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FDA Launches Awareness Campaign Against Fake Online Pharmacies

Have you gone online to purchase medication? How did you feel – secure in the transaction, or nervous and doubtful? If so, you’re not alone, for the FDA has launched a campaign to help raise consumer awareness  and help people purchase their medications only from legitimate sources.

The recent proliferation of scam sites online has the FDA increasingly worried that patients in need of proper medications may be buying pills with incorrect dosages, the wrong ingredients, or no medical benefit at all.  These fake online sites are being designed with increasingly better attention to authentic details that can trick even the most discriminating consumer, which is why the FDA has stepped in.

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Study Links BPA to Childhood Obesity

Obesity is quickly becoming a national epidemic, with over 45% of the nation slated to be obese by 2030, and with some states destined to have obesity rates over 65%. The number of adults with diabetes is also skyrocketing, and the rate of diabetes is growing rapidly amongst children too. That is why it is becoming increasingly essential to understand the causes of obesity, especially when it affects children.

A recent study released in the Journal of the American Medical Association has found a provocative connection between the amounts of Bisphenol A  (BPA) and the levels of obesity in children, and hints at the complex nature of weight gain.

Children with High Bisphenol A are More Likely to Be Obese

Almost all Americans have trace amounts of BPA in their bodies, but the study found that children with the highest amounts of BPA in their urine were twice as likely to be  obese as opposed to the children with the lowest. While this connection is alarming, the researchers were quick to point out that there were many other reasons why children gain too much weight, and urged that people not draw hasty conclusions.

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No Connection Found Between Omega-3 Supplementation and Heart Health

Long touted as an excellent way to reduce risk of heart attacks, stroke, myocardial infarction, and all-cause mortality, a new study published yesterday in The Journal of the American Medical Association found no correlation between taking fish oil pills rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and decreased chances of heart disease. It didn’t matter whether the fish oil was ingested from pills or actual fish in the diet, the researchers discovered—there simply wasn’t any evidence to link their intake with improved heart health.

Growing Popularity

For over a decade evidence has pointed at the possibility that consumption of omega-3 fatty acids which are composed of the acids known as EPA and DHA could help protect against heart illness, though the exact reason why was not clearly understood. This stemmed from observations that people whose diets were rich in fatty fish such as salmon, mackerel, and sardines were less prone to dying of heart disease, and a large study in 1989 found that those people who had already suffered from one heart attack were about 30% less likely to have a second heart attack if they added fatty fish to their diet.

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New Research Shows that Acupuncture Benefits Are Real

While it has been practiced and observed in China for centuries, acupuncture has never found mainstream acceptance in the US. To many, this ancient practice was merely the placebo effect in action, an unproved method of alleviating pain by harnessing the power of the mind through unsubstantiated claims to true medical benefit.

A new study however shows that acupuncture delivers a 30% decrease in chronic pain. While not the first medical study to show demonstrate this, the new study is unprecedented in its size and thoroughness.

Acupuncture's Recent Growth

Acupuncture has grown rapidly in the last decade, with over 3 million Americans using it to help alleviate chronic pain of all kinds. The military now prescribes it as part of the rehabilitative treatment given to wounded war veterans, and California recently passed legislation that includes acupuncture in the list of treatments covered by the nation’s new health law.

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Stanford Research Shows Organic Food Isn’t More Nutritious Than Conventional

Over the last decade the word ‘organic’ has changed from being an obscure one to a general buzzword that everybody seeks to smack on their produce. These days you can even find organic food in Walmart, and everywhere people are extolling the benefits of eating ‘organic’, from local farmers to news anchors to foodies.

Yet a recent meta-analysis of hundreds of different studies on the part of Stanford researchers just revealed that on a purely nutrition-related level organic food isn’t superior to conventionally grown food. What does this mean for you, and should you stop buying organic?

The researchers looked at over 200 separate studies on the nutritional value of organic food and concluded that other than phosphorous, organic food is not superior to conventional food. This study was independently funded so that the researchers could not be accused of bias.

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Chocolate Consumption Connected to Decreased Risk of Stroke

A new study released this week in Neurology contains good news for chocolate lovers: research conducted in Sweden has found a positive correlation between men who consume large amounts of chocolate with a reduced tendency toward strokes. While the connection between chocolate and health has been illustrated before by past studies, this new research brings focused attention to the correlation due to the sample size of the men observed and the clear connection between chocolate consumption and reduced risk of stroke.

The numbers are striking: an analysis of the results of the study that involved over 37,000 men and women found that those who consumed the most chocolate had a 17% lower chance of suffering from a stroke, while a meta-analysis raised this figure to 19%. Researchers however were quick to point out that this was simply an ‘observational study’, and that further research will have to be done to conclusively prove the connection.

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Belly Fat a Greater Risk for Heart Disease Than Obesity

Your body weight may be normal and yet your risk to die of heart attack may be high. New research shows that it's not just your weight but your body shape (waist-to-hip-ratio) that determines your death risk.

As the obesity rate in the country continues to creep up, with over a third of all adults in the United States classified as obese, there is a tendency to think that being generally obese is the greatest risk to your health and chance of living a long and productive life.

New research presented at the European Society of Cardiology conference in Munich however shows that people with big bellies, also known as the ‘metabolic syndrome’ and otherwise normal weight bodies suffer from greater risk of death.

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Being Overweight Linked to Cognitive Decline

Being overweight is rapidly becoming a problem for most Americans. According the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, 33.9% of Americans are obese, while 34.4% of Americans are overweight. That’s an incredible total of 68.3% of Americans who weight more than they should, and a recent study has shown a new health problem associated with mental performance.

While recent focus has been on the effects that excess weight has on the development of diabetes, heart disease, and a host of other problems, this new study brings into focus a whole new set of problems for people who are overweight.

The study was published in Neurology, and followed more than 6,000 people in Britain between the ages of 35 and 55 for over a decade. They consistently took memory tests and had their cognitive skills checked, and people who were obese or had unhealthy metabolic changes were shown to have experienced a faster decline in cognitive skills compared to the other participants in the study.

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Research Reveals that Blood Type Affects Heart Disease Risk

There is a lot of controversy surrounding the causes of heart disease these days.Common wisdom prescribed by the government indicates that a diet high in saturated fats will lead to heart disease, while many new voices are claiming that in fact diets high in refined carbs are the leading cause of such ills as diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.

While the truth is probably more complex than any one sentence can summarize, a new set of studies have revealed what seems to be a basic fact: your blood type can affect the probability of your developing heart disease.

Two new studies have been reviewed by researchers that track a total of almost 90,000 patients over the course of 20 years, and the results are in. Coronary heart disease is least likely to develop in people with type O blood, while those with type AB were 23% more likely to have heart disease. Type B blood were only 11% more likely, and finally type A were only at an increased risk of 5%.

These two studies were conducted by Harvard researchers. One tracked 62,000 women over the course of 26 years, while the second tracked 27,400 men over 24 years. Of these test groups, about 2,500 developed heart disease.

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New Research Reveals Converging Link Between Alzheimer's and Diabetes

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) has long been feared as one of the most insidious and terrible of diseases to contract. Not only does it rob you of your sense of self, your memories and personality, but it has historically been nearly impossible to predict; for many people, it simply manifests late in life, and that uncertainty as to who will contract it or not has only added to the fear its name causes.

This is in part due because for many years Alzheimer’s has withstood our comprehension; we don’t know what causes it, or why it manifests in whom it does. Yet studies are being published providing new insight into the nature of this disease, and promising ever greater awareness of not only what it is, but why it occurs. The latest research suggests that this degenerative brain disease is actually a type of diabetes.

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