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Potential Dangers Of Anti-Influenza Drug Tamiflu

I just read a disturbing article in the New York Times about recent reports of deaths and abnormal behaviour in Japanese children who were given the anti-influenza drug Tamiflu.

Here is a summary of the key points I learned from this article:

1. Tamiflu was approved for use in the United States in 1999, and in Japan in late 2000.

2. According to Roche, the manufacturer of Tamiflu, of the 13 million prescriptions written for children worldwide, 11.6 million have been in Japan. Read more about Potential Dangers Of Anti-Influenza Drug Tamiflu

 

When To Take Probiotics

I learned something interesting about probiotics this past week from a column in Alive magazine, a Canadian publication that can be found in most health food stores throughout Canada.

Francine Mondou, a microbiologist who specializes in manufacturing probiotics, suggests that it is optimal to take probiotics on a full stomach.

Her reasoning is based on the fact that an empty stomach has a very acidic environment - a pH of about 1.5 to 2.5. Right after a meal, the environment in the stomach becomes less acidic, rising to a pH of about 4.0 to 6.0. Read more about When To Take Probiotics

 

Time & Energy-Saving Laundry Tips

The other day, it occurred to my wife and I that ithad been taking a lot longer than usual for our dryer to get our laundry dry.

We pulled the dryer away from the wall and opened up the exhaust tube to find that it was completely filled up with lint, almost about two feet deep! After getting down and dirty emptying that tube, we went to the garage where the other end of the tube comes out to release the moisture that dryers produce. There, we found another build-up of lint, this time about a foot deep. Read more about Time & Energy-Saving Laundry Tips

 

How to Promote a Healthy Lymphatic System

Did you know that one of the reasons why laughing from the belly is good for your health is that doing so promotes a healthy lymphatic system? I'm not talking about polite laughter that we all engage in from time to time to make others feel comfortable. I'm talking about true belly laughter, the kind that can make your stomach muscles cramp up and even cause you to shed tears of jolly good fun.

Not sure how this can be? Then let's take a look at your lymphatic system to understand the important connection between genuine belly laughter and your health.

What is your lymphatic system? Read more about How to Promote a Healthy Lymphatic System

 

How to Reduce Your Risk of Developing Pancreatic Cancer, Part 2

Earlier this year, I wrote an article that included several steps that you can take to reduce your risk of developing pancreatic cancer.

I just read a study in the September 2005 issue of Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers & Prevention which suggests that eating at least five portions of certain vegetables and fruits each day can reduce your risk of developing pancreatic cancer by 50 percent. Read more about How to Reduce Your Risk of Developing Pancreatic Cancer, Part 2

 

How to Use Music to Improve Your Health

An interesting study in the September, 2005 edition of the journal Heart provides useful guidance on how to use music to decrease stress and promote good health. Read more about How to Use Music to Improve Your Health

 

Mercury In Fish

Just read a great piece on this topic in today's Washington Post. Here is summary of the main points that I took from it:

1. According to an analysis by a scientist at the Environmental Protection Agency, women living in coastal areas have twice as much mercury in their blood as women who live inland. Read more about Mercury In Fish

 

High Doses Of Aspirin Can Cause Hearing Loss And Ulcers

A study in the September issue of Biophysical Journal provides an excellent explanation for why high doses of aspirin can cause ulcers and temporary deafness.

Researchers from Rice University in Texas report that salicylate (the active metabolite of aspirin) weakens thin, fatty membranes, including those that make up the lining of your stomach and those that are critical for proper inner ear functioning. Read more about High Doses Of Aspirin Can Cause Hearing Loss And Ulcers

 

The High Cost of Domestic Violence

A recent study in the journal Child Development (September 14, 2005) reports that even the mildest hints of anger or hostility in their environment significantly raises the stress level of physically abused children for a prolonged period of time, even if the conflict has nothing to do with them.

The investigators of this study suggest that this heightened response system in physically abused children may explain why many of them are so often distracted at school. Read more about The High Cost of Domestic Violence

 

Protect Yourself Against Hearing Loss

Noise-induced hearing loss is becoming a larger health crisis every year, especially among those who listen to CD and mp3 players on a regular basis.

A recent article on CNN.com takes a close look at this issue, and points out the following:

1. Researchers are finding that growing numbers of students and people in their 30s and 40s are suffering from noise-induced hearing loss, as well as chronic ringing in their ears, a condition known as tinnitis. Read more about Protect Yourself Against Hearing Loss

 

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