January 2017

The change in seasons can have a profound effect on people and some more severely than others. Winter is tough! Stark, dark and cold. The shorter days and lack of sunlight can be very disruptive and many experience mood swings, depression, loss of energy, withdrawal or even have suicidal thoughts.  These symptoms can happen in the summer too with people becoming extremely anxious and sleepless. There is help. Click here to learn more.

Acid suppression medications, such as Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs), are commonly considered relatively free from side effects.  A recent study has shown a link for an increased risk for gastrointestinal infections raising concerns for their ubiquitous use. Click here to learn more. Abstract.

A study reveals that 1 in 3 people diagnosed with asthma do not have it. Diagnosing from symptoms only can be costly in terms of unneeded medication and delayed diagnosis of significant underlying causes like heart disease and chronic lung disease. Careful and specific testing is required before the determination of asthma can be made. Subsequent re-evaluations are recommended as protocol. Click here to learn more. Abstract.

This severe form of pre-menstrual syndrome is characterized by mood fluctuations, irritability and pain that are both abnormal and intense. The effects are highly debilitating for the sufferer who is most often unable to maintain normal daily activities or normal emotional control. Recent research has revealed a probable biological cause for these manifestations showing intrinsic differences in the cellular processing of estrogen and progesterone. Click here to learn more

A new biological treatment for cavities has been developed that may revolutionize dental treatments. A research team at King’s College London, has proven a way to stimulate the stem cells contained in the pulp of the tooth to restore protective surfaces and generate new dentine using an Alzheimer’s drug. Simple and effective, this can potentially reduce the need for fillings or cements. Click here to learn more.

Our health depends on knowledge and the informed choices we make. Recent research reports that 9 out of 10 people are unaware of the link between alcohol and cancer. Current trends of alcohol use indicate a rise in expected onsets, hospitalizations and deaths from many cancer types including esophageal, bowel, mouth and throat, breast, and liver. Mitigating the impact of “drinking” on our wellbeing will require concerted public education and clear information about the health risks. Click here to learn more.