April 2017

Recent research findings show an increased risk in the exposure to arsenic and mercury with the increase in popularity of gluten-free diets which are being adopted regardless of gluten sensitivity. Rice has become the predominant replacement grain of choice which is known to bioaccumulate these toxins from the environment. Click here to learn more.

We are what we eat and making knowledgeable decisions about our food sources is tantamount to good health. Breeding better plants is a prime motivator of much of our current agriculture industry.  Today’s technology includes genetically altering plants in order to achieve improvements. Click here to learn more.

In a 6-year observational study, regular use of ibuprofen and acetaminophen were found to be linked to hearing loss. These medications are widely used which makes the findings more significant for the long term consequences. The prevention of hearing loss emphasizes the need for responsible use and attention to safeguards. Click here to learn more.

Beat stress through headphone music that is engineered to reprogram brainwaves. It alters the physiologic experience by inducing neurotransmitters that mitigate and soothe. The calming effects can have many applications for medical, dental and mental healthcare, personal development and quality of life.  Click here to learn more.

Fighting severe bacterial pneumonia is seriously complicated by increasing antibiotic resistance. Recent lab research has revealed that the hormone hepcidin, produced in the liver, is critical for keeping the pneumonia bacteria from spreading through the body. It literally starves the bacteria by hiding the iron in the blood that the bacteria thrives on. Medication already exists that replicate hepcidin but it is used for chronic iron overload. It is hopeful that it can be put to new use in patients who may be deficient in the hormone and are more susceptible to infection. Click here to learn more.

Regardless of training, the intensity of running a 26-mile Marathon has been shown to have unseen detrimental effects on the body, particularly on the kidneys. 82% of the sample of participants experienced Stage I acute kidney injury (AKI) after the event. Click here to learn more. Click here for test results.

Following tube placement in children, 2 customarily prescribed eardrops are associated with the increased risk of permanent damage to the eardrum. Quinolones and neomycin, and quinolones with steroids, may contribute to the weakening of the soft tissues and inhibit repair. Click here to learn more.