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Effective treatments available for dry eye syndrome

Millions of Americans suffer from DES. About 6 percent of women under 50 and 10 percent over 75 are affected. Younger women and men are also affected.

A recent survey found that DES sufferers are three times more likely to have trouble driving, reading and using a computer.

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Internet is a de facto second opinion – or even first opinion – for many people

One in three adults in the United States say that at one time or another, they have gone online specifically to try to figure out what medical condition they or someone else might have; however, medical professionals are still most people’s top choice when they are dealing with a serious health concern, according to the results of a new survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project announced Jan. 15.

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Spending time in the sun may be good for the teeth

Spending time in the sun may be good for the teeth. Spending time in the sun may be good for the teeth.

Researchers who took a second look at a series of clinical trials conducted on 2,000 children in several countries between the 1920s and 1980s have concluded that vitamin D, which we often garner from sunlight, was associated with around a 50 percent reduction in the incidence of tooth decay. The review was published in the December 2012 issue of Nutrition Reviews, according to the American Dental Association.

"My main goal was to summarize the clinical trial database so that we could take a fresh look at this vitamin D question," said Dr. Philippe Hujoel, professor at the University of Washington School of Dentistry.

The trials increased vitamin D levels in children through the use of supplemental ultraviolet radiation or by supplementing the children's diet with cod liver oil or other products containing the vitamin.

The subjects were children or young adults between 2 and 16 years old living in the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Austria, New Zealand or Sweden.

"Whether this is more than just a coincidence is open to debate," Hujoel said. "In the meantime, pregnant women or young mothers can do little harm by realizing that vitamin D is essential to their offspring's health. Vitamin D does lead to teeth and bones that are better mineralized."

He expressed caution about the findings, however.

"One has to be careful with the interpretation of this systematic review," Hujoel said.

"The trials had weaknesses which could have biased the result, and most of the trial participants lived in an era that differs profoundly from today's environment."

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American Lung Association offers tips to help smokers quit

Quit smoking. Quit smoking.

Quitting smoking is a common New Year's resolution for Americans each year, but many find that it is easier said than done. Six out of 10 smokers require multiple quit attempts to stop smoking, but planning ahead can greatly improve a person's likelihood of quitting for good. Here are some tips from the American Lung Association that have helped thousands of people pack in smoking permanently:

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People seek high-calorie foods in tough times

Stress can lead to high-calorie consumption. Stress can lead to high-calorie consumption.

Bad news about the economy could cause people to pack on the pounds, according to a study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

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Healthy Living - Winter 2013

Healthy Living

Healthy Living
Healthy living and senior lifestyles
Winter 2013

 
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Protect health with immune-boosting nutrition

As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports flu outbreaks reaching epidemic levels and encourages all Americans to get flu shots, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reminds people they can help protect themselves against infections and boost their immunity through nutrition.

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Report affirms safety of vaccine schedule for children

Under the current childhood immunization schedule, children may receive as many as 24 immunizations by their second birthday. Under the current childhood immunization schedule, children may receive as many as 24 immunizations by their second birthday.

A Jan. 16 report from the Institute of Medicine confirms that the recommended childhood immunization schedule is safe and provides the best protection for children from infectious diseases, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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New strain causing most norovirus outbreaks in U.S.

A new strain of norovirus called GII.4 Sydney was the leading cause of norovirus outbreaks in the United States from September to December 2012, according to a study published in a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The new strain was detected in Australia in March 2012 and caused outbreaks in that country and several other countries.

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‘Whole grain’ label no guarantee that food is wholesome

Whole grain. Whole grain.

Current standards for classifying foods as whole grain are inconsistent and in some cases misleading, according to a new study by Harvard School of Public Health researchers.

The study empirically evaluated the healthfulness of whole grain foods based on five commonly used industry and government definitions.

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