Tampa Bay Edition

Archive of: Health Brief and NAPC

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Harmful Bacteria Linked to Certain Showerheads

Harmful Bacteria Linked to Certain Showerheads

Mycobacterium that lurk in showerheads are more often found in homes using municipal water, using plastic showerheads, and in certain regions of the country.

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Bitter Melon Eases Knee Pain

Bitter Melon Eases Knee Pain

Patients with knee osteoarthritis who took a bitter melon supplement for three months had significantly less pain, lower analgesic use, and reduced body weight and blood glucose levels.

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Zinc Combo Fights Aging Diseases

Zinc Combo Fights Aging Diseases

When Zinc combines with certain antioxidant compounds found in tea, coffee and other foods, it produces a type of enzyme that prevents the oxidative stress linked to such diseases as dementia and cancer.

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The Power of Thank-You Notes

The Power of Thank-You Notes

People who receive heartfelt thank-you notes are typically surprised, happy and appreciative, reactions that the letter-writers tend to underestimate.

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Ashwagandha Normalizes Hypothyroid Levels

Ashwagandha Normalizes Hypothyroid Levels

Eight weeks of ashwagandha supplementation effectively normalized the serum thyroid levels of women with subclinical hypothyroidism.

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Walnut Leaves Improve Diabetic Health

Walnut Leaves Improve Diabetic Health

Type-2 diabetes patients who took an extract of walnut leaf for eight weeks lost weight and had lower systolic blood pressure.

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Screen Time Doubles Kids’ Risk of Anxiety and Depression

Screen Time Doubles Kids’ Risk of Anxiety and Depression

Children and teens who spend more than seven hours a day on screens are twice as likely to be diagnosed with anxiety or depression.

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Sniffing Dogs Can Detect Malaria

Sniffing Dogs Can Detect Malaria

Trained to detect malaria parasites in socks that West African children wore for one night, trained canines correctly identified 70 percent of the infected and 90 percent of the uninfected children.

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Holy Basil Fights Tooth Infection

Holy Basil Fights Tooth Infection

The herb reduced infection levels in children following root canals, which could help avoid antibiotic reactions and overuse.

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Nuts Improve Blood Vessel Health

Nuts Improve Blood Vessel Health

Munching on about two handfuls of either walnuts or almonds increased blood vessel dilation in overweight volunteers and lowered markers of arterial plaque.

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