Twin Cities Edition

Archive of: Health Brief and NAPC

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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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Doctors Underestimate Opioid Prescriptions

Doctors Underestimate Opioid Prescriptions

A survey of 109 emergency room doctors found they frequently underestimated how often they prescribed opioids and that they prescribed fewer when alerted to the situation.

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Asthma Less Likely to Afflict Breastfed Kids

Asthma Less Likely to Afflict Breastfed Kids

Dutch children that had been breastfed had a 45 percent lower incidence of asthma later in childhood.

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Spanking Linked to Mental Health Problems

Spanking Linked to Mental Health Problems

Adults that were spanked as children turned out to have a higher risk of depression, suicide attempts, drinking and drug use, according to University of Michigan researchers.

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Wild Berries Prove Anti-Cancer Prowess

Wild Berries Prove Anti-Cancer Prowess

A naturally occurring compound found abundantly in wild berries increases the cancer-fighting ability of sirtuin 6 enzymes.

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Meditation Improves Long-Term Cognition

Meditation Improves Long-Term Cognition

People that meditated in a three-month retreat enjoyed cognitive gains in sustained attention that lasted to some degree for seven years.

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Ballet Dancing Boosts Senior Fitness and Energy

Ballet Dancing Boosts Senior Fitness and Energy

Australian seniors reported feeling more fit, energetic and flexible after taking 10 ballet classes over three months.

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Acupuncture Alleviates Autism in Children

Acupuncture Alleviates Autism in Children

When used alone or with other therapies, acupuncture lowered autism markers in Korean children.

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Cruciferous Veggies May Lower Stroke Risk

Elderly women that eat lots of broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower and cabbage have less plaque on their carotid artery walls.

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Take Magnesium to Metabolize Vitamin D

Take Magnesium to Metabolize Vitamin D

Without adequate amounts of magnesium in the body, vitamin D supplements can’t be metabolized; high amounts may even increase the risk of vascular calcification.

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