proteins, refined grains and sweets may reduce risk for developing kidney stones, according to a new study published in the National Kidney Foundation’s American Journal of Kidney Diseases. March is National Kidney Month and the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) encourages people to learn about the kidneys and associated conditions, including kidney stones.

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Move to the Music: Autism Sees Benefits of Dance Therapy

Posted February 27, 2014

Dance is an amazing therapy style that has benefited all, from the obese children to those with autism. It makes us get up, move the body, enjoy the exercise and make new friends. Dances have long been the medium for human relationships, from the classic waltz to the modern hip-hop and R&B.

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Massage therapy benefits for cancer patients

Posted February 27, 2014

The National Cancer Institute has found that half of their cancer centers are offering massage as part of their cancer treatments. This is great news for those who are receiving treatments that are often harsh and grueling. But does it really help and is there a downside?

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Omega-3-rich fish intake during pregnancy may boost birth weight for babies: European data

Posted February 26, 2014

Higher intakes of fish during pregnancy may lead to infants with a higher birth weight, as well as reducing the risk of pre-term births, according to data from 19 European birth cohort studies.

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Strawberries lower cholesterol, study suggests

Posted February 26, 2014

A team of volunteers ate half a kilo of strawberries a day for a month to see whether it altered their blood parameters in any way. At the end of this unusual treatment, their levels of bad cholesterol and triglycerides were significantly reduced, according to the analyses conducted by Italian and Spanish scientists. Several studies had already demonstrated the antioxidant capacity of strawberries, but now researchers conducted an analysis that revealed that these fruits also help to reduce cholesterol.

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