Want to Age Faster? Drink Lots of Soda Pop!

Sodas and other sugary drinks can damage your teeth. A lot. (Research from the University of Adelaide recently showed that the destruction starts within the first 30 seconds of exposure!) Regular consumption has also been shown raise your risk of stroke and heart disease. Now comes a new study suggesting that those cardiovascular issues may […]

A Second Glance & Some News Is a Lot Less Interesting

Consider this recent story from io9: It’s true: The idea that a tooth dropped in soda will dissolve overnight is an urban legend. But does this mean that soda doesn’t damage your teeth? Nope. Evidence consistently shows that soft drinks erode enamel and contribute to caries (cavities; tooth decay). And in a similar fashion, even […]

Healthy Hearts Don’t Need “Preventive” Aspirin, & Other News of Note

Healthy People Don’t Need Aspirin to Prevent Heart Disease (HuffPo) Healthy people shouldn’t be taking aspirin to prevent heart disease, researchers say in a new report that casts doubt on recommendations from U.S. health officials. * * * [Dr. Kausik] Ray and his colleagues took a fresh look at nine previous trials of aspirin use […]

More Mercury in the Blood & Other News of Note

Mercury Found in Blood of 1/3 of American Women (Environment News Service) The level of inorganic mercury in the blood of American women has been increasing since 1999 and it is now found in the blood of one in three women, according to a new analysis of government data for more than 6,000 American women. […]

Chinese Herbs for Heart Health, the Healing Power of Art & Other News of Note

Ancient Chinese Herbs May Help Heart (UPI) Ancient Chinese herbal formulas for heart disease may produce large amounts of artery-widening nitric oxide, U.S. researchers said. Researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston said nitric oxide is crucial to the cardiovascular system because it signals the inner walls of blood vessels to […]

News on Fibromyalgia, Epstein-Barr, Inflammation and More

Fibromyalgia Can No Longer Be Called the “Invisible” Syndrome (Science Daily) Using single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), researchers in France were able to detect functional abnormalities in certain regions in the brains of patients diagnosed with fibromyalgia, reinforcing the idea that symptoms of the disorder are related to a dysfunction in those parts of […]

Sleep and Your Heart, Food and Your Health, and the Five-a-Day Sanity Plan

Turning Your Clock Back Sunday May Help Your Heart (PhysOrg) Turning your clock back on Sunday may be good for your heart. Swedish researchers looked at 20 years of records and discovered that the number of heart attacks dipped on the Monday after clocks were set back an hour, possibly because people got an extra […]

Dental Stress, Stress About the Dentist and Other News of Note

tvol/Flickr Worries About Money Can Take a Toll on Your Teeth (Daily Herald) Does the sinking stock market cause you to clench your teeth? Do you wake up with a headache, sore teeth or a sore jaw? Millions of people clench and grind their teeth without realizing it, particularly while they’re sleeping. Both habits can […]