Tai chi helps older adults get good night’s sleep

Alternative Medicine, General Health, Health Headlines
Reuters Health is reporting a study in the journal Sleep that found that regular practice of tai chi, a Westernized version of the ancient Chinese martial art of tai chi, can help older people rest easier at night. Nearly two-thirds of people who learned the slow, gentle tai chi moves experienced significant improvements in sleep quality, compared to about one-third of those who participated in health education sessions that included information on how to get a better night's rest. My Take? (more…)
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Green tea protects against heart disease

Alternative Medicine, General Health, Health Headlines, Heart Health, Nutritional Health
Reuters has published a story about Greek researchers who say a few cups of green tea each day may help prevent heart disease. The study, published in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation, showed further evidence of the potential health benefits from a brew already linked to a reduced risk of a range of cancers and other conditions. My Take? (more…)
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Report Suggests 85% of Sunscreens May Not Live Up to Marketing Claims

Children's Health, General Health, Health Headlines, Parenting
In its new report, the nonprofit Environmental Working Group says that 85 percent of sunscreens either inadequately protect from the sun's rays or contain ingredients that may be unsafe. They say that the problem is worsened by the fact that the Food and Drug Administration has not passed standards for testing and labeling sunscreens -- meaning that makers often have carte blanche when it comes to making claims about their products. My Take? (more…)
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Vaccine Myth #12: The Polio Virus Vaccine Is Contaminated with a Virus That Causes Cancer

Children's Health, Parenting
Early batches of poliovirus vaccine used in the late 1950s and early 1960s were contaminated with a monkey virus called Simian Virus 40, or SV40. Recently an investigator found proteins made by SV40 virus in unusual tumors in adults. The studies were suggestive enough that the National Institutes of Health continued to research the association. (more…)
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