Fairfield County Edition

Archive of: Health Brief and NAPC

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Breath and Urine Tests Detect Breast Cancer

A simple, inexpensive breath and urine test accurately detected biomarkers for breast cancer in 95 percent of women.

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Aerobic Fitness Helps Prevent Word Loss

Tip-of-the-tongue word loss occurs less frequently in aerobically fit seniors, British researchers found.

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Music Reduces Need for Post-Surgery Opioids

Music Reduces Need for Post-Surgery Opioids

After surgery, 86 percent of patients engaged in music therapy eschewed opioids and other painkillers, compared to 26 percent in a control group.

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Natural Vitamin E Lowers Heart Risks

Natural Vitamin E Lowers Heart Risks

Tocotrienols, a natural form of vitamin E found in wheat, barley, corn, rice and palm fruit, has been shown to lower high cholesterol and high blood pressure in seniors.

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Knitting Releases the Blues

Knitting Releases the Blues

Knitting can lower depression, slow the heart rate, reduce the likelihood of dementia and distract from chronic pain, research shows.

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Acupuncture Soothes Dental Anxiety

Acupuncture Soothes Dental Anxiety

Acupuncture can significantly ease the dizziness, nausea and breathing difficulties that can affect some dental patients.

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Calorie Restriction Slows Aging

Calorie Restriction Slows Aging

Adults on a reduced-calorie diet for two years evidenced the reduced oxidative stress that protects against Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer and diabetes.

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Vitamin D Supplements Ease Irritable Bowels

Vitamin D Supplements Ease Irritable Bowels

People with irritable bowel syndrome tend to be low in vitamin D, but symptoms can ease with supplementation, report British researchers.

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Music Lessons Make Kids Smarter

Music Lessons Make Kids Smarter

Dutch 6-year-olds that sang, listened to music and played an instrument one to two hours a week showed significantly enhanced cognitive abilities and better grades two and a half years later.

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Dirt Houses Cancer-Protective Microbe

Dirt Houses Cancer-Protective Microbe

Soil contains bacteria that kills melanoma cancer cells, say Oregon State University researchers.

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