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Cranberry Prebiotic for Gut Health, Image: images/HB-Files/2017/11/HBImage-Cranberries-201711-t.jpgResearch from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, has found that the cell walls of cranberries contain xyloglucan, a complex sugar that feeds the...

Black Cumin Oil Helps Control Asthma, Image: images/HB-Files/2017/11/HBImage-BlackCumin-201711-t.jpgNigella sativa oil (NSO), commonly called black cumin, is used to treat a variety of inflammatory conditions. Researchers from University College London...

Aerobics Improve Brain Function, Image: images/HB-Files/2017/11/HBImage-Aerobics-201711-t.jpgResearchers from the Wake Forest School of Medicine, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, have found that aerobic exercise increases overall brain volume and...

Acupuncture and Herbs Ease Delirium in Patients, Image: images/HB-Files/2017/11/HBImage-AcupunctureHerbs-201711-t.jpgScientists from the Gifu University Graduate School of Medicine, in Japan, examined the impact of a combination of acupuncture and traditional herbal medicine on...

Onions Healthy for Heart and Kidneys, Image: images/HB-Files/2017/11/HBImage-Onions-201711-t.jpgScientists investigated the impact on leading diseases of regularly eating onion and garlic. Using data from more than...

Teetotalers Enjoy Less Heart Disease, Image: images/HB-Files/2017/11/HBImage-DrinkPouring-201711-t.jpgIn a meta-analysis of 45 research studies covering thousands of subjects led by Canada’s University of Victoria, in British Columbia, researchers found that...

Overtime Hours Linked to Tooth Decay, Image: images/HB-Files/2017/11/HBImage-ToothDecay-201711-t.jpgResearchers from the Tokyo Dental College, in Japan, have discovered a link between excessive overtime work and oral health by comparing overtime hours worked per month with the...

You Are What You Digest, Image: images/HB-Files/2017/11/HBImage-KaczmarDiabetes-201711-t.jpgWhen it comes to diet, most people are familiar with the phrase “You are what you eat.” However, better stated is “You are what you...

5 Tips for Preventing Prediabetes From Developing Into Type 2 Diabetes, Image: images/HB-Files/2017/11/HBImage-RossanoDiabetes-201711-t.jpgMany of us walk around with pre-type 2 diabetes. It’s called insulin resistance or metabolic syndrome. Our bodies lose the ability to metabolize all the refined carbs in...

Treating the Gut to Help Stabilize Blood Sugar, Image: images/HB-Files/2017/11/HBImage-PerryDiabetes-201711-t.jpgAddressing the gut is critical in helping the body recover from insulin resistance and reversing Type 2 Diabetes (T2DM). Science shows us that intestinal bacteria can produce...

The Most Toxic Item on The Menu: Atlantic Salmon, Image: images/HB-Files/2017/11/HBImage-CutlerDiabetes-201711-t.jpgPersistent Organic Pollutants (POPS) like Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) have been shown to increase obesity, metabolic syndrome, mitochondrial dysfunction and diabetes...

Traumatic Stress and Insomnia, Image: images/HB-Files/2017/11/HBImage-Insomnia-201711-t.jpgSleep. We all need it. Without it, life can feel unmanageable. But for many Americans, getting adequate sleep can seem impossible. Research suggests that approximately 30% of...

Banning Trans Fats Lowers Heart Attacks, Image: Jonathan Vasata/Shutterstock.comEleven counties in New York instituted restrictions on trans fatty acids in restaurants in 2007. Researchers from...

Resveratrol May Help Eye Health, Image: Valentyn Volkov /Shutterstock.comResveratrol is a natural substance found in grapes, peanuts, blueberries and other foods that’s known for its heart-protective...

Music Soothes Pain after Surgery, Image: Tyler Olson/Shutterstock.comResearchers from the Louis Armstrong Center for Music and Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, in...

Vitamin D plus Calcium Lowers Cancer Risk, Image: Aleksandra Gigowska/Shutterstock.comResearchers from the Creighton University School of Nursing, in Omaha, Nebraska, studied 2,303 healthy postmenopausal women to determine whether a link between vitamin D and cancer...

Spirulina Reduces Weight and Cholesterol, Image: IVL/Shutterstock.comSpirulina platensis, a single-celled blue-green algae used in supplements, is often taken for the prevention and treatment of chronic...

Women Live Longer When Surrounded by Greenery, Image: Monkey Business Images/Shutterstock.com108,630 U.S. women enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Study between 2000 and 2008, comparing their mortality...

Bone Density and Cavity Prevention, Image: Bones and teeth require the right form of minerals and an absorbable form of vitamin D3. Sometimes bones and teeth need a helper to...

Walking Reduces Symptoms of Dementia, Image: Ljupco Smokovski/Shutterstock.comA study from the University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, examined the impact of regular walking on people with vascular cognitive...

Tonsillectomies Help Only Temporarily, Image: CANDYBOX IMAGES/SHUTTERSTOCK.COMResearchers from Vanderbilt University Medical Center, in Nashville, Tennessee, examined the effectiveness of tonsillectomies in...

Caring for Others Prolongs Life, Image: NESTOR RIZHNIAK/SHUTTERSTOCK.COMResearchers from several international universities have found that seniors that provide caregiving services live longer than...

Less Salt Reduces Nighttime Potty Visits, Image: ifong/Shutterstock.comA study from Nagasaki University, in Japan, has found that reducing salt in the diet can cut down on the number of...

Early Birds Eat Better and Exercise More, Image: yevgeniy11/Shutterstock.comResearchers from Helsinki, Finland, analyzed data from 2,000 people to find out how sleeping patterns affected...

Rolfing® Structural Integration, Image: Kathleen StrauchOver time after repetitive motion injuries, surgery or accidents, tissue can become restricted which limits the function in...

Meditation and Music Aid In Early Alzheimer’s Stages, Image: Studio Grand Ouest/Shutterstock.comA new study from West Virginia University, in Morgantown, reveals that listening to music and practicing meditation may help improve...

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