Biosis 32: The Power of Music, the Complexities of Chronic Illness & More

The February 2011 issue of Biosis, our quarterly newsletter, is now online. In this issue: JoAnne’s Motivational Minute: Music/Magic “When you’re stressed, music can help soothe. When you’re tired, it can pep you up. Music can make you laugh as easily as it can make you weep. It can even help you heal.” Dr. Verigin’s …

Mercury vs. BPA?

For years, the standard line of argument for mercury has been something like, “Mercury has been used for more than 150 years without any problem.” Of course, this notion has, over and again, been proven false, most recently by the FDA’s own expert panel, which has urged FDA to bar the use of mercury amalgam …

Triclosan, BPA & Your Immune System, & Other News of Note

Study: You Can Be “Too Clean” (Detroit News) A study published online this week in the Environmental Health Perspectives journal shows overexposure to triclosan, a chemical compound commonly found in antibacterial soaps, is linked to increased allergies in young people. What’s more, excessive exposure to Bisphenol A (BPA) — a common chemical in plastics including …

New Study Indicates Higher than Predicted Human Exposure to the Toxic Chemical BPA

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Researchers have discovered that women, female monkeys and female mice have major similarities when it comes to how bisphenol A (BPA) is metabolized, and they have renewed their call for governmental regulation when it comes to the estrogen-like chemical found in many everyday products. A study published online in the Sept. 20 …

Repairing Gums, Preventing Cancer & Other News of Note

New Technology Aims to Repair the After-Effects of Gum Disease (Medical News Today) Advances in tissue engineering are offering the promise of being able to restore lost bone and gum tissue following periodontal disease. About a third of the population are affected by chronic inflammatory gum disease which can result in loss of the bone …

The FDA’s Mixed Message on BPA

Late last week, the FDA finally announced that it has “some concern” about BPA. According to USA Today, Although the FDA stopped short of telling parents to change formulas or throw out old bottles, officials said they are encouraging manufacturers to stop making baby feeding products containing BPA. The agency also wants to help manufacturers …

Diabetes Risk with Gum Disease, Bone Loss with Implants & Other News of Note

Study Finds Over 90% of People with Gum Disease Are at Risk for Diabetes (PhysOrg) The study, led by Dr. Shiela Strauss, Associate Professor of Nursing and Co-Director of the Statistics and Data Management Core for NYU’s Colleges of Dentistry and Nursing, examined data from 2,923 adult participants in the 2003-2004 National Health and Nutrition …

20 More Health-Related Articles Worth Checking Out

As mentioned, we check the web daily for health and wellness news and articles that we think may be of interest to you. Inevitably, we wind up with much more material than we can possibly write about yet find worth sharing. So, without further ado, here are 20 more articles that have stacked up over …

Around the Web: Tips to De-Stress, Recharge and Treat Your Body Right

Overwhelmed? Over at HuffPo, Tara Stiles offers 10 ways of dealing with it.   Exausted? Zen Habits’ guest blogger Greg Go suggests 55 ways to get more energy.   Wanting to eat healthy but strapped for cash? Check out Diet Blog’s info on how to get five servings of fruit and veg a day for …

Biofilm-Fighting Cool Plasma and Other News of Note

Wiping Out Tooth Infections: Cool Plasma Packs Heat Against Biofilms (ScienceDaily) Though it looks like a tiny purple blowtorch, a pencil-sized plume of plasma on the tip of a small probe remains at room temperature as it swiftly dismantles tough bacterial colonies deep inside a human tooth. But it’s not another futuristic product of George …