Processed Foods and Brain Health

Do you shop exclusively in the center of the supermarket? You know, all those aisles jam-packed with boxes, bags, and cans of chemical-laden, ready-to-eat taste treats? Is your idea of a meal opening a can of readymade pasta in sauce, or shaking out cereal into a bowl?      You’re not alone. Healthy eating can… Continue reading Processed Foods and Brain Health

Memory and Exercise in Older Adults

Does an elderly woman’s water aerobics class do her any good? Is the septuagenarian helping himself at all by power walking three times a week? Is the local senior pickleball league anything more than a social gathering?   Turns out the answer in all these cases, is a resounding, “Yes.”     A recent metanalysis… Continue reading Memory and Exercise in Older Adults

When Should You Start Colonoscopy Screening?

Nobody looks forward to a colonoscopy. Although modern technology has made the procedure pain-free and simple for the patient, preparing for the exam can be unpleasant and uncomfortable. Those physical aspects are only one part of the picture, though. A colonoscopy involves a certain amount of anxiety over what might be found—most pointedly, cancer. It’s… Continue reading When Should You Start Colonoscopy Screening?

New Research Links Sugary Drinks and Liver Cancer

New research recently presented to the American Society for Nutrition (but yet to be peer reviewed and published) may be bad news for soda drinkers. Led by researchers from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the study analyzed data from more than 90,000 women, aged 50 to 79. The data showed a significant… Continue reading New Research Links Sugary Drinks and Liver Cancer

Are Your Pain Relievers Actually Causing Pain?

Every so often, scientific inquiry comes up with some surprising twists in what we consider settled medical knowledge. A recent study published in the journal Science Translational Medicine appears to do just that. The research looked at the relationship of the body’s inflammatory response with the development of long-term, chronic pain. One of the conclusions… Continue reading Are Your Pain Relievers Actually Causing Pain?

Fighting Dementia with the Green-Med Diet

Dementia affects tens of millions of people worldwide. Some experts predict that number will grow to more than 150 million by 2050. That’s a frightening statistic for anyone who has seen the way Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia can undermine life, and actually steal the sense of who someone is.      Unfortunately, we’ve… Continue reading Fighting Dementia with the Green-Med Diet

Avocados for Heart Health

No food is a magic bullet, but some come closer than others to truly earning the title “superfood.” Avocados are the latest addition to that group, given new research recently published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.     The in-depth, thirty-year study tracked more than a hundred thousand health professionals. The research… Continue reading Avocados for Heart Health

Misunderstanding Melatonin

A recent study published in the journal JAMA (the Journal of the American Medical Association) has raised concerns about a supplement commonly used as a sleep aid. The research concluded that the dosage of melatonin users regularly take has increased significantly over the last ten years. The levels some users are currently ingesting may cause… Continue reading Misunderstanding Melatonin

The LIFE Diet and Migraine Control

The medical community has long known that certain foods—including common items like chocolate, baked goods, and cultured dairy products—can trigger migraines. New research, though, has uncovered specific foods that just might provide some relief for migraine sufferers (even if your migraines are drug-resistant).     A case study published in BMJ Journals discussed a 60-year-old… Continue reading The LIFE Diet and Migraine Control

Baby Aspirin and Heart Health

Doctors have long recommended their middle-aged adult patients take a daily low-dose (81mg) “baby” aspirin to help protect against heart disease and some forms of cancer. Until this year, it seemed like a small, relatively harmless step to take for what experts said were potentially significant benefits.  Turns it out it may not provide the… Continue reading Baby Aspirin and Heart Health